The Rev. Dr. Adrian V. Nelson, II was assigned to serve as the pastor to the Lomax AME Zion Church community in May 2018,and to present. Prior to arriving at Scotland Church, Pastor Nelson organized Abundant Life A.M.E. Zion Church located in Columbia, Maryland. In 2012, Pastor Nelson was given a circuit appointment by the then presiding bishop to serve as the pastor to both Scotland and Abundant Life A.M.E. Zion Churches.
Pastor Nelson is a native Washingtonian and lifelong Zionist. He was born on November 5, 1966, in Washington, D.C., but was primarily raised in Montgomery County, Maryland. As an infant, he was baptized by the late Rev. James W. Page, the pastor of R. L. Jones A.M.E. Zion Church in Washington, D.C., the church Pastor Nelson attended as a child and youth. In 1977, Pastor Nelson’s family transferred their membership to Clinton A.M.E. Zion Church in Rockville, Maryland when his family moved from Silver Spring to Rockville, Maryland.
Pastor Nelson graduated with high honors from Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in Economics. Thereafter, in 1992, Pastor Nelson earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law, the College of William & Mary, which is in Williamsburg, Virginia. While attending, law school Pastor Nelson met his future wife and ministry partner Rev. Tina Smith Nelson. In 2006, Pastor Nelson earned a Master of Divinity degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. After practicing law for nearly 20 years, in 2012 Pastor transitioned into full-time ministry. Pastor Nelson’s calling is to “preach and teach” what “thus says the Lord.”
Pastor Nelson and his wife Rev. Tina Nelson reside in Rockville, Maryland. They have two sons – Adrian III and Collin. He is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and holds various positions in the Philadelphia and Baltimore Conference and the Washington, DC District of the A.M.E. Zion Church.
Pastor Nelson’s guiding scripture is: “These things I have spoken unto you that in me you might have peace; in the world, ye shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)