The Chaplain

The Chaplain

I’m Ken Carter. I have been happily married to my wife Karen coming up to 53 years. (she should get a medal for that) We have 2 boys and 1 girl long with 3 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. We presently live in Grand Valley ON.

I have been in the horse business for most of my life. As a teenager, I galloped thoroughbreds before school, worked alongside my father with show horses while growing up. I have trained and driven harness horses. Then I became a blacksmith at Mohawk Raceway in 1967. I had been a blacksmith for 30 years prior to entering the ministry. I came to the Lord in the early 80’s. So I have been at the track both as a believer and as a non-believer.

I have been a chaplain based at Mohawk Raceway in Campbellville ON Canada since September of 2005 and travel on a regular basis to other Ontario Race Tracks. Previous to that I pastored a church in Grand Valley ON. for 10 years until Les Riggs came to Canada to begin the chaplaincy program. I always felt there was a need for a chaplain at the track. I felt I knew the needs and problems that people in the backstretch go through. During my time as a blacksmith, once I became a believer many opportunities for ministry opened in my blacksmith shop. So when the opportunity came I considered it.

I knew that if this was my own idea it would probably fail so after much prayer and putting out a number of fleeces to make sure this was of God I accepted the opportunity.

This has been a tremendous challenge in many ways but the blessings far outweigh the difficulties. To see God transform a broken life or even just put a smile on someone’s face makes it all worthwhile.

Chaplain Ken Carter