CRES senior associate minister
See below for staff photo.
David is celebrated by the Interfaith Council as he retires;
Kara Hawkins presents the commemoration award.
|The Reverend David E Nelson, DMin,
has been serving as Associate Minister at CRES since 1995, and Senior Assoicate
Minister since 2014, leading and assisting in its educational, ceremonial,
and networking services to the community.
David and his wife, Ann, and children, Lars and Lucia, came to Kansas City in 1981, and have become well-acquainted with the community in many ways, and is a key figure in interfaith work here. David's appreciation of all religious traditions is well known.
David served on the Kansas City Interfaith Council as its Protestant member before becoming its chair. When the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council was formed, David served for three years as the Convener. He currently facilitates the Vital Conversations Program of the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council. For two years he was the coordinator of the Christian Jewish Muslim Dialogue Group. He provides spiritual direction for men of all religious and spiritual traditions in the Life Connections Program with USP Leavenworth. In addition, his distinguished work as a teacher, appreciative inquiry coach, and spiritual director bring the breadth and excellence to CRES for the benefit of the wider community.
David is a sought-after conference key-note speaker. He has been a consultant to Head Start programs in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska, and regularly teaches in a national Emergency Medical Services training program as Senior Consultant with Fitch & Associates.
David received his bachelor degree in history and political science from Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas. His master's degree in divinity, and his doctorate degree in ministry are both from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. He has served as an adjunct faculty member of that school, conveying a Doctor of Ministry program in Kansas and Missouri. He also is a graduate of the two-year program in spiritual direction with the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Direction in Washington, DC.
David served as Senior Pastor at Saint James Lutheran Church in Kansas City for 13 years. He also served Peace Lutheran Church in Manhattan, Kansas, and at Andover Lutheran in Windom, Kansas five years each.
David enjoys writing and telling stories which help him and others live more aware of the sacred in life. Many people have heard David say "We live all of our lives in the presence of the sacred, but we often need to pause and remind ourselves of that reality.”
A formal resume follows.
Phone: 816.453.3835 office --- 816.896.3835 cell
Career Objective - “I believe in the worth of every person and seek to build a world where diversity is celebrated, human dignity is enhanced and unity becomes the norm.”
Dr. David Nelson has been leading himself and others for all of his adult life. In his relationship with a great diversity of people he recognizes a mysterious and wonderful human connection. Through The Human Agenda, Dr. Nelson continues his life-long passion to live fully and invite others to live fully. He provides resources and coaching for people and organizations to claim their full human potential. Recent projects include his work as a coach to leaders in Emergency Medicine and 911 Dispatch Centers in the US and Canada. Since 2008 he has been the Life Connections Program Facilitator at the USP Leavenworth, Kansas where he coaches men who are changing their thinking and their behavior before release from incarceration. The most requested topics include team building, emotional intelligence, appreciative inquiry, “Appreciative Supervision”, and leadership. His passion for people, energy for getting the task completed, and human leadership skills enable him to support you in being the wonderful human beings you really are.
The Human Agenda
Here are a few examples of Dr Nelson’s local, national, and international
As a respected community faith-leader, he was asked to provide a series of prayers by the Kansas City City Council sessions in 2007.
In November that year, Dr Nelson was cited “for pioneering interfaith work in Kansas City and enriching us with the vision and power of mutual appreciation” for his work as CRES associate minister, as he also completed outstanding service as convener of the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council.
For his varied contributions, the Kansas City Royals Baseball organization honored him with its Buck O’Neil recognition, celebrated at its home game August 12, 2013.
His monthly Vital Conversations series, which began in 2002, has included a variety of speakers and participants including, for example, participants from Ramle, Israel, in May, 2014.
In December that year, the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council 2014 cited him “for his dedication and service as its first Convener, [the] founder and coordinator of Vital Conversations, and as [the Council’s] At Large Director.”
In June, 2015, following the racist terrorism at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC, he was asked by television media to comment.
In these and many other ways, Dr Nelson has demonstrated his knowledge
of spirituality and the variety of religions that people practice in his
work in the greater Kansas City area. I am confident he can share that
wisdom through The Life Connections Program. His presence with these men
will add value to them and assist in their growth toward becoming men of
The Kansas City area, and indeed the nation, is fortunate to have his service, and others who might also benefit from his work will discover his many gifts. A person of impeccable integrity, his ability to relate to people of many faiths is extraordinary.
THE HUMAN AGENDA
Dr. David Nelson
has been leading himself and others for most of his life.
He is part of the movement for human liberation.
In his relationship with a great diversity of people
he recognizes a mysterious and wonderful human connection.
Through THE HUMAN AGENDA, David continues his life-long passion
to live fully and invite others to live fully.
His organization provides resources and coaching
for people and organizations to claim their full human potential.
He is a personal coach, motivational speaker, consultant, and trainer.
His passion for people, energy for getting the task completed,
and human leadership skills enable him to support you
in being the wonderful human being you really are.
CRES staff members Vern, David, Ed, and Maggie on Maggie's veranda
at an October staff meeting early in the CRES story.
for the Legislative Sessions
of the Kansas City, MO City Council
Click here for video page including David.
Let us pray – As leaders of this great city, we rejoice in the gifts of religious and cultural pluralism. We ask that we might be open to the wisdom of all our sisters and brothers. We pray for a growing sensitivity to the issues of the environment. We seek to lead a city into more opportunities for personal growth and wholeness. We ask that our leadership model the commitment for nurturing a safer, and enlightened community. Amen
God of worlds and planets, of peoples and
creations, we pause in the business of our lives to recognize and reflect
upon the power you have entrusted to us. May we have the wisdom to use
that power and our influence to build up the whole human family and especially
the citizens and guests of this great city. May Kansas City be recognized
by those within and without as a city that: