About Kerry

holyland-chj3433I started writing daily devotions in October 1997 because I felt guilty about not opening my Bible on a daily basis. I figured if I shared my morning devotion time with others, I would be far more likely to practice what I preach. WARNING: They aren’t particularly well written. BUT they do still keep me in the Word and, if you’re a bit “discipline challenged” as I am, they will help you as well.

This picture was taken from the Cliffs of Arbel, overlooking the Sea of Galilee in Israel. (I’m not winking…the sun was directly in my eyes.) I have no doubt Jesus also stood on this cliff with the sun in his eyes, admiring the view of his hometown in the distance. I hope these daily devotions help bring Jesus a bit closer to you as well.


47 Responses to “About Kerry”

  1. Sonny McKinney Says:

    Thank you very much for your time and your thoughts. Good Bless

  2. Mary Lou Klene Says:

    Hi, came to new address so email would be added for Daily Devotion. This reply spot was only place I saw to “subscribe”. Have a wonderful holiday.

  3. Dan Goetsch Says:

    I thoroughly enjoy your devotions. They make for a nice, reflective break in the middle of busy workdays.

    However, the new subscription process doesn’t seem to work. Please keep me on the mail list.

    Hope you have less snow then we do. We have about 15 inches on the ground and another 10 in process. But it wouldn’t fully feel like Christmas for me without snow.

    My best wishes for a Merry Christnas for you and your family.


  4. Alan Court Says:

    Kerry, Thanks for what you do! I’ve been following your devotions for about five years now and can tell you that my life has been blessed because of your commentary. Keep up the good work in the name of our savior Jesus Christ.

    Alan E. Court
    Redeemer Lutheran Church
    Fircrest, WA.

  5. Christie Says:

    Pastor Kerry – I’m a new subscriber to your devotional emails, and I appreciate them so much! Every day that I read one, they hit me “dead on” and I learn/remember/think! Thank you so much for this ministry!

  6. Luann Rigg Says:

    Dear Pastor Kerry,

    Thank you for your interesting, and soul searching Daily Devotionals. You truly are an inspiration to all whom are a part of Covenant Lutheran Church. I am a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Peoria, Illinois. I will be moving to the Houston, Texas area soon! I am looking forward to attending worship services on March 22nd, and somehow, after reading your Daily Devotional message each day, feel I am part of your congregation already! I just read your message on your web site…you are much younger than I envisioned..I feel you are leaving Covenant before I have the opportunity of attending church, and the pleasure of your message. I am a social worker here in our area, and will look forward to volunteering in any capacity I am able to serve. I will be living on Sagecroft Dr…close to Covenant!

    Thank you again Pastor Kerry for your inspiration, and love!

    Luann Rigg
    Peoria, IL. 61614

    Pastor Ron Miller is our Senior Pastor Joe Meyer our Associate Pastor.

  7. Carlene Says:

    Pastor — Your devotions are a blessing to me, and like Christie, I often find them addressing an issue or question that’s on my mind that day. I’ve also liberally used them (with credit!) as opening devotions with the ministry groups on which I serve in my congregation. Thank you for turning your need for devotional discipline into fertile ground for the rest of us.

    And – what’s this about your leaving your present congregation? Will the devotions follow you?

    Bless your work in the kingdom,
    Amercian Lutheran Church
    Grand Jct CO

    • VeRo Says:

      >Looking forward to reandig that weekly devotion for the other website. How awesome! = )Here are my two cents in response to some of your questions I love the idea of short devotions on a different topic each week. I prefer shorter over longer for a variety of reasons. Often I’m only on for a few minutes and if a post is too long, I don’t even start reandig it. I read Becoming Me because it challenges me in my walk every time I read it. You have great insights, and I love your style of writing. (You’re quite gifted!)Thanks for giving us the chance to offer input. = ) Blessings,Tracy

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  8. Terri Henry Says:

    Pastor Kerry,

    I have enjoyed your devotionals for years and have shared them at staff meetings here at the church. A friend was coming down to Houston next week so I mentioned that you had a church down there and upon looking you up the address discovered that you will be moving on from Covenant.

