Marcus J Carlson

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School Board

I am a candidate in the November 2020 election for Garrett-Keyser-Butler (GKB) Community School District from Butler Township.

My primary goal is simple: to continue to do all we can to do what is best for students.

~Dr. Marcus J. Carlson

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About Me

Family: Spouse-Jessica (married 17 years), Son-Micah (age 15-10th grade), Abigail (age 13-8th grade).

Education: Doctorate in Adolescent Development, Masters in Theology, Masters course work in Counseling, BA Youth Ministry/Leadership/Psychology.

Work: Executive Director, Preparing for Amazement Ministries (non-profit) in Garrett, IN. Adjunct Faculty Toccoa Falls College, Harvest Workers and Sioux Falls Seminary. Small business owner, consultant, author and pastor.

Past Work: Senior Pastor, Associate Pastor, Youth Pastor and Professor in a variety of settings.

Volunteer Work-Current: board member of the United Way of DeKalb County, leader of a community mental health task force; Sources of Strength Suicide Prevention program adult advisor for Garrett High School; helping with crisis response and counseling at G-K-B Schools; a QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) suicide prevention trainer; guest lecturer Purdue Fort Wayne education classes, marching band parent volunteer , Junior Achievement at Garrett Middle School and tech team volunteer at Grabill Missionary Church.

Volunteer Work-Past: Learning Link of DeKalb County, Reading Railroader at J.E. Ober Elementary, classroom volunteer as various schools, JAM Center board of directors; and member of the mental health advisory team at G-K-B schools.

Certifications & Published Works
• Ordained Pastor, Certified with the Lutheran Congregations in Mission For Christ (LCMC)
• QPR(SuicidePrevent)CertifiedTrainer
• Author,The False Gospel of Guilt and Shame (2018)
• Author, Re-Thinking Confirmation: A Practical Guide (2016)
• Author, Holy Families Small Group Curriculum (2015-2016)
• Contributor, Inside Job Doing the Work Within the Work Companion Workbook (2015)
• Contributor, Holy Families Project (2015-2017)
• Writer, Connections Magazine (2010-2019)