GoodWORD Team

Blair T. Carlson, Founder and Director

The Carlson Family: Ellie, Megan, Blair, Elizabeth

The Carlson Family:
Ellie, Megan, Blair, Elizabeth

Blair T. Carlson is the founder and executive director of GoodWORD Partnership, established in 2005.  The son of missionary parents in China, at birth he was given the Chinese name Ga Po Chuen, which means “preach good things around the world.”  This name became foundational in his call to evangelism.  From 1974 to 2000, he worked with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, spending eighteen of those years as an International Crusade Director responsible for organizing many of Dr. Graham’s evangelistic outreaches outside of the United States. Blair is ordained in the Church of England (Anglican), and served as a pastor in the UK from 2003 to 2005. From 2006 to 2010, he served as Congress Director for Cape Town 2010 sponsored by the Lausanne Movement.

Through GoodWORD, Blair serves as a coach to national leaders who have a vision for evangelism in their region of the world, empowering them to bring their desire for evangelistic outreach into reality, with a strong emphasis on contextualization as well as preparation and follow-up within the local church.  GoodWORD has served in many parts of the world: the South Pacific, Caribbean, Africa, and Europe.

Blair makes his home in Minneapolis, Minnesota with his wife, Elizabeth, and their two daughters.


Derek Simpson Derek Simpson from the UK, is an accredited minister with the Fellowship of Independent Churches.  He worked with GoodWORD Partnership while Pastor of Leominster Baptist Church in England and then joined the team full-time in January 2013.  Just entering his fortieth year in Christian ministry, Derek began as a Port Welfare Officer with the Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen. In 1980 he joined a team of evangelists and for the next twenty-one years served in leadership roles and as an itinerant evangelist, developing and leading town-wide missions with a special focus on evangelistic tent campaigns. He was fully involved in leadership and training during Mission England with Dr. Billy Graham and in subsequent missions with BGEA in Britain and other countries.  He has always had a vision to develop others in ministry been involved in long-term training of students and the growth of schools ministries.  Derek has worked extensively in Eastern Europe and in Africa, and has served alongside us in Mission Africa events since 2010. Derek is a gifted evangelist and teacher and we are delighted to have him as part of the Team. Derek and his wife, Chris, have three grown children and live in the UK.

Board of Directors
Larry Backlund
Dan Fine
Todd Johnson
Roy Kruse
Andy Corley

GoodWORD Partnership serves alongside many individuals and evangelistic organizations worldwide.