‘A time of great transition’ Presbyterian Church elects J. Herbert Nelson II as first black leader

J. Herbert Nelson II is the leader of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

ORANGEBURG — An Orangeburg native is the first black man in the more than 300-year history of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S. to be elected as its top ecclesiastical leader.

The Rev. J. Herbert Nelson II was elected Stated Clerk of the PC (USA) last month during the 222nd General Assembly meeting held in Portland, Oregon.

The denomination is more than 90 percent white and his election was deemed a new direction for inclusivity at the meeting.

“I felt both humbled and heartened by this opportunity as the first person of color in the history of this denomination to assume this position,” he said.

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