Redefining the church
Frank Carter

Title: Director of creative arts at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, West Palm Beach.

Other job experience: Composer and musician with Immanuel Records, Deltona; leader of Frank Carter Band.

Other community posts: Music composer, Emmaus and Chrysalis.

Education: Bachelor's degree in classical piano, Hobe Sound Bible College; master's degree in church music, with piano performance certificate, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary,Louisville, Ky.

Personal: Age 34. Born in Rock Island, Ill., raised in Indiana.

Family: Married to Brooke, a student at Palm Beach State College.

How did you get into your vocation?

When I was with the independent record label, I had an opportunity to play a gig with the band here. The worship leader left, and the lead pastor at the time asked me to come here.

How has it worked out for you?

When I was first hired at the church here, I still felt that part of what I was supposed to do was using my talents outside the church. They had no problem, as long as I was fulfilling my job at church. So I'm still in the studio, recording for an album. We've put out two albums with the label. We've also played Christmas at CityPlace.

Do you have an overall philosophy of ministry?

I feel like ministry shouldn't be cookie cutter. The church right now is being redefined. We can't do it the same as 15 years ago. Jesus Christ is still the center. But beyond that, things are changing in society with things we relate to, the sounds we hear. Our goal is to connect with people and help them feel the love of God the way we do.

How do you like to relax?

I like to run. I did a Race for Faith, a fundraiser for [Christian radio station] WAY-FM, three or four years ago.

What's your favorite vacation spot?

Mountains would be at the top of my list. Second would be anyplace weird and off the chain, like a hotel under the ocean.

Favorite pastime?

I enjoy checking out new technology. A few months ago I heard on NPR about the discovery of graphene by the Russians. They say it's going to replace silicon chips on computers. It can be atomic thinness and keep its qualities. It will make possible paper-thin computers.