    I wish you the best wherever the Lord calls you!


  9. marian severt Says:

    Pastor Kerry,

    Where did you go? My prayer is that all is well with you and your loved ones. I do miss your devotional messages.
    Marian S.

  10. Linda Gray Says:

    I was randoming looking for a fitting daily devotion to share with a young woman I mentor and ran across your website. Hadn’t heard anything about you in years. Hope you are doing well.
    Linda Gray

  11. Diane Meredith Says:

    Pastor Kerry,
    I thought of you today as Caroline, John and I attended church at Atascocita
    Lutheran Church. I looked you up online and see that you are serving in a
    different way. I wish you all the best.
    David and I are divorced now and the children and I are living in Humble.
    Peace be with you!

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  12. Margie Says:

    Dear Pastor Kerry,

    I have enjoyed your Daily Devotions in the past and wondered where you went.

    I noticed that you stated that one of your goals is to “make more Lutherans.” I have attended churches of three different denominations for many years in my 62 years. I have always thought our goal is to “make more Christians.”

    God Bless you as you work to do that.


  13. Kathy Spennrath-Boor Says:

    Dear Pastor Kerry,

    Your messages have brought me learning, comfort, joy and much more during the five years (at least, I think, though not sure) that I have been receiving the devotions. I am SO grateful to you for your willingness, commitment and dedication in preparing them. Thank you! Merry Christmas, Blessings and Joy to You and Yours!!


  14. Larry Says:

    Dear Pastor Kerry,

    Have missed seeing your devotions over the past month or so. Will we be seeing them again any time soon??

  15. Kathy Quaschnick Says:

    We all miss your devotions. God be with you!

  16. Sharon Williams Says:

    I have loved your devotions for 7 to 10 years. I live in Southern Nevada, but in March I will be passing through Houston and other Gulf locations for the first time ever. Are you still located there? I will close with Shalom also. My friend, Scott, told me what a powerful word it is.

  17. Kathy Quaschnick Says:

    Thank you for letting us hear your voice again today! God be with you!

  18. Brian Says:

    Dear Pastor Kerry,

    I am new to the Lutheran Church (I was in another denomination for 25 years) and recently found your daily devotional on the ECLA website. I have always struggled with reading the Bible on a daily basis. I have found your devotional helpful with staying connected to the Bible. Thank you for this ministry.

  19. cynthia forde Says:


    This is a message from a fan… sitting across the aisle from me at Zorba’s restaurant in Chapin, SC. “Please tell Pastor Kerry that I am so grateful for his messages; I have saved everyone of them as guideposts for my life.” She hopes to drive to Houston JUST TO MEET YOU.

    The daughter of the author of this message wore a tee shirt, “Lutheran Chick” which invoked a query from me as to which “brand” of Lutheran.

    Hope all is well. Cynthia Forde… doing research in SC the month o fMarch.

  20. Johnny Martin Says:

    Pastor Kerry

    Your Great! I enjoy your devotions and will be in Dallas next week if you happen to be in that area, it would be great to meet you. I bet you are an even better conversationalist.

    Johnny Martin
    Devils Lake, ND

  21. JoNette Rollene Says:

    I would like to use your May 2007 “Call to Prayer for the Senior Pastor Call Process” that I found on line. We, in Iowa Falls IA, are in interim.
    Could you send it to me in an other than pdf file so I can make changes where needed?

    JoNette Rollene

  22. Wendy McCaig Says:

    Hi Kerry,

    Hope you remember me from the early days of Covenant. We are in Houston for a few days and I was trying to find you on the Covenant site and eventually found you here. I just wanted to say “Hi” and thanks for helping me discern my call to ministry. After we moved to Richmond, I started an inner city ministry(www.embracerichmond.org) and just wrote my first book (www.wendymccaig.com). Would love to reconnect and here more about what you have been up to all these years.

