Hello. I am Carl Creasman. I am running for Winter Park Commissioner and would love to have your vote in March 2020. My wife and I have lived in Winter Park for 26 years, raising our three daughters. We love our community. So, if I may, let me tell you about myself.
Growing up in East Tennessee in a family of very modest means, I spent most of my time wandering through the forest and mountains near my home, playing sports and being involved in my local church. My imagination flourished during these years, as did my love for local community watching my parents, my mom a teacher and my dad a pastor, invest deeply. Through many youth activities including High School youth legislature, helping found the high school swim team, and various service projects…
…I developed a love for supporting the local community, a passion that still drives me today.
My life’s work has been in serving others, attempting to model a clear path for a better society — love your neighbor as yourself. Investing in one another in my neighborhood of Kenilworth Shores, building relationships of depth through coaching, teaching, church…caring for one another during hurricanes and illness and loss of loved ones…this is what I value. It represents what I see as the best of Winter Park.
I’ve spent all of my adult life working in non-profit roles where my leadership skills have been honed. In such settings, one cannot attempt to dictate decisions, but rather must respect the many other voices at the table. No one has a monopoly on all knowledge or all ideas, thus gaining insight from others who are equally invested in the future success is vital. I modeled this leadership as the President of the Collegewide Faculty Association for Valencia College where we completed one of the most successful years of the association, including passage of a new constitution that guides our work in shared governance with the College.
I earned my bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Auburn University in 1988, and a Masters in Divinity in North Carolina in 1992. While in seminary, I was hired by the Capital YMCA to start coaching with the swim team in Raleigh. It was coaching that brought us to Winter Park, moving here in 1993 to start work with Trinity Aquatic Team to become their Head Age Group Coach.
My first days in the city were spent standing on the deck of Cady Way pool, and I was happy to see my love of the outdoors and greenspace was matched by others in the city with our wonderful parks and recreational services. It has been my honor to serve on the Parks and Recreation Citizen Advisory Board for the past five years, with the last four years as the Chair. Under my leadership, we have expanded park land, redeveloped our city golf course, the tennis center, and overseen improvements to Mead Gardens and Showalter Field.
Kim and I found a spiritual home at First Baptist Church in Winter Park where I served as youth minister for 3.5 years, and we planted roots deep in the community. Having pastored a small church called Numinous for 17 years after that, I made connections with many ministries, schools, and wonderful people in the Winter Park area.
After working with Charles Clayton Construction for 3 years, in 2002, I joined the faculty of Valencia College as a Professor of History. Now as a tenured professor and Chair of the History discipline on the East Campus, I have had opportunities to work with hundreds of students and faculty, building a strong educational community. In 2018 I expanded that community to include seniors, volunteering at Westminster Winter Park where I began a teaching series called “Valencia College at Westminster.” I also work with the Winter Park Library to bring history topics to life through seminars that the Library hosts.
My life’s work has been in serving others, attempting to model a clear path for a better society — love your neighbor as yourself.
Kim and I have been married for 30 years, and we raised all three of our daughters in the same home we bought in 1994, right off Lakemont Ave. Our girls have all grown up, graduated, and are living their lives in a way that makes me proud, engaging and serving their communities. My wife is an oncology nurse at Advent Health in Winter Park, having earned her ASN degree from Valencia and BSN from UCF. As we enter the “empty nest” years of our lives, we are excited for the years to come. I hope to kick them off as your Winter Park Commissioner in seat 2. Thank you for your time and (I hope) your vote.
Leadership & Community Engagement
- Chair of Winter Park Citizen Advisory Board for Parks and Recreation
- Youth Pastor of First Baptist Church Winter Park
- President of Valencia Collegewide Faculty Association
- Lifework Leadership Alumnus
- Aspen Institute Wye Faculty Fellow
- Senior Pastor of Numinous Church
- MacMillan Tech-Ed Week Faculty Selection Panelist
- Association of Florida Colleges ‘Distinguished Professor’ Award
- President of Valencia College East Campus Senate
- Valencia College Faculty Association Award for Excellence in Teaching