2010 - Present
Dr. Gary V. Nelson joined Tyndale University College & Seminary on July 1, 2010 as President and Vice Chancellor after serving as General Secretary of Canadian Baptist Ministries (CBM), the national and global working arm of Canadian Baptists, for 10 years. Previous to his tenure with CBM, he served in a number of congregations in both staff and senior roles.
Dr. Nelson received his Bachelor of Education from the University of British Columbia and graduated with a Master and a Doctoral degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. He has lectured and taught courses at universities and seminaries across Canada and the United States. Over the years, he has lectured internationally in India, Bolivia, Czech Republic, Germany, Scotland, Kenya, Ghana and Rwanda on topics and themes that focus on missional living, contemporary ministry and urban missiology, as well as leadership and governance for Christian organizations.
His writings include co-authored books such as Future Faith Churches: Reconnecting with the Power of the Gospel for the 21st Century (Wood Lake Books, 1997), Borderland Churches: A Congregation’s Introduction to Missional Living (Chalice Press, 2008) and most recently, Going Global: A Congregation’s Introduction to Mission beyond Our Borders (Chalice Press, 2011).
Dr. Nelson is married to Carla, who serves as the Director of Tyndale’s Bachelor of Education program and Associate Professor of Education at Tyndale University College. They have one daughter, Stacy, who lives in Edmonton with her husband and their four children.