Harold A. Carter, Jr., Senior Pastor
Harold A. Carter, Jr. is a third generation preacher of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, having been licensed and ordained in the church of his upbringing (1980), the New Shiloh Baptist Church, Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Carter is married to Rev. Monique T. Carter, and they are the parents of two sons, Daniel Nathan and Timothy Alphonso. He is the son of the late Dr. and Mrs. (Also Dr.) Harold A. Carter and has one sister, Weptanomah Davis.
Harold A. Carter, Jr. is a graduate of Eastern College, St. Davids, Pennsylvania, earning a B.A. in English Literature/ Writing and Religion. He is a graduate of the Lancaster Theological Seminary, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, earning a Master of Divinity degree. Dr. Carter is a graduate of the United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio, earning the Doctor of Ministry degree, and among many honors and awards, he received the Doctor of Divinity degree from the Virginia Seminary and College, Lynchburg, Virginia, and the Doctor of Human Letters from Cumberland College, Williamsburg, Kentucky. In 2006, he was inducted into Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia, as a Martin Luther King, Jr. Distinguished Preacher.
Harold A. Carter, Jr. has been the pastor (since 1996) of the New Shiloh Baptist Church, Baltimore, Maryland, having served along with his father Dr. Harold A. Carter for sixteen years. He leads the congregation of more than 5,000 active members with emphasis on Missions, Evangelism, and Christian Education. His preaching is heard widely through radio, television and internet streaming broadcasts. He is credited by his ministerial colleagues and many in the media as galvanizing pastors, activists, community and political leaders, at a time of civil unrest and grief, surrounding the unfortunate death of Freddie Gray, Jr. (allegedly) at the hands of six Baltimore City police officers, to stand in solidarity (with over 200 leaders strong) for a press conference and subsequent March for Peace. This had much to do with quelling the riots and looting and even led to the forging of positive relationships between gang members of the Crips and the Bloods and New Shiloh, along with the faith community.
Dr. Carter formerly pastored the First Baptist Church, Petersburg, Virginia, believed to be the oldest African American Baptist congregation in America* (1989-1996) and the Zion Baptist Church, Reading, Pennsylvania (1983-1989).
Dr. Carter’s ministry has taken him to such places as the Middle East, Romania, Panama, Trinidad, Korea, China, England, the Bahamas, and India, where he has, also, been privileged to share the Gospel. He sees his “call” to the ministry as “The Divine compulsion to do God’s will.”
Dr. Carter has served on a number of boards and conferences. Presently, he serves as the Assistant Secretary of The Hampton University’s Ministers Conference and the Executive Secretary for the Global United Fellowship (GUF), which recently (March, ’16) afforded him the platform to address the United Nations (UN) in New York, on the subject of “Bridging the Gap Between the Church & Technology.” He, also, presently serves as the President and New Testament/Hermeneutics Professor for the Determined Biblical & Theological Institute of Baltimore, MD. He has served as a Co-Mentor for doctoral candidate students at the United Theological Seminary, Dayton, OH. Additionally, he is the Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the New Shiloh Village Development Project; a non-profit organization with a goal of community development, including the New Shiloh Senior Living building (an 81-unit facility).
As an outgrowth of his ministry, publications include: The Power of God’s Negatives, The Sacred Marriage-Getting Started in Pastoral Ministry, The Burning Bush, (Co-author), and Harold’s Hermeneutics-Volume One. Additionally, he has written several songs, three of which have been recorded and performed by New Shiloh’s Music Ministry, entitled “You Will Know,” “I Never Shall Forget to Praise Your Name,” and “Always.”