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
Stated Clerk Writes Letter Opposing the Protection of Children Act and the Asylum Reform and Border Protection Act
Mar 4, 2015
Today (March 4), the House Judiciary Committee is holding a mark-up session on two bills that, if passed, would take away crucial protections to unaccompanied children arriving in the United States. ...
Feb 17, 2015
Our hearts are heavy as we join the world in mourning the Egyptian Christians beheaded in a video released Sunday by the Islamic State in Libya. The twenty-one Coptic Christians, ...
Feb 13, 2015
The Reverend Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A), offers a prayer in response to the murder of Yusor Mohammed Abu-Salha, Deah Shaddy Barakat ...
Feb 10, 2015
[한국의] The Reverend Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), has written a letter in opposition of H.R. 399, Secure Our Borders First Act of 2015. This bill ...
Jan 30, 2015
The Reverend Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), presented the following resolution during a gathering in Matanzas, Cuba of the Presbyterian-Reformed Church in Cuba. January 30, 2015 ...
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.