My name is Carson Weitnauer and it is my joy and privilege to serve as the host of RZIM Connect. I’ll share a bit about myself in the hopes that you will feel the freedom to introduce yourself to the community. No need to give us the whole story - though you’re welcome to do so. I think you’ll find this to be an encouraging, friendly place to grow as a Christian and an evangelist. (Please let me know if you have any problems).
I grew up in Atlanta, GA. My Mom was and is an active Christian. However, my Dad became increasingly skeptical. In middle and high school, my peer group was similarly divided: some close friends were devoted followers of Jesus; others didn’t see the point and wondered if it was just a faith perspective given to children. As I tried to make sense of all that my family and friends shared with me, I was driven to a prolonged, intense search for the truth.
This quest led me to study apologetics and philosophy throughout high school and into college. I attended Rhodes College in Memphis, TN and studied abroad for two terms at St. Catherine’s College at Oxford University. During these formative years, my primary philosophical interests were in epistemology (reflecting on the questions, What is knowledge? What does it mean to know something is true?) and philosophy of religion (Is there a God or gods? If so, what or who is the supernatural?). These studies led me to be more persuaded that the God of the Bible is the true God, a God worthy not only of an intellectual commitment, but a whole life commitment of worship and devotion.
Upon graduation, I served in campus ministry for ten years. The first seven years were in association with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship; the last three were with my church home in Boston. During this time I also earned an M.Div. degree at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, MA. More importantly, I met my wife, an amazing woman who loves the Lord.
After our first child turned one, I felt the Lord calling us to return to Atlanta, to be closer to family. As we prepared to move, a job opportunity opened up at RZIM. For the first two and a half years with this wonderful ministry, I oversaw the US Speaking team. Then the opportunity came to launch what has become RZIM Connect. As I write this, we’re nearly two years into this initiative. It has been an incredible opportunity to meet new friends around the world, be challenged by diverse perspectives, and continue growing as a disciple of Jesus.
In the past few years, a couple of writing projects have moved forward. My first book was True Reason, an anthology of essays on the difference between atheism and Christianity on the existence and value of reason. My second published work was co-authored with Drew McNeil, a colleague and friend at RZIM, the small group curriculum Everyday Questions.
If you’re ever in Atlanta on a weekend, I’d love to worship with you at my church home - Fellowship Bible Church in Roswell, GA!
I’m grateful that you’re here - I look forward to getting to know you through this community. Welcome!