Our Bishop

Bishop Sheldon McCarter

BISHOP SHELDON M. McCARTER

is the senior bishop of the Greater Cleveland Avenue Christian Church in Winston Salem, North Carolina. He was born April 10, 1961 to Dr. R.T. and Lady McCarter in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Bishop McCarter is the third of four siblings, all of whom serve God as ministers of the Gospel. He is married to the love of his life and his partner in ministry, Co-Pastor Joyce N. McCarter. They are blessed with three children Xavia, Alana, and Alaya.

Bishop McCarter said yes to his call into the ministry in 1982 under the pastoral leadership of Dr. R.T. McCarter. He began as pastor of Cleveland Avenue Christian Church in August 1988. The tremendous anointing on his life, his zeal to serve God in excellence, and his heart for people led this ministry into phenomenal growth. The church grew from 200 members in 1988 to more than 3000 members today.

The vision and wisdom of God inspired Bishop McCarter to embark upon undoubtedly the most significant accoplishment to-date in his ministry-the completion of what is now the Greater Cleveland Avenue Christian Church. We celebrated the completion of the 33,000 square foot ediface in October of 1999. In September 2001, we celebrate the completion of the Signs and Wonders Learning Academy and the 32,000 square foot S.M. McCarter Family Life Center in January 2002.

Bishop McCarter has ministered the Word of God all across the United States. His anointing to teach and preach the Gospel changes lives everywhere he ministers. Even though his ministry as Bishop of one of the largest churches in Winston Salem and his many duties in the community keeps him extremely busy, he remains touchable to his members. He remains humble so that God can continue elevating him to new levels. His hearts desire is to challenge and change lives through the Word of God.

Co-Pastor Joyce McCarter

CO-PASTOR JOYCE McCARTER

is a woman who possesses a great love for people and exuberent joy. One of her favorite scriptures is Nehemiah 8:10, for the joy of the Lord is your strength. One of her missions in the ministry is to help and encourage women to be all that they can be for Jesus. Co-Pastor McCarter feels that we as women must begin to define ourselves by the word of God.

Co-Pastor McCarter feels that as women we must learn to encourage each other building each others self-esteem that we may be truly anointed of God.

Co-Pastor Joyce McCarter is married to Bishop Sheldon McCarter, Bishop of the Greater Cleveland Avenue Christian Church in Winston Salem, North Carolina. Co-Pastor Joyce McCarter is the founder of the Women of Purpose Ministries. She was educated in the Rocky Mount City Schools. She the Co-Pastor of Greater Cleveland Avenue Christian Church where she is determined to work with her husband as a covenant partner to achieve all that God has assigned their hands to do. She and her husband are blessed with three children, Xavia, Alana, and Alaya. They are also proud grandparents of Zaria McCarter.

Co-Pastor Joyce McCarter has ministered the Word of God all across the North Carolina area. She is anointed to teach and preach the Gospel that changes lives everywhere she ministers. Even though her ministry as Co-Pastor of one of the largest churches in Winston Salem and her many duties as Founder of the Women of Purpose Ministries keeps her extremely busy, she remains touchable to her church family. She remains humble so that God can continue elevating her to new levels. Her hearts desire is to challenge and change lives through the Word of God.