This was our last Summer Church service of the season, we hope everyone enjoyed our podcast service and that you will join us again next year!
We had the pleasure of having special music by Hunter Bell preceding the sermon, he performed “Peace” by Billy McGuire
“Under the Broom Tree”
Scripture: 1st Kings 19:1-9
Reverend Jeff Nelson
Today’s guest pastor Jeff Nelson serves as Pastor of Royal Oak First United Methodist Church.
He arrived July 3, 2016, and is excited about what God is doing in this congregation.
Pastor Jeff comes to us after serving as pastor at Redford Aldersgate United
Methodist Church and an associate pastor at Birmingham First United Methodist
Church since 2003.
Jeff grew up in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. He has his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Sci-
ence from the University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire and his Masters in Divinity from
Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston Illinois.
Jeff and his wife, Bridget, came to Detroit in 1997 from Wisconsin for a one-year volun-
teer urban missions program. During that year, God transformed their lives and they fin-
ished the year with a sense of God’s call, hearts broken by the suffering of the world,
and a desire to partner with God in a ministry of service. Prior to entering seminary, Jeff
worked as a social worker with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit and as
a community organizer with Groundwork, where he worked on issues of human rights
and racial justice. They have two sons, Casey, 11 and Sam, 9.