From the desk of Ryan Nelson,
The desire of my heart is that the Church today would know what they believe and why so that one day, when they leave Church on Sunday, they will continue to genuinely follow Christ rather than conform to the world. The Lord has laid it on my heart to help people understand what it means to become a disciple, so they know what it looks like to follow Christ and pick up the torch of faith to continue the Great Commission. Mark Twain once said, “The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why.” I want all people to have assurance that Jesus, the Christ, is their “why”.
Date of birth: July 2, 1980; Raised in Shawnee, Oklahoma
Resides: Enid, Oklahoma
Wife: Chloe Nelson; Chesterfield, MO – Married October 2, 2016 – Graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University (Jan. 2013) with a Bachelors in Business Administration (Marketing)
Foster Parent. 2018-present
Youth ministers wife at Garland Road Baptist Church, 2018-present
Weekly Sunday Night Youth Fellowship in-home, 2018-present
Music Ministry fill-in at Garland Road Baptist Church, 2019-present
Piano/Vocal solos at Garland Road Baptist Church, 2018-present
Falls Creek Trip Organizer, Coordinator, Financial Adviser/Servant Leader/Worship and Devotions Leader for Cabin at Falls Creek/Decision Team Member during Chapel Services (2019)
Devotions Leader/Servant Leader/ Decision Team Member during Chapel Services for Falls Creek Cabin, 2018
Weekly Women Small Group Discipleship Devotions Leader (in home), 2019-present
Kindergarten Teacher at Emmanuel Christian School (OK), 2017-2019
Choir Member at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 2015-2016
Youth Servant Leader at Emmanuel Baptist Church (OK), 2015-2016
Music Ministry vocalist as a youth when attending Chesterfield Community Church (MO)
Mission trips as youth through World Changers: Anniston, AL and Shreveport, LA
Personal Hobbies and Interests:
Spending time with my husband and family
Listening to sermons
Writing Music on the piano and lyrics
Coffee Shops and concerts
Spiritual and emotional development material
I love nature!
I am a people person but also enjoy getting things done and also feel task oriented.
I have been told I am an “encourager”.
I desire that seeking Christ is my first priority, and serving my family is my second greatest priority.
Son: Alvin (11)
I am a believer in the Simple Church model: Love God, Love People and Love the Word!
I have a passion for sharing the good news of Jesus Christ, found in the history of Scripture because I believe all of history reveals His story. The Lord has given me a desire to teach believers the treasures of sacred Scripture and to always be prepared to give an answer for my faith, as I live in an unbelieving world. God has given me a desire to love Him, to love His Word, and to love the Church by proclaiming Truth.
The Lord has blessed me with abilities and opportunities in my life for one simple reason: to prepare me to be His servant for His bride.
Garland Road Baptist Church
2018 – Present
Webdesign / SEO, Self-Employed
2008 – Present
Past Work History
CEO, 2010 – 2014 (Sold Company)
Vice President, 2008 – 2012 (Sold Technology)
Wealth Masters International
Vice President, 2009 – 2015 (Resigned)
U.S. Army (Veteran)
11 Bravo / 13 Bravo, 1999 – 2005 (Honorable Discharge)
Oklahoma State University, Bachelor of Arts
2005 – 2008
Below I will do my best to biblically define what I believe is the role of a pastor within a local church.
Zaqen is the Hebrew word for “elder”. The words origin is rooted in Jewish history and can be found in the Old Testament. “Elder” is a term used for men who are in a position of leadership. The primary use for an elder can be found in two places in the Bible: Numbers 11 and Deuteronomy 27. Later in the Old Testament the term “elder” was used to refer to city leaders. Additionally, the Hebrew word “sab” was used in the book of Ezra and was used as another word for an “elder”.
The Greek word for elder is presbuteros. Which means “aged” or “bearded”, which depicts a clear reference to men. Zaqen and presbuteros are the same words used in Acts 2:17, when Peter refers to Joel 2:28, using the same word as presbuteros in reference to an elder.
