Carson is proud to be a fightin’ Texas Aggie, Class of 2001.
At Texas A&M University in College Station, he earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in Information Technology (Magna Cum Laude).
While a student at Texas A&M, he was personally re-evangelized by an incredible Catholic campus ministry: St. Mary’s Catholic Student Center, and this experience changed his life forever. This personal encounter with Christ and His Holy Church led Carson to pursue higher studies in Theology immediately upon graduation, rather than entering the Information Technology industry.
Between 2001 and 2004, Carson studied at Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio, earning a Master of Arts in Theology & Christian Ministry with a strong emphasis in Catechetics. During this time, he discerned a call to work within the Church in the realm of adult faith formation.
Reading a book a week, he devoted himself to studying the sources and history of Christianity with vigor. He worked for Dr. Scott Hahn in his home office, and assisted in the budding work of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology.
Oh, and let’s not forget the most momentous event of grad school: Carson met and courted his future bride, Rebecca Mary, as they both served together on the campus R.C.I.A. team.
From 2004 to 2007, Carson directed Evangelization, Adult Faith Formation, Bible Study, and the Rite of Christian Initation of Adults at St. Mary Catholic Church in Brenham, Texas.
It was there that he recorded his popular Scripture study podcast titled “Understanding the Scriptures” – a free 30 episode journey through the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation.
When he and Rebecca discovered their first child (Thérèse Mary Grace) was on her way into this world, he applied for a position with the Diocese of Sacramento, which was closer to Rebecca’s family in Northern California.
In 2007, Bishop William Weigand hired Carson to serve as the Director of Evangelization for the Diocese of Sacramento. When Bishop Jaime Soto succeeded Bishop Weigand, he asked Carson to focus specifically upon the area of New Media Evangelization.
For 5 years (2007-2012), Carson successfully implemented numerous diocesan initiatives to evangelize and catechize the people of Northern California more effectively. Examples include:
After 2 years of discernment and prayer, Carson made the decision to leave his diocesan post to head into full-time self-employment as an entrepreneur, establishing CarsonW, Inc. as a California corporation.
Working from his home office, he builds, deploys, hosts, and maintains websites for Catholic dioceses, parishes, schools, ministries, and apostolates (and is able to spend far more time with his wife and children). He also provides new media consultation and serves some secular clients.
In addition to webdesign and new media consultation, this move has freed him up to travel, utilizing his talent of delivering dynamic and practical presentations to audiences.
His unique education and combination of diverse experience enables Carson to help Catholic clergy and laity effectively engage in the New Evangelization with the blessings of the New Media.
Carson is a devoted husband and father. He and Rebecca have three incredible children: Thérèse Mary Grace (5), Bernadette Mary Clare (2), and John Paul Augustine (newborn).