Ethan Carlson – Georgia Nomination & Photography by Janet Roberson/BluMoon Photography Issue 54 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
Nomination: Ethan is an outstanding young man who has a passion for serving others, he believes the Lord is leading him into a life of ministry. Ethan is a senior in high school, where he is very busy with tennis and cross country. (Ethan just ran his first marathon!) Ethan recently preached his first sermon at his church, and he is looking forward to an upcoming mission trip to Peru this summer. He is currently heading up a committee to put on a Prom for Special Needs students in his hometown. We need more young people like Ethan!
Tell us about your calling to ministry. I got saved at the age of 8 years old. However, it was not until the summer after my ninth grade year that I got serious about my relationship with Christ. I realized that many adults said the main thing they regretted in their lives was wasting their teenage years. I had already wasted my middle school years, I was not going to waste my high school years. Since then I have had many opportunities on mission trips, leading Bible studies, and I have even preached in my youth group.
What are your ultimate goals with it? My ultimate goal is that I bring many people to Christ. In anything and everything I do, I want to bring God glory. There is nothing that matters more to me than that. If I die being known for anything, I want to be known for living my life to serve and bring glory to Christ. When people think of me, I want them to see my savior.
What is your special needs prom about and why did you decide to do it? The special needs prom is such a cool event. This past school year I got the opportunity to spend a lot of time with our special needs students. I also was able to work with them being I worked in the office at my high school. One day, one of our students with special needs walked in a little late for school. She was smiling very big and pointing to her face. She was very proud to show us that she was wearing makeup and lipstick. As she walked to her class, I watched as she tried to show multiple students in the hallway how beautiful she was, however, not one gave her any attention. It was at that moment, I realized, these kids want to feel special just like everyone else. They just want attention, to feel noticed, to feel important. So I came up with the idea of the special needs prom. A prom that would honor all the students and show them that God has such an incredible plan for their life.
Who did you enlist to help with this endeavor and what are you/did you find most rewarding in the process? I was picked to be on a Chick-fil-A leadership team this school year. We were trained and taught how to be better leaders in our community. I presented my idea to the leadership team, and they decided to help to put the prom on. The most rewarding part of this process is knowing how special and important we will make the students feel. The smiles on their faces will be priceless.
What does it entail on your end to be a youth intern? Being the youth intern gives me many great opportunities to serve others and Christ. At my job, I help to plan youth trips, serve the students, lead Bible studies, and preach. I am able to do a lot of speaking and serving which prepares me for a life of ministry.
What have you learned about yourself in the process? This process has only made me more confident in my calling to ministry. I have grown much closer to Christ in the process.
How did you find Janet Roberson/BluMoon Photography and why did you choose your photographer? What was your experience like? What did you love most about it? I have known Mrs. Jan since I was very young. Not only is she my neighbor, but we have attended church together my entire life as well. Mrs. Jan asked me to be one of her models for blue moon photography. I was very surprised she asked me because I do not consider myself a model. After seeing the pictures she had taken of me, we easily chose her for my senior pictures. She is one of the best without a doubt and I would recommend her to anyone.
What inspiring things about you does your nomination not cover? One exciting fact is I helped to restart FCA at Pierce County High School. We went from having 1 or 2 kids a week to 30 kids a week. Two weeks we had over 100 students. I have been the top Cross Country runner all 4 years of high school and also have started varsity tennis all 4 years.
Look for Ethan in issue 54 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!