    Blessings, Wendy McCaig

  23. Larry Trover Says:

    This site seems to have archives of Kerry Nelson’s devotionals going back to December 2008. Are older archives available? I am particularly interested in the daily devotionals from August 27-31, 2007.

  24. pastor nouman Says:

    Dear Blessed pastor
    Greetings in mighty name of Jesus Christ.
    We are running king of glory ministries of Pakistan
    Every Friday we have a Healing & Revival meeting
    We want to invite you to come & preach in our meetings.
    We also invite you to have crusade, pastor conferences, women conferences, and children meetings in Pakistan.
    We believe that soon you will come and preach the gospel in Lahore Pakistan and thousand of soul win my your self.
    We invite you to work with us in Pakistan.
    Please accept our Invitation.
    King of Glory Ministries of Pakistan.
    Pastor Nouman Mehboob.
    phone # 00923349942203

  25. Rick Withycombe Says:

    Welcome back, you were missed.

  26. gary Says:

    Good to see you back in action. hope all is well. look forward to hearing an update. gtbrock@gmail.com

  27. Anonymous Says:

    I’ve been reading your devotions for many years. Glad to have found you again! They are always inspired!

  28. Robin Vander Voort Says:

    Hi Kerry! It’s Robin Heskin
    from Concordia! We’re in Houston for Christmas. I googled Lutheran churches to find a Christmas Eve service. You’re church isn’t that far from us. We’re going to try to come to the 5:30 service. Hope to see you!

  29. brittante Says:

    Hello Kerry,
    this is Bremen, Germany. A big, heartfelt THANK YOU for your devotions. Much appreciated 🙂

    • Hawk Says:

      Please make a Diggle Wallpaper in high re!uiotlon!!s!!!!! Also another paid DLC would be more than welcome (1-2-3 DLC i’Ll buy them all! )Also maybe a Android tablet version of Dredmor??? The control could somehow work on a tablet , but I am just dreaming here Keep the good work guys , your company rocks and congrats Ryan Also can we get more Dredmor merch ???

  30. Lynn Bell Armour Says:

    Pastor Kerry,
    I’ve enjoyed your devotions for many years now, and I’m wondering, do you have them archived by Scripture reference? I wanted to view your thoughts on Ecc. 3: 1-8 if you have done a devotion on this reference in the past. Thank you so much!

    Lynn Armour

  31. Sharon Boyd Says:

    Good Morning, Pastor Kerry-
    I just want to express my concern about your absence for the past few weeks. Please know that you are in my prayers and you are missed. I am hoping it is something wrong with my computer and not you. God bless.

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  33. Liss Excell Says:

    Thank you Rev. Kerry for keeping me also in the word. I have moved from the US to Zurich, Switzerland. Finding an english speaking church has proven challenging. Your daily devotions are so important to me.

    The email address is my new address. The old address which you still send devotions to is Lme1excell@hotmail.com.

    How can I get my email address changed?

    Thank you and God Bless You.

    Lisa Excell

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  35. Karen Surgener Says:

    Can not wait to speak with you and everyone! Hope to see you soon:)

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  37. Deborah Bischoff Says:

    I would like to receive your daily devotion

  38. Sharon Ann Lattimer Dozier Says:

    Kerry, somehow I was dropped from your Daily Devotions.. your email, that I had, no longer was good. That is em why I am writing to you here.

    God bless

  39. The Most Significant Thing I Learned in my New Testament Class | Wendy McCaig Says:

    […] I became a Christian after the birth of my first child.  I was given a bible by my first pastor, Rev. Kerry Nelson. A hunger for God developed as I was loved and cared for by the members of Covenant Lutheran Church […]

  40. Dolores McCluskey Says:

    I no longer receive your messages. I really miss them.

  41. Nina Soltwedel Says:

    Sadly, no daily devotions received since January 20, 2017. I pray you are okay. Your daily messages are a vital part of my daily prayer life. I tried re-subscribing, only to be told I am already subscribed.

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