Obit: Michael Dean Nelson |

Obit: Michael Dean Nelson

A memorial service will be held June 10 at 7 p.m. at the Snowmass Chapel for Michael Dean Nelson, who died May 14 in Denver, following complications associated with a liver transplant.

Potluck desserts will follow the service.

Nelson was born in Paris, Ark. on June 21, 1951. He graduated from Evangel College in Springfield, Mo. in 1973 with a degree in communications. In December 1972, he married Lonna Jo “Jody” Klemm and together they began a lifetime of Christian ministry, beginning at the University of Arkansas.

In 1974, they moved to Nashville and Nelson became youth pastor at the Lord’s Chapel before starting the Hendersonville Chapel in 1976. He also taught and ministered in Europe and Africa.

In 1985, the family moved to Colorado, where Nelson taught at the Ravencrest Bible School in Estes Park. He also ministered in Australia. They then came to Aspen, where Nelson was pastor of First Baptist Church.

In 1992, Nelson left the full-time ministry to work in business, most recently as vice president for ACT Teleconferencing in Denver. He had remained active in ministry and had recently begun ministering at a small church in Evergreen as a lay pastor.

He is survived by his wife, Jody; sons Jonathon, David and Brandon; his father, Lonnie Nelson; stepmother Sue Nelson; brother Phillip Nelson and sister Marilyn Butler. He was preceded in death by his mother, Martha Belle Nelson.

In lieu of flowers, a special offering will be taken at the service to benefit Nelson’s family. Future donations may be made to the Nelson Family Fund, Evergreen Fellowship, P.O. Box 727, Evergreen, CO 80437.

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