Ricky D Nelson

Phone (814) 362-3584

Mailing Address
2 Laurel Drive
Bradford, PA 16701

First U M Church
Senior Pastor


Rev. Rick Nelson was born and raised in Fairmont, WV. He attended college at West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, WV where he met his wife Barbara and majored in Elementary Education. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Duke Divinity school in Durham, NC. Rick, his wife Barbara and their daughter April currently live in Brookville, PA where he has served as Senior Pastor of the Good Shepherd UM Parish since 2018.   

Rick has been a United Methodist Minister since 1986 where he began serving in the Virginia Annual Conference.  In 1992 Rick moved to the Western PA Annual Conference and was ordained as an Elder in 1994. During most of his ministry Rick has been involved with The United Methodist Committee on Relief working for The UMCOR - Katrina Aid Today program from 2006 – 2008. Rick served as WPA Conference Disaster Response Coordinator for many years.

Rick believes in the “God image” in all persons and seeks to discover and foster that image in all people. He believes in reaching out through mission with the love of God sharing that nothing separates us from the love of God through Jesus Christ our Lord.