Alton Carter is the Director of Youth Ministries at First United Methodist Church in Stillwater, Oklahoma. He is the author of The Boy Who Carried Bricks and Aging Out which are books about his life journey from foster care through adulthood. He received his Bachelor’s Degree at Oklahoma State University and is using his story to inspire youth and adults to do all they can to “make the world a better place.” He makes his home in Stillwater, Oklahoma with his wife Kristin and their five children.
“We had Alton come in and do a presentation over lunch for our Young Agents conference, and everyone loved it. He spoke on his life story and held the audience captive. The next year, we had him come back to our conference to do more of a leadership presentation for a couple of hours. He really excelled and got to dive in deeper into not only his story but how agents can think of our job as going beyond the sell. I have known Alton for more than 25 years now, and I can still say that I absolutely love hearing him speak about life and leadership. He is one of the most influential people in my life and I know once you hear him speak then he will influence your life, too.”
–Ryan Teubner, Past Chair of Oklahoma Young Agents Committee; IIABA InVEST Board Member; 2017 IIABA National Young Agent of the Year.
“Equip, Adapt and Respond-Creating Student Survivors”
This workshop will provide teachers an inside look at why students see themselves as victims and provide them with information and tools to reach and change the victim mentality.
Inspiring employees to use their personal stories and experiences to create an fulfilling environment in the workplace. This workshop will help employees find value in what the have been through and use those experiences to create personal ownership in everyday tasks, giving them tools to lay down the burdens that cripple success.
The Boy Who Dreamed Big
The Boy Who Dreamed Big is the story of how a foster child was inspired by his elementary school teacher to use his imagination to overcome his obstacles. Encouraged by his teacher and others, he learned that if he worked hard and believed in himself, his dreams would come true, and he could be whatever he wanted.
Beautifully illustrated by Janelda Lane