Jeff is currently serving in a CBM partnership with the Baptist World Alliance where he will be taking on the role of Director of the Horizons Leadership Training program to youth and children workers around the world! He will also act as the Director of Congress Mobilization for the upcoming BWA world congress to be held in Rio on July 22-26, 2020 under the theme TOGETHER! He will also oversea the Youth Track of the conference.
Jeff and Deann served with CBM in Europe, based in the Czech Republic where Jeff was the Youth Ministry Training Coordinator and Advisor for the European Baptist Federation (EBF), an organization comprised of Baptist federations and unions from across 54 countries. He was also a faculty lecturer at the International Baptist Theological Seminary where he developed youth leadership courses for the Masters and Certificate programs. As part of those responsibilities Jeff created Horizons, an online training course in international youth and children leadership for volunteer youth and children workers. The program currently is offered in numerous languages and is available in over 30 countries.
Jeff is originally from Nova Scotia, however, spent his early childhood years on First Nations reservations in Northern Manitoba where his father was a school teacher and principal.
Jeff attended several Urbana mission conferences which quickened his interest in global mission service. Before launching into missions, Jeff served as Christian Education Director at First Baptist Church, Charlottetown where he discovered his passion for youth work and subsequently formed Sonrise, a performing arts youth ministry. Later as a staff worker with Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship, he created a performing arts group called ‘Street Lights’ and acted as the coordinator for High School ministry for the Atlantic provinces for IVCF.
Jeff is married to Deann who is also from Nova Scotia. She served in several pastoral roles, was Chaplain at Mount Allison University, pastor of visitation/youth at Moncton First Baptist Church, Pastoral Care Director at Spencers nursing home and part-time Chaplain at two hospitals prior to joining Jeff in international missions work. She is a licensed counselor and therapist and operated a private practice in Canada while working with the Stratton Inquiry as a counselor to victims of institutional abuse. Jeff enjoys the arts, music and painting. Deann enjoys reading and cross-stitch. They have two sons, Zachary and Matthew.
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Jeff is currently serving in a CBM partnership with the Baptist World Alliance as Director of the Horizons Leadership Training program, an online training course in international youth and children leadership for volunteer youth and children workers. Please pray for the gathering of 18 African leaders from across the continent of Africa who will become the next directors for the Horizons program. They will be hosted in a retreat centre in Ancaster, Ontario at the end of November. Pray for Jeff as he leads this training initiative in cooperation with CBM, Baptist World Alliance and the All
Jeff is currently serving with the Baptist World Alliance as Director of the Horizons Leadership Training program, an online training course in international youth and children leadership for volunteer youth and children workers. Please pray for him as he travels to and from Africa during the last week of August for the All African Baptist Youth Fellowship (AABYF) in Zambia. Please pray for AABYF President Oba Adigun Adeoye, and as Horizons is introduced at the assembly. Pray for wisdom for Jeff as planning sessions to train 12 regional directors commences.
Jeff is currently serving in a CBM partnership with the Baptist World Alliance as Director of the Horizons Leadership Training program, an online training course in international youth and children leadership for volunteer youth and children workers. Please pray for the Horizons training in Africa in August. He is also the Director of Congress Mobilization for the BWA world congress to be held in Rio on July 22-26, 2020 under the theme TOGETHER! Please pray for Jeff as he attends the BWA annual gathering this July and conducts two training events in the coming days. Please also pray for Jeff as his father has recently
Global Field Staff Jeff and Deann Carter have faithfully served in Europe for the past 15 years, helping to train youth leaders alongside CBM's partner, the European Baptist Federation. As they Carters now prepare to return to Canada for their next assignment to serve with the Baptist World Alliance, pray that they will be able to wrap up both their ministry and family details without too many challenges. Pray also for the thousands of European youth leaders who have been trained through Jeff and Deann's work – that they would continue to be strengthened in their
This past fall, Deann and I were informed by Canadian Baptist Ministries that our time in Prague and with the EBF must come to a conclusion after sixteen years of a fruitful and rewarding partnership. The primary reason for this decision is due to a core value of CBM, which believes in establishing healthy partnerships, and yet allowing, after a period of time, for a natural movement from interdependence to independence. This is simply good missiology. Tony Peck (EBF General Secretary) has been most affirming and supportive along with ALL the staff and national leaders across the EBF. We could not
This past July, Jeff was privileged to lead the daily devotionals for the youth leaders and hosts of the Hungarian World Youth Gathering in Debrecen, Hungary. Each day the leaders would meet early in the morning to worship, testify and prepare themselves spiritually for the long days of service to this impressive gathering of Hungarian youth and leaders. In the middle of the week, the Hungarian language version of Horizons (Horizontok!) was released to the delegates and Benjamin and Barbara Bascó (the national leaders for the Hungarian Baptist Youth promoted the program which will be started on October 20-24th at their