Pastor Duane Nelson
Upon his graduation from Olivet Nazarene University, Pastor Duane Nelson was the minister of the Charlevoix (MI) Church of the Nazarene for over 15 years. He followed God's direction to the Madison Heights (MI) Church of the Nazarene where he presently serves. His first Sunday in this Metro Detroit church was April 29, 2001. He and his family have easily found a love for the communities and people.
Pastor and his wife Sherry, whom he met and married in Charlevoix in 1988, adopted three children in May 1992 and having one on their own in December 1997. Scott (born 1986), Ramona (born 1987), Kelli (born 1988), and Drew (born 1997) have filled their home with laughter, love, and as all children do, a constant awareness of the need for wisdom from God. Scott lives in Longview, Texas, with his wife, Crystal, and their son, Micah. Ramona is married to Joe and have one daughter, Chloe. They live in Enterprise, Alabama. Kelli and her husband, Dave, live on Mackinac Island, here in Michigan. Drew remains at home and attends Christian Leadership Academy.
Besides his family, computers, competitive volleyball, contemporary Christian music, and comic shows fill the remaining hours Pastor has free from his church commitments.
Although Pastor was not raised in a Christian home, God met with him, and he became a Christian a few months before his thirteenth birthday. At the age of fifteen, Pastor fully committed his life to God and credits much of his Christian growth to God's grace and willingness to be patient with all the questions which he asked as he found it difficult to place his faith in something that had not been thought through completely. Through those many questions, Pastor found God was very real and was abundantly able to satisfy all life's questions.
Two goals drive Pastor as he walks with God. His first desire is to be a solid example of Christ to his family, his church, and his community. Above all else he lives to show Jesus Christ as the life-changing Savior He truly is. He holds tightly to Philippians 3:7-11 as his theme in life: "But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ - the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith. I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain the resurrection from the dead" (NIV84).
Pastor Duane Nelson works to achieve these goals with energy, enthusiasm, and a walk with God which exhibits his integrity, his honesty, and an intense Christian concern for his community.