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We are a diverse and growing church community that honors and values YOU for who YOU are and YOUR God given talents! You will find that Nelson UMC is a place for you 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 YOU into the fellowship of Jesus Christ; together we will create an understanding of church as a place of joy, healing and acceptance where YOU can explore YOUR 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 this Sunday morning! We really do have a seat for YOU!

Meet our Pastoral Team
Reverend Dr. Edwin Clever


Dear Friends,

I am so honored to be coming to serve Nelson UMC. It excites me to think of all that God will do in us.

As I begin to meet y’all, it dawns on me that you would like to know more about me. So…

I was born in Virginia and ended up settling in Virginia. But my childhood was one of moving, a lot, as my dad worked for NASA.

I graduated from high school at Melbourne High School, in Melbourne Florida. I have a BA from the College of William and Mary, a Masters of Divinity from Duke University Divinity School, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Union Theological Seminary.

I have two grown sons, Chad and Christopher, and two daughters in law, Theresa and Tara. I am blessed with a wonderful family. I also have 2 dogs. Rosie is a retriever mix who is almost 19 years old. And Charlotte is an 11 month old chocolate lab puppy. My mother is lives in Yorktown Virginia and I try to check on her as often as possible.

I have 39 years of experience in ministry but also have other hobbies. I enjoy music, working out at a CrossFit Gym, sailing, reading, and playing with the dogs. In addition to a career in ministry, since retirement I have gotten my real estate license, am the Principal  Broker a Derbyshire Real Estate, a relief Chaplain at Lynchburg Hospital, and a part time Dog Walker with Petpals Plus.

I look forward to getting to know more about you and sharing more of myself with you.

Yours in Christ,





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!