Transform Minnesota is a statewide association of evangelicals that connects nearly 1/3 of the state’s Christians. For nearly 50 years, Transform Minnesota (formerly the Greater Minnesota Association of Evangelicals) has provided evangelicals with critical ministry related resources, given the state’s evangelicals opportunities to connect and helped create the environment where they can speak as one united voice. Read more about our 50 year history.

Media Topics:

  • Evangelical perspectives on immigration issues
  • Role and purpose of evangelicals in politics
  • Refugee resettlement
  • Religious liberty and religious freedom issues
  • Role of churches in society
  • Race relations in the church and society
  • Evangelical perspectives on marriage

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Carl Nelson serves as president of Transform Minnesota.

Carl Nelson

Carl Nelson

He began working at Transform Minnesota in 1997 and was the executive director of World Relief Minnesota for seven years. In 2005, he was appointed president of Transform Minnesota. He serves on the boards of the National Association of Evangelicals, New Life Family Services, Damascus Way Reentry Center and Arrive Ministries (formerly World Relief Minnesota).

Carl and his wife, Kari, met while teaching English in Russia and have been married since 1997. They have two school-aged sons, Franklin and Carlson, and a pre-school aged daughter, Emelia. Kari teaches art at Maranatha Christian Academy and at North Central University. They live in north Minneapolis and are active in ministry at Elim Baptist Church. Carl was raised in Hinckley, Minnesota, and has degrees from LeTourneau University in Texas and Bethel University in St. Paul.

Recent Press Releases:

President Trump’s Refugee Executive Order

Hobby Lobby Supreme Court decision

Immigration Reform



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