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Reverend LaTaska M. Nelson, MDiv.

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Favorite Scripture: What is good; and what does the Lord require of you But to do

JUSTLY, TO LOVE MERCY, AND TO WALK HUMBLY BEFORE YOUR GOD?

(Micah 6:8)


Her life’s credo is, “Built GOD T.U.F.F. (Triumphant*Unchained*Focused*Fierce)”


Pastor LaTaska M. Nelson is a servant leader, loving wife, mother, and grandmother. These roles best describe the driving force behind her passion for life. She is the Lead Pastor of Community UMC and Douglas Memorial UMC. She also serves as Support Pastor to her husband’s congregations Mt. Vernon UMC and Petworth UMC. 


She enjoys seeking God, joyfully serving others and intentionally loving people especially the marginalized. LaTaska received Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior at an early age. After hearing the call to ministry often, she finally responded wholeheartedly in 1997. 


In 2001 she was licensed as an Evangelist/Missionary at the Cathedral of Praise Church Nashville TN. 

Her love for God and God’s people demonstrate through the vision, purpose, and plan to build the five pillars of ministry (family, discipleship, evangelism, missions, and community development) under-girded with prayer and wisdom. 


LaTaska loves to minister in mime and has done so for nearly twenty years. 


She is the founder of Built God T.U.F.F., LLC where she creates a platform to help others recognize the power of their own voice.


Wife, Mother & Grandmother:


In 1989, she married her childhood sweetheart & love of her life, Rev. Armon C. Nelson who serves as lead pastor of Mt. Vernon UMC and Petworth UMC, Washington, DC. 


They both enjoy traveling and regular date nights and critical [fun] debates. 


God has blessed their union with three beautiful daughters, TaShica, ShaRica & ShanDria Nelson and three grandchildren Kay’Den, Kens’Leigh & Zamir.


Education & Occupation:


Pastor LaTaska is a 2012 graduate of American Baptist College, earning a Bachelor of Arts with focus of Biblical and Theological Studies/Church and Society. 


At American Baptist College, she organized around issues of racial & economic justice such as Racial Profiling, Predatory Lending, and Cradle to Prison Pipeline, Health Care Reform, Jobs for Justice 12-2-10, Education Reform, and African-American Male School Suspension. 


LaTaska is a 2018 Master of Divinity Degree graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary. At Wesley, she was an Urban Fellow and Presidential Scholarship recipient.


LaTaska worked with General Motors from 1995 until 2006. After leaving GM, she worked and served as an Area Coordinator for Y.M.C.A. in the School Age Services Department. 

LaTaska served as an employee and member of the Urban League of Middle TN.


Community Service:


Pastor LaTaska serves faithfully by volunteering with Children’s Defense Fund for the Samuel Dewitt Proctor Institute. 


She has served as a Community Organizer for the UMC churches, INSPIRED DC. She served as Vice-Chair for Urban EpiCenter Grassroots Organization, Nashville, TN. 


Currently Pastor LaTaska serves as Vice-Chair for National Center for African-American Health Consciousness, as well as serve on the Board of Directors for S.P.A.C.E.S. of DC.

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