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Dr. Mack King Carter, former senior pastor of the10,000-member congregation New Mount Olive Baptist Church in Fort Lauderdale and one of the state’s most beloved ministers, died Wednesday. He was 66.

Dr. Carter was a native of Ocala. He received an Associate of Arts degree in 1967 from Central Florida Community College, a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1970 from the University of Florida, a Master of Divinity degree in 1976 from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctorate of Ministry degree in 1978 from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

He also did additional studies at Florida Memorial College in Miami, and received honorary doctorate degrees from Bethune-Cookman College and Florida Memorial College.

Ministering as a teen

Dr. Carter told the Sun-Sentinel newspaper in a 2009 story that he gave his life to Christ at the age of five, and was preaching from the time he was a child growing up in Ocala just outside Gainesville. He pastored his first church at the age of 19.

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article courtesy of Floridacourier.com

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