About

Hi.  I'm Jeff Nelson. I'm ordained in the United Church of Christ and have been a local church pastor for over 10 years. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Heidelberg University and a Masters of Divinity from Eden Theological Seminary.  I am also certified as a spiritual director through the Ignatian Spirituality Institute at John Carroll University.

My passions for church and ministry include spiritual practices, liturgy, 21st century trends, and engaging in mission. I think that the Christian faith still has something to offer today's world, if we worry more about serving and communicating in new ways and less about retaining our spot in the wider culture.

In addition to this blog, my writing has appeared in several other places, including the Christian Century blog and The High Calling. I'm currently working on my first book, to be published through Noesis Press.

I was born in Michigan, just outside Detroit.  I grew up as a PK ("pastor's kid" for the uninitiated), and that familial lifestyle eventually landed us in northeast Ohio, which I have called home for nearly 30 years.  However, as you'll occasionally see on the blog, I've remained loyal to Detroit and University of Michigan sports teams. When I'm not yelling at my TV for sports-related reasons, I play music, read, write, collect Magic cards, and enjoy time with family.

I've been married over a decade (to "Coffeewife") and have two children ("Coffeeson" and "Coffeedaughter").

As for the blog, there are at least three general themes you'll find here:

Ministry - As a local church pastor, I often muse either on my own experience in that role or on where I think the 21st century church is meant to go.

Prayer - I have an interest in spiritual practices and occasionally share liturgy that I've written. If you'd like permission to use something, just let me know.

Pop culture - I'm one of those pastors who likes exploring where faith themes may possibly intersect with books, movies, TV shows, and music. The last Friday of every month, I share a brief roundup of what I've been reading, watching, or hearing lately.

This blog is an independent ministry. I strive for an honesty here that you probably won't find on The Official Blog of Pastor So-and-So of Such-and-Such Church, and that's the way I like it. That being said, the views expressed here are my own, and not those of my church or my denomination.

Welcome, and thanks for reading.