Building a stronger future for Erie
Chuck has been endorsed AFSCME Local 85 and Erie Firefighters at IAFF Local 293. He was the only candidate endorsed by either. While endorsed by a number of our elected officials, he offers that you ask any elected official you know about Chuck's capabilities for the job, endorsed or not.
Chuck Nelson came to downtown Erie to start a new ministry in the 16501 zip code, of any zip code of at least 1000 households, 16501 has the lowest median household income in not just the city, county, or state, but country. The passion was not to serve where there was just opportunity, but an opportunity for the biggest change. The ministry has reached those struggling in Erie and has brought in groups from around the nation to serve our city.
Chuck has been married to his wife Betsy, an ESL teacher, since 2007 and they have two daughters, Lydia ('09) and Sophia ('12). They have an adopted "doodle mutt" named Buddy. They all serve together in different passions. Betsy is the Vice President of Grady's Decision serving families with children in the NICU. She started an annual 5K fundraiser for the charity that has raised tens of thousands of dollars for local families, as well as organizing an annual diaper party. Lydia and Sophia stay busy with various arts and sports activities but always find time to serve those that are struggling. They like to practice their "chef skills" serving dinner on Sunday Nights at the Upper Room of Erie.
Chuck is a graduate of Lindenwood University, has a Masters of Divinity from Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and will soon finish a Doctorate in Missional Leadership from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (where Mr. Rogers went!) with a dissertation focusing on creating community that transcends class and race. In addition to his work in ministry, he has also served as an adjunct professor at Mercyhurst. The church he leads also hosts "Service Trips" in downtown Erie during spring break and summers. These trips provide the Erie community with thousands of hours of blight reduction, feeding those experiencing homelessness, and projects at different non-profits. He sits on the board of the Upper Room, represents the 3rd Ward Second District on the Democratic committee, sits on the advisory committee for Our West Bayfront, leads the Gateway Neighborhood Association, works with a team to lead Porchfest, and assists coaching Erie Reapers wrestling at the MLK Center.
Chuck puts in the work. He has worked to build a family, a career and church. He has worked on his education and training. He has worked hard to build community across various parts of our city. He has worked hard to make his neighborhood welcoming. He has worked to lead others in service and volunteering. He has worked hard to makes sure that those without a voice are given one and represented.
He will work for you in City Hall