Dr. Jerry Nelson of SoundLiving


Educational Background


Doctor of Ministry (D. Min.) Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, 1994

Master of Arts (Leadership) Denver Seminary, 1990

Masters program in Marriage and Family Counseling; All but thesis in mid 70s

Bachelor of Arts (Sociology) University of Minnesota, 1974

Bachelor of Arts (Pastoral Ministry) Moody Bible Institute, 1970

Honorary Doctorate (DD) Trinity College and Seminary (India), 2004

Ordained with the Evangelical Free Church of America

Ministry Experience:

Senior Pastor Southern Gables Church (EFCA) Aug 1978-June 2009

  • Responsibilities of preaching, vision, and leadership of a church of 1000+.
  • Now Senior Pastor Emeritus of SGC


Developer and Instructor Theological Education by Extension Courses 1997-2008

  • A course of study for Indian pastors unable to attend residential Bible college/seminary – over 600 students enrolled with two two-week sessions each year in India.


Adult Ministries Pastor First Evangelical Covenant Church (IL)

  • Teacher of teachers for 12 adult communities


International Center for Learning Gospel Light Publications 1972-1979

  • Teaching teachers in seminars all over USA


Youth and Christian Education Crystal Evangelical Free Church (MN) 1970-1975

  • Responsible for religious education of all ages including a 250-child preschool


Youth Pastor Oxboro Evangelical Free Church (MN) 1967-1970


Numerous books and pamphlets published by SGC for in-house sales and distribution available at soundliving.org

The Lord’s Prayer

Radical Generosity

The Roles and Privileges of Marriage

The Holy Spirit

The Character of God

The Purpose of the Church

Close only Counts in Horseshoes

Abortion in America

Tale of Two Citizenships

Expectant and Accepting (healing)


Sermon on the Mount




10 Commandments





A New Model for the Twenty-First Century?  Doctoral Project (Dissertation) Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, 1994

Other older works published by World Wide Pictures and Gospel Light

Numerous other sermons, articles, etc. published online at soundliving.org

Personal Information:

Married to Barbara M. Nelson, three adult daughters and one son.