Pastor Kerry Nelson serves as the Director for Evangelical Mission for the Texas/Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. His responsibilities include developing strategies and creating synodical partnerships for new and renewing congregations, congregational mission and mission support.
Previously Pastor Nelson served 15 years as senior pastor of Covenant Lutheran Church on the west side of Houston and 5 ½ years as associate pastor at Zion Lutheran Church in central Houston. Both congregations experienced significant growth in ministry and vitality during his tenures.
Beyond his parish ministry, Kerry has served in various capacities in the synodical and churchwide expressions of the church. He was an ELCA Partner in Evangelism with specialties in adult discipleship training and ministry on the Internet. He has written daily devotions on the Internet since October, 1997.
Raised in North Dakota, Pastor Nelson graduated from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN (1983, BA English) and Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN, M.Div.,1988. He was ordained in 1988. Kerry and his wife, Kelley, have four children.
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