Lance Nelson joined the Compact staff in 2015. He and his wife Tamara have served in local church ministry since 2000, pastoring three churches in Oklahoma. Lance is a graduate of Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie, Texas where he earned a bachelor of science in church ministries, and studied at Assemblies of God Theological Seminary earning a Master in Pastoral Leadership. He is also an ordained minister through Arkansas District Council of the Assemblies of God. Lance’s wife Tamara was herself a recipient of Compact Family Services’ ministry where she was adopted through Highlands Maternity Home. Lance’s passion is to see the church embrace the mission of redeeming vulnerable children and pushing back against the destructive trend of families disintegrating. As the agency’s foster care director, Lance is responsible for empowering churches to deploy the CompaCare model of support for foster families, as well as recruiting, training, and supporting foster families in Arkansas. He also oversees the placement of children in Compact Foster Homes.