Monday, September 7, 2009

Roger Nelson: Upcoming Play on John Wesley

MP3 Available Here

You don't want to miss the magnificent theatrical portrayal of the great 18th century revival preacher John Wesley performed by our guest Roger Nelson on Saturday, September 19th, 7PM, at Freedom Chapel International Worship Center in Amityville, Long Island, NY (see details in the display ad at the top of this page). Today we will be discussing this one-man play, and Roger's ministry, "The Friends of John Wesley & Saint Patrick" (see

Roger Nelson is a Staley Distinguished Christian Scholar, whose presentations have enriched over 1,600 audiences in 32 countries. Among many honors and awards, Roger has received the International Christian Visual Media's Crown Award for Best Actor! Roger has performed in many notable places, including the Stratford-Upon-Avon Festival in England, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, the Stratford Festival Theatre in Canada, Carnegie Hall in New York, and Wesley's Chapel in London. Roger is a member of The New York Actors Equity Association. He has appeared off-Broadway, in summer stock, films, and national television commercials. His credits include principal roles in such plays as Butterflies Are Free, Chapter Two, Forty Carats, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, and The Three Sisters. He is a native of Winnetka, Illinois and a graduate of the University of Colorado. Roger holds a Masters Degree from Fairleigh Dickenson University, where he also taught mathematics. For three years he served as a U.S.Army officer. His life's ambition is to make Christ known through the saints of the past!

"Roger Nelson is incredible in giving a wonderful presentation of the life of John Wesley. It is humorous and full of the good news of the Gospel. I can promise you this, there is not a boring moment."
--- Dr. O.S. Hawkins, Former Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Dallas, TX
"A tour de force!"
--- Pat Boone, Singer/Actor

"An intriguing portrait of an extraordinary man!"
--- Los Angeles Times

"Mr. Nelson's subtle portrayal brings out Wesley's character. He avoids the temptation of presenting Wesley as being too good to be true by making the genial gentleman able to laugh at himself."
--- Katy Best, The Stage and Television Today - London, England

"When Roger Nelson is dressed in 18th-century garb, he looks exactly the way Mr. Wesley looked as seen from his portraits. His knowledge of Mr. Wesley is remarkable, and he holds his audience spellbound. I have never seen anything done any better, and I have seen many dramatic presentations, some by some of the best actors in Great Britain and the United States. Really his performance is worth an audition in the White House."
--- The late Bishop William R. Cannon, United Methodist Church

"Roger Nelson's presentation, The Man From Aldersgate, is as fine a means of communicating the reality of Christ's life as we have ever had at our church. I commend his gifted ministry to all."
--- Rev. Jack Hayford, Founding Pastor, Church on the Way, Van Nuys, CA

"When Roger Nelson steps forward and begins his portrayal of the founder of Methodism, he is John Wesley."
--- Carol R. Thiessen, Christianity Today

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