The Alabaster Box - Speaker's Bio
The Alabaster Box - The Room Grew Still as She Made Her Way to Jesus...Luke 7:36-50

The Reverend Angela Ford Nelson, M.Div., PMP is an Ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church where she fulfills her call to Word, Sacrament and Order as  the pastor of Good Hope Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church in Camden, SC – the church with a big heart!

“Pastor Angela” is the daughter of Albert Ford and the late Dorothy Hardy Ford of Wedgefield, South Carolina where she and her twin sister – Adrienne Ford White and brother – Albert Ford, Jr. grew up.  She is the wife of the Reverend Kenneth Nelson, Conference Secretary and Coordinator of Clergy Services for the South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church.  Angela is a daughter of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Sumter, S.C. where she and her family have worshipped and served for more than 30 years.

Angela is a graduate of Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina where she earned the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a graduate from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia S.C where she received a Master of Divinity and a Certification in Spiritual Direction.  Angela continues to offer professional consulting in the fast paced Financial Services industry where she has served in various management capacities for 30 years.  Angela is a Certified Project Management Professional PMP© and the recipient of several corporate awards including the Royal Bank of Canada’s highest recognition: The “Leo Award” for outstanding achievement and IBM’s Leadership Achievement Award.

For the past 19 years, Angela has served as guest speaker and retreat leader across the SC Annual Conference; and on three occasions as instructor for the United Methodist Women’s "Mission U". She serves as Assistant Secretary for the Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, Chairperson of the Hartsville Committee on Superintendency, past Chairperson of the Board of Trustees for the SC United Methodist Church’s Advocate, and member of the Epworth Board of Trustees.  In 2014 she was blessed to travel with Bishop Jonathan Holston and a team of 32 pilgrims to Johannesburg, South Africa and to Mutare, Zimbabwe – this was indeed a life changing experience for her.  Angela is one of the three Co-Hosts of "Life Conversations" on www.powerandpraiseradio.com. 

Pastor Nelson’s passion is serving the people of Good Hope Wesley Chapel www.ghwcumc.comwhere she was appointed to serve as pastor in June of 2015.  The church's building was ravaged by the floods of October 2015 - however, because of great teamwork with members of Lyttleton Street UMC and members of the community, GHWC has been rebuilt, restored, and renewed!  Because of her ecumenical work to restore the church - Pastor Nelson was awarded the Barbara Boultinghouse Bridge Builder's Award at the SC Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church in June 2016.

Pastor Angela is also thankful for the people of Mt. Zion UMC in Bishopville – her first clergy appointment. During her tenure with Mt. Zion, the church was honored to receive the prestigious Bishop’s Five Star Award for three years in a row! 

 Angela’s testimony can be found in the story of the “Sinful Woman with the Alabaster Box” spoken of in Luke Chapter 7; and when preaching she often uses her “Alabaster Box of Praise” to illustrate the transforming power of God’s love and forgiveness!  

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