Brianna Carlson

Brianna started at Zion in August. She was originally hired as the Family Events Coordinator, a position which includes planning activities and organizing volunteers for events such as Z-Fest and Trunk or Treat. Since then, she has also started working with Zion Kid’s Place on Wednesday afternoons and has been coordinating the Sunday school program.
Brianna has learned that everyone at Zion is willing to lend a helping hand.

There are so many people who have been volunteering here for years, whether it be with Sunday school or events, so they kind of know how things go. I’ve had so many tell me “I always help with [any part of my job]; if you have any questions let me know!” It’s been great because I have a LOT of questions.

She is most looking forward to building relationships with the families who are involved here at Zion, and helping children and their parents as they navigate their faith journey, and she plans to check out the Wine, Women, and the Word Bible study.

Prior to working at Zion, Brianna was the director of a daycare center.

I loved working with kids, and I hope to put some of that knowledge to good use in the children’s ministry here!

Brianna’s favorite Bible verse is Psalm 91:11-12.

“For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.”

It’s one that my mentor in confirmation taught me, and it reminds me that God’s always got my back!

I am very much a planner. Most of the time I know exactly how things are going to go, and when things should be happening, but God doesn’t always agree with my plans. I sometimes struggle with letting go of how I think things should be and letting him take over. My dad has always been a strong voice in my journey of faith, and whenever I’m going through a tough time I call him. When I have trouble seeing God’s plans for me, my dad always does. He reminds me of God’s love for me and gives me hope that things will get better.

I see God at work wherever people are kind to one another and help each other, whether they are strangers or family, believers or not. When they do good for each other they are doing God’s work. I try to live out my faith by showing kindness to everyone, even—and maybe especially—those who aren’t kind in return.

Brianna grew up in Brooklyn Park, MN, and currently resides in Albertville, MN.

I spend as much time as I can with my two-year-old nephew. My favorite thing to do in my free time is read. I’m an especially big fan of the Harry Potter series. I also like to knit, and I’m teaching myself to speak Russian.