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 Jonathan Nelson

Meet Jonathan Nelson, the Lead Pastor of WayCross Evangelical Church




St. Paul, MN


Wife - Amanda

Daughter - Elliana

Son - Joshua


Bachelors Degree from Bethel University in Youth Ministry & Psychology

Masters of Divinity from Bethel Seminary

Who are you? 

I am a……… Husband of one and a Father of two. I'm a pastor and a college ministry leader. I'm a tennis player, golfer, outdoors man and amateur car mechanic. I am a beloved child of God my Father and a co-heir with Christ my King.


What is one thing on your bucket list?

Go backpacking in Patagonia, South America


What is your favorite food?

Indian (lunch buffets are my favorite!)


Describe your perfect day

My perfect day would be spent at my parent's cabin in Luck, WI. I would go golfing in the morning, wake boarding/water skiing in the afternoon and fishing in the evening. I'd have burgers for lunch, steak for dinner and cheesecake for dessert. I'd be with my wife, children and parents... of course the parents would be in charge of the kids :-). 


What is the best thing about pastoring at WayCross Church?

I love the people that I work with and serve in the congregation and the unique partnership the WayCross Church has with Compass Ministries.


What is one thing that people may not know about you?

I have a horrible phobia of needles!


Lead Team

Pastor Jonathan Nelson

Caleb Couwenhoven

Josh Prescher

Nina Erickson

Ann Couwenhoven

Jennifer Carlson

Trustee Resource Team

Nina Erickson

Doug Anderson

Geoffrey Agboklu - Treasurer

Caleb Couwenhoven - Financial Secretary