As a family united in faith by the Holy Spirit, we exist to worship and praise the Triune God, to be nurtured through His Word and Sacraments, and to share His love in Christ with others.
Pastor Doug Carter is the new associate pastor at St. John’s Lutheran Church. In addition to sharing the preaching, teaching, and visitation ministry, he will advise several other areas of St. John’s congregation life, including community involvement, initial contact with people interested in membership, and worship and discipleship planning.
Pastor Carter was born in Alpena, Michigan; the youngest of nine children. He was baptized at Faith Lutheran Church in Hillman, Michigan, where his father was the pastor. Before he was a year old his family moved to East Jordan, Michigan, where he was confirmed at another Faith Lutheran Church, and where his parents still live. His formal training for ministry began at Michigan Lutheran Seminary in Saginaw, sister school to Watertown’s Luther Preparatory School. He received the Bachelor of Arts degree from the WELS college of ministry, Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minnesota, and the Master of Divinity degree from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon. From 2005 to 2008 he was the pastor of St. Martin (now Shepherd of the Lakes) Lutheran Church in Roscommon, Michigan, and for the next six years he served as associate pastor for outreach and family ministry at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Cudahy, Wisconsin.
Music has always been an important part of Pastor Carter’s life. He has performed in vocal and instrumental ensembles since elementary school, and has been playing the organ and piano for worship since high school. Throughout school he was also active in multiple theater programs, covering everything from spotlights to directing, chorus parts to lead roles. He still enjoys composing and arranging choral and keyboard settings for worship.
Outside of congregational work, Pastor Carter served as coordinator for the WELS outreach booth at the Wisconsin State Fair for five years. He has also written week-long sets of daily devotions for Northwestern Publishing House’s devotional Meditations.
The Carter family consists of Pastor, his wife Lauren, and their daughter, who, at age eight, has a deep love for superheroes, ponies, and Irish dance. Lauren has always had a passion for children’s ministry, and is looking forward to plugging into St. John’s church and school programs in as many ways as possible. Together they enjoy visiting parks, libraries, museums, and malls, and spending evenings in with streaming video.