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Anthony J. Carter, pastor of East Point Church in East Point, GA, will address the theme: "Black, Reformed, but Foremost Christian."
As our guest Pastor Tony so profoundly put it, "...our service--yes, our worship and allegiance--is not first to the black cause, though noble it may be at times. It is not first to the Reformed cause, though grand it may appear to be. It means that our service is to Christ first and last, now and at all times. If we can serve Christ while sincerely serving an African-American cause, then let us do it. If we can serve Christ while promoting a Reformed agenda, then by all means let us do so. But if Christ is in conflict with the black cause or the Reformed agenda at any point or at any time, then may we have the courage to say, 'Away with blackness and away with Reformedness--give us Jesus and Jesus only'. It means that we must understand that Martin Luther King Jr. gave his life that we might vote, but Christ gave his life that we might live. Frederick Douglas gave his life that we might be free from slavery, but Christ gave his life that we might be free from slavery to sin and death. We are black; there is no mistaking that. We are Reformed, and make no mistake about that. But these two distinctions have revelance only insofar as they are understood in light of the fact that we are Christian. C.H. Spurgeon said, 'I am never ashamed to avow myself a Calvinist; I do not hesitate to take the name of Baptist; But if I am asked what my creed is, I reply, "It is Jesus Christ"'..."
Tony was born and raised in Woodland Park, MI where he was educated through high school in Baldwin Community Schools. He attended Atlanta Christian College where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree. Following Bible College, he enrolled in Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando FL, where he received a Masters of Arts in Biblical Studies. He is the author of several books including On Being Black and Reformed: A New Look at the African-American Christian Experience and the contributing editor of Experiencing the Truth: Bringing the Reformation to the African-American Church and Glory Road: The Journeys of 10 African-Americans into Reformed Christianity. Besides his pastoral and preaching responsibilities at East Point Church, he is a frequent conference speaker, guest lecturer and preacher.
Tony is married to the lovely Adriane Carter. Adriane is a faithful homemaker, educator, and enthusiastic support of her husband in ministry. Their marriage of has bore the fruit of 5 wonderful children: Anthony Jr., Rachel, Sarah, Siera, and Ana. Together they desire to see the kingdom of God reflected in their home and in the lives of those to whom God graciously calls them to minister. They see this church plant as another way of God extending His kingdom throughout the world and they thank Him for all that He is doing in and through them.