passion for photography began in high school and has spanned over four decades. His love for capturing moments in time lead him to a career in photojournalism, and for the past 20 years, he has dedicated himself to developing photographers.Carey is currently chair of the Department of Communication & New Media at Gardner-Webb University where he teaches photojournalism.
Carey spent almost 30 years in the media prior to teaching, having worked with United Press International (UPI), the Brotherhood Commission and at a variety of newspapers.
His work has appeared in the Washington Post, St Louis Post-Dispatch, Ft Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Times Herald, Boca Raton News, Shelby Star, Chronicle of Higher Education, TheCommission, OnMission, Facts and Trends, Christianity Today, and Chrisma.
While at the Brotherhood Commission, a Southern Baptist Convention mission agency, he served as editor of Missions Today, the monthly men’s
magazine. He traveled extensively during his time as editor, covering the Rwandan refugee crisis and the Oklahoma City Bombing.
He is active with several photojournalism groups. He is a National Board member of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), a past president of the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA), a board member of Christians in Photojournalism (CIP), and an organizer of the Southwestern Photojournalism Conference.
Carey did his undergraduate work in journalism at the University of Washington, received his masters in journalism from the University of Memphis and his Ph.D. from Regent University specializing in photojournalism.
He and his wife Sharon have been married for 33 years and have three children: Brittany, Hannah, and A.J.