Nations Ministry Center
P.O. Box 128154
Nashville TN 37212
Mission Statement
Nations Ministry Center, as an instrument of God's grace in welcoming refugees and immigrants to Middle Tennessee, helps refugee families become generationally self-sufficient through job coaching and training, youth literacy advancement, and family social services.
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Chris Lovingood
Board Chair Ms. Lisa Beasley
Board Chair Company Affiliation The Gunn Collection
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 2005
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
Graph: Expense Breakdown Graph - All Years
Projected Expenses $560,752.00
Projected Annual Revenue 560752 (2019)
Mission Nations Ministry Center, as an instrument of God's grace in welcoming refugees and immigrants to Middle Tennessee, helps refugee families become generationally self-sufficient through job coaching and training, youth literacy advancement, and family social services.
On April 15, 2002, nine Presbyterians met to consider how to better serve Nashville’s growing refugee and immigrant populations. In January 2003 we opened the doors of the Nations Ministry Center at Tennessee Villages Apartments on Tennessee Avenue. Since that time, we have significantly expanded our programs and services and now operate in three locations.  Our programming is designed to address the critical needs of the refugee communities in Middle Tennessee. NMC assists newly arrived families in their efforts to become self sufficient - economically, physically, mentally, and spiritually.
Our programs focus on three key areas: Family, Education, and Employment. 
Family--social and immigration services
Refugee families may need assistance in overcoming basic challenges to become self-sufficient.  They also must maintain their legal status through applying for a green card after being in the US for one year.  We provide those services since we are recognized by the Department of Justice Board of Immigration Appeals to offer immigration legal services.
Youth Literacy Advancement--after-school tutoring, homework help, and summer reading program
Refugee children are usually placed in their grade according to their age and not their ability.  This gap creates a situation which is often impossible to overcome without outside intervention.  We help refugee children become measurably better readers through individual subscriptions to Lexia, a Rosetta Stone owned company which provides literacy development software.  We also provide homework help and an intensive summer reading program to prevent summer reading loss.  
Employment--Jobs Now employment placement and coaching for refugees in Davidson and Rutherford Counties and Jobs Next for vocational training and microgrants 
Refugees want to work and improve their lives and become contributing members of US society.  Our Job Coaching program helps refugees secure appropriate employment, improve their earning power, and give them a path to a successful financial life.  In 2017 we launched a new jobs program for Rutherford County refugees.
In February 2018 we launched a program to serve refugee elders.  


  •  Placed 188 refugees in jobs and 77% kept those jobs for at least 90 days with job placements averaging an hourly wage of $11.26.  Nations Ministry helped increased, on average, a refugee's hourly wage by $7.70 per hour. 
  • Job placements created an additional $2 million in household income for refugee families 
  • Served 137 children through after-school literacy program and summer reading program
  • Children completed 350 Lexia levels with each child improving, on average, 6.21 reading levels -50 children improved their grade in at least one core academic subject
  • Assisted 300 refugees with legal immigration needs and save families $120,000 in filing fees


Nations Ministry Center welcomes financial gifts and volunteer support to increase our program offerings. Financial gifts and volunteer time will help us with our immediate goals of
1) growing the number of students in our after-school program by 25%
2) funds to purchase another bus for our after-school program ($33,000)
3) volunteers to help with social service needs 
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer Gifts by check may be mailed to 406 Welshwood Drive, Nashville, TN 37211. On-line gifts can be made through PayPal on our website  We also gladly accept in-kind donations especially snacks and supplies for our after-school program. Volunteer opportunities include our summer and after-school literacy program and providing clerical and immigration support in our office.  Contact for more information. 
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Youth Development / Youth Development Programs
Secondary Organization Category Employment / Employment Preparation & Procurement
Tertiary Organization Category Human Services / Ethnic/Immigrant Services
Areas of Service
Areas Served
TN - Davidson
TN - Rutherford
We serve refugees and immigrants from all over the city though most are in south Nashville.  We began serving refugees in Rutherford County in 2017.  We serve refugees from Afghanistan, Bhutan/Nepal, Burma/Myanmar (including Karen, Karenni, Cho, and Zomi), Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, Syria,Togo, and many other places.
