Rev. Dean Nelson

VP of Government Relations

Based in the Washington, D.C. area, Dean Nelson is responsible for advancing the Culture of Life in the political sphere, by building bridges, coalitions, and partnerships. He brings to Human Coalition more than 20 years of demonstrated success directing nonprofit organizations, with an emphasis on urban strategies, grassroots organization, and national leadership training. Before taking the role as executive director of Human Coalition Action, Rev. Nelson faithfully served Human Coalition as the church outreach director for five years.  


Rev. Nelson was recently appointed by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan to serve on the congressional Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Commission whose mission is to honor the life and legacy of Frederick Douglass.


Rev. Nelson has worked for other major pro-life and Christian organizations, including Global Outreach Campus Ministries and Care Net, where he managed an annual budget of more than $1 million. As part of Wellington Boone Ministries’ senior strategic planning team, Rev. Nelson helped plant ministries in capital cities such as Richmond, Virginia; Atlanta, Georgia; Raleigh, North Carolina; and Washington, D.C. And United Way recognized him for his work in bringing people together for a common cause. 


Rev. Nelson serves as the chairman of the board for the Douglass Leadership Institute. He is a sought-after speaker, giving frequent interviews on ABC and NBC affiliate networks in Washington, D.C. He’s appeared on the 700 Club, CBN News, and MSNBC, as well. And he is a frequent guest on Christian radio programs, including the Bott Radio Network and American Family Radio. 


Rev. Nelson is a licensed minister from Salem Baptist Church in Marshall, Virginia, and an ordained pastor with Wellington Boone Ministries. He holds a BA in Rhetoric and Communication from the University of Virginia, and he completed post-graduate work at Coverdell Leadership Institute and Leadership Institute Campaign School. 

He and his wife Julia have three children and live in Maryland. 

  • Interview with Liz Wheeler on "Tipping Point"

    Most Americans do not want their tax dollars to pay for abortions. Watch Rev. Dean Nelson’s interview with Liz Wheeler on “Tipping Point” as he responds to the desire of some to gut the Hyde Amendment that prohibits taxpayer dollars from paying for abortions.

  • In Support of the “National Day of Prayer”

    Although we are witnessing daily attempts to remove all acknowledgement of God from the public square, throughout history our nation’s leaders have publicly called in the nation to cry out to God to ask for His blessing and forgiveness. Such proclamations were acknowledgment of our collective dependence on God and our need for His mercy. […]

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  • “Ain’t I a Woman?”

    Sojourner Truth’s Life Repudiates Planned Parenthood’s Agenda

    It’s Women’s History Month, yet another opportunity for abortion advocates to promote their cause by hijacking the legacy of God-fearing women. Planned Parenthood—whose use of the #blacklivesmatter hashtag raised more than a few eyebrows—decided to raise their irony quotient by tweeting a tribute to Sojourner Truth as a “former slave, abolitionist, women’s rights advocate.” Now […]

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  • Black History Heroes: Frederick Douglass on Life and Liberty

    Frederick Douglass, born this month in 1818, escaped slavery to become a leading abolitionist, writer and statesman. A captivating orator, Douglass told a crowd in his famous 1852 speech What to a Slave is the Fourth of July? : “I have said that the Declaration of Independence is the ring-bolt to the chain of your […]

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  • Human Coalition to Host Historic Prayer Gathering

    On January 21, 2015, Human Coalition along with The Radiance Foundation and Bound for Life will host OneVoiceDC, the first ever non-denominational prayer and worship event at the 42nd annual March for Life. The event will begin at 7:00 PM at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Washington, DC. Each year since Roe v. Wade, […]

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  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Niece Agrees: Black Lives Matter

    The recent grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri has launched a swarm of protests across the nation, declaring with signs and social media hashtags that #BlackLivesMatter. The tragic death of Michael Brown reminds us how many young men like him die far before their time. Ironically, Planned Parenthood—the nation’s largest abortion provider—was one of the […]

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