by Robert Earl Houston
(and additional reporting from the http://www.drmackkingcarter.org web site)
Dr. Mack King Carter, prolific preacher/pastor/teacher whose ministry catapulted the New Mount Olive Baptist Church from 2,800 members to well over 10,000 – and established a television ministry and community development corporation, went home to be with the Lord after a brief illness. He was 66.
Dr. Carter was a native of Ocala. He received an Associate of Arts degree in 1967 from Central Florida Community College, a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1970 from the University of Florida, a Master of Divinity degree in 1976 from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctorate of Ministry degree in 1978 from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
He also did additional studies at Florida Memorial College in Miami, and received honorary doctorate degrees from Bethune-Cookman College and Florida Memorial College.
Prior to accepting the call to pastor New Mount Olive, he pastored the Calvary and St. John Baptist Churches, Ocala, Florida and Green Castle Baptist Church in Prospect, Kentucky. He also authored four books: “A Catechism for Baptists,” “To Calvary and Beyond,” “A Quest For Freedom” and “Interpreting the Will of God.” He served New Mount Olive for 27 years.
His successor, Rev. Marcus D. Davidson wrote: “Thanks to all for your prayers for our church and the the Carter family! In as much as I know God will help us, I have not felt a pain so severe in many years. Dr. Carter loved me and my family with purest love from God. Also, he made it so easy to love him and sister Carter. On yesterday, the last moments we spent together will never be forgotten. I am humbly grateful for a church that was able to love both of us and treat both of us with respect. No one will ever know how much this man meant to me as a man and pastor. Though our time together was brief, God gave me a Paul, and I was glad to be his Timothy. I will miss him so much, so please keep praying for me.”
Following his retirement in 2009, he continued his preaching and teaching ministry. For years, he was an instructor in the National Baptist Convention, U.S.A. Inc. Congress on Christian Education. He also served denominationally in local and state districts and associations, respectively. He joined New Birth Cathedral of Faith International in Miami, where Bishop Victor T. Curry is the pastor, and taught a Bible class at that church and at St. Ruth Missionary Baptist Church in Dania Beach.
Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Patricia A. Thomas Carter; daughters Annalisa Robinson-Melton and Pamela Latrice Johnson; and grandchildren Brittany N. Robinson and Carter Nathaniel Johnson.
Services are pending and will be announced at a later time.