Toby Nelson with orphans Zimbabwe

Toby’s work as a disaster pastor began when he was about a thousand feet away from the World Trade  Center on 9/11. Toby is a chaplain to a federal disaster group that responds to high risk medical events. He was in the Super Dome during the Katrina Hurricane, and the day after the earthquake in Haiti.

He has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and a Master’s and Doctoral degree from San Francisco Theological Seminary. Toby’s forthcoming book, Disaster Pastor: The Power of a Small Light, explores the ethics displayed during disaster situations. Toby has been married to Judy for 47 years and they have one son, Erik.

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  • Pet Go Bag

    February 28, 2020

        Pet Go Bag Checklist A current color photograph of you and your pet together (in case you are separated) Copies of medical records that indicate dates of vaccinations and a list of medications your pet takes and why he or she takes them Proof of identification and ownership, including copies of registration information, […]

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  • Auto Go Bag

    February 28, 2020

    Auto Go Bag Car Go Bag: You never know where you’ll be when a crisis occurs, so keep a box of supplies in the trunk of your car to sustain your family if stranded on the road. Food: dried fruit, snacks, cookies, granola, nuts Mess kit or Paper cups, plates, utensils Bandages, antibiotic ointment, antiseptic, […]

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  • Adult Go Bag

    February 28, 2020

    · Backpack (the type kids take to school. All the items below will fit inside) Bible or favorite book · Gloves, both plastic and work type, cap · Small LED flashlight · Swiss Army type utility tool knife · Blanket (that takes into account winter temperatures, called Space Blanket) · Plastic cover to use for […]

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  • Go Bag

    February 28, 2020

    Help Your Child Prepare a Go-BagBy Rev. Dr. Toby Nelson, Disaster Pastor   Empower your child to survive a disaster by helping him or her to assemble their own personal Go-Bag. Making a Go-Bag will equip them with tools and resources, and boost their confidence to face the future. This concrete action will reduce your […]

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  • One Minute Advice to High School grads

    August 7, 2015

    If words could be tattooed onto a brain then it happened to me on this month five decades ago. A month before graduating from high school I met with the guidance counselor to discuss my college options.  Mr. Sage, not his real name, was the go-to guy.  I knocked on the glass window of his […]

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