Rev. John Nelson, Jr.

Early Studies

John is associate pastor of music and seniors’ ministries. He attended the University of Manitoba, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Licentiate in Music diploma in vocal studies. While studying in Winnipeg he was a tenor soloist and chorus member with the very popular Winnipeg CBC television program, “Hymn Sing”.  A Bachelor of Education degree was completed at the University of Calgary, along with summer studies taken at Southern Theological Seminary (Louisville, Kentucky), Briercrest Seminary (Caronport, Sk.), and Carey Theological College (Vancouver, B.C.).

Accomplishments

John has been privileged to sing or work with many renowned choral conductors and artists, receiving recognition for both his music ability and contributions to music. In the summer of 1976 John was chosen by the Canada Council as one of 25 outstanding Canadian Choral Conductors to study under the baton of renowned British composer/conductor, Sir David Willcocks, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In 1981, he was one of four conductors chosen from acrossCanada to study under two Canadian Conductors: Jon Washburn of the Vancouver Chamber Choir and Wayne Riddell of The Tudor Singers. In 2008 the Saskatchewan Choral Federation presented John with the Pro Musica Award in recognition of his contribution to the music scene in Saskatchewan. 2009 saw John recommended for the Regina Mayor’s Award, recognizing his efforts in sustaining the arts in Regina. John has been very involved in the Regina community, directing community based choirs for the past 20 years and doing workshop and seminars for both school and community music groups. He is also responsible for the development of MEET YOUR MUSICIAN, a choral workshop experience for church musicians that has gained a North American wide reputation.

Wide Range of Ministries

John is beginning his 25th of ministry as associate pastor at First Baptist Church Regina, directing an active music program & seniors ministry with enthusiasm, passion, and his warm sense of humor. John is well known for planning in advance, however, the question becomes for which year?”. John also enjoys the opportunities to act as a handbell and/or choral clinician, conductor, and adjudicator at various festivals and workshops throughout Canada and the U.S.

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