Kevin grew up in Bowling Green, Kentucky, the son of a pastor and often says “it has been my privilege to have lived my entire life in and around church.” In 1990 Kevin moved to Springfield, Missouri to attend Baptist Bible College. There he met his wife Kelly and was married in 1994. Shortly thereafter, he started working as the senior adult pastor at Cherry Street Baptist Church. It was in that ministry where Kelly and Kevin first started talking about planting a church. They are thrilled God brought a team together with them to start Sonrise in 2002.

Kevin also started teaching as a faculty member of Baptist Bible Graduate School in 1999 (now Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary). Kevin also serves as a member of the Ozark Rotary Cub. In the process of all this God has given Kevin and Kelly four children. In his spare time Kevin enjoys family, sports, fishing, hunting, and writing.

The hope is that this blog will serve as an encouragement to you and a challenge to walk in godliness. We are committed to walking together through life as friends in Christ sharing wisdom along the journey.

“What a thrill to serve Christ and the fellow members of Sonrise
in the beautiful Ozarks.”


Kevin Carson is the Pastor of the Sonrise Baptist Church in Ozark, Missouri ( In addition to his pastoral ministry, he serves as the department chair of biblical counseling at the Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary in Springfield, Missouri ( He also serves as a counselor at Sonrise Biblical Counseling Ministry, is ACBC Certified, IABC Certified, a council member of the Biblical Counseling Coalition, author, and is a frequent speaker at conferences, retreats and seminars. He and his wife, Kelly, have four children.

You can follow him on Twitter at @pastorkevinc.

Meet the Other Members of the Executive Leadership Team

Antonio Alfred

Dr. Alfred is a native of Ville Platte, Louisiana and a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Information Systems at California State University, Los Angeles, a Master of Arts in Computer Information Systems from the...

Tracy Gray

Tracy is an Associate Pastor at Horizon. He has been at Horizon Christian Fellowship since 1996 and came on staff as a pastor in March of 2012. He has a Masters in Christian Ministry Leadership and is a certified biblical counselor with the (IABC) International...

Howard Eyrich, Chaplain

Dr. Eyrich graduated from Bob Jones University with a BA degree. Following graduation he married Pamela Clark who graduated with him. They started married life with Pam working for General Motors while he pursued graduate work at Faith Theological Seminary. During...

Bill Hines, Vice President

Bill Hines, B.A. Political Science, M.A. Religion, M.A. Counseling, D.Min. Biblical Counseling is the President of Covenant Ministries, Inc., a biblical counseling and education ministry in Ft. Worth, TX. Bill is the author of: Leaving Yesterday Behind; Curing the...

Joe Propri, Trustee

Joe is the founder and director of the Biblical Counseling Institute. He has been ACBC certified since 1980 and IABC certified since 2009. Joe has developed numerous seminars on various topics of personal, familial, and marital concerns, as well as courses on...