Dr. Jerry Nelson

Trustee Spotlight

Dr. Jerry Nelson has served in ministry for over 40 years. Prior to joining CCU’s Board of Trustees, he was the senior pastor at Southern Gables Church (EFCA) from 1978-2009. During this time he became actively involved in CCU’s efforts to inform public policy.  He was also a Centennial Institute fellow from 2009-2012. Nelson is now a senior pastor emeritus of Southern Gables Church.

Nelson was the adult ministries pastor at First Evangelical Covenant Church in Rockford, Illinois, for three years and worked at the International Center for Learning through Gospel Light Publications where he led teaching seminars across the nation. He also has extensive experience working with youth, including leading youth and Christian education programs at Crystal Evangelical Free Church in Minnesota, and was a youth pastor at Oxboro Evangelical Free Church in Minnesota.

Nelson earned his Doctor of Ministry from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, a Master of Arts in Leadership at Denver Seminary, and was in the master’s program in marriage and family counseling in Northern Illinois University. He holds bachelor of arts degrees from both the University of Minnesota and Moody Bible Institute. He also is a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate in Divinity from Trinity College and Seminary in India.

Nelson continues to author and co-author books on biblical living and is asked to deliver sermons around the country. He is married to Barbara M. Nelson and together they have four children.