Depression is one of the top killers of teens. Dr. Nelson is a pastoral counselor and pastor with over 40 years of experience working with teens and families. His son suffered through depression and anxiety as a teen. Dr. Nelson used his son’s story to talk about teen depression in his book, A Relentless Hope: Surviving the Storm of Teen Depression. In this seminar Dr. Nelson will dialogue about teen depression – what it looks like on the outside and inside, help for those teens suffering from depression, and help for those walking the journey with the teens. God can heal!
Dr. Nelson is an ordained United Methodist minister and a Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. He grew up and graduated from high school in West Virginia, bachelor’s degree in biology at West Virginia University and a Master of Divinity Degree at Drew University in New Jersey. Gary served United Methodist Churches near Fairmont, WV, then returned to school at Boston University to complete a Doctor of Ministry Degree in Pastoral Counseling. While in school at Boston he served as pastor of Rockport United Methodist Church in Rockport, Massachusetts. He then worked for 16 years as a pastoral counselor in an inter-denominational counseling ministry in northern Virginia near Washington, D.C. Dr. Nelson and his wife, Patti, moved to Boaz, West Virginia, where he was appointed as the pastor of Sand Hill United Methodist Church in July 2006. Before moving to Boaz, the Nelson’s spent 9 months traveling around the country while Patti worked as a traveling nurse at hospitals and Gary wrote his book on teen depression, A Relentless Hope: Surviving the Storm of Teen Depression. The Nelsons have two married children, and a brand-new granddaughter. They are now living in Cross Lanes, WV (where Dr. Nelson is the pastor of Cross Lanes United Methodist Church), along with their two Boston terriers, Tinker Bell and Peter Pan. He also rollercoasters and playing drums!
Adult version – July 11, AM1, AM2, PM1, PM2
Youth version – July 12, AM1, AM2, PM1, PM2