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Garrett-Evangelical Announces 2012 Convocation Speaker

July 10, 2012

Rev. Dr. Kenneth Carder, retired bishop of The United Methodist Church and faculty member at Duke Divinity School, will be the keynote speaker at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary’s convocation on September 12, 2012. The event will be held  at 11:15 a.m. in the Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful and is open to the public.

Bishop Carder graduated with honors from East Tennessee State University and Wesley Theological Seminary and later received his Doctor of Ministry degree from Vanderbilt Divinity School. Bishop Carder served churches in Maryland, Tennessee, and Virginia. While in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, he helped initiate dialogue between scientists and theologians. These dialogues included members of the Council of Bishops and led to the document In Defense of Creation. Bishop Carder also has a special commitment to racial and economic justice, prison ministry, and Wesley studies.

Bishop Carder was elected to the episcopacy in 1992 while serving as pastor of Church Street Church in Knoxville, Tennessee. As bishop he served the Nashville area for eight years and the Mississippi area for four years. Now in retirement, Bishop Carder serves as the Ruth W. and A. Morris Williams Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry at Duke Divinity School.

Bishop Carder is the author of three books, Sermons on United Methodist Beliefs, A Bishop’s Reflections, and Living Our Beliefs. He is also the author of the study guide Who Are We? The Doctrine, Mission, and Ministry of The United Methodist Church and  has contributed articles to several journals, including Christian Century, Circuit Rider, and Christian Social Action. Bishop Carder currently serves as a member of The United Methodist University Senate and as chairman of the Senate’s Commission on Theological Education.

Reflecting upon Bishop Carder’s visit, Dr. Philip A. Amerson, president of Garrett-Evangelical, said, "Bishop Carder has served as a remarkable pastor, bishop and scholar.  He is known for his commitments to theological integrity in the practice of ministry and his profound commitments to biblical piety and justice. Bishop Carder will be joined during his time on campus by former Evangelical Theological Seminary president, Bishop Wayne Clymer.  We are thrilled by the opportunity to hear from these two giants of the faith and are honored to welcome them to our campus."