Announcing the Death of the Rev. Dr. Mack King Carter
“In shady, green pastures, so rich and so sweet,
God leads His dear children along;
Where the water’s cool flow bathes the weary one’s feet,
God leads His dear children along.
Some through the waters, some through the flood,
Some through the fire, but all through the blood;
Some through great sorrow, but God gives a song,
In the night season and all the day long.”
There are preachers and then there was the irreplaceable and indomitable spirit of the Rev. Dr. Mack King Carter, pastor emeritus of New Mount Olive Baptist Church in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He was an anointed modern-day prophet, who fed the souls of the faithful and the minds of those who were open to a Word from the Lord. Dr. Carter made his transition early Wednesday morning (10-3-13) and we are sure he was greeted by multitudes of ancestors-in-waiting, who smiled broadly and nodded proudly, as he took a well-deserved seat and sat down.
Many of us at the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference have been changed by his ministry, impacted by his words and influenced by his ability tell a story, turn a phrase, transform the ancient, biblical text and have it speak to the heart, making the Gospel come alive. At our last sacred gathering in February, we honored Dr. Carter for his unique, theological gifts with the “Beautiful Are the Feet Award.” For us, and our team, there is something profoundly prophetic about the movement and moment of that acknowledgment. Cares all past. Home at last, ever to rejoice.
We will tell you more about this great man in coming days with a full historic tribute and details on his service. But please read what one of our newest and youngest SDPC trustees has to say about the indelible mark and imprint this giant of a man made on his life and on his ministry. Read the words of the Rev. Dr. William Marcus Small of New Calvary Baptist Church, Norfolk, VA:
“Dr. Carter was a homiletical mastermind, an exegetical master, and a Greek interpreter extraordinaire,” Small said. “He made scripture come alive with a skillful combination of experience, education and the essence of mother wit. Mack could tell a story. And like the old preachers say, could ‘make it plain.’ His pastoral prose was second to none and he had a heart for people and a passion for proclaiming the Gospel. He taught us through his unique gifts that God’s love knows no bounds. He made us want to get closer to the eternal because of God’s sufficient grace. God’s kingdom has truly lost a prince of a pastor and preacher.”
An Amen goes right there.
Nothing more need be said.
AMEN & AMEN,
For and on behalf of:
Dr. Iva E. Carruthers, General Secretary & Founder
Dr. Frederick D. Haynes III, Chair & Founder
Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr. Founder
Board of Directors, Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, Inc.
Condolences can be sent to:
Mrs. Patricia Carter
C/O New Mount Olive Baptist Church
400 NW 9th Avenue Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
McWhite’s Funeral Home is handling all arrangements.
3501 W Broward Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312