Russell Nelson

Russell Nelson joined the staff of St. John’s as the Minister for Worship and Music in February of 2024. Russell Nelson is a graduate of Anderson College, SC and holds a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, NJ. His years of music ministry experience span over time with churches in Tallahassee, Asheville, Birmingham and now, Charlotte.

Russell brings many years of experience in music ministry, a love for meaningful and well-planned worship, and a good heart for people. In addition to world-class training in choral conducting, he is published in the field and experienced with orchestras and extended works. Russell sees the music program as a ministry – music is to honor and glorify God. He creates a culture of spirituality in the choir, showing how music can take us beyond words if we are open to it. Choir rehearsals include explanations of the music theme and spiritual significance. He hopes you will think about joining the choir one day! They meet at 7:15 on Wednesday evenings and all are welcome!