Good people, good music, and good books are things that make me happy. They also inspire me.
In my time at Cross View, I’ve been inspired by people’s involvement in our church and in our neighborhoods. It’s refreshing to see the love of God and His kingdom come alive at Cross View, and how much people want to be involved where God is moving around them in their homes, neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces.
I grew up in South St. Paul, Minnesota, and ever since I was young, I’ve loved arts & crafts. I just love making stuff, whether it’s throwing pots (ceramics), drawing and painting, or building a pinewood derby car, a birdhouse, or a bigger project like building a bed, finishing a home repair project or remodeling. I love working with my hands and seeing progress.
My favorite childhood memory is getting in trouble with my mom at dinner while my brother and I tried our hardest to get my sister to spit milk through her nose. (Let’s just say it happened more than once.)
I’ve been blessed throughout my life with spiritual mentors during different times of struggle, growth, and celebration in my faith walk. I’m especially grateful to my parents, Dr. Rich Carter, Pastor Jim Barton, Dr. Joel Okamoto, and my wife Rachel and our wonderful family.
Musically, my interests are constantly changing depending on the day and my mood at the moment. I have a lot of favorites, but I never go wrong with Toby Mac, Lecrae, Kutless, Gungor, David Crowder, or Need to Breathe. I’ve been known to take the mike on occasion and belt out some karaoke, but I’m not sure it’s enjoyable to anyone but me. Consider yourself forewarned!
Psalm 57 inspires me for two reasons. First, it’s a beautiful praise psalm. David praises God before He delivers David from his enemies with a beautiful praise refrain. Second, Rachel and I included a musical rendition (by the band “Nate & James”) of the psalm as the recessional for our wedding (so the passage has a bit of personal meaning to us both).