The Rev. Dr. Mack King Carter, retired senior pastor of New Mount Olive Baptist Church, has died.
“God has called one of our great prophetic leaders home to be with Him in glory,” the website said. “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our Pastor Emeritus, Dr. Mack King Carter.”
One of his parishioners, Florida Senate Democratic Leader Chris Smith of Fort Lauderdale, said about the death via Twitter that, “My heart is broken.”
His last sermon was almost exactly four years ago, on Sept. 27, 2009, delivered after 27 years at the pulpit.
He was a powerful political force, and Democratic politicians coveted the opportunity to appear at one of his Sunday services before an election.My late colleague Greg Lewis reported New Mount Olive under the Rev. Carter’s leadership was the largest biggest black congregation in the state, with more than 10,000 members. His sales of taped sermons and popular appearances at church conventions, along with his weekly television ministry, extend his reach even further.