Dr. Nelson and his wife, Joyce, have been in the ministry since 1976. He is the founder and was the Senior Pastor of Agape Life Christian Fellowship in Kingsport, Tennessee for 31 years. Dr. Nelson also founded Agape Global Missions, Inc (AGM). His vision of establishing 500 new churches and equipping them with trained, faithful leaders by the end of the decade was fulfilled in 1999, exceeding the vision with a total of 506 churches established around the world. To date, AGM has established over 1,110 churches, with more than 1.2 million new souls having come into the Kingdom of God.
Dr. Nelson has been invited to over 180 nations to minister and teaching leaders the importance and benefits of unification to each other. He has made 106 mission trips to 61 nations and has spoken to more than 65 million people. He has also started three Bible schools and has had his own radio and television programs.
Today, Dr. Nelson spends much of his time mentoring sons in the ministry, educating members of the five-fold ministry on leadership, building relationships/organizations, and overseeing mission projects around the world, including a project to raise up 5000 new churches in Africa. He has also made himself available to travel within the United States to strengthen the church in America and to awaken those called to world missions.
Dr. Nelson resides in Jonesborough, Tennessee with his wife Joyce. They have three adult children and four grandchildren.