Faith, Foster Care, and Filmmaking: A Conversation with Jeremy Carlson

In this episode of The Defender Podcast, recorded at the 2023 Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting, host Rick Morton interviews Jeremy Carlson of WTA Media, exploring his journey in faith-based media and his family’s involvement in foster care and adoption. Their connection, rooted in their collaboration on the movie “Lifemark,” has evolved into a meaningful friendship. Jeremy shares the emotional and spiritual lessons learned from his parents’ dedication to being foster parents, which saw them welcome 13 children over seven and a half years, eventually adopting one of them, Matthew. The conversation underscores the transformative power and the church’s crucial role in foster care. Jeremy also discusses his transition from youth ministry to faith-based media, aiming to influence a broader audience through his work. 


Jeremy Carlson, a seasoned professional at Arrow Marketing, embodies a passionate commitment to faith-driven storytelling, rooted in his personal journey and family’s dedication to fostering and adoption. Inspired by his parents’ fostering of 13 children and eventual adoption of Matthew, Jeremy’s career trajectory reflects a strategic blend of analytical prowess and creative vision, transitioning from youth ministry to a leadership role in faith-based media. His work on projects like “Unsung Hero” and “Lifemark” highlights his ability to craft narratives that resonate emotionally and spiritually, fostering connections and inspiring change. 


Herbie Newell is the President & Executive Director of Lifeline Children’s Services and its ministry arms.


Dr. Rick Morton is the Vice President of Engagement at Lifeline Children’s Services.


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The mission of Lifeline Children’s Services is to equip the Body of Christ to manifest the gospel to vulnerable children. Our vision is for vulnerable children and their communities to be transformed by the gospel and to make disciples. 


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