Jim Carter accepted the call to serve as the next PRCC Executive Director and began his ministry on September 1st, 2017. He returned to the PRCC Commission after serving in a local pastorate for the past six years. He served as the Founding and Senior Pastor of the New Presbyterian Church (NPC) in South Florida. In addition to regular pastoral duties, he led the church through relocation, a capital campaign and a debt free renovation. Jim retired from a very successful military ministry career in the Army Chaplaincy after reaching the rank of Colonel and serving in that rank for sixteen months. Yielding to God’s call Jim retired from active duty to plant NPC. It is encouraging to have a gifted Chaplain and spiritual leader of Jim’s unique background following our previous godly Executive Directors. Jim Carter understands both the rigors and challenges of military ministry life as well as the civilian ministry and brings a Shepherd’s heart to the daily ministry of the PRCC. He is passionate to serve the military and civilian Chaplains and military personnel as well as their family members. Here is a little more information about Chaplain Jim Carter.
Chaplain James R. “Jim” Carter was born October 30, 1960 and is a native of Monroeville, Alabama. After attending Belhaven College and Reformed Theological Seminary and receiving his ordination as a Presbyterian Minister (PCA), Jim entered the Army Chaplain Corps in 1988. He previously served in the Army Reserves as a Second Lieutenant Chaplain Candidate from 1986-1988.
Chaplain Carter degrees include a Bachelors of Art from Belhaven College in Jackson, Mississippi; a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi and a Doctor of Ministry from Erskine Theological Seminary, Due West, South Carolina. Chaplain Carter’s military education includes the U.S. Army Chaplain Basic Course and Advanced Courses, Combined Arms Service Staff School (CAS3), the Command and General Staff College, and the Chaplain Lieutenant Colonel Course.
Chaplain Carter served over 23 years within the Army Chaplaincy. He held numerous military ministry leadership positions and has served in two combat tours. His assignments include: 24th Infantry Division, 3rd Engineer Battalion (Combat), Fort Stewart, Georgia; 2-7 Infantry Battalion, Fort Stewart, Georgia with a combat tour in Saudi Arabia-Iraq (Operation Desert Shield and Storm); 59th Ordnance Brigade, Sogel, Germany; 409th Base Support Battalion, Grafenwoehr, Germany; 4-5 Field Artillery Battalion, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas and 4-1 Field Artillery Battalion, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas, and 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Fort Riley, Kansas; Area III Installation Chaplain, Camp Humphrey’s, Korea; Brigade Combat Training Religious Support Observer Controller (BCTP), Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; 3rd Regiment and Senior Pastor of the West Point Cadet Chapel, United States Corps of Cadets, United States Military Academy, West Point, New York; Deputy Installation Chaplain and Chief of Religious Support Operations, Fort Bliss, Texas; 4th Infantry Division Chaplain, Fort Hood, Texas and Multi-National Division Baghdad Command Chaplain, (MND-B) Baghdad, Iraq (Operational Iraqi Freedom (OIF 07-09); Senior Pastor of the Protestant Congregation and Deputy Installation Chaplain, United States Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania.
Chaplain Carter’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with two Stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, and the Overseas Service Ribbon.
Chaplain Carter is married to the former Terri Ganey of Mullins, South Carolina and they have two children, Sarah (24) and David (21). He enjoys sports, tennis, traveling, reading and serving his local community.