My name is Kimberly J. Carson and I have a radio ministry dream and call. I am currently living in the United States of America. I was born in Okinawa, Japan. My father was stationed there as an officer in the US Army and my mother was a teacher of English. I am the younger of two daughters. My family moved back to the states and my father began his second tour in Vietnam. My first memories are of my mother being upset because my father was severely wounded on the battlefield. He was in the hospital for 11 months and almost died several times. Even as a young child I heard my mother pray for him and our family.
I don’t think there was ever a time in my life that I didn’t believe in God. I had health problems and spent a lot of time at home as a child sick and unable to go to school. I had a lot of time to ponder existence and why I was always sick and caught every childhood disease, but my sister never caught anything. Not even chickenpox. I learned about having a more personal relationship with God when I was in high school. At the time, I didn’t quite understand how very different that was from just believing in God and that Jesus was real and had died for my sins. I gave my life to Christ when I was in college and then began studying the Bible for myself. I married while still in college and my husband and I joined a church with a strong young adult ministry and thus began my personal journey with my Lord. My husband died shortly thereafter in a car accident. Our daughter was only 6 months old and I was only 25. I then had to search my heart and I realized if I truly believed what I confessed then, I had to have faith and know that my husband was with the Lord. I trusted God with my very life and strived to become the woman that He would have me be.
Fast forward to now, many years later, I can look back on my journey and see how God has used each situation in my life to bring me ever closer to Him and His will for me. I was encouraged by my church leadership to become a worship leader in my church and eventually lead the drama ministry. God gave me an opportunity to share my love for music, the creative arts and my love for Him in a new way. I am the creator and host of a radio show that shares inspirational jazz music to a global audience. During my show, I share things that God has placed in my heart for His people. My radio ministry dream is to expand my radio show into a website and blog to share scripture and music to bring people closer to God and provide a source, of peace, joy, hope, and love for those who are seeking.
With my day job (I am an IT consultant) and my radio gig, I do not have the time to attend a traditional theological seminary. But I am feeling and accepting the music ministry call that God has placed in my life, and I realize that I need more knowledge and training to be even more effective in people’s lives. When sharing with others about my love of the Lord and what I have learned on my walk, I have had various people ask me if I am a Pastor. This made me laugh and smile because God has a funny way of showing me what His will is for me. I am blessed to have found the Christian Leaders Institute and look forward to all that God has for me and His blessed children.
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