In the time of our Lord’s earthly life, the term presbuteros (elder) was used for a specific group of ex officio (spiritual leaders).
The term “elder” is the exact same definition the Jewish people used for the word “Rabbi”. I believe a man seeking to become a pastor should be considered at the age of 30. I hold this conviction because people began referring to our Lord as “Rabbi” at the age 30, when Jesus’ official teaching ministry began.
- Men of good character living moral truth (Exodus 18:20)
- Men filled with the Holy Spirit (Numbers 11:16)
- Men who would teach, be impartial, and men with the ability to judge fairly (Deuteronomy 1:13)
The New Testament follows many of the same guidelines God provided in the Old Testament.
Bishops and pastors are roles that all elders should aspire to be.
A “Bishop” is an individual who aspires the office of overseer for the bride of Christ. As such, Scripture reveals in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 that this sort of man must live above reproach: be a husband of one wife, temperate, prudent, respectable, hospitable, and able to teach.
The term “Pastor” refers to a shepherd of a flock. The pastor has the weighty role of feeding, teaching, and keeping his congregation from straying into danger, as seen in 1 Peter 2:25.
In 1 Peter 5:1-2, he uses both the terms, bishop and pastor, when instructing elders:
Therefore, I exhort the elders among you, as your fellow elder (presbuteros) and witness of the sufferings of Christ, and a partaker also of the glory that is to be revealed, shepherd the flock (piomen / pastor) of God among you, exercising oversight (episkopeo which means bishop) not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not for sordid gain, but with eagerness; nor yet as lording it over those allotted to your charge, but proving to be examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.
John MacArthur answers many of these questions in his book, “Answering the Key Questions About Elders”. (extra source material)
Elders should be ordained!
John MacArthur expressed this perfectly:
Paul says to Timothy, “Do not neglect the spiritual gift within you, which was bestowed on you through prophetic utterance with the laying on of hands by the presbytery.”
Interestingly, “the laying on of hands” comes from the Old Testament sacrificial system. When a sacrifice was given, the hands of the offer-er were placed upon the sacrifice to show identification. So the laying on of hands became a means by which one could identify himself with another.
In the same way, the New Testament ordination ritual demonstrated solidarity between the elders and the one on whom they laid their hands. It was a visible means of saying, “We commend you to the ministry. We stand with you, support you, and affirm your right to function in a position of leadership in this church.”
Paul writes to warn Timothy, “Do not lay hands upon anyone too hastily and thereby share responsibility for the sins of others; keep yourself free from sin” (1 Timothy 5:22). That emphasizes the seriousness of the statement of solidarity. In other words, Paul is saying, “If you lay hands on a man who is sinning, and thereby ordain him to the pastorate, you have entered into his sin. If you don’t want to be a participant in sin, don’t fail to seek the mind of the Lord in the process.”
Being ordained was both memorable and humbling because God graciously has chosen me, a sinner saved by grace, to minister His word to His bride.
(Left to right) Matt Spann, Jesse Johnson, Ken Sumter, Billy Benson, John Parsons, Ryan Nelson, Greg Hook, Wade Burleson, Zach Moneypenny, and Burt Clampett.
What is the greatest challenge of the Church?
For the last half century, our country has taken on several key philosophical beliefs that have led people from the Truth of the Gospel into false religions. These false religions are not just the obvious, such as Atheism or Agnosticism, but subtle forms like relativism and man-made idioms. Unfortunately, those worldviews make it hard for many to even feel a need for Christ because they create their own reality and beliefs that are basically the same as paganism. People who create their own reality are no different than the idol worshipers of the Bible; the only difference is that our post-modern culture and most of our Church worship the idols they have created their minds. The reality is that our young adults and youth is our future, and teaching them to understand ultimate Truth is key to what the future of the Church will become. God’s Word reveals how we are to remind children of the essential nature and purpose of God in life and that God’s Word is dependable, reliable, and absolute Truth. His word shows us how to know and relate to God and how to optimally function in this world He has given us. Christ is the only way to true life.