jwn-1.jpg JOHN W. NIELSON has served as Lead Pastor at Melwood since August 1994.  Prior to that he served as Associate Pastor for Worship and Lay Development at St. Paul's Church of the Nazarene in Kansas City, MO.  A graduate of Eastern Nazarene College (B.A. in Religion), Nazarene Theological Seminary (M.Div, D Min), he is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene.  He and his wife, Amy, have three daughters, Bethany (a student at Mount Vernon Nazarene University), Kathryn and Jenna.   Pastor John has a passion for worship, spiritual formation and authentic Christian community.  

Pastor John enjoys reading, music, and spending time with his family. He tries not too eat too many Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, and is more successful some times than others.