Rev. Fr. Matthew Carter, Presiding Priest
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Rev. Fr. Matthew Carter is Proistamenos (presiding priest) of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church and the Vicar of the Western Conference of the Metropolis of Atlanta.
Fr. Matthew grew up in the Pensacola area and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from the University of West Florida. He taught 9th and 10th grade English classes at Booker T. Washington High School prior to accepting the spiritual calling to ministry. In 2005, he began studying for the holy priesthood at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, MA. As a student, he worked for the Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and wrote for the Youth Worker Pulse email listserv, a weekly resource for clergy and laity youth workers. Fr. Matthew was ordained to the Holy Diaconate in 2007 and served at Ss. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Andover, MA. He graduated from Holy Cross in 2008 with a Master of Divinity degree. Upon his ordination to the Holy Priesthood in 2008, he was assigned as the proistamenos at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Wilmington, NC, and served that community for five years before being assigned as the proistamenos at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Pensacola.
Fr. Matthew has extensive experience with youth ministry. He has been active in camping ministry for ten years and served as the co-director of St. Stephen’s Summer Camp from 2009-2013. He has served as a camp counselor at the St. Nicholas Ranch in the Metropolis of San Francisco and at St. Stephen’s Summer Camp in the Metropolis of Atlanta. Fr. Matthew also served as the chair of GOYA retreats for the Metropolis of Atlanta from 2008-2010 and was responsible for the Metropolis Advent Retreat and Lenten Retreat. In 2011, he was invited to serve as a priest at Ionian Village, the summer camp program for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, and he visited several areas of Greece, including Athens, Patras, Zakynthos, Kefalonia, Kalavryta, Olympia, and Aegina.
Fr. Matthew currently serves on the Metropolis Council and is the Task Force Coordinator for Youth Ministry for the Metropolis of Atlanta.
He and Presbytera Emily have three children: Alexios Gregory, born in 2010, Evangelos Andrew, born in 2012, and Theodore Luke born in 2015.