The Rev. William Carter

Denomination: Presbyterian Church (USA) (PCUSA)
Organization: First Presbyterian Church, Clarks Summit, PA


The Rev. William Carter is pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Clarks Summit, PA, and a well-known jazz musician (Bill Carter and the Presbybop Quartet).

William G. Carter serves as the pastor and head of staff of the First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania. A well-known preacher in the northeast, he is also a highly regarded jazz pianist who frequently weaves his music into his ministry.

A native of Owego, NY, Rev. Carter received his B.A. from Binghamton University in 1982, with a major in philosophy and a certificate in religious studies. He earned his M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1985. Ordained as a minister of word and sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA), he previously served as pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Catasauqua, Pennsylvania. He has served the Clarks Summit congregation since 1990.

Rev. Carter has received national recognition for his preaching and writing, with sermons and articles appearing in Journal for Preachers, Presbyterian Survey, Preaching, Lectionary Homiletics, The Christian Ministry, and Best Sermons 7 (HarperCollins, 1994). He is the author of ten books.

As a jazz musician, Rev. Carter has extensive experience as a composer and arranger, having studied and performed with noted jazz artists such as Phil Woods, Bobby McFerrin, Dave Brubeck, and Bob Brookmeyer. Rev. Carter has written liturgical music for the popular jazz communion services in his congregation, and has traveled widely in presenting jazz worship services in churches.

His primary musical association is with the Presbybop Quartet, which tours nationally. The band has recorded ten CDs and three DVDs, all of which are available on the band's website (  


Day1 Weekly Programs by The Rev. William Carter

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Bill Carter: Living the Dream

Tuesday November 08, 2022
Bill Carter says Isaiah offers a holy invitation to live the dream God has for us all. To live as generously as Jesus. To respect, serve, and love one another. It's not enough to have the dream; the dream must also take flesh in our lives.

Bill Carter: Nagging Grace

Tuesday May 07, 2019
The Rev. Bill Carter shows us that while the last verse of Psalm 23 says “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,” a better translation for "follow" is pursue or chase””goodness and mercy chase after us. What might that mean for our faith?

Bill Carter: Mourning to Morning

Tuesday April 30, 2019
The Rev. Bill Carter says Psalm 30 may be filled with joy, but it is a hard-earned joy. It's a daring prayer, because it seems to encourage arguing with God about our difficult situations in life. Should we follow that example?

Easter Dinner

Tuesday April 03, 2012
As we celebrate Easter, the Rev. Bill Carter takes us back to the glorious feast of Isaiah 25:6-9, when God swallows death--which is the astonishing claim of Easter itself.

The Best Things Are Borrowed

Tuesday March 27, 2012
In his Palm Sunday sermon, the Rev. Bill Carter notes that Jesus was a borrower, as revealed in his triumphal entry on a borrowed donkey. What does that tell us about our priorities in life?

Revising the Agenda

Sunday March 19, 2000

When God Repented

Sunday January 23, 2000

Where Does Easter Happen?

Sunday April 18, 1999

Tears at the Tomb

Sunday March 21, 1999

Following the Kiss

Sunday February 07, 1999

After the Water Has Dried

Sunday January 10, 1999

Video by The Rev. William Carter

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Music In Church - A Day1 Reflection

Monday January 28, 2013
The Bible has some noisy scenes. Indeed it does. Bill Carter talks about music and what it does for the church.