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Local pastor shares pinto bean creation

The Rev. Darrell Nelson

The Rev. Darrell Nelson and wife Carmen, who is employed by Ennis Regional Medical Center, have been married for 30 years.

They have been in Ennis for seven of those. Nelson is pastor at Faith Assembly of God church located at 1810 W. Baldridge St. in Ennis. Nelson is presently serving as the president of the Ennis Christian Ministers Association and coordinator of the volunteer chaplain ministry at the Ennis Regional Medical Center. Nelson is also president of Impact Ennis, as well as the president of the Ellis County Women’s Resource Center and Pregnancy Center and is also a board member with the Greater Ennis United Way. He is also a part of the Executive team with Mission Ennis: Bridge Builders and has recently been elected as vice president of Community Services, Inc. headquartered in Corsicana as a representative of Ellis County.

In May 2009, Nelson graduated from Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie with a masters degree in divinity. He and his wife enjoy Ennis and have met some really wonderful people and feel very privileged to be able to serve God in this community.

Nelson enjoys gardening and lawn work and likes an occasional hunting opportunity. He walks for exercise and works out at the gym. He is presently looking forward very much to sharing grandparent-hood with his wife, Carmen. Their daughter, Tamara is married and lives with her husband Toby in Ballinger, where Darrell served for several years as pastor before moving to Ennis in December 2003.


Darrell’s Savory Pinto Beans



Pinto beans, about three pounds


black pepper

fresh whole jalapenos, usually two

garlic — usually fresh, about two tablespoons chopped, but powdered can be used as a substitute

one whole, large fresh onion or two medium, chopped



cumin or fresh or dried cilantro

dried cayenne pepper powder



Mix ingredients and cook over low to medium heat to desired tenderness. Darrell usually cooks overnight in slow cooker on low to medium heat.

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