Gary V. Nelson

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Gary V. Nelson
Born (1953-01-28)January 28, 1953
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Education Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena
Spouse(s) Dr. Carla Nelson
Congregations served

Title President, Tyndale University College and Seminary

Gary Vincent Nelson (born 1953) is an urban missiologist and President and CEO of Tyndale University College and Seminary in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Prior to 2010 Nelson served as General Secretary[1] of the Canadian Baptist Ministries. Since 2004 Nelson has been one of the Vice-Presidents[2] of the Baptist World Alliance, of which his denomination is a member-body.


Nelson was born in Canada. He earned a degree in Education (B.Ed.) from the University of British Columbia in 1976.[3]

He chose to pursue a calling to pastoral ministry and completed a Master of Divinity degree[3] at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California in 1980. After graduation Nelson began work as a pastor in Canada, including First Baptist, Edmonton, Alberta.

In 1984, Nelson returned to Fuller Theological Seminary and enrolled in the Doctor of Ministry program.[3] The doctoral dissertation submitted to the Seminary in 1987 was entitled "The pre-conditions necessary for evangelism in the urban context: a study on Toronto Baptist Churches."[4]



On February 2, 2010 it was announced that Nelson had been appointed as the President and CEO of Tyndale University College and Seminary, Toronto, effective July 1, 2010.[5]

Nelson was the Speaker for the installation ceremony of the new President of the Acadia Divinity College, Wolfville on May 10, 2008.[6] Earlier in 2008, he delivered the Graduation Address at Andhra Christian Theological College, Hyderabad in which his Church Society is a participating member[7]


Nelson has lectured and taught courses at seminaries throughout Canada for more than two decades. He taught Church Ministry at the Edmonton Baptist Seminary, Edmonton and was also on the Doctoral Committee of St. Stephen's College, Edmonton.[8] He oversaw programs at Carey Theological College, Vancouver.

Prior to his appointment as President of Tyndale University College and Seminary, Nelson had been a sessional lecturer and adjunct professor at Tyndale.


Honorary titles
Preceded by
Vice President

Baptist World Alliance

Succeeded by
Religious titles
Preceded by
General Secretary

Canadian Baptist Ministries

Succeeded by


  1. ^ Canadian Baptist Ministries, Office Staff. Internet, accessed 14 December 2008.
  2. ^ Network for Good. Internet, accessed 14 December 2008.
  3. ^ a b c Tyndale University College and Seminary, Toronto, Teaching Faculty. Internet, accessed 14 December 2008. [1]
  4. ^ The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, Centre for Research on Canadian Evangelicalism, Thesis Papers and Dissertations on Canadian Evangelicalism. Internet, accessed 14 December 2008. [2]
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  6. ^ Installation Service Brochure, Acadia Divinity College 2008. Internet, accessed December 14, 2008.
  7. ^ ACTC Graduation Brochure 2008.
  8. ^ Wood Lake Publishing Incorporated, Kelowna, About Gary Nelson. Internet, accessed 14 December 2008. [3]
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