CEO Statement
Nations Ministry Center is growing! We are expanding our staff and programs to serve persecuted families from all over the world! Our volunteer base is growing, our board is energized, and we are expanding our revenue stream thanks to generous community and church support! All this organizational development, more importantly, means we are expanding our impact on the lives of Nashville's newest citizens. Refugees face so many challenges as they seek to succeed in their new home. They have to find work quickly with little time to learn English since the support they receive from the government can often end after just 90 days.  They also must repay the costs of their plane tickets--some families owe over $5,000 the day they arrive in the US.  They have fled war, famine, religious persecution, and have endured the many uncertainties of refugee camp life.  And having been a chance for a new life, face a whole new set of obstacles in America as they rebuild their lives. 
We are delighted to be leveraging thousands of volunteer hours as we empower refugees to successfully assimilate into American life.  Our employment services, immigration services, youth literacy efforts, and refugee elders program all work in concert to help refugee families become generationally self-sufficient.
-Chris Lovingood, Executive Director, Nations Ministry Center
Description The Front Porch provides social services and classroom experiences to help refugee elders become more familiar with their new home, to help them learn English and about American government and history, and to reduce social isolation.             
Budget $35,000
Category Human Services, General/Other Services for Ethnic & Immigrant Groups
Population Served Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees, Adults, Families
Short Term Success The program began in February 2018.
Description Nations Ministry Center provides limited English classes for adults and classes to prepare refugees to pass the citizenship exam. 
Population Served , Adults,
Description Nations Ministry Center provides extensive literacy-based programming for school-aged immigrants and refugees. Summer Academy helps refugee children learn English and improve their reading ability. Our after-school program provides intensive literacy support and homework help for refugee children in south Nashville.  We are also a NAZA partner for 2018-2019 and partner with the United Way and the Tusculum Family Resource Center.  Our goal is to help every child obtain and sustain a fifth-grade reading level. 
Budget 185000
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees, Children Only (5 - 14 years), K-12 (5-19 years)
Short Term Success After one year in our program, 85% of the children will improve their reading ability by at least two grade levels and by 5 levels on the Lexia reading scale.
Long term Success 85% of children in our program will become grade-level readers, become successful in school, and receive post-secondary education or training so they can have a meaningful, fulfilling life.
Program Success Monitored By Grade cards and scores on on-line reading program Lexia
Examples of Program Success
Generoza is a 4th grade student from Congo who arrived in the US in 2015. Generoza began attending our after-school program in January 2017 reading at a 1st grade level. In January 2018, after attending our program for one year, Generoza has completed 10 Lexia reading levels and mastered fifth grade reading level.  This family has been served by employment program as well.
I picked my class up for the last day of programming. As soon as they got on the bus, everyone started talking about our class’ incentive points. One of the 4th graders courageously stood up, and reminded the class how close we were to meeting our goal. She encouraged the class that we could do it together. At the end of the day, we came back to the bus to go home. We were only 15 points shy. As soon as I told the class we had one more opportunity to earn on our bus ride, another student exclaimed, “Everyone sit on your bottoms!” And everyone immediately sat and had one of our best bus rides the whole summer.
Description Obtaining employment in the United States is very tricky for immigrants and refugees. Being new to the culture, sometimes having limited English proficiency, and virtually no way to verify work history, it is difficult for immigrants and refugees to secure a job on their own. Nations Ministry Center locates job opportunities and advises and assists its clients in securing employment.  
Budget 160000
Category Employment, General/Other Job Search & Placement
Population Served Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees, Adults, Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees
Short Term Success 85% of clients will secure better employment, increase their wages, and remain in that job for at least 90 days. 
