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Our Church

We are a diverse and growing church community that honors and values each person for who they are and their God given talents. Nelson UMC is a place to worship, grow spiritually, experience faith and practice committed Christian fellowship. 
We are not a typical rural country church that draws its members from a small local area. Rather, we are a medium sized growing community church that draws worshipers from many areas in Nelson as well as Amherst County. We welcome people into the fellowship of Jesus Christ; create an understanding of church as a place of joy, healing and acceptance; and experience Nelson as a place where all can explore their faith.

At Nelson UMC, we challenge ourselves to a greater vision, we choose to make a difference not only in our own lives but compassionately in the lives of others.  We choose to be loving and kind to everyone and pursue the courage to be open and experience unity with God.

“U-n-i-t-y” are the last five letters in the word community and we focus on sharing all of our member’s God-given talents and abilities towards making Nelson County and the families who live here, the best they can be.

There are no strangers at Nelson United Methodist Church, only friends who haven’t met yet…. so we welcome you to join us in worship.




The theology of our congregation is moderate and very diverse but differing views are respected and encouraged. Church members have learned to expect the unexpected and find creative solutions to challenging problems. The congregation is very warm and caring towards others and to those in need in the community. Members reach out to, and welcome, community members without a church home and provide space for learning, exploring, and coming to faith in a non-judgmental or threatening environment.
The mission of Nelson UMC is “To glorify God and make new disciples for Jesus Christ.” We strive to create a sense of home and belonging to everyone who comes through our doors. We see each member’s role in our church as important to God’s unfolding plan of ministry in our community therefore, all people who worship at Nelson UMC are offered opportunities to get involved in some aspect of the ministry of the church.  New ideas are invited and encouraged.

Our Ministry Team

Our leadership team recognizes the authority of God, and realizes that we are shepherds who serve under the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ. We desire to devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word. Our passion and goal is to equip the believers for the work of the ministry until we all attain maturity in the fullness of Christ.
Pastor Liz Buxton
David Solar


Pastor Liz Buxton

Pastor Liz Buxton comes to Nelson UMC after seventeen years and three previous appointments in the Virginia Conference.  Liz has a BS in Sociology from Southwest Missouri State in Springfield, Missouri, a Masters in Theology from the School of Theology at Claremont, California, an Elementary Education teaching credential from UCLA, and her M.Div. from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.  Liz has worked and lived in many different places and learned that most folks have a lot more in common than not and most of our differences just make life interesting.  Ministry interests include but are not limited to children’s ministry, women in theology and the church, and social justice.

Just celebrating her 60th birthday, she has a grown son, living in Richmond, who will be thirty next year.  Seriously introverted, she has been known to read a book or two, writes and leads a women’s retreat every fall, and is so very, very not technologically/ digitally inclined.  Last but not least, she looks forward to getting to know all of you and is excited about our next chapter together.


David Solar, Office Assistant

Welcome! I am the church’s office assistant and help with many different jobs every week and assist the Pastor in whatever way that I can. This includes putting together the bulletins, managing office supplies and making sure the building is safe and tidy. If you want to know where something is, I usually can find it for you! I also send out a weekly newsletter to our shut-ins in our church and family members of church members who can’t get around on their own. I enjoy putting together The Beacon II. I also am responsible for tracking attendance for Sunday services. I would like to invite you to come and be our guest one Sunday – I think you will like it here!