Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia


Mr. BISHOP of Georgia. Madam Speaker, I rise today to honor an
outstanding Man of God, a devoted spiritual leader, and dear friend of
longstanding, Reverend Roosevelt Carter, I, who retired from his role
as Senior Pastor of First Monumental Faith Ministries in Albany, Georgia after
over three decades of selfless service and was honored on Saturday,
November 9, 2019, at 5:00 pm.
In 1984, Reverend Carter answered the call to preach the word of God
and founded First Monumental Faith Ministries alongside his wife, First
Lady, and Co-Pastor, LaVerne Shinault Carter. For the past 35 years,
Rev. Carter has been the shepherd at First Monumental where he has
ministered to the needs of his flockchristening babies, baptizing
believers, performing marriages, and consoling bereaved families while
developing and honing his skills as a church administrator and
inspiring spiritual leader. Under The Carters' dynamic and spirit-
filled leadership, First Monumental Faith Ministries has experienced
tremendous growth. But most importantly, under their leadership, First
Monumental has been a beacon of hope and salvation for the congregation
through its many ministries that share the good news of our Lord and
Savior, Jesus Christ.
Outside of the church, Reverend Carter has also proved himself a true
servant of the community in which he lives. His drive led him to
organize First Monumental Community Outreach, Inc. (FMCO) to help
provide services to those in need. By utilizing its access to
government grants, FMCO opened ``Job's Place'', the first assistance
program for persons diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in the Dougherty County
area. Reverend Carter and FMCO also joined forces with the City of
Albany & the Dougherty County Coalition to help end homelessness by
leading the charge to acquire government funding from the Department of
Housing & Urban Development (HUD) to support and transition over 15
families to self-sustainable living. Furthermore, Reverend Carter also
extended the reach of First Monumental Faith Ministries through the
Monumental Development Center and the Fluff-n-Fold Laundromat to aid in
job creation for residents in the community.
Reverend Carter has achieved much in his life, but none of it would
have been possible without the Grace of God and the love and the
support of his loving wife, LaVerne, and his children, Roosevelt, Jr.,
Roderald, Lorenzo, and Renorta.
On a personal note, I have been blessed by Reverend Carter's sage
counsel and enduring friendship over the time that I have known him. He
has always encouraged and supported me during my career in Congress
and, I am proud to call him my friend.
Madam Speaker, I ask my colleagues to join my wife, Vivian, and me,
along with the 730,000 residents of Georgia's Second Congressional
District, in extending our sincerest congratulations and best wishes to
Reverend Roosevelt Carter, I on the occasion of his retirement and in
congratulating him for 35 outstanding years of leadership at First
Monumental Faith Ministries, and for a lifetime of selfless service to
God, the church, and to humankind.
116th Congress