The Lovers Lane UMC Foundation Presents:

2020 Owen Lenten Lecture Series

— Featuring Bishop Ken Carter —

April 7 – 9

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
– Proverbs 3:5–6

The Show Must Go On

Wherever you are in your life, your walk, or this great city of Dallas, wherever we are as a church and a denomination, take some time this Holy Week to be still before the Lord and Focus On the Cross. Bishop Carter will be speaking from Florida via live stream.  Join us each day for an hour of reflection, inspiration and worship as we seek His divine work for our freedom, our unity, and our identity this Easter season.

Stay tuned for details…


Tuesday, April 7
The Cross: Our Freedom
Galatians 2: 15-21; 3: 23-29; 5: 1, 13-23

Wednesday, April 8
The Cross: Our Unity
Ephesians 2: 11-22; 4: 1-6

Thursday, April 9
The Cross: Our Identity
Philippians 2: 5-11; 3: 1-16


Bishop Ken Carter serves as the president of the Council of Bishops of the United Methodist Church, and he was one of three moderators of A Way Forward, the commission authorized by the General Conference in matters of unity and human sexuality.  He is author of ten books, most recently Fresh Expressions:  A New Kind of Methodist Church (with Audrey Warren; Abingdon Press, 2017) and Embracing The Wideness:  The Shared Convictions of United Metthodists (Abingdon Press, 2018).

His great hope for the church is that she will rediscover an orthodox Christian faith which offers the radically inclusive grace of God to all people, and at the same time calls every follower of Jesus to inner holiness, missional compassion and hopeful witness. He travels extensively across the state, preaching in local churches and encouraging lay and clergy leaders.

As Resident Bishop of the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church, he (along with the cabinet) gives pastoral and administrative leadership to almost 800 congregations, fresh expressions of church, campus ministries and outreach initiatives in an episcopal area that stretches from Tallahassee and Jacksonville to Miami and the Keys. He came to the Florida Conference in 2012, following a ministry of almost thirty years in Western North Carolina, twenty-nine as a local church pastor.

He and his wife, Pam have been married for thirty-seven years.  Pam is also an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church, and is a regional team leader in disaster recovery for the Florida Conference.  They are blessed with two adult daughters:  Liz lives in Los Angeles, where she is a PhD. student at U.C.L.A., and Abby is on the staff of Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, Tennessee.  Abby and her husband Allen are parents of Paige, the bishop’s granddaughter.