New to The Church Studio Team: Entrepreneur Ronnie Carlson


My name is Ronald (Ronnie) Carlson and I’m the new operations team member at The Church Studio. I am so excited to meet everyone. Most recently I was the President and Owner of Jenks Beauty College from 2017-2022. When I  took over the college, there were less than 10 students. When I retired, there were over 130 students. Prior to that, I worked for 12 years at Oklahoma’s largest non-profit career college group in numerous aspects of administration, student life, and college culture.

Ronnie Carlson is happy to be at The Church Studio.

Ronnie Carlson

My background includes experience in various aspects of career, vocational, and technical education, including admissions, career services, financial aid, compliance, accreditation, strategic planning, default aversion strategies, security and safety, faculty development, human resources, and institutional effectiveness.  I’m passionate about creating human connections to enrich the quality of life. The connection the LeonLifers (Leon Super-fan group) have with Leon and each other is very special and unique. I am thankful to be a part of it in any small way.


Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma: I am a lifelong Okie. My wife is named Shanice, and I have a son named Malachi. In addition to working for The Church Studio, I am a property manager of single-family homes and I sell commercial real estate on the side. I hold a master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma, Boomer!

The Church Studio Team with new member Ronnie.

Ronnie and The Church Studio Team

Some of my hobbies include politics, listening to music, bicycle riding, trying new food, MMA, community events, and all things Leon Russell! I look forward to connecting with guests and helping to make The Church Studio the benchmark to which all studios are compared. The true epicenter of the Tulsa Sound is once again alive and well.


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The Church Studio

The historic church was turned into a recording studio and home office to Shelter Records in 1972. Under Leon Russell's leadership, the stone structure served as a creative workshop for songwriters, musicians, engineers, and singers to collaborate, learn, and inspire.

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  1. Johnny McDonnell on August 22, 2022 at 9:46 am

    Very Impressive Resume Ronnie ..! I Wish You All The Best In Your Exciting New Career ..!😎🎩🎹🎸

  2. Tommy Henshaw on August 22, 2022 at 11:23 am

    Nice sweat shirt.
    Congratulations 🎈🍾🎉🎊 Best of Luck 🤞

  3. Lanette Giese on August 22, 2022 at 11:48 am

    Congrats Ronnie!!!! Your resume says it all~! Teresa & the team deserve your expertise & you deserve that awesome position, destined to do wonderful things. It was great meeting you in April, see you next April~!

  4. William Michael Harrison on August 22, 2022 at 6:13 pm

    I look for your great experience to be a huge asset to the Church Studio! I wish you all the success in the world on new endeavor Ronnie🌹🌅❣️

  5. William Michael Harrison on August 22, 2022 at 6:15 pm

    I look for your great past experiences to be a huge asset to the Church Studio! I wish you all the success in the world on your new endeavor Ronnie🌹🌅❣️

  6. Pam Mckissick on August 23, 2022 at 7:17 am

    Looking forward to the experience. Have not been

  7. lyndon massa on August 24, 2022 at 10:33 pm

    Quite a diverse profile Ronnie, it sounds like you have tons of experience such as I do, I’ve done so many different jobs in my life but always have wanted to be a sound engineer ever since I met Leon, he was so easy to talk to back then in ’72. I met he and JJ when he was bring JJ over to see Aaronson mansion after they started fixing it up for Leon and I was standing in one of the driveways in front of the gate because the only people there at the time were the workers and I was playing catch with a friend who lived across the street and down a couple of houses back then. So this truck pulls up and it’s so sunny out that we could not see inside so I just stood there playing when I was 14 and then he honks at me and my friend said they want you to move I think, so I stepped off the driveway and they pulled in and before they went in the gate they both stopped and got out to talk to us a minute and Leon gets out of the drivers side of his truck and introduces himself to me and I told him there was no need to because I already knew who he was. He said well I just bought this house so I’m going to be your neighbor and I could only say “I wish” lol and he and JJ kind of look at me questioningly and I said ” oh sorry, I am just visiting my friend who lives over there and now I’m going to see if his mom will rent me a room!” lol and they both got a kick and small snucker out of that so they sort of were just like regular guys or neighbors right then, not to me anything like rock and roll stars which they were both by then, Leon had played with so many people. I first used to idol Frank Zappa because of his intelligence and all and the great music he wrote but as I learned more about Leon, he quickly became my favorite of all rock and roll stars he had played with so many others and done so much compared to Zappa.

  8. Vicki Camp on September 3, 2022 at 3:18 pm

    Ronnie !
    All the best ! I’m happy for you
    and I have a feeling your happiness
    is going to be reflected all over The Church Studio !

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