Cale names interim director
Associated Baptist Press
January 29, 2010

Cale names interim director

Cale names interim director
Associated Baptist Press
January 29, 2010

HERTFORD — A Baptist

association in North Carolina has hired an interim replacement for a camp

director arrested last summer on molestation charges.

Chowan Baptist Association

has employed Matt Thomas, pastor of Riverside Baptist Church in Elizabeth City,

as interim director of Cale Retreat

& Conference Center. The job begins Feb. 1 and is scheduled to

last through August.

The camp’s permanent

director, Steve Carter, is on administrative leave since his arrest July 1 on charges

of taking indecent liberties with a child and first-degree sex offense

involving a child. A grand jury later added four more felony


Thomas earned the

bachelor’s, master of divinity and doctor of ministry degrees from Campbell

University Divinity School.

“I believe that God has

brought Matt to us for this time in the ministry of Cale,” Associational

Missionary Rob Roberts wrote in the association’s February 2010 newsletter.

“We look forward to what the Lord has in store for the Cale ministry as we seek

to touch the lives of children, youth, and adults for Christ.”

Roberts asked Baptists in

the association to pray both for Thomas and for Carter and his family. Carter

was quoted in media denying the allegations against him. If convicted of the

most serious offenses, he could receive up to life in prison.

Roberts said in

an e-mail to Associated Baptist Press that no trial date has been set.

Before taking over as

director of the Christian camp operated by Chowan Baptist Association in 2002,

Carter served as a Southern Baptist missionary in Belize from 1997 to 2001

through a short-term mission program called International Service Corps.