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Brother Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson Elected Top Ecclesiastical Officer of Presbyterian Church
Historic First African American Ever In 300 Years
Dr. J Herbert NelsonAtlanta, GA (June 27, 2016) In a historic first, Brother Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson was elected Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church during the 222nd General Assembly meeting June 18-25, 2016 in Portland, Oregon. He is the first African American to be elected to this top ranked position in 300 years. The denomination is 90 percent white.

Brother Nelson was installed and will begin this new position effective August 1st. Hailing from a long line of Presbyterian pastors as a son, grandson and nephew, he stated, "This is a powerful day in my life and for any people of color who did not envision the possibility of this ever happening. I would not be standing here without a Presbyterian family. Pray for me, work with me, and not on me."

He crossed at Johnson C. Smith and he is the son of Brother J. Herbert Nelson of the Omega Chapter of the 6th District, a Presbyterian pastor. Brother Antonio F. Knox, Sr., 40th Grand Basileus of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity stated, "I couldn't be prouder of this milestone accomplishment for Brother Nelson. Omega stands in the highest regard for his phenomenal excellence and historic climb to the top position in the Presbyterian church." Brother Nelson is married to Rev. Gail Porter Nelson, pastor of Northminster Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. and they have a daughter, Alycia Yvette Nelson.

Staccato Powel
Brother Rev. Dr. Staccato Powell at WCC Meeting in Norway
Atlanta, GA (June 27, 2016) Brother Rev. Dr. Staccato Powell,Grand Chaplain of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated and Senior Pastor of Grace AME Zion Church in Raleigh, NC, is attending the Central Committee Meeting of the World Council of Churches in Trondheim, Norway. The Central Committee is elected by the WCC 10th Assembly and serves as the chief governing body that convenes every two years. A dynamic and prolific orator and steward of the Kingdom, Brother Powell is a current Candidate for Bishop.

Since its humble beginnings on the Howard University campus, the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity continues to be on the front line, leveraging its power, influence and more than 100 years of commitment to the uplift of our people and our communities.

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. was founded on November 17, 1911, at Howard University in Washington, D.C., and is the first international fraternal organization to be founded on the campus of a historically black college.

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