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Evangelist Missionary Janis NelsonEvangelist Missionary Janis Nelson

Janis Nelson is the Founder and Chairwoman of Disciples in Israel, a Nonprofit Religious Corporation that produces thematic events and/or productions in Israel that teach the Judeo-Christian scriptures.

Janis is a licensed Evangelist Missionary with the Church of God in Christ, Inc. (“COGIC”) and a 12-year member of West Angeles Church of God in Christ where she graduated from the Practical School of Christian Living; and is certificated as a Disciple and Sunday School Teacher. Janis was a participant in the 2016 and 2017 COGIC Israel Mission tours and currently serves as a volunteer Evangelist Missionary in West Angeles’ Convalescent and Prison Outreach Ministries.

Janis is a student in the Master of Theology program at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre from the University of Detroit and is a member of Actors Equity (“AEA”) and SAG-AFTRA (“Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists”). Janis has performed in numerous national touring stage plays, musicals, and dance recitals including Your Arms Too Short To Box with God, the Greek classic Medea, A Raisin in the Sun, The Nutcracker Ballet (at the famed Detroit Music Hall Center), Don’t Bother me I Can’t Cope in Washington, D.C. in commemoration of the Harriet Tubman Stamp, and The River Niger to name a few.

Janis’ television credits include the ABC drama Scandal, CBS’s NCIS New Orleans, JAG, the groundbreaking African-American soap opera Generations, and the NBC soap opera Santa Barbara.

In addition, Janis has appeared in the motion pictures War of the Worlds, Daniel, and Hanging Up among others.

Janis has served in numerous volunteer roles in her local community including Women in Theatre (Board Member), The African-American Museum - History Council (Publicity Committee Member), Theatre LA (Member), and The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (“NAACP”) Image Awards (Motion Picture Committee Member).