lead Pastor - nelz samuel


Nelz has a vision for a church that embraces all ages, races, and cultures.  He is a 1st generation Indian-American who was born and brought up in Texas. At 15, Nelz fell in love with a savior who offered hope, freedom, and a new purpose.

He then pursued a Bachelors in Pastoral Ministry and a Masters of Divinity to help him understand God and how to better fulfill His plan for his life. He had the opportunity to come to Portland in 2006 and felt the need in the community to share the Jesus who he had met. Through his journey he found his real passion, helping people transform in every area of life.

Nelz married the love of his life, Krystal, and spent 5 years in Chicago with her, before making the move back to Oregon where they felt God wanted them to build relationships and continue the vision that God called them to do. Nelz has been serving the church since 2015, and he and Krystal stay busy raising their son Leo and daughter Lucy.

Children's Pastor - Aaron flynn

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Aaron has a heart for those who are overlooked and under estimated. Growing up in church his entire life, he felt called to work with children and youth. He followed that calling after high school, by working as a Junior High Pastor for several years before stepping into a Youth Director position.

while working as a Youth Director, Aaron married his best friend, Chelsea, and spent a year and a half in San Antonio before moving to Portland at the beginning of 2017 to serve at the church.

Aaron has had a connection with Portland since high school through his love for the Portland Timbers. After making several trips to Portland, he grew to have a heart for the city. Aaron and Chelsea are passionate about children and helping them to grow in God's Word.


Transforming Life Church began 60 years ago when a small group of people had a big vision to be a church that serves others in Beaverton. Through the years, this community has provided a place for relationships and connection to the surrounding community. In recent years, the church has renewed the vision to share the message of Jesus and to serve the community. This vision led the leadership to sell the existing building to resource the launch of a renewed faith community. Today the church is focused on helping people become more like Jesus and live the life He died and rose again to give them. We invite you to join a great story!

Let us introduce you to our Lead Pastor, Nelz Samuel...click the video below