Our Team

There's a lot going on at Park Church and we're grateful for each part of our team. It takes all of us, along with many volunteers, to do God's ministry here! 

Our Pastors

Rev. Bethany Nelson


Rev. Luke Nelson


Pastors Luke & Pastor Bethany were appointed to Park Church in 2019. They have served several congregations, individually and together, around Minnesota  - but are delighted to be making their home now in Brainerd. They both attended Hamline University for their undergraduate degrees. Pastor Bethany received her MDiv from Luther Seminary in St Paul, MN; while Pastor Luke received his MDiv from Claremont School of Theology in Claremont, CA. 

When not at church, you're likely to find them with their three young boys at a playground, coffee shop, or gym.  They would love to meet you for coffee -- reach out to set something up!

We'd love to hear from you:

Park United Methodist Church

315 North Sixth Street, Brainerd, Minnesota 56401


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Sunday Worship

@ 10:30 am

Due to COVID-19, we will be gathering online only for worship. Our live stream can be found on our Facebook page, Sundays at 10:30 a.m. In the meantime, click on the "Church @ Home" tab for ways to worship!


When our community returns to in-person worship, you can expect  coffee and conversation prior to worship. We also encourage families to worship together, and offer a staffed Nursery and Children's Church.


Office Hours

The office is currently closed. We are still reachable via email and by leaving a message on our phone. 

Monday - Thursday

8 am - 2 pm


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315 N 6th St

Brainerd, Mn

*across from Gregory Park

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