Bishop Carter Elected President-designate to Council of Bishops

Carter, elected bishop in 2012, told his colleagues that the call to be the council’s future president “came as a surprise to me.” As president-designate, he will serve on the council’s executive committee alongside Ough.

Since he was asked to take on this role, Carter said he finds himself praying often for three things: “the unity of the church, the faithfulness of the church and the fruitfulness of the church.”

Carter, who leads the Florida Conference, has spent much of ministry in the Western North Carolina Conference, where he served as a pastor of multiple congregations and later as district superintendent.

New President elected to Council of Bishops – Dakotas-Minnesota Area Bishop Bruce R. Ough will be the next president of the Council of Bishops.

After his election, Ough told the bishops how he hoped to lead.

“I want to be a person with a passion for the saving of souls,” he said. “I want to be a person that is a strong advocate for justice in the transformation of the world. I want to be a person who lives joyfully and obediently before the Lord, day in and day out.”

Ough will receive the gavel on the third day of the 2016 General Conference, and Carter is scheduled to take office as president in spring 2018.

What the council president and the president designate do —

The council president is responsible for presiding over all meetings of the bishops’ executive committee and council.

Only General Conference — the denomination’s lawmaking assembly — can speak officially for The United Methodist Church. However, the council president sometimes must speak to the public on behalf of the bishops and church teachings. The president also often takes a leading role in council initiatives.

“We are entering an interesting, some would say ‘difficult,’ season in the life of the church,” Ough told his fellow bishops after his election.

Bishop Ken Carter, elected bishop in 2012, told his colleagues that the call to be the council’s future president “came as a surprise to me.” As president-designate, he will serve on the council’s executive committee alongside Ough. Since he was asked to take on this role, Carter said he finds himself praying often for three things: “the unity of the church, the faithfulness of the church and the fruitfulness of the church.”

Excerpts from: http://www.umc.org/news-and-media/bishops-ough-carter-win-elections-to-lead-bishops


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