Dr. Sheridan Nelson

Senior Pastor

Dr. Sheridan Nelson, Senior Pastor of Abyssinia Baptist Church in Norfolk, Virginia, is a native of Lakeland, Florida. He is the oldest son of the (late) Rev. Levi Nelson and Mrs. Vela Nelson. Rev. Nelson is married to the former Jodi Cox of Chesapeake, Virginia; and they are the proud parents of two sons, Sheridan II, and Joshua.

Dr. Nelson is a graduate of Mulberry High School in Florida. He furthered his studies at Norfolk State University with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies/Business Management, and he graduated from Virginia Union University with a Masters of Divinity degree.

Dr. Nelson received his doctoral degree in Ministry from the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.

Dr. Nelson was licensed to preach the gospel on December 19, 1993, and was ordained on September 1, 1996.

Dr. Nelson has served as Campus Pastor for Norfolk State University; Youth Minister for Second Calvary Baptist Church in Norfolk, Virginia; and Youth Minister for Zion Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia.

Dr. Nelson has also served in denominational ministry for the past ten years, working with Lifeway Ministries in Nashville, Tennessee, and most recently as the Youth and Young Adult Director of the Baptist General Convention of Virginia.

Dr. Nelson’s mission is to empower people to become holistic disciples of Jesus Christ.