In Memoriam: Long-Time Compassion Radio Host Dr. Norm Nelson

Norm NelsonThe Rev. Dr. Norman Clark Nelson, President Emeritus of Compassion Ventures, Inc., and long-time host of Compassion Radio, went to be with the Lord Monday after a lengthy illness, his organization reported. He was 78. 

“Another warrior is welcomed home,” announced Nelson’s wife, Cher, in a statement written shortly after his passing. “At 9:31 a.m. PDT Monday April 10, 2017, our Savior opened his loving arms and took the Rev. Dr. Norman Clark Nelson from his broken body and tortured mind to be forever in the presence of his Lord. Blessed be the name of the Lord.”

A published author, a contributor to numerous books and publications, and a frequent speaker, Nelson traveled the world, flushing out stories of Christian persecution and suffering. Nelson presented these in-depth reports and unique insights through a lively 26-minute format syndicated daily across the United States. 

Nelson’s pioneering vision moved the ministry beyond the traditionally passive “I talk, you listen” broadcasting formula. Nelson involved listeners in responsible servant outreach to the neediest people in the toughest places on earth.

“From refugee camps to the halls of power, Norm was instrumental in addressing the real suffering of Christians and other persecuted minorities, and bringing tangible relief to war zones and sites of natural disasters, often places other agencies had failed to reach,” Compassion Ventures stated in a press release. “Norm was tenacious and fiercely loyal to those who paid the highest price for serving his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

Alongside his wife, Nelson’s deep commanding baritone was the signature voice of Compassion Radio until late 2016. At that time, declining health prevented Nelson from continuing in his daily ministry responsibilities. 

Last year, with Nelson’s blessing, the Board of Directors appointed Bram Floria as President of Compassion Ventures, Inc., and permanent Host of the Compassion Radio broadcast. Floria’s tenure began in December 2016. Nelson was simultaneously appointed President Emeritus.

Prior to his call to fulltime broadcast ministry alongside his father, Nelson served in the United States Marine Corp, as a College Chaplain, and as a Lead Pastor. He was also a journalist and a U.N.-certified Human Rights Negotiator who traveled to more than 150 countries, including “hot spots” such as Iraq, Iran, North Korea, Afghanistan, Sudan, Pakistan, Kosovo, Bosnia, Lebanon, the Palestinian Territories, Syria, and Colombia. While serving Compassion Radio, Nelson was also a member of NRB’s President’s Council.

A public memorial service is being planned in Southern California with arrangements to be announced soon. The family has asked, in lieu of flowers, that gifts and any remembrances to honor Nelson’s memory and living legacy be given to the continuing ministry of Compassion Radio online at; mailed to Compassion Radio, PO Box 2770, Orange CA 92859; or by phone at 800-868-2478.

By NRB Staff

Published: April 13, 2017


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