Pastor's Bio

Rev. Joan E. Carter-Rimbach

Rev. Joan E. Carter-Rimbach was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. She is the 11 th of 12 children of the
late Bernard J. and Helen M. 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 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 as the Sr. Pastor of the
First United Methodist Church in Hyattsville, Maryland, where she served for ten years as the first woman to
serve as the Sr. Pastor. Rev. Carter-Rimbach was appointed to Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Highland,
Maryland on July 1, 2015 and is the first woman to serve as the senior pastor. On July 1, 2017, she began
serving John Wesley UMC in Baltimore City as the Sr. Pastor. She is the Founder of the Agape Youth Center.
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 served as one of the 33 Directors
for the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries for eight years. She served as member of the
United Methodist Global Aids Committee and The Standing Committee on Central Conference Matters. She
has served within the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference as the treasurer of the Black Clergy Women,
Chair of the Greater Washington District Committee on Ministry, and as conference Coordinator for the
Volunteers in Mission (VIM). She has been a regular delegate to both the General and Jurisdictional
Conferences of the United Methodist Church.


Rev. Joan Carter-Rimbach is married to the Rev. David Carter-Rimbach and they have two children, Hunter and
Heather. Rev Carter-Rimbach loves to worship The Lord through song, dance, and preaching. She enjoys
traveling, reading, jazz, spending time with family and friends and bicycling on the tandem with her husband.
Rev. Joan 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.
29  He gives power to the faint,
    and strengthens the powerless.
30  Even youths will faint and be weary,
    and the young will fall exhausted;

31  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.”