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Release date: Dec. 1, 2000
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Local Methodist Bishop Elected To Emory University Board of Trustees

Kenneth Carder, a local bishop for the United Methodist Church, is among the four new members elected Nov. 9 to Emory University's 39-member governing board of trustees. Members are elected to eight-year terms.

The other new trustees are Coca-Cola Company CEO Douglas Daft; United Methodist lay minister and journalist Rhoda Peters of Louisville, Ky.; and United Methodist Bishop B. Michael Watson of Macon, Ga. In addition, Atlanta attorney Ben F. Johnson III has moved from alumni trustee to term trustee and been elected chairman following the retirement of Bradley Currey.

Carder, 60, is resident bishop for the United Methodist Church (UMC) in the Jackson, Miss., area. A native of Washington County, Tenn., he received his bachelor's degree in sociology and English from East Tennessee State University in 1962; his master's of divinity degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in 1965; and his doctor of ministry degree from Vanderbilt Divinity School in 1980. He also studied at Emory's Candler School of Theology and received clinical pastoral training at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington in 1964.

Prior to his current post, Carder served as UMC resident bishop for the Nashville, Tenn., area (1992-2000); and as pastor of Church Street UMC in Knoxville, Tenn., (1988-92); First UMC in Oak Ridge, Tenn., (1983-88); Concord UMC in Knoxville, Tenn., (1973-83); Pleasant View UMC in Abingdon, Va., (1970-73); Elizabeth Chapel UMC in Bluff City, Tenn., (1965-70); and as student pastor at congregations in Maryland and Tennessee (1960-65).

He is active in UMC leadership, including a number of positions with the Holston Conference and general church, including Southeastern Jurisdictional and General conferences. He was selected distinguished evangelist in 1993 by the Foundation for Evangelism and "Ecumenist of the Year" in 1994 by the Tennessee Association of Churches.

Carder is a frequent guest lecturer and teacher at divinity schools and workshops around the world. He also is widely published in Methodist periodicals and is the author of the books "Sermons on United Methodist Beliefs" (1991), "A Bishop's Reflections" (1996), and "Living Our Beliefs The United Methodist Way" (1996).

Carder and his wife Linda live in Jackson (39205).

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