Jon Carter was raised on his family farm located near Heart Mountain, Powell Wyoming, and the current home of Heart Mountain New Beginnings. He had many responsibilities as a young boy from irrigating crops to caring for livestock. Jon has always been an outgoing individual and was involved in many extracurricular activities. He was the president of his 4-H Club, Wyoming State Sheep Showman, wrestling team captain, and a four-year letterman. Jon has worked with youth his whole life, from 4-H junior leaders in High School; to coaching five to eighteen year olds in USA wrestling for nineteen years. Jon is a Bronze Certified Coach with the National Coaches Education Program. He has been a substitute teacher in the local Junior High School, and has been actively involved in the education of his own three children. After receiving his JC degree from Northwest College in 1978, he married his wife Gael and took over the family farm in 1980. During his fifteen year farming career, Jon hosted and mentored several young men through the Work Exchange Abroad Program. He taught young men from Germany, Switzerland, Australia, Poland and Ireland. Jon has raised and worked with horses for most of his life. He has extensive experience riding and packing horses in the surrounding mountains. Jon is always looking for an opportunity to educate and can identify an abundance of flora and fauna in the surrounding areas. He is an avid learner and a jack of all trades. He has knowledge of mechanics, welding, carpentry, plumbing, electrical work, concrete, and is a talented horse trainer. Jon found his calling when he was employed by an area youth program. He lived with the boys on a daily basis and soon discovered he could make a difference in the lives of the young men in his care. Although the job was very demanding, Jon found it to be incredibly gratifying. Although very satisfied with the rewards of the work, Jon felt there was more he could do for the boys and their families. With this in mind, he started Heart Mountain New Beginnings where he can focus on building men of integrity through education, teaching trade skills, work ethic, Christian values. He can support parents through extensive parent education, and help insure success with a unique aftercare program. Jon and Gael started Heart Mountain New Beginning in 2006.
I was born and raised in Wyoming. Most of my life I’ve spent right here in Cody Wyoming.
After graduating Cody High School in 1994 I worked in the customer service industry until taking a job at “Sonlight Shelter”. “Sonlight Shelter” was a Christian group home designed for at risk teenagers. I worked there for 5 years before deciding in 2002 that I should further my education. After one year at Northwest College, in Powell Wyoming, I transferred to “Trinity International University” in Deerfield IL. where I majored in Biblical Studies.
After finishing at “Trinity” I received an offer to return home, to the Cody/Powell area, and pastor the church that I had grown up in. I have been pastoring there for nearly 11 years now.
Four years ago, I married my wife Tabitha and together we have our one child, Thomas.
I’ve always missed working with at teens since leaving “Sonlight Shelter”. God has placed it in my heart to help guide young people towards productive adult lives. With that being said, I’ve youth pastored in a couple different locations before becoming a senior pastor.
When I heard about “Heart Mountain New Beginnings” I put my name out there to fill a role if one would ever be needed. That eventually did happen and now I enjoy pastoring along with being out here at “Heart Mountain New Beginnings”.