“We had two wonderful years in Pell City,” Carden, 30, said this week. “God has been good to us. Our family loves this church and the community, but when the bishop calls, you go.”
Carden and his family will not travel far. He was assigned to Trinity United Methodist Church in Homewood, a suburb of Birmingham.
He will serve as associate pastor for contact and conduct contemporary worship services for Trinity United Methodist.
“It is similar to what I am doing now,” Carden said.
For the past two years, Carden has served as pastor for the First United Methodist Church’s Wide Open Worship or WOW.
WOW is a service of Christian worship that conveys modern interpretations of traditional worship.
Carden joined the church in June 2010, and holds a master of divinity degree from Vanderbilt University.
Carden and his wife, Kameron, have two children, Henry, 4, and Amelia, 6 months.
He said his wife will continue to work at Alabama School for the Deaf in Talladega, where she is employed as a speech pathologist.
Carden, who was born in Andalusia but raised in Waycross, Ga., comes from a family of ministers. His father and grandfather were both ministers.
Before coming to First United Methodist Church in Pell City, Carden served at two other churches, but this was his first appointment as a practicing pastor of a church, where he has led Sunday church services.
“I was fortunate to find an appointment here in Pell City,” he said.
Carden said he has learned a lot from the Rev. Sam Huffstutler, who has more than 40 years of experience as a lead pastor.
“He’s been a wonderful leader, mentor and friend,” Carden said. “I will miss learning from him and working alongside him.”
He said First United Methodist Church in Pell City is very involved with the community and has strong community missions and services.
“This church is the most service oriented church I’ve been associated with,” Carden said. “This church puts faith into action. This church helps change lives and shows the Grace of God.”
First United Methodist Church of Pell City has many community services and missions, including its strong support for the local Habitat for Humanity program, Christian Outreach, Loaves & Fishes and the Pell City Christian Love Pantry, which supplies non-perishable emergency food items to families and people in need.
Carden said he has mixed emotions about leaving the Pell City church and joining a new ministry team in Birmingham.
“I am excited about going to Trinity,” he said. “But, I’ve certainly made some good friends here.”
Carden’s last Sunday service in Pell City is June10.
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