Lead Pastor

Rev. Keith Nelson

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Thanks for checking out Mitchell First UMC’s web page.  As the heading tells you, I’m Keith Nelson, the Lead Pastor here at Mitchell First.  Being in Mitchell is like being back home for me.  I grew up just 50 miles from Mitchell on a farm north of White Lake, SD.  As a kid, Mitchell was definitely a destination; relatives, bigger stores, movie-theater, Corn Palace Days, etc. these were all things that brought us to Mitchell.

Ministry has been an exciting journey.  God has surprised me with every move and ministry setting I’ve been in, but God has also taught me a lot through each and every place I’ve served.  I have served United Methodist churches in Onida and Agar, SD, Devils Lake, ND, Sturgis, SD, Brandon SD.  I also served as a District Superintendent in the Dakotas Conference, overseeing the ministries in the Sakakawea District of North Dakota.  Now I am thrilled to call Mitchell home and to be serving Mitchell First UMC.  My personal ministry focus is “to help people touch and be touched by the Living Christ.”  I believe that Jesus is alive and with us in our hearts and lives.  I also believe quite strongly that Jesus wants to give people life, abundant life – John 10:10

My wife, Nancy, and I have been married for 30+ years and we have two adult children.  Our son, Richie, lives in Omaha, NE and our daughter, Melissa, lives in Sioux Falls.  We’re excited to be this close to both of them.  Nancy and I both enjoy the outdoors; biking, hiking, paddle boarding, camping, etc.  I also enjoy a good long ride on my motorcycle from time to time.  (Remember, I did serve in Sturgis, SD!!)

If you are looking for a church home, I hope that you will check out our worship services and other ministry opportunities. Here at Mitchell First we believe that 1) People are important; 2) God is at work; and 3) the best days of the church are yet to come.  Mitchell First UMC is a downtown church that is committed to making a difference in the Mitchell Community.  



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