Pastor Edward G. Carter (Emeritus)

Founding Pastor, Prayer Assembly COGIC

Colonel, United States Air Force (Retired)

Founding Pastor Edward G. Carter, Emeritus is a man on a mission: to win souls for Jesus Christ and preserve them. His hallmark scriptures for Prayer Assembly COGIC is Matthew 28:19-20, which he sums up as the motto: “Each One, Reach One.”
A third generation member of the Church of God in Christ (COGIC), Pastor Carter was saved, sanctified and filled with the Holy Ghost in his youth. He has served his local churches in many capacities, including Youth Director, Minister of Music, Prayer Director, Financial Counselor, Usher, and Men’s Ministry Director. He was licensed to preach in California under Jurisdictional Prelate, Bishop E.E. Hamilton and was ordained as an Elder in London, England under Bishop R.C. Bell. Pastor Carter has served in five U.S. jurisdictions as well as in Great Britain. He founded the Prayer Assembly Church of God in Christ in Phoenix, Arizona May 15, 1974 and has served as the Senior Pastor for almost 40 years. Since its start, several churches have been established out of Prayer Assembly. At the Arizona COGIC Jurisdictional level, he has served as a J. W. Taylor Scholarship Committee Member and as a Trustee.
While fulfilling his role as pastor, Elder Carter has held positions as U.S. Census District Office Manager, IBM Marketing Representative and Computer Consultant. Further, he is a decorated, retired, military veteran, having achieved the rank of Colonel in the U.S. Air Force.
Pastor Carter received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Government from Howard University, with minors in economics and business. He also received a Master of Arts degree in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma. His other credentials include lifetime teaching certificates from the states of California and Arizona where he has taught college level business, political science and public administration courses.

Within the local, national and international communities, he severed as a member of the Ministerial Alliance of Phoenix, the Tuskegee Airman International Society, the Retired Officers Association, Promise Keepers International, and a lifetime member of the Air Force Association.

A strong advocate for the family, Pastor Carter has been married to Vaughn Carter for 49 years. Their union has produced two children and their spouses and three grandchildren. He exemplifies the spirit of hospitality and continually opens his home and his heart to guests from near and far.
On a personal note, Pastor Carter was an avid racquetball player and enjoys reading and traveling. In addition, he is passionate about building up men both spiritually and naturally. Finally, he is dedicated to mentoring and pushing all ages to the next level in God, academics, finance and citizenship.