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Meet some of our church leaders and congregational family.

Rev. David C. Carlton
, Senior Pastor of Trinity United Church was appointed at Annual Conference of 2009.

He was born in Charlotte, North Carolina and was reared by parents (both deceased) from Northern Minnesota, who resided in Central Louisiana.  He has one brother and sister residing in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  He is married and has two children by marriage living in Jonesville, Louisiana, and Mobile, Alabama. He is the grandfather of three grandchildren.

Rev. Carlton served in the U.S. Marine Corps and is a decorated combat veteran.  He also served in the U.S. National Guard and was honorably discharged from both.

He was a design-build general contractor and managed several rental properties in Central Louisiana where he was voted Local Builder of the Year and then National Remodelor through the Home Builders Association.

The Alexandria Jaycees voted him Man of the Year and was honored as Grand Marshal of the Alexandria Christmas Parade.

“Through the course of events in my life, God called me to build his church, so I left one building field and entered another.” said Rev. Carlton. 

He attended Tioga High School, then to Southern Methodist College in Dallas in Perkins School of Theology where he completed his course of study.

His Episcopal appointments include, Justiss Memorial UMC-Trout - Eden UMC, Trout, - Georgetown UMC, Georgetown, Quitman UMC, Quitman,-Clay UMC, Ruston, Eros-Antioch, Eros, First UMC Jonesville and Effie and then Harrisonburg UMC, all in North Louisiana, and now serves Trinity United Methodist Church in Buras, Louisiana.

Rev. Carlton believes in serving our youth through Sunday School, VBS, missions, Youth Retreats, and Scouting Ministries where he serves as a Conference Scouting coordinator for God and Country Weekend held in conjunction with the Bishops Confirmation Day.

He has served as Spiritual Director at Curcillio, Crystalis, and other spiritual retreats, and led Mission teams of youth to Oklahoma Indian Missionary Conference..  He coordinated and brought supplies to folks south of New Orleans following Katrina, and now he lives and serves here.

“You are invited to come and join in our recovery as we continue to serve God in this wonderful place with these wonderful tenacious people.” Said Rev. Carlton.  "We are a contemporary church with a congregation of mixed cultures that come together with a true zest for life, demonstrated through our music and worship, and our service to others.