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
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 ...
Jan 29, 2015
The Reverend Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), joined a group of Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders in delivering a letter to President Obama urging “a renewed, ...
Jan 21, 2015
Stated Clerk Gradye Parsons shares his views on immigration and the church's response to it from the United States-Mexico border: Hello my name is Gradye Parsons. I’m the Stated Clerk ...
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.