Ram Fam Reunion - Brian Carroll

Alumnus runs through his time on campus and beyond

By Aubree Bailey
On November 16, 2017

Photo by Brit Raley
Brian Carroll reminisces on his time at ASU and specifically his track and field time. Carol has been the Youth Minister at Journey Bible Church for five years.

Brian Carroll, a Dallas native, came to ASU in the fall of 2006.

"I had never even heard of San Angelo until my senior year of high school. The main factor my decision was the opportunity to run track and cross country," Carroll said.

Carroll ran with the Men’s Cross Country Team and Men’s Track Team while here.

"When I think of Cross Country and Track a flood of different memories come to mind. I ran with a great group of guys. I was much more of a long distance guy so I would do a 5k and 10k in track. At one point, I had a school record for the 10k. I broke it at my last meet at ASU. It was cool to be a part of that legacy."

He obtained a bachelor’s degree in English with a teaching certificate.

"I was planning on doing the whole teaching and coaching route but that even changed."

Carroll is now the Student Pastor at the Journey Bible Church, a local nondenominational place of worship here in San Angelo.

"During the semester of my student teaching I was at Central teaching juniors. It was a lot of fun. I really began having a heart to help students with their walk with Christ. At the time I was volunteering here. I got a taste of ministry and what it’s like. May of 2012 I was offered to be the student pastor here."

The student pastor says what he once dreaded the most about his job is now his favorite part.

"The thing that scared me the most initially is probably my favorite- getting asked hard questions. To me it means they are actually engaged, trying to learn and trying to process. I love getting to help them and walk alongside them. I also love to teach, it’s one of the things I really enjoy, and I love going on trips to camps, that’s when you really get to bond with students.

Carroll reflected fondly about his time on campus, saying, "ASU was awesome- just to sum it up. It was a growing time for me in a lot of different ways. It taught me discipline and how important it is to surround yourself with good people."

He praised his former track coach for unifying the team he was on.

"Coach Reid did a great job of helping us see it’s not an individual sport, you want to do well for your team. He helped us see beyond our individual races and encourage each other."

He also said he gained academic skills he uses, too.

"Being able to use what I learned from my time at ASU is really beneficial. Although I like to joke that I have an English degree and am not using it, I do find that elements of that degree are very beneficial as I prepare lessons, read and study."

Carroll is looking to enter into seminary in the near future at Dallas Theological Seminary.

"My wife and I are really in a transition season right now, seeing where the Lord takes us."

Carroll encourages students to "not make blanket statements. Take the time to get to know someone, sit down and talk. Practice the art of conversation. You can’t make assumptions when you don’t know someone. And of course, don’t procrastinate."

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