Long term Success 85% of the refugee clients will complete our program, secure better employment, increase their wage per hour by at least $4 per hour, and remain in their job for at least 90 days.
Program Success Monitored By Reports from clients and employer.  Seven-day and 90-day follow up calls.  Case notes. 
Examples of Program Success

Sumitra is a Bhutanese refugee and single mother, suddenly widowed after losing her husband in a horrific traffic accident. From depending on her husband as the sole wage earner and partner, Sumitra faced a new, daunting life requiring her to care for both her eight year old daughter and her aging mother. After working thru the maze of paperwork and taxes and finances following her husband’s death, Sumitra knew that she would have to be the new family wage earner. 

She contacted Nations Ministry Center in February 2018, asking for help finding a job. Sumitra told the NMC employment staff the hours and pay that she needed and emphasized the most important aspect—she needed a paycheck right away. The NMC employment team was able to help her complete applications, prepare her for interviews, and accompany her for testing and orientation. Within a week of contacting  Nations Ministry Center, Sumitra began work at a new job easy driving distance, the working hours she had requested, and paying her more than she had expected. The NMC employment team was also able to guide Sumitra through lingering employment related tax and ID problems. Sumitra was so happy with NMC’s services, she brought in several fellow refugees to enroll for employment assistance and enrolled her mother in NMC’s new Elders Program.  Sumitra now feels that her life is back in order four months after walking in the door at Nations Ministry Center.

Description Nations Ministry Center in May 2013 was recognized by the Department of Justice Board of Immigration Appeals to provide immigration services at no or nominal fees.  We assist with applying for green cards, naturalizing, and many other immigration services.
Budget 25000
Category Human Services, General/Other Human Services, General/Other
Population Served Adults, Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees, Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees
Short Term Success We will provide immigration consultations and file petitions for 150 refugees.  Sometimes we have to tell refugees that there is, for example, no way for them to bring a particular family member to the US.  Often, though, we can show them the path in a single consultation. 
Long term Success Open 150 immigration cases and help each client secure the benefit they seek.
Program Success Monitored By We monitor success by the number of immigration petitions that are filed and by how many are granted. 
Examples of Program Success We have many examples of refugees becoming US citizens, receiving green cards and travel documents.  One client came to us and had been waiting nine years for his green card!  After several attempts at advocating for him with the Immigration Service, he finally received his green card and we helped him apply to become a citizen the same day, and he's now a US citizen.  And now his wife is applying.  We provide this service free of charge.
CEO Comments Through our programs, we want to partner with refugee families in rebuilding their lives.  We welcome refugee families by connecting them to job coaching and employment training.  We connect school age children to successful schools, provide homework assistance and tutoring, and a summer reading intensive.  We provide immigration services.  We help refugees find better jobs.  And we celebrate every success. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Lisa Beasley
Company Affiliation The Gunn Collection
Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2018
Board Members
Ms. Lisa Beasley Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. Davis Chaffin Voting
Kelly Christie Vanderbilt UniversityVoting
Mr. Mike Coban Iroquois Capital GroupVoting
Ms. Katie Crumbo Vanderbilt UniversityVoting
Ms. Susan Griffin Voting
Fran Linley Harpeth Hall SchoolVoting
Ms. Sandy Maxwell Community VolunteerVoting
Dr. Brent Pennington Voting
Mr. Steve Roche Voting
Ms. Melissa Shirey Voting
Melissa Hill Threatt Crossroads ArchitectureVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 70%
Does the organization have written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Does the organization have a written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage of Board Members making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of Board Members making In-Kind Contributions 50%
Does the Board include Client Representation? No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Raising
Program / Program Planning
Risk Management Provisions
Commercial General Liability
Directors & Officers Policy
General Property Coverage
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Chris Lovingood
Term Start Apr 2008
Experience Mr. Lovingood holds an MA in English from the University of Tennessee and a BA in English from Lipscomb University.  He was a Salute to Excellence CEO of the Year Finalist in 2013. He is also accredited by the Department of Justice Board of Immigration Appeals to provide legal immigration services.  He has more than 17 years in helping small nonprofits become their very best. 
