Sunday, March 22, 2020

In my first year of ministry, Lynell Hampton Carter was the first Black pastor serving in Lutheran Urban Ministry outside my contact orbit revolving around Allen Youngblood.

Lynell Carter and Rich Stewart met at a "new" Urban Pastor's Conference at Northwestern University in 1972. Like a lot of us who were scattered throughout the church, we made minimal contact.  But on occasion, we would connect and remember that one week at Garrett Seminary where we, along with Wilson Wu were the only pastors of color Studying Urban Ministry at the event.  Lynell had served in Islandic Lutheran Churches in Canada, but he was asked to serve in Baltimore. For many years he served Pastor of Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church in Yonkers, NY 
and most recently was the Pastor of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tremont in The Bronx. He retired in May 2012 and died in August 2013. Please see the video tribute prepared in his honor.


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