Nan Nelson was called into ministry to serve as an itinerant elder in the United Methodist Church and now is a retired elder in full connection. She understands the connection not only between churches, but also the special connections churches have with their communities. She believes that churches in concert with caring communities spread God’s love and grace.
Nan holds a bachelor’s degree and two master’s degrees. She completed her Master of Divinity from Phillips Theological Seminary in 2016. While attending seminary, she served in her first appointment, a one-station United Methodist Church in Northeast Arkansas. She received recognition as Outstanding Evangelist in her district her first year in ministry. Nan has a heart for ministry of the laity and continues to support lay servant ministry in the Southeast District of the Arkansas Conference, where she is appointed to a solo pastorate. She currently serves on the district Committee on Ministry and as a circuit elder and clergy mentor.