Former CEOs
Ms Marie-Aimee Abizera Nov 2005 - Apr 2008
Full Time Staff 6
Part Time Staff 8
Volunteers 175
Contractors 6
Retention Rate 67%
Plans & Policies
Does the organization have a documented Fundraising Plan? Yes
Does the organization have an approved Strategic Plan? Yes
Number of years Strategic Plan Considers 2
When was Strategic Plan adopted? Feb 2014
In case of a change in leadership, is a Management Succession plan in place? No
Does the organization have a Policies and Procedures Plan? Yes
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Yes
Center for Nonprofit Management Excellence Network2004
External Assessments and Accreditations
External Assessments and Accreditations
Board of Immigration Appeals - Accreditation2013
Heather Cain (board member) Volunteer Innovator AwardMary Catherine Strobel Awards2011
CEO of the Year Award Finalist -- Chris LovingoodCNM Salute to Excellence2013
Capacity Building Volunteer of the Year FinalistMary Catherine Strobel Awards2014
Recognized to provide legal immigration servicesDepartment of Justice Board of Immigration Appeals2013
Innovation in Action Award FinalistCNM Salute to Excellence2018
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2018
Fiscal Year End June 30 2019
Projected Revenue $560,752.00
Projected Expenses $560,752.00
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Endowment Spending Percentage (if selected) 0%
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201820172016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$152,248$0$0
Individual Contributions$723,013$610,023$309,241
Investment Income, Net of Losses$329$60$54
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$9,040$4,666$6,411
Revenue In-Kind$38,600$19,800$19,800
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$484,858$370,247$275,406
Administration Expense$32,019$20,038$12,936
Fundraising Expense$18,851$15,542$22,072
Payments to Affiliates----$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.761.601.08
Program Expense/Total Expenses91%91%89%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue2%3%7%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$866,829$750,006$218,017
Current Assets$543,636$433,365$184,900
Long-Term Liabilities$0$289,402$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$866,829$460,604$218,017
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%39%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, Gifts and Grants $723,013Contributions, Gifts and Grants $610,023Contributions, Gifts and Grants $309,241
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants $152,248Noncash Contributions $19,800Noncash Contributions $19,800
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountNoncash Contributions $38,600Program Revenue $13,865Fundraising Events $6,411
Capital Campaign
Is the organization currently conducting a Capital Campaign for an endowment or the purchase of a major asset? Yes
Campaign Purpose Purchase, renovate, and endow an office space.
Capital Campaign Goal $600,000.00
Campaign Start and End Dates June 2017 to Dec 2018
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount 507000 as of Dec 2017
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
TN Charitable Solicitations Registration Yes - Expires Dec 2018
Registration No
Organization Comments
We are actively developing a diverse funding stream through gifts from churches, an annual campaign supported by individual donors, a special event, foundations, churches, partnership with the Nashville After School Zone Alliance, the United Way, Metro Nashville Government, and the Tennessee Office for Refugees grants.  We also have an interpreting service which provides some earned revenue.  We have also initiated an earned revenue stream with employers hiring our agency to provide English language classes to their employees.
We also have managed in the last year to create a reserve fund to handle the inevitable fluctuations in foundation and individual giving. Financial Comments
Financial figures taken from the 990.
990 was prepared by Edmondson, Betzler & Dame, PLLC.
In 2014, Nations Ministry Center switched to a July-June fiscal year. 2014 financial figures only reflect the months January to June. 
Comments provided by Kathryn Bennett 11/13/18.
Nonprofit Nations Ministry Center
Address P.O. Box 128154
Nashville, TN 37212
Primary Phone (615) 828-9664
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Chris Lovingood
Board Chair Ms. Lisa Beasley
Board Chair Company Affiliation The Gunn Collection
Year of Incorporation 2005

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