Dwight Nelson is senior pastor of Pioneer Memorial Church of Seventh-day Adventists on the campus of Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan. He began his pastorate there in 1983 and also serves as adjunct professor of homiletics at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary. Before taking his current position, Nelson pastored in Oregon for ten years.
Born in Tokyo, Japan, of missionary parents, Nelson converses in Japanese. He attended Far Eastern Academy in Singapore and graduated from Southern Adventist University, Collegedale, Tennessee, where he received a bachelor's degree in 1973. He attended Andrews University where he received a master of divinity degree in 1976 and a doctor of ministry degree in 1986 from the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary. He is an author. His books include Outrageous Grace, Countdown to the Showdown and Built to Last. In 1994, the Pioneer Memorial Church hosted ABC Television's National Christmas Eve service and in 1998, the first global satellite crusade, The NeXt Millennium Seminar. He is the speaker for a weekly radio and television program, New Perceptions. He is married to Karen Oswald Nelson, a registered nurse. They have a son Kirk, and a daughter Kristin.
April, 1999, Dwight joined the Faith For Today team as host of the newest production, The Evidence. The Evidence is committed to a serious search for God - not simply to prove that He exists, but to begin to build bridges for eventual seekers to find a personal friendship with the Lord of Revelation 14. This program will look at Bible teachings in a fresh "un-stain-glassed" way.