Carter Conlon is the General Overseer of Times Square Church, Inc. in Manhattan. He joined the pastoral staff as associate pastor in 1994 at the invitation of founding pastor David Wilkerson author of the book The Cross and the Switchblade, and was senior pastor from 2001 to 2020. Times Square Church is an interdenominational church with over 10,000 people in attendance, representing over 100 different nationalities. Times Square Church also recently welcomed 900+ home satellite fellowships worldwide as it continues to expand its reach.
From the very beginning, Conlon's heart has always demonstrated a passion for prayer. On one occasion God prompted Conlon to call together the churches of New York City to congregate for one hour of prayer on the streets of Manhattan.
"Carter Conlon is a true man of God who lives what he preaches. He has been given a special anointing of the Holy Spirit to deliver the Word of God with straightforwardness and authority yet with mercy and grace. When this man preaches, you know you have truly heard from God's throne."
David Wilkerson (1931-2011)
Founding Pastor, Times Square Church, New York
Conlon was resolute in his faith and believed all things were possible with God, even a prayer meeting in the middle of Times Square, at the crossroads of the world. As a result, Prayer in the Square was birthed and Christians from all denominations assembled on Broadway. This phenomenon grew from 10,000, to 20,000 to 50,000 each consecutive year. Conlon and the Times Square Church choir led this event that was attended by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who declared that Sunday as Prayer in the Square Day.
Through the overwhelming response to Prayer in the Square, Conlon introduced two new ministries. The first, Feed New York, is a ministry to churches throughout the five boroughs of New York City who participated in the prayer meeting on Broadway. This ministry supplies healthy food to these churches that are committed to helping people in their community who struggle to provide food for themselves and their families.
The second is the Worldwide Prayer meeting. Every Tuesday night thousands of Christians gather to pray at Times Square Church, either attending in person or by participating through live stream. This powerful service welcomes interactive involvement. Individuals send requests for prayer via the Internet, which are often immediately prayed over during the meeting. Countless churches and individuals in 190+ countries and territories combine their prayers with that of Times Square Church’s congregation every week. Since its inception, the Worldwide Prayer meeting has received over 200,000 prayer requests and witnessed innumerable answers to prayer.