January 21, 2019

Mississauga, Ontario – Canadian Baptist Ministries (CBM) is pleased to announce the appointment of Carla Nelson, PhD, to the newly created position of Senior Associate – Africa Liaison & Educational Specialist, effective January 1, 2019. Carla will be based in Canada working with CBM’s International Partnerships team and with Field Staff serving in Africa. This new appointment comes in response to ministry shifts within the region and the desire to strengthen educational programs with partners internationally.

A significant portion of CBM’s global ministries involve supporting the education of children and the theological programs of our global partners. As Africa Liaison, Carla will work alongside Africa Deputy Team Leader André Sibomana in supporting CBM’s initiatives. In this role she will explore new opportunities and make recommendations to strengthen current educational initiatives.

Carla has extensive experience as a teacher, administrator and mentor in education. Since 2007, she has served as Tyndale University College’s Director of Bachelor Education Program and as the Associate Professor of Education for the past eight years. Carla previously worked with CBM as its Educational Facilitator and Coordinator of Teacher Professional Development in Kenya.

Says John Chan, CBM’s Director of International Partnerships, Carla’s extensive experience in education will greatly benefit our partners who offer educational training. For approximately ten years, she was part of the mission of CBM as she coordinated and facilitated a diploma program of professional development for the teachers of the Africa Brotherhood Church in Kenya. It is a joy to welcome her back into the CBM family.”

Carla received her MDiv From Tyndale Seminary, and her MEd and PhD from the University of Alberta. In 2014, Carla was named one of Canada’s 100 Fantastic Christian Women Leaders by the Bridgeway Foundation. Carla is married to former CBM General Secretary, Gary Nelson and they have one adult daughter, a son-in-law and four grandchildren.

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