Pastor Garth Carter was born December 5, 1952 to Phyllis Carter. He is a native of Barbados, West Indies. Pastor Carter received his early education in the public schools of Barbados West Indies and upon completing his studies he moved to Canada where he resided for 2 years. Pastor Carter returned to Barbados on vacation where he met Pastor Patricia Short, of First Love Church of Star Hill, Delaware. At that time, he gave his life to the Lord and was immersed in serving the community which would be his lifelong calling from the day he was saved until the time God summoned him home. Pastor Carter moved to the United States in 1973 and became a member of First Love Church. While serving at First Love Church of Star Hill he was ordained as an Elder and taught the Youth at Kiddie College. Later, in 1992, he met his best friend Rose and by 1994 they were married.
After eleven years of faithful service at First Love Church of Star Hill, Pastor Carter became a member of United Fellowship Ministries under the leadership of Apostle Chester Boyd. Pastor Carter faithfully completed 4 years of Biblical studies at United Fellowship Bible College and two years of Advance Deliverance. He would later become an instructor for the Bible college; he was truly an educator at heart. He also worked diligently with the ministry college outreach program Student Against a Godless Society (SAGS). In addition, he became the Chief Financial Officer for the church, and maintained that position for 15 years. Pastor Carter traveled across the United States with the ministry spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ. With the growth in the ministry, Pastor Carter was elevated from the office of Elder to the office of Pastor where he has served until the moment God transitioned him from pain to peace. Over the years, he has received more than 15 awards for his ministry service.
From the very beginning of his journey with Christ, Pastor Carter dedicated his life, children and family to God and encouraged them to explore the beauty of the Gospel and the loving kindness of our Lord Jesus Christ. Committed to advancing the Kingdom of God in all aspects of life, Pastor Carter held several esteemed positions throughout his lifetime in the workforce where he strived for excellence, as a police officer in Barbados, a supervisor at Colton Memorial Hospital Brooklyn New York, a team member at LD Caulk in Milford DE, and ultimately retired from Walmart Distribution Center in Smyrna, Delaware after 16 years. As a hardworking man, even after retirement, Pastor Carter maintained a position until his departure at Preferred Transportation.
Pastor Carter was called to rest in Christ on July 12, 2020 after valiantly battling a long illness. His devotion to his family and his firm belief in God supported him in this struggle and ultimately gave him peace.
Pastor Carter leaves to cherish his memories his devoted wife Rose Carter and his mother Phyllis Carter of Barbados; his daughter Tiffany Carter of New York; three brothers: Anthony Carter, Gregory Carter and Ambrose Carter all of Barbados; five sisters: Janice Carter of Boston, MA, Celeste Carter, Marcia Carter and Gillian Alleyne all of Barbados, Bonita Ebb of Atlanta, GA; three step sons: Terry Cephas (Winnie) of New Jersey, Robert Cephas (Rikeisha) of Ohio, William Bradley (Roeanne) of Ohio; one step daughter Robin Cephas-Savage (Louis) of South Carolina; his uncles and cousins of the Perryman, Scott and Branch families; his granddaughter: Tiarra Copes (Bug) of Dover: great granddaughters Nariyah and Nayijae of Dover; grandsons Demarius, Demarkus, Demarion and Dominik; five brother-in-laws Joseph Warren Jr., Charles Warren, Jerry Warren, Marine Warren and Elder Charlie Knighton all of Dover DE; two sisters-in-laws Ardessa Deputy and Clementine Knighton; his United Fellowship Ministries and a host of other relatives, friends, brothers and sisters in Christ.
A funeral service will be Noon Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at New Hope Pentecostal Church, 2020 Sharon Hill Road, Dover, DE 19901 where there will be a viewing from 10:00 A.M. until Noon on Wednesday. Burial will follow in Barratts Chapel Cemetery, Frederica. Online condolences may be made via www.pippinfuneralhome.com.
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