For 29 year old Th.M. student, Chris Carroll, life has not been an easy road. And if life was a road, the signs along his would not have read Dallas Theological Seminary. They would have read “Death.”
Chris was born to a very Irish alcoholic father who made it his personal endeavour to very violently beat Chris and each of his six mothers. His real Mom died when he was 6 years old and he was left with no memories of her. His earliest memories began with his third stepmother.
“I do remember hatred though. I remember wondering why my Dad was so angry. And as I grew I saw more and more violence,” Chris recalls. His father finally decided he was going to end Chris’s life when Chris was 16 years old. “He had been beating my sixth Mom at the time and I went in to defend her. I did everything I could to help her and as I reached for the phone that had been torn out of the wall, I knew I had to get to the other side of the house. As I made my way out of their bedroom and down the hallway I was staring down the barrel of a 9 millimeter gun my father had pulled out and put to my head. And he said, ‘Son I brought you into this world and I’m gonna take you out!’” His father did not pull the trigger and chaos ensued as they ran outside. “So there’s my dad running through an upper middle class neighborhood chasing his son with a gun. My father ran away that night and I never saw him again until I was in my 20’s. My stepmom died of cancer 6 months later.”
At 16 years old, Chris found himself on his own with no hope, direction, or guidance. “For four years I did anything I could to medicate or drink myself into a place of peace. But it just pushed me further into darkness until someone was kind enough to tell me about the Light. It’s amazing how brightly just a little bit of light shines in really dark places. That song “This Little Light of Mine” sounds like a joke but it’s true,” says Chris.
“I was so intoxicated by this term called grace and the idea of forgiveness and Jesus. I remember going to a church with all of my dope smoking friends who were pastors’ kids—which was confusing. And I remember sitting on the very far back row on a Sunday morning thinking to myself, ‘of all the times to have a church service, don’t they know it comes after Saturday night?’ My sunglasses were on and as the pastor was speaking, ‘I started thinking I need this.’ Something in my heart was stirring; it was the spirit of God. I was being drawn to him. I couldn’t help myself, and in the middle of his sermon, at the most unorthodox time, I walked down front and I said ‘I need Jesus.’ That’s where it began.”
“There’s a generation of lost people in darkness and it is our absolute privilege and high honor to take this glorious light to them,” says Chris with determination. It was on this new road to spread the gospel that he met his wife, Madeline, and soon God led them from San Diego to Dallas with their two sons. Now a student at DTS, Chris says “I’ve been trained by Godly men who have shown me what it is to be a man of God—to treat the word of God with honor,
reverence, and respect—and to have a vision to reach an entire generation with the life saving message of Jesus Christ.”
With a smile he will also tell you, “My professor, Dr. Ramesh Richard, told me one day, ‘I have a vision to reach 1 billion people.’ and I said ‘Well sir, that leaves 5 in change; I’ll take those.’ And he said, ‘Well you’re younger.’”
“Dallas Theological Seminary has given me the foundation to stand on, to pipe such a vision. It’s by God’s glorious grace that we are saved, and so it is my passion, heart, and soul to reach this generation with the message of Jesus. And Dallas Seminary is on the cutting lines of that vision.”
In addition to studying at Dallas Seminary, Chris writes music and performs. To read more about his vision and to hear some of his music, go to www.brokentraveler.com.
The mission of Dallas Theological Seminary is to
glorify God by equipping godly servant-leaders
for the proclamation of His Word and the
building up of the body of Christ worldwide.