Ed Carter

Ed Carter

(Senior Pastor, Ribble Valley Church, Bamber Bridge, Preston, Lancashire)

Ed Carter was brought up on the family farm with great Christian parents, so God and church were a way of life for Ed.  Aged 12 he wisely decided that heaven sounded a much better option than hell and decided to assure his place in the former by following Christ. As a young man aged 18, Ed told God he was throwing his all in to following him, no messing about, this was it! Two weeks later Ed received such a certain assurance that heaven was real and that God was with him, an assurance that has never left him and which he is desperate for others to discover.

After training in Agricultural Management at Newcastle University, Ed returned home to work on the family farm, his lifelong dream. However, God had different plans so after training at Moorlands Bible College with wife Michele, Ed began serving as youth worker at Penwortham Free Methodist Church. He then went on to serve at St. Leonard’s Anglican Church, Chesham Bois, Amersham, followed by the post of Youth Pastor at Fulwood Free Methodist Church, Preston.

Ed and Michele have three young children, Jonathan, Thomas, and Abigail.

Both Ed and Michele feel called to serve God here in Preston and they believe passionately in the value of the local church. They believe their call to Ribble Valley Church, coming in part from Psalm 78, is to establish a church that will endure from generation to generation. This ‘Next Generation’ concept means that Ribble Valley will constantly be seeking to empower the up and coming generation to seek after God and serve him in the Church, the community and the wider world.

Ed is a strong leader and a dynamic cross-generational speaker who communicates with energy and fervour. He refuses to give up the fight to see the lost won to Christ and believes that Christians should live as people of passion, purity, power and promise.