About Me

Hi.  I'm Jeff Nelson.  In January 2005, shortly after I began my first settled call, I started this blog.

I'm ordained in the United Church of Christ and have been a local church pastor for over 10 years; currently serving as pastor of Grace UCC in Uniontown, Ohio. 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 CCblogs Network. 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").

I love coffee.  I drink a lot of it.