Dr. James W. Carlson was born in 1974 and raised in South Bend, IN. Pastor Carlson grew up in a Christian family. At the age of 20 years he committed his life to Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and Lord. He came to believe then, and still heartily proclaims today, that Jesus is the only way and the only hope for this life and the next. After putting his trust in Christ, Pastor Carlson felt the Lord’s call to Christian ministry and sought training in the Bible. He pursued Biblical instruction by earning a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies at Bethel College, in 1999 and a Master of Arts in Theological Studies at the Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, in 2002. In 2003 the Lord led James to California to pursue a PhD in New Testament. In 2006 he met his wife Katie and they were married on March 17, 2007 (on Saint Patrick’s Day!). Pastor Carlson graduated from Fuller Theological Seminary in 2011, with a Doctor of Philosophy in New Testament. In November of 2011 Pastor Carlson was called to serve at Chevy Chase Baptist Church, in Glendale, CA. His first day as Shepherd of the Clearfield Community Church was April 1st 2017.
The Lord has blessed Pastor Carlson and Katie with two beautiful boys, Jamie (6 years old) and Nathanael (4 years old). Pastor Carlson has expressed he is confident the Lord has called him to continue to be a church pastor. His passion is leading a flock in two areas: 1) preaching the gospel and equipping the saints to share the gospel, otherwise referred to as friendship evangelism and 2) leading Christians into ever-increasing spiritual maturity and discipleship.