Jimmy Carter Pastor, Community Life

Where are you from?

I was born and raised in Wyoming. Although I graduated from high school in Cheyenne, Laramie was home for the last 12 years as I completed college and began working in ministry.

How did you meet your wife?

Andi and I were set up on a blind date. I took her snowshoeing and snowmobiling and the rest is history.

What are a couple things you like to do when you have spare time?

I enjoy hiking, fishing, rock climbing, and just about anything else outdoors. I also love finding new hole-in-the-wall food places with my wife.

What events or factors have shaped you and led you into ministry? (How did you get to where you are today?)

I was involved in leading various ministry groups all through high school and college but at that time I never seriously considered the option of full time ministry. When I graduated from college I enrolled in a one-year seminary program in Laramie, WY called The WEST Institute with the desire to simply grow in my own knowledge of the Bible and my ability to disciple others. God used that year of study and discipleship to transform my life. He gave me a passion to see others grow as I had grown. After I graduated from seminary God opened the door for me to join the staff in Laramie. I served there from 2011-2019 and had many opportunities to teach, disciple, and fill various administrative roles. I see my role at Colonial and Shepherds Institute as a perfect extension of the work God has done in my life over the last decade and I am excited to join the staff here in Cary.

What excites you about community and small group ministry?

My life has been deeply impacted by being involved in small groups and I am excited to see others experience the life change that comes with Christian community. As I study Acts I find that the church has been defined by studying God's Word and in-home fellowship since the beginning. I am excited to see God continue to use these pillars to bless the individual members of our local body at Colonial.