Syracuse, NY– Bishop Colette Matthews-Carter was appointed by InterFaith Works of Central New York to serve as its director of Interfaith Initiatives. Among her chief responsibilities, Matthews-Carter oversees chaplains and chaplaincy contractual obligations with area hospitals, nursing homes, and correctional facilities, as well as provides consultation, interfaith education, dialogue, and training to promote interfaith understanding. Other duties include staffing IFW’s Round Table of Faith Leaders and coordinating an annual Spiritual Care Day with other participating agencies.
Bishop Matthews-Carter, who was born and raised in Syracuse, is the senior pastor of the Zion Hill World Harvest Baptist Church, which is part of the Covenant Fellowship of Churches. A social justice advocate and activist, she was elected to serve as president of the Syracuse-Onondaga County Chapter of the NAACP. Bishop Matthews-Carter is a former member of InterFaith Works’ Round Table of Faith Leaders and serves on the agency’s Community Campaign for Love’s steering committee.
She is active with the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, Cuse Clergy, and many other community groups. Previously, Bishop Matthews-Carter had leadership roles with the Alliance of Communities Transforming Syracuse and served early in her professional career as the Deputy Commissioner for Neighborhood and Business Development for the City of Syracuse.
InterFaith Works of CNY, through education, service and dialogue, affirms the dignity of each person and every faith community and works to create relationships and understanding. Founded in 1976, InterFaith Works addresses deeply embedded social divisions leading to community action and policy change. Empowering people in need, including refugees, the elderly and institutionalized, InterFaith Works’ service and educational programs include the Center for New Americans, Ahmad & Elizabeth El-Hindi Center for Dialogue, as well as Senior Services and Interfaith Initiatives.