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Sowing Seeds 
of Joy

After extraordinarily successful and rewarding careers, Ron, a former world-class sprinter, police officer, military veteran, and 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.

of Faith

Statement of Faith
  • We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.

  • We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

  • We believe that Adam, created in the image of God, was tempted by Satan, the god of this world, and fell. Because of Adam's sin, all men have guilt imputed, are totally depraved.

  • We believe that salvation consists of the remission of sins, the imputation of Christ's righteousness, and the gift of eternal life, received by faith alone, apart from works.

  • We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is essential.

  • We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.

  • We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by who is indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.

  • We believe that the church, the body of Christ, consists only of those who are born again, who are baptized by the Holy Spirit into Christ, for whom He now makes intercession in heaven and for whom He will come again.

  • We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of eternal life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of eternal damnation.

  • We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

  • We believe that Christ commanded the Church to go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature, baptizing and teaching those who believe, and that the natural outcome of such activity leads to the establishment of local congregations.


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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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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.





Spirit of Excellence

Global Awareness



God Dependence


Lifelong Learning

Relational Community



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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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


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.


Paula Anderson

Executive Administrator
to the Founders

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Our Board of Trustees


Tamika Miller

Board Chair

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Lori Pearson

Board Member


Sharon Pugh

Board Member

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Pastor Andre Waits

Board Member

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Steve & Chanel


Board Members


Pastor Dennis Webb

Board Member

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Victor Bashon Jackson, I

Board Member

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Chris & Melissa Crocker

Board Member

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Lee & Shelia


Board Members Emeritus

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President's Council Members

Presidents Council Members
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Dr. Michelle Raven

President's Council Member

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Dr. Richard Allen Farmer

President's Council Member

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Dr. Phillip & Gladys Nelson

President's Council Member

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Kevin & Gertrude


President's Council Members

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Marti Williams

President's Council Member

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Evelyn Njoroge

President's Council Member

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Chris & Angela Kemp

Board Members

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Jason Evans

President's Council Member

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Corwin Macklin

President's Council Member


Tom Strickland

President's Advisor

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Nina Jones

President's Advisor


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Chris & Melissa




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Dr. Michelle Raven


Star Nelson


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Ron Nelson


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Lori Pearson



Ebonee Rice Oyoo


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