Reverend (Dr.) James R. “Jim” Carter is a native of Monroeville, Alabama. He serves as the Executive Director and Ecclesiastical Endorser for the Presbyterian and Reformed Commission on Chaplains and Military Personnel (PRCC). Following his ministerial calling and ordination into the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), he entered the Army Chaplain Corps in 1988. While attending seminary he served in the Army Reserves as a Chaplain Candidate from 1986-1988. After 24 years of military ministry and achieving the rank of Colonel, he accepted the position of Senior Pastor of the New Presbyterian Church in South Florida for six fruitful years.
Having a passion for both the local civilian church and the chaplaincy Dr. Carter accepted the call to the PRCC in 2017 to serve as the Executive Director of the PRCC. He also serves as the Chaplain Ministries Coordinator for Mission to North America (MNA) of the Presbyterian Church in America.
Chaplain Carter’s degrees include a Bachelor of Arts 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 24 years within the Army Chaplaincy. He held numerous military ministry leadership positions and 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 lives in South Carolina and is married to the former Terri Ganey of Mullins, South Carolina. They have two married children: Sarah (son-in-law Michael), and David (daughter-in-law Emily). He enjoys sports (especially tennis), traveling and serving his local community