Dr. Christopher A. Carter was born and raised in the Martinsville/Henry County area to Howard and Elizabeth Carter. His early childhood years in the church were spent at the Mount Sinai Apostolic Church under the leadership of Bishop James C. Richardson, Sr. His family later moved their membership to the Mount Olivet Apostolic Church under the pastorate of Bishop Robert L. Kellam.
Dr. Carter received his high school education at Laurel Park High School and later received a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical Education from Shaw University. Immediately following his college years, he served as a police officer for the City of Martinsville. He also, served several years teaching and coaching in the Martinsville and Eden City Schools. He worked for ten years in the Danville Public Schools as a health/physical education teacher, football, track, and head basketball coach. He received many accolades, which included the 1998 AAA state men’s basketball championship of which he is very proud. He later decided to pursue a master’s degree in secondary school administration from Longwood University and was blessed to become the first Afro American principal at John Morehead High School located in Eden, North Carolina and George Washington High School located in Danville, Virginia. He currently is serving as the head boys’ basketball coach at Reidsville High School located in Reidsville, North Carolina.
God called Dr. Carter to the ministry approximately 15 years ago. As an evangelist, he traveled to and fro proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ. Under the direction of the holy spirit Dr. Carter became founder/pastor of United in Christ Ministries which is now located at 211 North Oakland Avenue in Eden, North Carolina. God has richly blessed this ministry as it continues to grow. He truly loves the people of God and encouraging lost souls to accept Jesus Christ as their personal savior. Through the empowering of the Holy Spirit and the Hands of God, it is indeed an honor to be appointed the leader of the United Church Family. This is the honor of which he is most proud. It is his calling and passion to preach the Word in season and out of season.
Elder Carter married to Frances Hairston Carter for 31 years and they are the proud parents of two sons; Devan and Darius.
His favorite scripture is Isaiah 40:31:
But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
OUR FIRST LADY
Sis. Fran Carter is excited to serve as her husband’s helpmeet as he meets the calling to serve as the shepherd and founder of United in Christ Ministries
Lady Fran was born to Thomas and Helen Hairston. She received her education at Tunstall High School in Dry Fork, Virginia. She later received an Associate Degree in Education at Danville Community College. She continued her studies at Averett University and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a minor in Secondary Education (Grades 8-12). She later received a Master of Science Degree from Longwood University majoring in Secondary School Counseling. She has received 18 additional graduate credits from various universities such as James Madison University, Radford University, Virginia State University, and the University of California Hayward.
Sis. Fran has served in the education field for over 30 years. She has taught business at National Business College, Patrick County High School, George Washington High School, and will retire in July 2015 after 16 years of service as an assistant professor of Administrative Support Technology at Danville Community College.
Frances Hairston Carter has been married to Pastor Christopher A. Carter for 31 years and they are the proud parents of two sons; Devan and Darius.
Lady Fran’s roots in the church go deep. She has loved the Lord and the church since childhood. She was reared at the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Cascade, Virginia where Pastor Otis Chestnut and Rev. Dr. John W. Tinsley served as her pastors. As a child she loved singing and would sing in the church choir as a child and perform solo concerts at five years old with her mother serving as her accompanist. Music continues to be her calling as she frequently renders solos at her church and area churches and sings in the church choir. She also serves as the leader of the United Women’s Ministry and regularly teaches bible study. She has spoken on several occasions at various women’s conferences at different churches. She also assist her husband in counseling within the ministry.
Lady Carter feels that today’s women must realize the love that God has for them they must have for themselves. We must realize our value in God’s eyes and not rely on the opinions and values others attach to us. One of Lay Fran's favorite sayings is that "People Can't Validate nor Negate Me...Only god has that Power in My Life!"
Her favorite scripture is Proverbs 3:6
In all Thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths.