From GMAE to Transform Minnesota
Transform Minnesota started in 1965 as a cooperative effort that resulted from Twin Cities’ pastors praying with each other; a vision emerged to work together to have greater life-giving impact on their society, leading to the birth of the Greater Minneapolis Association of Evangelicals.
Rev. Quint Alfors was a key leader in starting the association, and he was the founding Executive Director (and later President) beginning in 1970 followed by Rev. Palmer Yngsdal, who served as President from 1988-2004. The current President, Carl Nelson, began working for World Relief Minnesota (now Arrive Ministries) in 1997, and was appointed President of GMAE in 2005.
In the 70′s, 80′s and 90′s, Transform Minnesota started many new ministry programs including New Life Family Services, Damascus Way Reentry Center, Christian Counseling Center, Minneapolis Police Chaplaincy, Wings Outreach, World Relief Minnesota, and All Seasons Renewal Center. Today, three of these ministries operate as subsidiary ministries and receive leadership and administrative support from Transform Minnesota.
Today Transform Minnesota continues to operate as a regional evangelical association, serving its constituents by providing evangelical leaders with Relationships, Resources and Representation.
In recent years, we have expanded our network to become much more diverse, connected with pastors of both large and small churches, with more urban churches and with leaders from across many evangelicals denominations. We have hosted leadership forums and training conferences and serve as an effective platform to convene major gatherings of evangelicals and to communicate to a wide audience of pastors and leaders in Minnesota.