This Sunday, September 18 will mark the 20th year of pastoral service of Dr. Harold A Carter at the New Shiloh Baptist Church. As part of the events to mark this significant passage of time the Women’s Ministry of New Shiloh kicked off the celebrations, last Friday night, by honoring the first lady Rev. Monique Carter. Sharing food and fellowship, the event A Jewel of Faith was a delightful evening to honor Rev. Monique Carter and her service in ministry with her husband.
Rev. Monique Carter is the president of the Women’s Ministry. She also leads the Ministers’ Wives Fellowship. This, as a part of its ministry supportive events, includes the yearly Debutante Program, which is always a stunning and exciting event. During the course of 20 years at New Shiloh, Rev. Monique Carter has supported ministry needs while continuing her academic studies. After commuting several years from Baltimore to Lancaster, PA she earned an M.Div. from Lancaster Theological Seminary in 2011.
Rev. Monique Carter was thrilled and surprised to see the procession, led by Pastor Harold Carter, of friends, who are also married to pastors, and family members as they were escorted in to join the women of New Shiloh for the happy occasion.
In her remarks, Rev. Carter spoke of her beloved parents and how she feels their encouragement from heaven’s balcony. When Rev. Carter said that, “I am drinking from a well that I did not dig” everyone was moved as she spoke of the enduring preceding pastoral legacy of the late Drs. Harold and Weptanomah Carter.
One of the most heartfelt salutes to Rev. Carter came from her cousin, Minister Leslie Morrison (in photo top of page). She flew in, as a surprise, for the celebration, from Statesville, NC. Minister Morrison spoke with sincere passion about Monique speaking salvation into her when she felt her life hit bottom. She said this was many years ago at Aunt Doris’ house (Monique’s late mother). Cousin Leslie told her cousin that she will always be grateful for the way she led her to new life in Christ. Minister Morrison then exhorted Rev. Monique to walk in the destiny the Lord has prepared for her.
The evening ended on a happy and sweet note when the ladies left nibbling on too pretty to eat pink and white-jeweled chocolates and chocolate covered strawberries.
To God be the Glory