Dwight Nelson is senior pastor of Pioneer Memorial Church 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 Andrew’s 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 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. 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 prophecy series, 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.