Dr. Carter is pastor of the New Shiloh Baptist Church, Baltimore, Maryland. He was married to the late Dr. Weptanomah W. Carter for 48 blest years. Together, they are the parents of Weptanomah Carter Davis, wife of a pastor, and Harold A. Carter, Jr., who joins with his father, along with his family, as pastor of New Shiloh Baptist Church.
On May 27, 1990, Dr. Carter led New Shiloh into a modern church and Family Life Center. The building complex, costing more than $11,000,000 has been paid in full and the church is presently developing a three-block complex known as The New Shiloh Village Center. Dilapidated factories and other blight properties have been moved and now a Child Development Center is in operation, along with modern parking facilities. A mechanic engineering garage is being developed to train community persons in hi-tech auto mechanics and provide for them jobs at the end of this process.
Additionally, a huge building in the village is being transformed to serve as a Computer Center, Senior Citizens recreation, health services, music studio, arts colony and other creative needs. Plans also call for building Senior Housing to be a total part of the Village Project.
Dr. Carter has led evangelistic ministries across America and many foreign countries. On numerous occasions, he has preached Men's Rallies for the Promise Keepers Ministries.
Dr. Carter's first book, The Prayer Tradition of Black People continues to be a standard work in the Black Spiritual Anthology. A more recent work, Building Disciples in the Local Church, is used widely by ministries seeking Christian renewal. His book, America, Where Are You Going? has proven to be a prophetic call to our nation, so richly blest by the Christian faith and often ignoring its precepts in contemporary life.
The church, New Shiloh, operates a School of Music training students in all types of musical disciplines. The church is also the founding force for the Determined Biblical and Theological Institute of Baltimore, Maryland, founded June 1996, and open to all students. More than one hundred preachers have been called and licensed under the pastoral leadership of Dr. Carter at New Shiloh (1965, present), with more than 40 such persons licensed/ordained, theologically trained and serving various congregations.
Dr. Carter has earned two academic Doctorate Degrees, a Ph. D. from St. Mary's Ecumenical University, Baltimore, Maryland and Colgate Bexler Hall/Crozer Seminary, Rochester, New York, both awarded in the year 1976. This minister continues to be guided by the theme, "Determined To Live With Christ."
Dr. Harold A. Carter was a student at Alabama State College, 1952-1956, when the Montgomery Bus Boycott began. He was immediately embraced by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Dr. Ralph David Abernathy, ministerial friends of his family, often traveling with them as a student interested in Christian ministry, and being influenced by their leadership.
Later, when Dr. Carter was pastoring the Court Street Baptist, Lynchburg, Virginia, and serving as one of the leaders of the Lynchburg Improvement Association, Dr. King was called to this city to further the Civil Rights Movement in a City-Wide mass meeting that helped to being renewal to Lynchburg.
When Pastor Carter first came to Baltimore, Maryland, to pastor the New Shiloh Baptist Church in 1965, he led the local chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and also led local ministers to one of the last major conferences that Dr. King held for leaders in the Civil Rights Movement, in Miami Beach, Florida, in 1966. After the death of Dr. King, Dr. Carter became the leader of the Baltimore Chapter of the Poor People's Campaign, that came to a climax as poor people from around the nation gathered at the Ellipse in Washington, D.C. to call America into addressing the concerns of poor people in a land of plenty.
In a word, Dr. Carter credits New Shiloh's God-fearing Ministry of SoulWinning, community village with a Child Development Center, the School of Music, and the Determined Biblical & Theological Institute, to the Divine fire that continues to burn in his spirit, flowing out of the Civil Rights Movement and the historic leadership of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.