Homegoing of a Saint: Dr. Harold A. Carter, Sr., Baltimore, MD

From the Baltimore Sun Newspaper:

The Rev. Dr. Harold A. Carter Sr., senior pastor of the New Shiloh Baptist Church whose Sunday preaching on the radio brought him an audience beyond his congregation of 5,000 members, died early Thursday of cancer at his daughter’s Bowie home. He was 76.

Dr. Carter preached many revivals and had appeared with the Rev. Ralph D. Abernathy, president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

Family members said that Dr. Carter stopped preaching on Sunday mornings on WBAL-Radio earlier this spring. He had been on the radio for decades and for many years spoke on Sunday evenings.

Born in Selma, Ala., he was the son of Dr. Nathan M. Carter, a well-known professor of Old Testament studies. He attended Crozer Theological Seminary and earned a doctorate at St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Roland Park.

Dr. Carter moved to Baltimore in 1965, when he became pastor of the New Shiloh congregation, which then worshiped at Fremont Avenue and Lanvale Street. The church had about 800 members.

He was active in civil rights issues in the 1960s. In 1968, he was a local coordinator for the Poor People’s Campaign, a national movement that rallied support for African-American causes. He also wrote “The Prayer Tradition of Black People,” published in 1976.

His son, Dr. Harold A. Carter Jr., now leads the congregation, which is housed in a church at 2100 N. Monroe St. The complex that the Carters established includes senior citizens housing, a theological institute, a music school and a children’s center.

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings issued a statement saying his “heart is heavy” as he learned of the passing of Dr. Carter.

“Pastor Carter was a true friend and mentor who blessed my life in countless ways. I often turned to him when I was facing difficult decisions, and he provided the wise counsel of a spiritual father,” Mr. Cummings said.

“Dr. Carter was a man of God. As a pastor, an author and a community leader, he built a strong ministry rooted in Christian faith and embodying the principles of civil rights and justice that were instilled in him in his youth.”

His wife of 48 years, Dr. Weptanomah Bermuda Washington Carter, died in 2006. In addition to his son, survivors also include a daughter, Weptanomah Carter Davis of Bowie; and four grandchildren. He is also survived by three sisters, Marian, Blanche and Dorothy.

Funeral arrangements are being planned at the Vaughn Greene Funeral Home.

One response

  1. Sylvia Williams | Reply

    Dr. Harold A. Carter touch my heart many times with his preaching and singing. I will miss his voice , I will miss this great man of God.
    Sylvia Williams
    St. Paul Baptist Church

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