Pastor's Bio

Rev. Joan E. Carter-Rimbach

Rev. Joan E. Carter-Rimbach was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. She is

the 11th of 12 children of the late Bernard and Helen Carter. She is a cradle

Methodist. She received her Bachelor of Science in Social Work from the University

of Maryland in Baltimore County.


Rev. Carter-Rimbach received her Master of Divinity in 1986 from Howard

University School of Divinity. She received her first appointment as a student pastor in 1984, to St. John’s United Methodist Church in Baltimore while attending

seminary. She was the first woman pastor to serve at St. John’s. She was ordained

in 1988 and has served churches in the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the

United Methodist Church in Baltimore, Westminster, Milford Mill, Hyattsville and

Highland, Maryland. She also served as the first full-time Chaplain at the Board of

Child Care in Baltimore County, which is the Baltimore Washington Conference’s

Residential Group Home for children and youth ages eight to twenty-one.


She has been the first in many of her appointments. In July 2005, she was

appointed and served for ten years as the Senior Pastor of the First United

Methodist Church in Hyattsville, Maryland, where she was the first woman to

serve as the Senior Pastor. Rev. Carter-Rimbach was appointed to Mt. Zion United

Methodist Church in Highland, Maryland on July 1, 2015 where she was the first

woman and first African American to serve as the senior pastor.


Rev. Carter-Rimbach was one of the lead women pastors of the United Methodist

Church’s Denomination of Women Pastors who served a congregation of 1,000 or

more members. She has recently served as one of the 33 Directors for the General

Board of Global Ministries; a member of the United Methodist Global Aids

Committee and The Standing Committee on Central Conference Matters. She is

Conference Coordinator for the Volunteers in Mission (VIM) for the Baltimore-

Washington Conference. She recently held the position as Treasurer of the Black

Clergy Women of the Baltimore-Washington Conference.


Rev. Joan Carter-Rimbach is married to the Rev. David Carter-Rimbach and they

have two children, a son Hunter who is in the U.S. Marines and a daughter,

Heather who is attending Stevenson University. Rev Carter-Rimbach loves to worship the

Lord through song, dance, and preaching. She enjoys reading, listening to jazz,

traveling, spending time with family and friends and bicycling on their tandem with

her husband.


Rev. Joan E. Carter-Rimbach is humbled by God’s call on her life to preach the

Good News of Jesus Christ. She lives her life as a living testimony of the goodness

and favor of God.



Her favorite scripture is Isaiah 40:28-31:


“Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God,

    the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary;

    his understanding is unsearchable.   He gives power to the faint,

    and strengthens the powerless.   Even youths will faint and be weary,

    and the young will fall exhausted;   but those who wait for the LORD shall renew

their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles,

they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”

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