Ethan Carlson, Student Support Services
Ethan Carlson joined the Learning Support Department in 2017 to guide students on their path ahead. “I serve as the University Guidance Counselor, specifically working with upperclassmen to prepare, aid and equip them for university enrollment, school decisions and life after KICS.” This takes place through the following platforms: specific classes, mission group time and on an individual basis.
Beyond KICS, he serves as an assistant pastor in Kigali and as the Executive Director of Rwanda Ministry Partners, an organization that fosters mutual relationships between Rwandan and North American churches. Before his move to Rwanda, Ethan worked as the Assistant Director for International Recruitment and Undergraduate Admissions at Trinity International University, near Chicago, Illinois.
One interesting fact about Ethan: to help pay for university and graduate school tuition, he worked several unique jobs such as snow-ski instructing, farming, campus security and walking dogs.
Ethan is married to Natasha Carlson, who teaches Grade 1 at KICS. While the majority of the couple’s family live in the U.S. in the state of Minnesota they have both always hoped to serve outside of the U.S. in the area of education, ministry or other nonprofit work at some point in their lives. “God made it very clear that the place is Rwanda and the time is now. Doors opened up at KICS which aligned with where we discerned God was leading us. I am specifically thankful to be at KICS because of its diversity and overall vision,” explained Ethan.
Playing the saxophone, vegetable gardening and fishing are some of Ethan’s hobbies and interests. Some other pastimes include running a small eBay business, listening to podcasts and reading on a wide range of topics that include theology, agriculture and social entrepreneurship.
Ethan’s work plays a pivotal role to help shape and guide students for university and beyond, doing so in the following ways:
- Exposing students to various options of quality schools
- Aiding in essay writing, applications, SAT or ACT preparation, and financial aid processes
- Writing letters of recommendation
- Training in cross-cultural communication and preparation for future cultural adjustments