Bishop Mike Lowry, episcopal leader of the Central Texas Conference UMC, has announced that Rev. Louis Carr will be appointed as the District Superintendent of the North District of the Central Texas Conference effective March 1 ,2019. Louis succeeds Rev. Travis Franklin who is leaving the cabinet to take over as the senior pastor of First United Methodist Church of Grapevine. Rev. Carr currently serves as the senior pastor of Harvest UMC.
“Rev. Louis Carr brings to the District and the Cabinet a wealth of insight in growing new ministry with a multi-cultural flare,” Bishop Lowry stated. “His experience in a variety of pastoral settings will be a great asset to the North District, and his creative ministry in developing a new congregation, demonstrates both courage and conviction in building the church for a new day. It is with joy that I welcome Rev. Louis Carr as the new North District Superintendent effective March 1.”
For the past 3-plus years, Rev. Carr has served as the Senior Pastor of Harvest United Methodist Church, a vital congregation that was born out of the merger of two historic churches – Thompson Chapel and Ridglea United Methodist Church.
“I am excited about this new opportunity and to discover what God is currently doing and will do in the North District,” Louis said. “However, the decision wasn’t easy. Harvest will always hold a special place in my heart. The transformational work achieved by bringing different ethnic and cultural groups together in the name of Jesus Christ has changed me forever. Harvest has been a unique chance to learn how transformational professions of faith and missional small groups can help to grow people in Christ.
“Still, my main motivation is to help make disciples for the kingdom, so that people will come to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior,” Louis continued. “I am grateful and humbled to serve the conference and the Kingdom in this new capacity. I am excited to be a part of the North District and I will strive to help individuals and our local churches live into their God-given talents and walk lovingly with Christ.
Rev. Carr is a native of Fort Worth and a graduate of Prairie View A&M University where he played football, joined Alpha Phi Alpha, became captain of the golf team, all while completing a degree in Civil Engineering like his father. Louis also holds a master’s degree in Divinity from Brite Divinity School at TCU where he became the first person of color elected student body president in the history of the school. Currently he is working on his doctorate at Asbury Theological Seminary.
Pastor Carr, who was ordained an elder in the Central Texas Conference in 2011, has served a variety of churches in the CTC - rural, urban and suburban, black and white congregations from Mexia to Grapevine. Besides his pastoral duties, he also currently serves as the Chair of the Conference Board of Church and Society; chair of the Conference Relations Committee for BOM; BOM Executive; member of the Connectional Table; Brite Divinity National Alumni Council Chair; Episcopacy committee member; Harry Denman Evangelism Award winner and a 2016 and 2019 General and Jurisdictional delegate. Louis is married to the beautiful Mrs. Kenyail Carr and they have two wonderful children, Peggy and Louis III.
It wasn’t only his success in growing new ministry and embracing new technologies and creative ministries that cemented Rev. Carr as Bishop Lowry’s choice to be the next North District Superintendent. “I have been especially impressed by his commitment to our core mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world,” explained Bishop Lowry. “Rev. Carr lives his commitment to putting Christ at the Center, focusing on the local church and helping develop the next generation of lay and clergy leadership.”
“I simply come to the role of DS with humility, impowered by the Holy Spirit’” remarked Louis. “I am excited to be a part of the Cabinet and helping to lead our WIG, as it pushes us outside of our traditional ways.”