Rev. Vincent Burnell Carter Sr., former director of the Canaan Men’s Safe House, passed away on Monday January 17, 2011. Rev. Carter was born in Chicago, Illinois to Austin & Claudia Clark. He accepted Christ at the tender age of 12. Rev. Carter was the proud father of two daughters; Vernee’ and Valonda and one son; Vincent Carter Jr. He attended the Hirsh public high school of Chicago. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in May 1975 in Music Education in the College of Cultural Studies from Governor’s State University Park Forest South Illinois. His concentration was in instrumental performance and secondary education.
His Professional Experiences include Director of the Men’s Safe House Substance Abuse program; Project Associate Illinois Literacy Development Center; Lead Advisor Parkland College Adult Education Champaign Illinois; Lead Instructor/Advancing Opportunity Project Specialist: Workforce Preparation Center Champaign Illinois; Instructor Adult Education Parkland College Champaign I1linois; Counselor Youth Guidance Chicago Illinois; Director of Community Services Malcolm X College Chicago Illinois; Instructor, Malcolm X College Music Dept., Chicago Illinois; Coordinator of Community Cultural Program, Malcolm X College Adult Education Chicago Illinois; Coordinator of Training Specialists, Department of Human Services Chicago Illinois.
Rev. Carter was licensed to preach the Gospel in January 2001, Canaan Missionary Baptist Church, Urbana, Illinois. He was publicly set apart and ordained to the work of the Gospel Ministry on September 21, 2003, also at the Canaan Missionary Baptist Church.
Rev. Carter served as Board President Talks Mentoring Program Champaign Illinois 1999 – to present. He was a Board member of the Safe House Substance Abuse Program from 1999 – to Present.
He Developed and facilitated the Substance Abuse Aftercare Program for Safe House in Urbana, Illinois.
He Trained in The Pacific Institute’s “Stepping Into Excellence and Moving Toward a Common Destiny” curriculum from 1997-1998
He served as Assistant Conductor of America’s Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame Orchestra from 1980-1984.
Before his move to the Men’s Safe House, he served as the Director of the Award Winning Malcolm X College Jazz Band. They received Awards such as the Outstanding Band of Notre Dame Collegiate Jazz Festival 1974; Elmhurst Collegiate Jazz Festival 1974-1978 and the Governor’s State University Jazz Festival 1974-1979.
Earlier in his career, he performed and recorded with many well known artists such as: Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Curtis Mayfield, Jerry Butler, The Original Dells, Lou Rawls, Tony Bennett, Nancy Wilson, Carol Channing, Leslie Uggams, Quincy Jones, Sammy Davis Jr. and Frank Sinatra. He also performed and recorded on numerous television and radio commercials.
He leaves to mourn a precious mother, Claudia; two cherished daughters, Vernee´ and Valonda; a treasured son, Vincent Jr. and a host of other relatives and friends.
Memorials for Rev. Carter may be sent to the Canaan Men’s Safe House Ministry, 402 W. Main Street, Urbana, Illinois, 61801.