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
Dec 22, 2016
Political tensions are running high in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC or DR Congo) as President Joseph Kabila’s second—and, constitutionally, last—term of office came to an end at ...
Dec 14, 2016
As Presbyterian members of the worldwide Christian community and, particularly, as members of the World Council of Churches (WCC), I am writing to express our profound displeasure over the indignities ...
Nov 7, 2016
The Reverend Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), co-officiated the installation of the International Peace and Reconciliation Commission in El ...
Nov 1, 2016
“We live in a twisted world,” the Reverend Jan Edmiston, associate executive presbyter of the Presbytery of Chicago and Co-Moderator of the 222nd General Assembly (2016), told leaders of Presbyterian ...
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.