CMHFH kicks off New Year with new Executive Director

Rick Nelson has been named Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity’s new Executive Director. Nelson is poised to lead the 28-year-old organization beginning right away in 2018 and aims to sustain and grow CMHFH’s impact in the greater St. Cloud region. He comes to St. Cloud from Woodbury, Minn. and brings decades of experience leading faith communities and engaging in community service efforts to end homelessness, poverty, and promote wellness and social justice.
Board President Dave Jacobs says, “The CMHFH Board of Directors is absolutely thrilled to name Rick Nelson as our next Executive Director. His depth of experience, enthusiasm for mission, and ties to the Central Minnesota community combine to make him the ideal leader for our next phase of development. We look forward to introducing Rick to our donors, volunteers and community partners to continue the critical work of making homeownership affordable for more families in our region.”
Nelson earned his doctorate in Leadership from Luther Seminary. In recent years, he has served as a consultant and coach to nonprofit organizations and their leaders. Previously, Rick served as Senior Pastor of Lutheran churches in California, Montana, Arizona, and in Minneapolis; Board Chair of Lutheran World Relief; Director of Development for Children’s Law Center of Minnesota; and Director of Worship Arts at Peace Church in Eagan. He and his wife, Kristen, who is from Stearns County, look forward to being closer to family and to becoming engaged once again with the four county area Central MN Habitat for Humanity serves.
Nelson says, “I am so glad for this opportunity to lead a nonprofit organization within the greater St. Cloud community-such great people here, and to be part of a proven movement within God’s world working to help others in the name of Jesus to enjoy their very best lives is a privilege. It is exciting to walk together into God’s marvelous future, making a difference one life at a time.”