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Noritta Carter

Retired Support Staff
"It Was Never Just a Job"
By Rachel Elwood, Staff Writer, August 2014

When Noritta Carter dropped off her resumé at the old WGM office at Fifth and Boots Streets in 1968, she had no inkling that over the next 45 years WGM would become like family. All she knew at the time was that she was getting married soon and needed to find a job in Marion. A friend of her sister’s was then a secretary at the office, so she decided to give it a try.

While she and Jerry were on their honeymoon, she was offered the job as Men With Vision secretary. She helped with sending work teams for 30 years before then-president Tom Hermiz asked her to be his administrative assistant. Part of that role was organizing the annual International Celebration of Missions, and she thoroughly enjoyed that responsibility, which fit in with her excellent logistical skills. Noritta already knew many attendees because of her work with MWV, so it was always special for her to get to know them better at Celebration.

“It was never just a job for her; it was a ministry,” shared Tom. “She loved the missionaries and work teams and getting all those details of the trips worked out.”

When Hubert Harriman became president, Noritta served as his administrative assistant and also assisted other vice presidents and support staff members for a short time. But soon after that, she was invited to again serve with teams. She was thrilled to return to her first love—helping teams experience missions firsthand on the field.

“I liked interacting with people who were excited to go and see missionaries in action and help them,” Noritta said. “I loved seeing the difference it made in their attitude towards missions.”

Todd Eckhardt, fromer vice president of Homeland Ministries, shared that Noritta’s wealth of experience and knowledge made her a valuable team partner. “If she had a job to do, you never needed to worry about it getting done.”

Gary Knox, MWV international president and participant on 100 WGM teams, said, “Noritta has been and always will be an extremely critical part of MWV. Thank you for all your efforts performing your job, but, most of all, thank you for doing it in the spirit it was done.”

Noritta loves to travel, and especially enjoyed her trips to Kenya. On every mission field she’s visited, what she enjoys the most is seeing missionaries in action. Noritta also credits WGM with having a huge spiritual impact on her family. Jerry rededicated his life to the Lord while on a team to Bolivia, and their children, Kim and Todd, also went on the trips. Kim and her family are now missionaries in Ecuador, due primarily to the influence of Dr. Ernie Steury and seeing Tenwek Hospital in Kenya.

In retirement, Noritta looks forward to visiting places in the U.S. that she and Jerry haven’t seen. But she hopes to also continue in ministry in some way. “I don’t feel like I’m finished,” she said.

“She was a hard worker, because she cared about what she was doing,” said Ruthie Bassett, WGM retiree (support staff). “She loved helping the missionaries and ministries they had; that was her passion, and she gave it all she had, 200 percent.”

World Gospel Mission is extremely grateful to Noritta for her 45 years of faithful, dependable service, always performed with class and dignity. WGM is a better place because of Noritta Carter.

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