Meet Our Team

Nelson Bell

Pastor of Formation and Care

Care Ministry

Nelson has been serving as an associate pastor at Highland Park Presbyterian Church since 2004. He was born in Birmingham, Alabama but moved to Dallas from Georgia when he was eleven years old. In 1980, Nelson graduated from Highland Park High School before going on to earn his B.A. from Southern Methodist University, a M.Div. degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, followed by a Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary.

Nelson's favorite thing about working at HPPC is the people. The grace of God, the goodness of HP Pres and the challenge of the call brought him to the church. Before coming to HP Pres, Nelson served as the Associate Pastor at Kirk of the Hills Presbyterian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma for 14 years.

He and his wife, Julie, have three children, Mary McCue, Myers Anne and Lemuel Nelson...all born within three years before their fourth wedding anniversary. Julie is a sports psychologist with a PhD from the University of Virginia.

Nelson currently serves on the Board of Goodland Presbyterian Children's Home in Hugo, Oklahoma (which has ties to HPPC dating back to 1935). He also serves on the Board of Presbyterians for Renewal, is a certified judge of the Kansas City Barbecue Society, an Eagle Scout and a SCUBA diver. He volunteers as the chaplain to the esteemed Police and Fire Departments of the City of University Park.

Nelson likes spending time with friends and family, eating unhealthy food, exercises regularly and admits that his “love language” is bacon. He also enjoys fly-fishing, tinkering, hunting, fishing, bow-hunting, water sports and BBQ. His favorite books are Desiring God by John Piper and The Far Side Gallery by Gary Larson. His grandfather, Dr. L. Nelson Bell, a medical missionary to China, is his hero.

Favorite scripture: Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

Nelson loves this passage because it serves as a daily reminder to live in dependency on God, knowing God will supply our needs as we live for Him.