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
Mid council leaders challenged to embrace change, make the PC(USA) an ‘antiracist multicultural institution’
Oct 31, 2016
Leaders of Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) presbyteries and synods took a long hard look at white privilege in their denomination during a series of plenary sessions at the 2016 Polity Conference. ...
Oct 31, 2016
Pain and struggle are part of human life, the Reverend J. Herbert Nelson, II, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly, told worshipers at a Sunday morning worship and communion service ...
Oct 30, 2016
Presbytery moderators and vice moderators from across the country spent much of the day Saturday, October 29, learning about the nuts and bolts of moderatorial responsibilities. Worship planning, meeting management, ...
Oct 29, 2016
“Jesus came to make things right by making them new,” the Reverend Denise Anderson, Co-Moderator of the 222nd General Assembly (2016), told some 350 leaders of Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) presbyteries ...
Oct 28, 2016
Front-line justice and advocacy work like that being done at First United Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, is at the heart of many Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) congregations. Last week ...
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.