Spring 2021 Alumni Spotlight – Jason Nelson


Briefly share with us your background and tell us what you did before seminary.
I was born and raised in Cody, Wyoming and moved to Laramie, Wyoming in 2001. I married my wife Gretchen in 2003 and we have five children: Andi (14), Parker (12), Emry (8), Inzie (6), and Judah (1). I graduated from the University of Wyoming in 2006 with a BA in Journalism, and worked as the General Manager of a movie cinema from 2005-2013.

When did you begin taking classes at Shepherds Theological Seminary, when did you graduate, and which program were you in?
I started seminary through The WEST Institute in 2011 and completed my MACM (Master of Arts in Christian Ministry) in 2012.

What is something you enjoyed, appreciated, or learned while at STS, and how did it prepare you for ministry?
Having little to no biblical knowledge, seminary was crucial in helping me build a foundation for understanding Scripture. While I did not enter seminary with ministry goals in mind, now that I am in full-time ministry, I see how essential it was in preparing me for what God had planned.

Where are you currently serving in ministry?
I am currently a Church Planter with 20schemes in Edinburgh, Scotland and serving as the Associate Pastor of Niddrie Community Church. Our church trains, equips, and disciples people for church planting in poor and deprived communities in Scotland. We also provide theological education for new believers who are coming out of addiction and poverty who then can become faithful members of their local church. Prior to moving to Scotland, I was the Youth Pastor and Music Director for Laramie Valley Chapel in Laramie, WY from 2013-2018.

Are there any specific ways in which the Lord has been at work in your life, family, or ministry?
In the last few years, God has exposed the idol of comfort in our lives. Living and serving in a deprived area gives you a much different perspective on life and can lead you to miss all the comforts you enjoyed back in America. If God has taught us anything, it is that being comfortable is not what it means to follow Christ.

Would you like to share any current prayer requests that we could pray for?
Please pray for our family as we look to renew our visa to continue serving in Scotland. We feel the Lord continues to confirm our call here and so we pray that our visas are granted. Also pray for our church and ministries as we continue to endure strict lockdown guidelines and how we continue to engage our church body, as well as continue evangelism and outreach in our community when we cannot interact face-to-face.



Use the links below to learn more about the 20schemes ministry and the local church Jason and his family serve at. Additionally, below is a video that Jason and their music ministry made last Christmas.