Kelly Ann (KA) Nelson

Hilda Mason Teaching Fellow


AA Arts and Humanities, City College of San Francisco
BA Religious Studies, Chico State University

Active Imagination For Chaplains
Type: Intensive, Online, Synchronous
Units: 3


Kelly Ann (KA) Nelson is thrilled to be a Hilda Mason Teaching Fellow. She has a lifelong love of unconventional learning and was able to develop her pedagogy while she was an educator at the Exploratorium Museum. During this formative time, KA built a foundation in inquiry based, experiential, and embodied insight which she subsequently brought as a director with San Francisco Night Ministry and staff chaplain with Marin Health. Notably at SFNM, KA had the privilege of developing a spiritual care curriculum and educating both lay providers as well as CPE students. As a chaplain, KA has been able to feel into the growing edges of this challenging profession, marrying her penchant for Jungian theory with pastoral care.

KA discerned her call to ministry in 2018. Since then she has traversed this path in earnest, returning to school to obtain her AA in Arts and Humanities from City College of San Francisco in 2019, BA in Religious Studies from Chico State University in 2020, and is on track to graduate with her M.Div. as well as receive interfaith ordination from the Chaplaincy Institute in Spring of 2024. In her spare time she can be found with her animal and plant companions, drinking tea, or singing.