The Reverend Dr. Suzan Orr Carter is the founding Director of Intentional Interim Ministry (IIM) for the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.
An ordained Elder, Dr. Carter recruits and trains clergy to serve as Intentional Interim Ministers (IIMs), promotes IIM across the denomination and serves as an interim pastor.
Dr. Carter is a UMEA (United Methodist Endorsing Agency) Approved Intentional Interim Minister and the first UMEA Endorsed Trainer of United Methodist Interim Ministers. She designed an IIM educational program for use in training United Methodist ministers for specialized ministry. Graduates of her program are eligible for Ecclesiastical Approval through the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church.
Passionate about helping congregations in need, Dr. Carter lectures and conducts workshops for clergy and congregations seeking to do Ministry with Intention©. She assists congregations and clergy to identify their unique gifts for ministry, organize themselves for mission and step out in faith.
Dr. Carter studied Bowen Family Systems Theory for sixteen years, including three years at the Bowen Center at Georgetown University. She is trained Bridge-Builder© and a Healthy Congregations© facilitator. Dr. Carter completed both her Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry studies at Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Houston.