It’s amazing that after spending several years as a pastor's wife, I had no idea who I was outside of my life in ministry and because of that I found myself struggling with depression, brokenness, and low-esteem. After spending years in silent frustration all the while masking these inner demons, I was forced to reach a verdict when my own marriage was put on trial. In my mind I had become one of them. One of those women who watched the subtle signals of others that if they talked about such deep problems it would be unwelcome. But immediately after that my next thought was, how many other women were struggling with roots of these issues in their lives? When did they start? If I could somehow reach them and children that may be in crisis, would their lives be different? All I know for sure is that what should have been the purpose of my own pain had not yet come into fruition and maybe this was because I didn't have the courage to tell share my story. This realization helped me to hear the gravel of the only person who could judge in my life, and it belonged to God Himself. He had presented the evidence that was clear and compelling, I was no longer happy with just being a wife and mother, this did not mean that I did not love my husband or children but for me it meant I had more to do with my life. So, I talked with God in a heartfelt and unedited prayer, admitting to Him that I wanted to touch the lives of women and children who believed that no one wanted to hear their problems or feel their pain. It was after many months of praying that I felt a rush of emotions which were, thrilling yet terrifying at the same time. Why? Because, I had to tell my story, discuss my truth, and explain my pain. Although this was exhilarating because my prayer had been answered, I still wrestled with the act that in order for my life, my pain, and my struggles to have purpose they had to be released to the world.
Dr. Sylvia Carter is a Proverbs 31 woman who uses her life to influence and inspire women around the world. She is a missionary, educator, philanthropist, mentor, inspirational speaker and writer that balances ministry and family. She loves encouraging others to fulfill their potential in Christ. In 2013, she released her first Christian romance novel, No Wasted Tears. She eventually went on to release the sequel, Beyond the Tears.
Dr. Sylvia loves being authentic and transparent. She has a unique ability to speak to a room of 25 or 1000 women and make them feel like they are having a cup of coffee one on one with a friend, life coach and sister in Christ.
She is the Co-pastor of Siloam Church International, where she partners with her husband Pastor Jonathon Carter. She is the visionary and founder of two non-profits Women Impacting A Nation (WIN) and Sylvia Carter Ministries (SCM). Through these non-profits her vision is to create a world where the cycle of powerlessness is broken, and women as well as children are empowered to thrive in their purpose.
Her leadership has been demonstrated for over 30 years starting with the Clayton County School System in Georgia, where she was the first African American to become a National Board Certified Teacher as well as being named Teacher of the Year.
Sylvia’s most prized title, however, is COO (Chief Operating Officer) of the Carter household in Atlanta, Georgia. As a wife of over 29 years to Jonathon Carter and mother of two, Thaydra and Jonathon Jr.