By Julie Ann Madden
A year of retirement was long enough for a pastor, who has now accepted the call to be one of Akron’s ministers.
Rev. Don Nelson of Orange City began leading the congregation of Wesley United Methodist Church in Akron this past Sunday.
The Ringsted Class of 1962 alumnus received his bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Wayne State College, Wayne, Neb., in 1966. He then earned a master’s degree in Elementary Education Administration at Mankato State University, Mankato, Minn., in 1972.
Nelson was in the education system for 36 years, the last 23 years as an elementary principal. He retired from West Lyon School in 2001.
In 1992, Nelson completed St. Paul’s Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Mo., then began part-time as a minister while he was still an elementary principal, then doing full-time ministry after retiring from education.
Nelson was the pastor at Cable Community Church, Cable, Ill., two years; Doon Congregational Church and George United Methodist Church, combined one year; then three more years at George; Seeds of Faith United Methodist Church in Lester, 23 years; and Seney United Methodist Church for one year before retiring a year ago.
Rev. Nelson and his wife, Myra, have three grown children:
• Christopher and his wife, Sarah of Castle Rock, Colo. Christopher is a statistician for CenturyLink and teaches at the University of Denver.
• Lt. Col. Francine Nelson, who is stationed at the Offutt Air Force Base in Bellevue, Neb.; and
• Rev. Jonathan and his wife, Shelly of Johnston, Iowa. Jonathan is pastor at Meredith Drive Reformed Church in Johnston.
The Nelsons also have six grandchildren.
Rev. Nelson enjoys golfing, fishing, walking and reading the Bible.
“My avocation has become my vocation,” said Rev. Nelson. “We’re really looking forward to the opportunity to serve at the church in Akron.”
The Nelsons will continue to live in Orange City.
He takes over for Pastor Tanya Sherrill who has moved to Denver, CO, to pursue a new chapter in her life.