About Dr. Nelson
Okay, first for the stuffy part the publisher says I have to give...
Dr. Nelson is an ordained United Methodist minister and a Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. He grew up and graduated from high school in West Virginia. Next he went on to complete a bachelor's degree in biology at West Virginia University and a Master of Divinity Degree at Drew University in New Jersey. Dr. Nelson served United Methodist Churches near Fairmont, WV, then returned to school at Boston University to complete a Doctor of Ministry Degree in Pastoral Counseling. While in school at Boston he served as pastor of Rockport United Methodist Church in Rockport, Massachusetts. He then worked for 16 years as a pastoral counselor in an inter-denominational counseling ministry in northern Virginia near Washington, D.C. While there he provided counseling for families, couples, and individuals regarding a wide range of issues. He also conducted workshops, spoke as a guest preacher, and served as a consultant for pastors of local churches.
Responding to God's call for him to return to parish ministry in West Virginia, Dr. Nelson and his wife, Patti, moved to Boaz, West Virginia, where he was appointed as the pastor of Sand Hill United Methodist Church in July, 2006. Before moving to Boaz, the Nelson's spent 9 months traveling around the country while Patti worked as a traveling nurse at hospitals and Gary wrote his book on teen depression, A Relentless Hope: Surviving the Storm of Teen Depression. The Nelson's have two married children, and a brand new granddaughter.
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My wife, Patti, and I now live in Cross Lanes, WV (where I'm the pastor of Cross Lanes United Methodist Church), along with our two Boston terriers, Tinker Bell and Peter Pan. When we're not taking Pete and Tink on the walks and road trips they regularly demand, we like to travel, hike in the parks, work in the garden, and ride our bicycles. We've managed to travel around most of the lower 48 states and love to explore new places.
When Patti and I meet up with our children we still like to challenge some of the roller coasters at various amusement parks around the country. Every once in awhile I just have to scramble my brains on a coaster.
Oh yes, and I also love to play my drums. Music is something that helped me through the tough teen years. I played in many school groups and made money playing in clubs with a few semi-pro bands. I still play the drums whenever I get a chance. I take Psalm 150 from the Bible seriously when it says, "Praise the Lord... Praise him with clanging cymbals; praise him with LOUD clashing cymbals!"