For your safety, Pioneer Memorial Church offices are now closed until further notice. Pastors and staff continue to work remotely to serve your needs. Read more regarding the COVID-19 Pioneer response here.

Monday, March 23, 2020 - 21:26



Dwight K. Nelson

Since 1983, Dwight Nelson has served as lead pastor of the Pioneer Memorial Church on the campus of Andrews University. He preaches on the “New Perceptions” telecast, teaches at the theological seminary and has written some books, including The Chosen. He and his wife, Karen, are blessed with two married children and 2 granddaughters.

Can a marriage survive an affair? Can trust violated ever be restored? Here's a 10-point prescription for mending a broken heart and a broken marriage.
Saturday, November 18, 2000

More In This Series

God gave His shining ideal for marriage in Eden. But wonder of wonders, the subsequent story in Genesis tells of one dysfunctional family after another. Good news; God has an entire history of experience working with families more dysfunctional than our own.
Seldom do they really "live happily ever after." Even the family Jesus grew up in didn't. But God has made provision for unfulfilled expectations.
Modern motto of the young: "Sex without strings, relationships without rings." But it's not only moderns who've encountered its lure and its pain. Study two biblical characters: one who fell for it, one who didn't.
The wound is secret because for too many it is simply too painful to disclose. What if the church were a safe haven, a place where wounds were healed? (Homosexuality and the church's response)
"The Ugly Secret" doesn't have to remain ugly for life. God cries with victims and lives with them. Calvary enfolds "the Ugly Secret" in a healing embrace. (Childhood sexual abuse)
When does our identity in God begin? When does God's future become a promise for a potential child? Focus on the incredible hope this truth presents to every young woman . . . and man. (Abortion)
Wherever human choice is involved, there are no absolute guarantees. But here are seven principles of choosing and marrying the right one.
Pastor and Mrs. Nelson share five secrets for making a marriage so irresistible that neither partner wants to look elsewhere for fulfillment.
Does God reserve the abundant, fulfilled life for married people only? Is singlehood a catastrophe or a spiritual gift? Lessons from God's honor roll of singles.
When God chose a stepfather for His Son, what did he look for? Stepfathers, listen up.
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The (Virtual) Tent

The Junior High students from Ruth Murdoch would like to invite you to join us for our "Virtual Tent" meetings. They began on Friday, May 22 and continue through June 2. Meetings are held at 7:00 PM each night, except Saturdays. Please come and support our kids and invite a friend or family member to watch so they can get to know Jesus better.

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FLAG Camp Update

We are saddened to inform you that due to COVID-19 FLAG Camp will be canceled this summer. Thank you to each who has applied to be on staff. Please apply again next year for the summer of 2021. We will be working to make next summer a great and safe experience!

COVID-19 Updates

For your safety, Pioneer Memorial Church offices are now closed until further notice. Pastors and staff continue to work remotely to serve your needs.

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University Medical Center Open

University Medical Specialties is currently accepting patients who have both critical care and other medical needs.

GC 100 Days of Prayer Commence

This week I learned of our world church headquarters appeal for prayer throughout the global Seventh-day Adventist family. Originally timed to end during the recently-postponed General Conference session in Indianapolis, our church leaders are calling us to now focus 100 days of praying (March 27-July 4) on behalf of the global coronavirus pandemic. There could hardly be a more urgent need for earnest praying! 

A pastor friend of mine, Jim Moon, pointed out a two-verse juxtaposition I'd not noticed before: "When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a pestilence among My people, if My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land" (2 Chronicles 7:13-14). While everyone knows the beloved prayer call in v 14, few of us connect it with the preceding divine action in v 13. "A pestilence among My people" certainly could represent a global pandemic like the coronavirus COVID-19. While Satan is the originator of destructive calamities, what more faith-appropriate response is our collective prayers to the One who can deliver this nation, this world, these people, from the grips of pestilence.

So let's join together in humbling ourselves before God and praying and seeking His face—that our world might be saved and our faith community might yet be mobilized to share the glad tidings of Jesus' soon return. 

- Pastor Dwight

Love on the Move

Over the summer and fall of 2019 Pioneer underwent significant physical renovation—including a new roof and a major Sanctuary makeover. During the same time congregation leaders engaged in multiple conversations about our missional renovation—how does a faith community like Pioneer seriously engage and impact the people around us for Christ? From this dialogue emerged a fresh new expression of our Pioneer mission: "Love on the Move."

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Steps to Christ Reading Guide

You're invited to take a 13-week journey through the short classic Steps to Christ. Each week read a chapter, then write down your personal reflections in the accompanied reading guide.

Steps to Christ Reading Guide