Meet our new Development Director
Chris Nelson joined Arrive Ministries in May as our Development Director.
But his fundraising career began in elementary school selling $1 chocolate bars up and down the streets on his neighborhood for a father-son YMCA program.
He says, “I was brave enough to knock on my neighbors’ door, sell the reason for the fundraiser, point out there was a Brown’s Chicken coupon on the back and offer three different types of chocolate bars: Crispy, Milk or Almond.”
[pullquote style=”right” quote=”light”]Simply put, fundraising is about communicating the amazing work happening at Arrive and inviting people to join in.[/pullquote]After working at Bethel University’s Advancement Office and most recently as the Director of Development for Community Emergency Service, we are excited to have Chris join us at Arrive with his decades of development experience. Chris firmly believes fundraising is a ministry.
“Simply put, fundraising is about communicating the amazing work happening at Arrive and inviting people to join in,” says Chris.
Chris and his wife, Colleen have been married for 20 years, and have three active kids and a yellow lab. In addition to his roles as dad, husband, youth soccer coach, and development professional, Chris is a pastor’s spouse. Pastor Colleen Nelson was recently installed as the Lead Pastor at Bethlehem Covenant Church in South Minneapolis.
Chris likes to play racquetball, fly fish, tie flies for fishing, walk in the woods with God and split wood for his fireplace. Contact Chris Nelson