Fred Carroll

Fred Carroll

Fred Carroll was born in St. Paul, MN, to a Mexican mother and Native American father. After Fred’s parents divorced, his stepfather abused him. As a result, Fred harbored a lot of anger and became addicted to drugs. He was incarcerated during much of his teen years. However, in Fred’s young adult years, he got married, had kids, and his life became stable.
After the grandmother of Fred’s wife began to share the gospel with him, he began to enjoy reading his Bible and he and his family began to attend church. As Fred’s joy in Christ increased, his desire for drugs decreased. Yet, when his biological father died suddenly, Fred questioned his faith and increasingly used drugs. As his family problems increased, and after he lost his job, Fred began thinking of suicide. He then heard about First Nations Recovery Center, at Overcomers Outreach Ministries Inc. (Overcomers Ministries), and he got admitted to their recovery program.
Fred was motivated to attend regular program meetings because he was mostly with other Native Americans and he was able to integrate teachings from the Bible throughout his recovery counseling.  While in recovery, Fred went on a mission trip with Gordon and Sheila Thayer to the Mishkeegogamang Ojibwe Reservation in Ontario, Canada. During the trip, Fred experienced God in a powerful way and he grew in his appreciation for his Native heritage while his faith in Jesus Christ increased with Godon’s help.
After the trip, Fred took his family to the Overcomers Ministries Family Camp in Northern Minnesota where he and his family grew closer through the counseling they received. Now, Fred is close to his wife and his children. In addition, he has a better job and is giving back to the Native American community as a member on the Board of Directors for Overcomers Ministries. As a result of his faith in Jesus Christ and his victory over addiction, Fred gives credit to God, his family, and First Nations Recovery Center.