The Rev. Homer D. Carter, 85, a Southern Baptist minister who served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Rockville for 13 years and who worked at other churches in the Washington region, died April 29 at his home in Louisville, where he had lived since 2006.

He had congestive heart failure, said his son, Philip Abraham.

Dr. Carter came to the Washington area in 1980 when he was named pastor of First Baptist in Rockville. He was known for integrating the church and encouraging diversity.

After retiring from First Baptist in 1993, Dr. Carter held interim posts — some lasting as long as three years — at several churches in Virginia and Maryland, including First Baptist Church in Springfield and Groveton Baptist Church in Alexandria. He retired in 2006 after serving at Upper Seneca Baptist Church in Germantown.

Homer Dwight Carter was born in Louisville and received a bachelor’s degree in history in 1950 from Georgetown College in Georgetown, Ky. He received a master of divinity degree in 1953 from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville.

In 1973, he received a doctor of ministry degree from Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis.

Dr. Carter was the pastor of churches in Kentucky and Missouri before coming to the Washington area and taught part-time at several seminaries throughout his career. Weeks before his death, he was honored by Columbia Baptist Fellowship in Columbia, where he had served as interim pastor.

His wife of 57 years, Mary Martha Payton Carter, died in 2008.

Survivors include three children, Marilyn Carter of Montgomery Village, Philip Carter Abraham of Louisville and Christy Carter of Libertyville, Ill.; two sisters; a grandson; and a great-granddaughter.

Matt Schudel