About
Sowing Seeds 
of Joy

After extraordinarily successful and rewarding careers, Ron, a former US Postal Inspector, and Star, a retired postmaster, founded Sowing Seeds of Joy Ministries. Their passion to engage more African- Americans and people of color in global missions led to the creative birth this active ministry. This endeavor of faith catapulted them into total commitment and participation as mission mobilizers. Working as a dynamic husband and wife team, they bring

tremendous zeal to this work.

Mission

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As a bridge to the nations, Sowing Seeds of Joy engages Black, African American, and People of Color communities through cross-cultural missions training, discipleship, and spiritual formation for the

work of advancing

God's Kingdom.

Our Life Together

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VISION

To see Black, People of Color communities, and African American Kingdom Builders serve the diverse Kingdom of God with a spirit of excellence, empowering the Church to plant and water the hope of Jesus Christ on every continent.

Affirmation of Faith

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Values

Integrity

Collaboration

Spirit of Excellence

Global Awareness

Professionalism

Service

God Dependence

Vision

Lifelong Learning

Relational Community

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Partnership

The fulfillment of the Great Commission requires that the Church explicitly collaborates with one another in use of time, treasure, and talent to share the Gospel with the unreached peoples

of the world.

Commitment to Financial Integrity

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Testimonials

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I can tell you that both Ron and Star have been a huge encouragement to me and have propelled Missio Nexus forward in ways that I would never have guessed just a few years ago.

 

—  Ted Esler, President of Missio Nexus

Our Staff

“Our whole team is ever aware of the shortness of time and the great need for laborers for the work of ministry. All of our efforts are to resource and strengthen the hands of the church.”

~ Unknown

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Ron & Star Nelson

Founders

Ron currently serves as board chair for Missio Nexus and Star is the Co-Founder of Sowing Seeds of Joy. They are the creators of the Missionary Certification Program designed to develop and mobilize leaders. As ambassadors for the Great Commission, Perspective coordinators, and instructors, Trauma Healing facilitators, they have welcomed opportunities to further God’s kingdom agenda through various opportunities. Their travels have taken them to Haiti, Brazil, Belize, Kenya, South Africa, Australia, Philippines, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, and numerous cities throughout the US. Taking their call to disciple and mobilize others to the nations very seriously, Ron and Star seek to be a bridge to the nations, filling the gap between the whole body of Christ and the world's hurting communities. Their maxim is, whatever you do, make it count - experience God! Married for 40 years, they are the proud parents of two, and the grandparents of four.

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Mary Wilkerson

Volunteer

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Fay Adams

Volunteer

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Louis Carson

Volunteer

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Our Board of Trustees

 
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Tamika Miller

Board Chair

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Lori Pearson

Board Member

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Sharon Pugh

Board Member

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Pastor Andre Waits

Board Member

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Pastor Dennis Webb

Board Member

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Chris & Angela Kemp

Board Members

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Steve & Chanel

Holmes

Board Members

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Rev. Keisha Joseph

Board Member

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Lee & Shelia

Patterson

Board Members Emeritus

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Our Ministry Advisory Council

 
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Dr. Michelle Raven

Advisory Council Member

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Dr. Richard Allen Farmer

Advisory Council Member

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Dr. Phillip & Gladys Nelson

Advisory Council Member

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Kevin & Gertrude

Nichols

Advisory Council Members

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Alex Crum

Advisory Council Members

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Roberto & Mayra Cepeda

Advisory Council Members

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Marti Williams

Advisory Council Member

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Evelyn Njoroge

Advisory Council Member

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Jason Evans

Advisory Council Member

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Corwin Macklin

Advisory Council Member

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Nina Jones

Financial Advisor

Trainers

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Chris & Melissa

Crocker

Trainers

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Rev. Keisha Joseph

Trainer

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Star Nelson

Trainer

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Ron Nelson

Trainer

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Lori Pearson

Trainer

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Ebonee Rice

Trainer