Pastor Nathaniel Carson III is the founder and Pastor of The Shelter Church Inc. Pastor Carson is a man uniquely gifted and anointed by God for ministry. Armed with a powerful relevant word and a vision, God called and positioned him to reach across denominational, cultural, and generational boundaries to win souls for Christ. Pastor Carson accepted his mandate from God to preach the gospel in 2005. He was licensed as a minister, in 2007, with the Church of God In Christ Inc. In 2011, he was elevated to a greater responsibility in ministry as an ordained Elder, by Bishop O. L. Meadows, C.O.G.I.C., Jurisdictional Prelate of the First Jurisdiction of Alabama.
In 2012, God directed Pastor Carson to step out in faith and plant a church in his hometown of Mobile, Alabama. The vision of the church at that time was made clear and precise. God gave him the name “The Shelter” stating it would be "A Place For All People." While striving for excellence, The Shelter Church officially launched on October 14, 2012 in Mobile, AL. Since the inception of the Shelter Church, God has bestowed blessings upon the vision he gave to the man of God. Souls have been saved, some baptized with water, the sick healed, and filled with the gift of the Holy Ghost. In February of 2015, the Shelter Church purchased their current building, a two level, 5,000 square foot edifice.
Pastor Carson and his family currently reside in Mobile, Alabama. In 2003, God joined him and Deidra Peters in holy matrimony. Twelve years since, God has blessed their union with four beautiful children; Alana, Ariel, Ryan, and Jackson & Ainsley.