Meet the Nelsons

Nelson FamilyWe are thrilled to announce the election of John S. Nelson as pastor of Cross Roads Baptist Church.  He and his family (wife Amber and daughters, Adelyn and Brantley) will begin their ministry at Cross Roads on Palm Sunday and they will be moving to middle Tennessee in early April.   Join us as we welcome them!

Pastor Search Committee Recommendation


The Pastor Search Committee is excited to recommend John Nelson to be the next Pastor of Cross Roads Baptist Church

Nelson Family

John, Amber, Adelyn & Brantley Nelson

A message from the Pastor Search Committee:

In October of 2016, the members of Cross Roads Baptist Church entrusted this Pastor Search Committee with the task of seeking out God’s will for our next Pastor. We began this work with a shared confidence that God had already ordained a man to serve as our next Pastor—a man who would provide sound Biblical teaching while leading the church to reach the growing number of lost and unchurched families in our community. We are thankful that God has led us to be in agreement with one another at each step in this process. After months of research, guidance from wise counsel, and prayerful consideration, we wholeheartedly believe that God has made His choice clear.

John has a calling on his life to pastor and preach the gospel. We affirm his commitment to preaching the truth of God’s word with conviction and compassion. His eighteen years of ministry experience give testimony to how God uses John and his family in building up the local church, mentoring and encouraging believers, and faithfully sharing the gospel.

Thank you for your diligent prayers and unwavering support over the past sixteen months. The Lord has been gracious and faithful throughout this process as we have sought His heart for the future of Cross Roads. The Pastor Search Committee unanimously believes our search has led us to John Nelson whose gifts, passions, and ministry experience put him in a unique position to lead our church in incredible ways in the years ahead.

By His grace,
Carolyn Head, Pam Atchley, Laura Taylor, and Christian Thomas
Pastor Search Committee

A Message from John:John Nelson.jpg

Hello Cross Roads Baptist Church,

I was born and raised in Nashville by loving, Christian parents. God used them, and a wonderful church family, to show me God’s love and my need for a Savior. I trusted in Jesus as my Savior when I was seven, and grew in my faith through my childhood and teenage years.

During my first semester of college, God called me into the ministry, and I was licensed by my home church in 2000. After I graduated from college, I earned a Master of Divinity degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Over the past 18 years, God has continually provided me with opportunities to serve His Kingdom. I love people. I love the church. I love preaching, teaching, and counseling. The desire of my heart in pastoring is to use the gifts God has given me to serve the Lord and His church, to bring glory to Him, to edify believers, and to take the gospel to the lost.

My wife, Amber, our two daughters, and I are excited to meet you. We have been praying for you all, and we know that even though you may not have known our names, Cross Roads Baptist Church has been praying for us too.

Adelyn and Brantley (1)
From L to R: Brantley & Adelyn Nelson

About John:

John graduated from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in May 2007 having earned the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree from the seminary’s School of Theology. Prior to enrolling at Southern, John graduated magna cum laude from the University of Tennessee at Martin in May 2003 having earned a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree with a Major in History and a Minor in Communications.

John was licensed to preach on July 30, 2000 by Judson Baptist Church in Nashville, Tennessee and was ordained to the work of the Gospel Ministry on April 17, 2016 by First Baptist Church in Ripley, Mississippi. John has served in a variety of roles in local churches including time as the Associate Pastor & Minister of Youth at First Baptist Church in Sharon, Tennessee and as the Associate Pastor/Student Ministries at First Baptist Church in Ripley, Mississippi.

John has also owned his own ministry consulting business where he helped both established local churches and new church plants work through theological, practical, and administrative challenges, including regular work in the areas of Crisis Management, Ecclesiology, Finance, Pastoral Care, Staffing, Stewardship, and Vision.

Next Steps:

1) There will be a “Meet and Greet” on Saturday, March 3rd from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Church. Light refreshments will be served. This will be an opportunity for you to meet John, his wife Amber, and their two daughters: Adelyn (4) and Brantley (2).

2) John will preach “in view of a call” in both the morning and evening worship services on Sunday, March 4th. You are encouraged to make every effort to be present at both worship services.

3) There will be a Called Business Meeting for the purpose of voting to affirm the
recommendation of the Pastor Search Committee on Sunday, March 11th immediately after the morning worship service.

WOMEN’S DAY – MARCH 24TH @ 11:30 AM

Join us for a time of food, fun, and fellowship.

Music provided by Mildred Sanford.

Our speaker, Lindsey Attebery Carney, you cause you to laugh and to cry.  But most of all she will challenge you to the core of your being to fully trust God to keep you safe ’til the storm passes by!

Contact Penny at 615-945-4115 to reserve your spot.   Reservations must  be received by February 26, 2018.

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