The Rev. Dr. Harold A. Carter, Sr., Crozer Alumnus and Civil Rights Veteran, Dies

calvarycarter4The Rev. Dr. Harold A. Carter, Sr., died on Thursday, May 30, 2013, at 76 years old.

Dr. Carter served as Senior Pastor of the New Shiloh Baptist Church in Baltimore, Maryland, and was widely known as an influential pastor, preacher, evangelist, theologian and civil rights advocate. He was a veteran member of the Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc., (PNBC) and will be sorely missed by its members.

A native of Selma, Alabama, Dr. Carter planned to pursue a legal career, graduating with a law degree from Alabama State College. However, he soon received his calling to Christ and enrolled in 1956 to Crozer Theological Seminary, then located in Chester, Pennsylvania. He graduated in 1959. Dr. Carter returned to the Crozer tradition of seminary education to pursue a Doctorate of Ministry from 1974-76, when it had joined Colgate Rochester Divinity School in Rochester, New York.

Dr. Carter's 47 years of ministry work was marked by a supreme focus on positioning the church as a positive, stabilizing force within challenged neighborhoods. "We have traditional church ministries, such as food and clothing programs, but we wanted to do something that would provide needed services for the community," Dr. Carter said in a 1999 article in The Baltimore Press about his church's purchase of abandoned real estate on Baltimore's Westside. The project sought to refit these buildings to serve key community needs, such as job skills training, medical services and 24-hour childcare.

Dr. Carroll A. Baltimore, Sr., President of the PNBC, wrote in reflection of Dr. Carter: "Dr. Carter was a friend and colleague of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the late Rev. Dr. Ralph D. Abernathy, and many other spiritual and civil rights giants during that time. He became very active in the civil rights movement in the sixties and helped to coordinate the "Poor People's Campaign." Dr. Carter was called and anointed to open and walk through the doors of evangelism, preaching and teaching around the globe. He was one of the first African Americans to preach across ecumenical and color lines in his evangelistic thrust. He even preached the gospel at the Southern Baptist Convention and behind the Iron Curtain. He also reached thousands through his evangelistic crusades and his weekly radio broadcasts."

Dr. Carter's funeral will be held on Friday, June 7, 2013, at  Vaughn Greene Funeral Home in Baltmore, Maryland (phone: (410) 433-7500).