John A. Carter

Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology

A Commander in the Chaplain Corps, Dr. Carter has a demonstrated history of leadership in the Navy and USMC. Highlights of his 20 year ministry in the Navy and Marine Corps include serving as the Senior Chaplain at Arlington National Cemetery, and as the Base Chaplain for the Navy’s largest training installation. He also pastored military chapels in Japan, Washington state, and Illinois. He received a Master of Divinity degree from Westminster Seminary in California, a Master of Theology degree from Duke Divinity School, and his doctorate in Christian Leadership from Covenant Theological Seminary. Ordained in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church since 2002, he serves his denomination on the Committee for Chaplains and Military Personnel. His primary academic focus is in the areas of counseling, spiritual formation, leadership, and institutional ministry.



Navy Chaplains: Cooperation and Conflict in a Pluralistic Institution [Doctoral dissertation, Covenant Theological Seminary] (2012)

The Presbyterian Mission in Korea and the Founding of General Assembly Theological Seminary: 1950-1953 [ThM Thesis, Duke University] (2017)