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Dr. Harold Carter Speaks at University of the Cumberlands


Williamsburg, Ky. — Dr. Harold Carter, pastor of New Shiloh Baptist Church in Baltimore, Maryland, addressed the students, faculty, and staff of University of the Cumberlands on October 10, 2011 during a joint convocation in the O. Wayne Rollins Center on UC’s campus.

Carter, who is from Alabama, was able to graduate from high school at the age of 15. After high school he attended Alabama State College where he was unsure of what career path he wanted to take until he spoke with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. After his meeting with Dr. King, Carter was sure that he wanted to be a preacher, and even participated in the civil rights movement. His address to the UC community focused on just that.

During convocation Dr. Carter shared three pieces of wisdom that he said helped guide his life. “Number one: All creatures are valuable and are creatures of God; number two: Anything in life that is redeeming and liberating and lifts people demands a certain amount of sacrifice, pain, and suffering. There’s no easy or smooth road to success; and number three: Don’t let others pull you down so low that your attitude is as negative as theirs.”

In addition to his duties as pastor, Carter serves as Professor of New Testament studies and Vice-President of the Determined Biblical and Theological Seminary of Baltimore, Maryland. He has written a book The Sacred Message – Getting Started in Pastoral Ministry, which has proven to be a source of inspiration to many aspiring pastors. He sees his call to ministry as “the divine compulsion to do God’s will.”

Located in Williamsburg, KY, University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.