About Us

Kristin is a Southern Georgia belle, who graduated from UGA as a veterinarian May 2010. Carter grew up in NC, went on to seminary, became an ordained pastor, and has completed his doctorate of ministry. Carter resided in SC for about 7 years (4 of these years with Kristin), and we now reside in FL. After about a month of emailing, asking questions, and going through the steps of eharmony.com, we were full of excitement and became very eager to meet one another face to face. October 25, 2009, we met and enjoyed every minute together. We had no doubt God was going to strengthen our relationship with Him as well as with one another. Carter proposed August 9, 2010 on the boat in the middle of Lake Wylie at sunset. Kristin said "Yes" after some happy tears. We got married April 2, 2011 and what an amazing beautiful day that was! God has continued to bless us throughout our marriage. We look forward to see what He has in store for us each and every day. We are super blessed to be down in Boca serving the Lord. God is constantly surprising us with new callings!

March: Carter's Corner

Thanks for the prayers while I was away on my Doctoral Residency!

What was it like? It was intense! These were crazy yet awesome and powerful days. They were emotionally draining, but a COMPLETE BLESSING! God is definitely using this process for me to grow as a person and a pastor! Thanks so much for your support and prayers!

Like always, my third and final residency was AMAZING and completely relevant. This one was called “the Pastor as a Person/Leader.” Two years ago, it was “The Pastor as Counselor/Caregiver,” and last year was “The Pastor as a Preacher.” (All 3 years were totally different…I was trying to think about which year was my favorite, but I can’t begin to compare them.)

This residency focused on sustainable ministry and the pastor as a leader. We went through a variety of case studies of pastors and various situations in life. Multiple case studies related to stress and how to handle the stress. We learned from one of our leaders, who has been a pastor for 55+ years, about his break down about 50 years ago. He was trying to be everything to everyone within his church. He had a complete physical breakdown, was paralyzed and the works. Once he was able to come back to work, major changes were made in his occupational life.

We also had the privilege of learning about leadership from a Chaplain who was an Admiral and also on staff at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church. What a neat guy to meet!

Other teachings and conversations were wrapped around how different Biblical Leadership is than secular, business, and all other types of leadership. We discussed what Shepherd Leadership was and meant. We had the opportunity to hear from a professor, who spent a year in the Middle East living with the bedouin shepherds. He learned what the Bible was talking about when it talked about shepherds. It’s NOT like we think of shepherds today and is nothing like the shepherds in Scotland!

Another important topic covered was how to keep our spiritual life on track. If we aren’t the spiritual leaders that God wants us to be, then we can’t be church leaders. Spiritual formation and spiritual retreats were mentioned to help keep ourselves spiritually healthy.

This residency was full of support, prayers, advice, and encouragement as we each shared our call stories and what we are called to do. On top of that, we presented significant issue projects to the entire class, discussed them, and prayed for each other. These subjects ranged from conflict
TO denominational issues TO taking over as head pastor of a church where the pastor was there for 60 years and is still there TO a head pastor disappointed when the youth pastor rejected a sexual advance from a congregant TO church unethical financial practice TO a congregation treating
the pastors wife very mean and abusively…and this is just naming a few.

We talked about the REQUIREMENT to take a Sabbath (day of rest). Sundays aren’t going to work since that is one of the biggest work days for pastors. Taking another (on top of a Sabbath) day during the week to help care for household needs, etc. was advice given over and over again.

What is left for me? My Thesis… This will probably take me a good year or so to complete. My advisor and I kind of revamped the beginning of this major scholarly work over the residency. My thesis project will be an exploratory study of the leadership formation of first time elders on session in Presbyterian Churches.

I have so many more stories to share. Come see or call me to hear more…
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