Reverend Nick Carter
B.A., Colgate University
M.Div., Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School
D.H.L., Hebrew College (honorary)
D.D., Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School (honorary)
Phone: Ext. 2410
In 2004 the Reverend Nick Carter was inaugurated as the President of Andover Newton, the nation’s oldest graduate school of theology. As the first non-academic to hold the position, his presidency has been marked by an unusual combination of skill in the areas of leadership development, organizational transformation, and resource generation. Nick is passionately committed to the preparation of a new generation of religious leaders, with emphasis on what he calls “interfaith border crossing skills” – the ability to meaningfully engage and work with people who think, speak and worship differently. Under Nick’s leadership Andover Newton has developed a nationally recognized joint program in “Intercommunal Leadership” with Hebrew College and Rabbinical School, a unique transdenominational school which shares their hilltop campus in Newton Centre, MA.
Nick’s 40 year career has spanned the non-profit, religious and private sectors. He founded a specialized ministry for young adults in Rochester, NY, served on the American Baptist denominational staff in New York City, and for more than a decade served as pastor at the First Baptist Church in Beverly, MA (one of New England’s most recognized community-oriented churches). In the late 1980’s Carter reluctantly left Beverly for Washington, DC to become the Executive Director of SANE/FREEZE, the nation’s largest grassroots peace and justice organization. A pacifist and life-long activist, Nick was catapulted onto the national and international stages as he stepped in to lead a movement of millions of people, “The Nuclear Freeze,” in the search for a halt to the nuclear arms race. In 1985 he led a distinguished delegation to the first Reagan-Gorbachev summit talks in Geneva, Switzerland, meeting there face-to-face with Premiere Mikhail Gorbachev to discuss a halt to nuclear weapons testing. The following year, in recognition of his “prophetic voice and empowering leadership in the search for peace,” Nick received several awards including the prestigious Dahlberg Peace Award.
Throughout his career, both in the church and out, Carter has focused on the issue of institutional transformation: seeking to unlock the resources that can enable individuals and their organizations to be impactful agents of change. For that reason foundations like the Pew Charitable Trusts have tapped him to work with emerging organizations and help them better understand issues of strategic thinking and long term sustainability. In 1996 this work led him on an unusual path to become the Vice President of Public Affairs and Strategy for an innovative marketing communications company, Imagitas, which is dedicated to building public/private partnerships that leverage private sector resources for public sector services. The company was awarded Vice President Al Gore’s “Hammer Award” in a 1999 White House ceremony for saving the US Postal Service more than $50 million a year.
Following the sale of Imagitas to Pitney Bowes, Nick was able to bring his years of varied experience to full flower and found Wayfinders Consulting. The firm of 8 consultants offered counsel in the areas of strategic planning, communications, conflict resolution, and fund raising to senior executives and boards of religious, educational and other non-profit organizations. It was from this position that he was recruited to Andover Newton.
Carter currently chairs the Interreligious Center for Public Life, and serves on the boards of the Boston Theological Institute, Ecclesia Ministry/Common Cathedral, Justice and Witness Ministry (UCC), and is a trustee of Old South Church in Boston. Nick’s wife, Rev. Dr. Deborah Carter, is the Interim Minister of the Eliot Congregational Church in Newton, MA. Their son, Isaac, is the Executive Chef of The Bull Run restaurant in Shirley, MA.
CMLE 755/855S: Strategic Leadership for Churches and Non-Profit Organizations