Join us Sunday, December 2 at 10:30 am for as Van Nelson brings the morning message, The Shepherds Saw Jesus.
Being reared in a Christian family, Van had loving role models. While his father was a Pastor, both his parents were integral in teaching him how to love by God’s example.
Van’s interest in ministry began at an early age. When he was just 16, listening to God’s leading he began serving as the Music Director of the church his father pastored. Feeling the Lord’s push toward the pulpit, he eventually joined his father as the Associate Pastor.
While in college God brought a young lady by the name of Ressie into Van’s life. Today they have four grown children, and five grandchildren.
In addition to being an Associate Pastor, Senior Pastor, and Missionary, Van has served three churches as an Interim Pastor. He and Ressie have enjoyed loving congregations needing someone to walk with them through times of transition, embodying Paul’s example in Philippians 3:14: “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”
Van has extensive training and experience in curriculum compilation, devotional writing, and manuals for various ages and church leadership. As a passionate believer in the practice of discipleship, he meets with several men on a regular basis, offering his hands in prayer, further providing proof of his love for leading people, and the organization and mobilization of each and every individual toward their God-given purpose in life. Along with theological training both Van and Ressie have degrees in Music, being lifelong lovers of the arts.
Seeing their marriage as not only a blessed union, but a partnership in God’s will, Van and Ressie use their collective heart for missions and helping others. Together, serving over 17 years with an international mission organization, Word of Life Fellowship, they have ministered to a large portion of the United States, Canada, and Europe, as well as South America. Today, though not on staff with Word of Life they partner with Word of Life, involving students in their ministry and introducing pastors to that ministry.
Though Van and Ressie were not allowed to stay in Sweden or Norway because of Visas, God never changed their hearts. They make frequent trips to Scandinavia ministering to pastors and Christian leadership. Their hearts have always been open to the people around them, each time reaching out in love. They have made as their official mission: to serve God and His servants.