Apostle Harold M. Carter
Growing up as a young child the call of ministry was upon him, which was seen by his Aunt Ruby, who always called him “Reverend School Boy”. He was always creating something and doing things away from the other children. While attending school, he was often placed in roles of leadership. History and Music was his favorite subjects. At the age of 15 he received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and the calling to preach the gospel. Later in his teenage years, his late uncle, known as the Rev. Dr. William T. Sawyer groomed him to operate a successful ministry, not knowing one day he would become a Pastor. He was assigned as the Armorbearer and Church Administrator. He attended both Shaw High School and Bethume-Cookman College. His plans were to become an Accountant, Music teacher and marry his High School sweetheart Phyllis, but God had a different plan. Although many disappointments and offsets occurred, the hunger and desire to do the will of God was always evident in his life. On February 11, 1994 he assisted his wife in the founding of Messiah Church of the Living God. Because of his background in business and music the plan was to be the Church administrator and Praise and Worship leader, but here again God had different plans.
In March of 1995, he was ordained to the office of Co-Pastor with his wife Phyllis. Little by little God reminded him of the education and the anointing that was on his life. The seed planters were, Dr. William T. Sawyer, Bishop Michael Dantley, PHD, and Rev. Dr. Julia Brogdon. These individuals help him soar to the place where he is today.
In April of 2000 he along with his wife were elevated by God and confirmed by their Overseer, Dr. Julia Brogdon and Apostle Reginald Carson to the Office of the Apostle. Apostle Harold is known as one of the greatest teachers of our time.
In 1997, his oldest son, Antwan was called home to be with the Lord. Apostle Harold became inspired to reach out to many hurting men, who were lacking a father’s relationship. Since that time God has placed many men in his path to “Mentor.” Men have found him as a “true” Spiritual father.
Apostle Harold and his wife, Phyllis has been married for 45 years. He is the proud father of Antwan (deceased), Harold and Steven. Apostle Harold is thankful to God for the opportunity to pass his mantle to his sons, Pastors Harold and Steven Carter. They both have been Ordained to the Office of Assistant Pastors. In addition to his lineage, he is the grandfather known as “Papa” to his adorable grandchildren and great-grandchild.
His mission is to train up those called into ministry, to help develop their gifts and counsel for the churches and Elders. Apostle Harold’s aim is to destroy the kingdom of darkness by taking the gospel to an unsaved generation.
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Apostle Phyllis Fosh-Carter
Apostle Phyllis Fosh-Carter is known as a motivated leader who has been chosen by God to be a trend-setter. Her mission is to pave the way for Women to be successful in their daily walk with the Lord, while she is juggling everyday responsibilities and wearing many hats in her own life. She is the wife of Apostle Harold Carter, where they both serve as Pastors at Messiah International Ministries for 26 years along enjoying their 45 years of marriage. She is the mother of two sons Harold, Steven and the stepmother of the late Antwan Peterson. In addition, she is a grandmother of seven and a great grandmother of one.
She was called in the ministry in 1975 and started moving out in the ministry preaching in the 1980s. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Ursuline College in Pepper Pike, Ohio, majoring in Fashion Merchandise. She has also attended Ashland Theological Seminary. In 2017, Apostle Phyllis was recognized as an Honorary Doctorate by Messiah International Ministries.
During her training period, in 1992-93, she was ordained and served as Assistant Pastor under the leadership of Bishop John Hilton, Sr. (Pastor of Faith Temple Church of God-Cleveland, OH). She was also inspired by her spiritual covering the late Dr. Dennis Norris-President of the American Baptist Association and Pastor.
On February 11, 1994, she organized the Messiah Church of the Living God, under the leadership of Bishop Helen London of Detroit, MI. In November of 1999, she and her husband changed the name of Messiah Church of the Living God to Messiah International Ministries for greater outreach to all mankind.
Apostle Phyllis is known for helping women of all backgrounds, which motivated her to speak for the Women in Transition Program at Tri-C campus. She has a Women’s ministry at Messiah meets every 1st Friday of the month, entitled “Journey to the Well Experience” empowering women around Greater Cleveland to identify their calling. Apostle Phyllis Women’s ministry includes traveling over the last eleven years to many different states hosting statewide Retreats. Some of her Retreats include traveling to the White House and in 2011 she hosted the 1st International Conference in Paris, France. She continued to expand traveling in 2013 to Honolulu, Hawaii. She states, “There is more to life than Cleveland, give the women the ultimate experience of seeing the world, which is such a great opportunity.” She will continue to plan more inspiring Conferences that bring a closer relationship to God. In addition, Apostle Phyllis loves to organize groups taking women higher in God. In the last five years, she has been overseeing her Mentorship Program One on One. The Mentorship classes offer a variety of skill techniques, that incorporates Trainers, Coaches and Counselor Professionals. This gives every Mentee a One of One support system. Enrollments are in the Spring, which concludes with a Graduation in the Fall.
She gives God the glory being the recipient for the Business Woman of the Year Award in April of 2017 hosted by the loda Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. Epsilon Chapter.
Apostle Phyllis is such a blessing to so many people; she has a high energy level in her preaching. She believes strongly that God has never created any misfits; everybody has a purpose in their lives. Her anointing weighs heavily in the “Deliverance ministry.” She is a woman of God that has a strong character, launches platforms for others, great integrity, and is a mighty force in the fight toward righteousness. She concludes, in her belief, “Don’t leave the devil standing, take him out and have no fear, . . . because greater is He that is in you then he that is in the world.” I John 4:4 Lastly, “Women of God to stretch forth with Vision and fulfill their destiny.”