Our Pastor

on Sunday, February 2nd, 2020,
the Rev. Dr. Jon Nelson came to Park U.P.
And on January 1st of 2023 a new relationship with Plains Presbyterian Church began as we now share Pastor Jon as pastor with Plains Presbyterian to spread the good news of Jesus Christ.


A little bit about Pastor Jon and Family

  • Born and raised in Southern California. Never surfed but enjoys the beach

  • Married to Michelle for twenty-one years. (Michelle was also born and raised in Southern California. They met after college while attending the same church.)

  • Jon and Michelle have one daughter, Karah Renee. Karah is 18 years old.  she began studying Musical Theater at Rockford University

  • Musical taste: Eclectic – Bruno Mars to Green Day to David Crowder to Johnny Cash

  • Favorite Hymns: Lord of the Dance & Thine Is the Glory

  • Favorite Apostle: Barnabas

Hobbies and Interests:

  • Home projects

  • Classic and modern fiction

  • College football and English Premier League Soccer

  • Guitar

  • Cross country skiing

  • Amateur tech-geek

  • Travel

  • Coffee roasting

Self-Care Practices:

  • Exercise

  • Daily devotion and prayer

  • Spiritual direction/Coaching/Counseling

  • Sabbath observance

  • Boundary training

  • Professional reading and study

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith…”

Hebrews 12:1-2