Since his ordination in 1993, Rev. Nelson has served 12 years at local churches, seven years as a conference congregational specialist, and two years as assistant dean and director of religious life at Duke University Chapel. He has served as coordinator of Clergy Services and Annual Conference secretary of the Annual Conference since 2014.
His general church service has included membership on the Connectional Table (2016-present) and the General Board of Church and Society (2012-16).
Rev. Nelson is married to the Rev. Angela Ford Nelson.