Dr. Nelson hails originally from Kentucky and West Virginia. He completed a bachelors degree in biology at West Virginia University, a Master of Divinity Degree at Drew University in New Jersey, and a Doctor of Ministry degree in pastoral counseling at Boston University. Dr. Nelson is an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church and a Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. He has served as a pastor of churches in New Jersey, West Virginia, and Massachusetts. He also worked for 16 years as a pastoral counselor in an inter-denominational counseling ministry in northern Virginia near Washington, D.C. While there he provided counseling for families, couples, and individuals regarding a wide range of issues including depression and related illnesses, marital and family issues, addictions, etc. He also conducted workshops, spoke as a guest preacher, and served as a consultant for pastors of local churches during his 30 year career.
In July, 2006 Dr. Nelson returned to parish ministry and was appointed as the pastor of Sand Hill United Methodist Church in Boaz, West Virginia. Before moving to Boaz, he and his wife spent 9 months traveling around the country while Patti worked as a traveling nurse at hospitals and Gary wrote his book on teen depression, A Relentless Hope: Surviving the Storm of Teen Depression. The Nelson's have two children, Tom (married and living in Virginia) and Rebekah (a recent college graduate living in Maine).
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