Meet Our Pastor

Franklin VA


Pastor C. M. Carter, Sr. is a native of Virginia Beach and is the son of Adrianne Varese Carter and Isaac C. Jenkins Jr. He is the husband of the former Ms. Lashawn Nichole Mathews of Fordyce, Arkansas and were brought together in marriage on May 24th 2008. They are the blessed and proud parents of a daughter, Amazyn Krista – Chalet’ Carter, and a son, Cornelious Marquis Carter, Jr. The Carter family currently resides in the city of Virginia Beach. Rev. Carter is currently employed by The Newport News Shipbuilding working within a division of Human Resources, and his wife currently works as a Risk Reduction Program Manager for The Department of The Air Force.

Rev. Carter accepted Christ at an early age and became a member of The New Oak Grove Baptist Church in Virginia Beach while under the leadership of then, Dr. O. L. Cromwell, II. Within transition of the church, the pastoral mantle of leadership has been given to the Reverend Tyrone L. Johnson. Rev. Carter, as a devoted member of the New Oak Grove Baptist Church, served his church faithfully in the capacities of Adult Class Sunday School Teacher, Musician, Associate Minister, Director and Youth Pastor for The Anointed Generation Youth Ministry at New Oak Grove. He was and still continues to be a great mentor to the youth at New Oak Grove, the community, and many other surrounding ministries and organizations.

Rev. Carter accepted the call to preach the Gospel where he was licensed, ordained and consecrated under the leadership of his visionary and Senior Pastor, Rev. Tyrone L. Johnson. Rev. Carter is a graduate from the North Carolina College of Theology where he pursued and earned his degree in the concentrated area of biblical studies.

Rev. Carter, as he continued to preach and to teach God’s Word while building ministry within the church, God saw that it was time for him to unveil and to reveal another piece of the assignment attached to his destiny. So on May 26th 2015, God declared elevation in the life of Rev. Carter by allowing him to be called to serve as the Pastor of The New Mt. Zion Baptist Church located in the great city of Franklin. In this divine and appointed position, Pastor Carter believes that the mantle of Christian leadership through pastoral ministry has been birthed within him, with the help of his wife, for the building up and edification of God’s people and to equip the body of Christ for Kingdom Worship and Kingdom living! With a heart for God’s people and their endeavoring commitment and desire for effective ministry, they believe that the people of New Mt. Zion has already made their presence known through the work that has begun in them over 100 years ago, but is now ready to turn the world upside down! (Acts 17:6)

Pastor Carter has been gifted with and is known for his inspirational, profound and “Tell It Like It Is” practical preaching and teaching of The Gospel, whereby he believes that the only and true way to build The Kingdom of God is by strengthening the home and family, empowering leadership, and serving in all capacities with a humble spirit. He believes that when these things become priority in the life of the believer, The Holy Spirit will overshadow, confirm and finish the work!