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REV. KENNETH NELSONRecipient, "2013 Outstanding Advocate for Cultural & Historical Education"The Native American Indian Alliance Historical Society recently named Rev. Kenneth Nelson as a recipient of a 2013 OUTSTANDING ADVOCATE FOR CULTURAL & HISTORICAL EDUCATION AWARD. Rev. Nelson will be honored on Wednesday, April 24th at The Woodlands Mansion, Woodbury, N.Y., for his outstanding contributions toward the advancement of multi-culturalism and historical education.Please help support Reverend Nelson in his goal to raise a minimum of $1,000 for this important fundraiser.Proceeds support the Native American Indian Alliance Historical Society's important programs and services!Rev. Kenneth Nelson, was born July 24, 1934 to the late Harry Nelson and Eunice Bess Nelson. He is the youngest of 15 children. He is a native of Riverhead, Long Island, New York. His ancestry goes back to the Montauk Indians on Long Island. He is a descendant of the Cuffee family, Native Americans, who founded the St. David A.M.E. Zion Church of Sag Harbor in 1840. Currently he is a member of the Montaukett Tribe of Long Island. He was elected by the tribe to serve as a Chief /Trustee of the Tribe.He attended the Riverhead Public Schools and graduated High School in June of 1953. In 1955 he received his Local Preacher’s License from Presiding Elder Finley. He attended Livingstone College, Salisbury, NC in 1957. He holds an Associate Degree in Applied Science, from Suffolk County Community College and a Bachelor of Arts, from St. Joseph College, Patchogue NY. He was admitted to the New York Annual Conference in June 1958. After the completion of his Conference Studies and the committee on Holy Orders, he was elected to the Office of Deacon and ordained by the late Bishop W.J. Walls, at the Annual Conference in 1962. At the Annual Conference held in 1964, he was elected an Elder and ordained by the late Bishop H.B. Shaw.In October of 1959, he was commissioned by Bishop W.J. Walls to establish a church in the community of Lakeview, West Hempstead, New York. During that time, the congregation purchased property at 34 Rhodes Lane and established the Lakeview A.M.E. Zion Church. Since that time the congregation merged with St. Matthew A.M.E. Zion Church and now known as St. Mathew A.M.E. Zion church. Following his pastorate at Lakeview, he went on to pastor the following churches; St. David A.M.E. Zion Church, Sag Harbor, NY, Grace A.M.E. Zion Church, Patchogue, NY, Goodwill A.M.E. Zion Church, Riverhead, NY. In June of 1981 he was appointed pastor of the Hood A.M.E. Zion Church of Oyster Bay, NY. He is now into his 32ND year with this congregation.Rev. Nelson retired from the New York State Department of Labor, as an Employer Service Representative. He was with this department for over 20 years. In the past he has held positions as an Adjunct Instructor, Suffolk County Community College. He has worked in the Probation Department of the New York State Family Court as well as a case aid in the Criminal Division of the Suffolk County Department of Probation. For the Suffolk County Sheriff Department, he was a Corrections Officer in the County Jail in Riverhead. Learning the printing trade in high school, he work as head of the General Services Department of the Ocean Science Laboratory in Montauk, NY, printing all of their Technical Reports. Many years ago he organized and started a Community action Center in Riverhead and served as its director.His involvement in the community and surrounding areas are: Past President of the Inter-religious council for Human Needs of Oyster Bay and vicinity. He has served as Past President of the Long Island Council of Churches and the present time serves as one of members of the Board of Governors. He has served on the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross. At the present time he serves on the Board of Trustees of the Oyster Bay Historical Society and the Board of Directors of the Double Day-Babcock Senior Center of Oyster Bay. He is a Past Lt. Governor of the Long North Division of the New York District of Kiwanis International. He has served as the District Chairman of the Young Children Priority One Committee, an currently serves as Chairman of Human & Spiritual Values both statewide offices with a link to Kiwanis International.Rev. Nelson, enjoys singing and has given many concerts on Long Island. He has performed with the North Fork Community Theater, in their productions of “Finian’s Rainbow”, “Carnival”, and “Calamity Jane”. With the Spindrift Players, he performed in, “The Fools of Gotham”, and “Little Mary Sunshine”. The 2013 ADVOCATES FOR CULTURAL & HISTORICAL EDUCATION AWARDS takes place on Wednesday, April 24, 2014, 6pm to 8pm, at The Woodlands Mansion, Woodbury. N.Y.. To register or for more information, call Tracey Gittere at (516) 222-0550 or TGittere@LegendaryEvents.net
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