The Reverend Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II serves as Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the largest Reformed denomination in the United States. He was elected at the 222nd General Assembly (2016) in Portland, Oregon.
The son, grandson, and nephew of Presbyterian pastors, Nelson is the first African American to lead the denomination, which has a 300-year history in the U.S. As Stated Clerk his duties include interpreting assembly actions, representing the church on various denominational and ecumenical councils, witnessing on behalf of the church to social justice issues, and making statements as directed by an assembly. Read more.
Listen to the Cringe podcast interview
Marc Van Bulck of Cringe interviewed J Herbert Nelson, Denise Anderson, Charles Wiley, and Amy Snow about the adoption of the Confession of Belhar to the Book of Confessions.
J Herbert Nelson, II, Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is in the fall issue of the Presbyterian Heritage newsletter. He discusses the work his parents did after the Orangeburg Massacre in 1968, Martin Luther King Jr., political division, and more. Download the newsletter (PDF)(5.7mb)
News & Statements
A Call to Prayer from the Stated Clerk for Jennifer Dalquez and the plight of overseas Filipino workers
Mar 24, 2017
As members of the largest Reformed body in the United States, whose global family includes the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP), I call your attention to the ...
Mar 15, 2017
Students at The Ohio State University (OSU) and local community members will initiate a week-long fast beginning March 20 in an attempt to convince the Wendy’s company, headquartered in Dublin, ...
Mar 6, 2017
We representatives of Protestant, Orthodox and Anglican communions in the United States, Church World Service and the National Council of Churches of Christ in the United States, gathered together this ...
Mar 3, 2017
As leaders of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and in accord with the instruction approved by our 222nd General Assembly in June 2016, we write to urge you to use your ...
About the Stated Clerk
The Stated Clerk of the General Assembly is the Chief Executive of the Office of the General Assembly. This department manages Stated Clerk's correspondence and travel schedule, provides staff services to the Committee on the Office of the General Assembly, provides personnel management for the Office of the General Assembly and manages the budget for the Office of the General Assembly.