Dr. Bettye Ransom Nelson

God's Anointed Songbird!!




Psalmist, muscian, teacher, counselor, worshipper, and humanatarium are but a few words that best describe this dynamic woman of God who sings and ministers under the anointing and authority of the Holy Ghost.  A native of Houston, TX born one of six children. Staying true to Proverbs 22:6 "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it". Dr. Nelson began receiving her musical training at the tender age of 5 yrs. Her hands were blessed as well as her voice. Starting out at the Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church and then on to the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church under the pastorate of  Rev. A. McCardell. By the age of 12 yrs., little Miss Bettye Ransom carried out responsibilities as the church musician and choir director of the “The Little Folks Choir” and then the main sanctuary Mass Choir.  

Dr. Nelson received a distinguished education with extensive training in music.  By the age of 13yrs, she studied music with Ms. Ruth Stewart at the Texas Southern University Music Dept. and before graduating from High School,  Bettye starred in the musical production ‘Madame Butterfly’.  Around this time, she was afforded the opportunity to sing with the late dynamic Rev. C.L. Franklin and his now famous legendary daughter, ‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin.  As favor continued, Bettye was then able to travel and serve in the ministry for 2 years with gospel greats, Dorothy Norwood and the Rev. James Cleveland. This all served to enhance and strengthen her dedication of service to the Kingdom of God. Due to her commitment to please God and holy Christian character, she was entreated and trained by the legendary Dr. Mattie Moss Clark and subsequently became an ongoing celebrated soloist, recording artist, musician and assistant director for Dr. Clark.  During this era, her husband BishopA.C. Nelson, Dr. Clark and the ‘Wings Over Texas Choir’ produced her very first recording project.  

Through the years, Dr. Nelson has also served along side the likes of Professor Iris Stevenson, LuVonia Whitley, Evangelist Dorinda Clark-Cole, Elbernita “Twinkie” Clark, and famed worship leader, Dr. Judith McCallister (Intl. COGIC Music Dept. President). Having an agape love for children, Dr. Nelson established the very first children and teen choirs for the National COGIC Music Dept.’s UNAC convention.

Dr. Nelson is a seasoned veteran of the gospel music industry. She is called upon to share her musical giftings as music director, choral arranger, choir workshop clinician, musician and featured psalmist for various conferences, convocations and conventions. This woman of God is currently serving as President of the International Women's Choir of the Church of God In Christ. Also, she serves as the annual facilitator of the AIMS Convention's "Singing Under the Anointing" formerly known as the UNAC "Singer's Forum".

Dr. Nelson is no stranger to life's trials. Having been diagnosed as a "severe chronic asthmatic", and suffering from a malfunctioning lung - she is a documented medical miracle. Medical doctors declared that her respiritory condition would render her singing ability impossible. Defying the odds, Dr. Nelson yet displays the miracle working power of Jesus Christ through her anointed song stylings that have a 5 octave range power! A survivor of a potentially fatal car crash in which she sustained life threatning injuries - a broken collar bone, torn facial and neck tissues - BUT GOD!

Dr. Bettye Ransom Nelson, is a devoted mother of six children, a doting grandmother and for 40 years, the wife of Bishop A.C. Nelson, Founder of Nelson Memorial Pentecostal Church of God In Christ (currently Jericho City COGIC pastored by son Supt. Brian R. Nelson). Dr. Bettye Ransom Nelson has literally lived the songs that she sings about. Her anointing has come through much pain and suffering, but most of all VICTORY!! In the 80's Dr. Nelson recorded a production entitled "My Heart Belongs To You".  In 2000 Dr. Nelson recorded the CD - "Kingdoms Of My Heart" and collaborated with Shawn McLemore and the late Rev. Timothy Wright. She has been featured on several gospel recording projects throughout the country such as the International Church of God In Christ's recordings and with the preaching extradonaire - Bishop T.D. Jakes of the Potter's House Church's - Woman Thou Art Loosed music recording project.  We invite you to experience the message behind the messenger. She says to the world, "Be sure that your life is rooted and grounded in the Word of God-applying the Word of God and learning to hear from God. If you'll be humble, God will take you wherever you're trying to go, not in self, but in Him." Proven to be named among the greatest psalmists' and one of the BEST female organist/keyboardist this side of Heaven! Dr. Nelson has taught music and voice for well over 30 years, inspiring  and influencing the young and the old alike. Dr. Nelson still serves the COGIC faithfully and has done so for over 40yrs. Currently, serving as  the International Music Coordinator for the Women’s  Dept. under the leadership of Mother Willie Mae Rivers.  “Follow me as I follow Christ” is her heartfelt statement. Yet continuing on in the service of the Lord, ever writing children’s songs and etc.  May God continue to bless and use Dr. Bettye Ransom Nelson.