Carrie Yoder Joins Project Transformation Tennessee as Executive Director

Nashville, TN – July 18, 2023 – Project Transformation Tennessee (PTTN), whose mission is to transform communities by engaging, children, college-aged young adults, and churches in purposeful relationships, today announced the appointment of Rev. Carrie Yoder as Executive Director.

“Children’s literacy is one of the most important building blocks to success in life, and Project Transformation Tennessee understands this and seeks to make a difference in the lives of children to help them grow. I am honored to join the team at Project Transformation,” said Carrie Yoder. “It is my hope that PT will thrive with excellence in our work and continue to deepen and strengthen our impact throughout Tennessee so that we can help more people transform through intentional relationships. Together, we will work to secure Project Transformation Tennessee’s future in communities so that we can continue to impact the lives of children, college-age young adults, and churches for many years.”

As an ordained United Methodist Deacon, Carrie Yoder joins Project Transformation Tennessee with more than a two decades of ministry experience, helping churches create space and place for children and youth to grow as deeply rooted disciples of Jesus. She is an advocate for seeing young people as whole beings who are worthy of opportunities to grow and thrive. Carrie led a team that created an ecumenical learning environment to help participants learn about unconscious bias and to discuss ways of participating in the creation of a more inclusive community. Recently Yoder served as the Associate Pastor for Memorial United Methodist Church in Fernandina Beach, Florida, and previously was the director of Children’s Ministries, and the Pastor of Discipleship and Family Ministries.

“Carrie’s belief in personal and social holiness, seeing the good in all people, and knowing the importance of intentional faith formation and connectional ministry are a few reasons we’re thrilled to have her join us,” said Scott Medsker Board Chair. “During Carrie’s career, she’s worked with children and churches to create spaces for each to learn and grow together. Carrie’s expertise allows her to bring Project Transformation Tennessee to the next stage of growth in terms of scale and operational execution.”

Yoder will replace former Executive Director Courtney Aldrich Lawson, who founded and served the company for more than eleven years. Aldrich Lawson will remain a strategic advisor to the Project Transformation Tennessee board.

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About Project Transformation Tennessee

The mission of Project Transformation Tennessee is to transform communities through engaging children, college-age young adults, and churches in purposeful relationships. Since its launch in 2011, Project Transformation has served more than 4,300 children – 80 percent of whom have increased their reading level through the program.

To learn more about Project Transformation, visit or call (615) 810-9620.

Media Contact:

Carrie Sherrill

Project Transformation Tennessee