We’re living in a day where superlative descriptive, and clinches from the mouths of men have attempted to impede, and even nullify the identity of God’s chosen. There is yet a remnant who have refused to accept the accolades of men alone as a substitute to the authentic, valid, and legitimate call of God. This call---which can only be birthed through consistent times of consecration, a life yielded to the Lord, and where compromise isn’t permitted to invade. Charrisse Nelson-McIntosh possesses all of the aforementioned, and is indeed a part of this remnant as well as a standard bearer for what it means to exemplify integrity in ministry.
A multi-faceted ministry gift to the body of Christ, Charrisse is both a minstrel as well as a nationally sought-after evangelist. Her passion and conviction for the gospel is evident in each note and word she sings, and release as one of God’s choice oracles.
Born and reared in Washington, DC by her parents, Paul N. Nelson & Jacqueline D. Nelson, who are both preachers of the gospel, Charrisse’s unique gifting initially began to be nurtured as a member of the Nelson Family Singers, where she ministered along side her mother, elder sister, and brother. This ministry experience would later prove to have only been training ground that would later afford Charrisse opportunities that she never imagined.
In October 1995, Charrisse would be one of twenty-two persons selected by the maestro himself, Richard Smallwood, to create the Stellar Award winning/Grammy nominated choral ensemble “Vision.”
On their debut recording “Adoration: Live in Atlanta,” recorded in 1996, Charrisse was the featured lead vocalist on the uplifting composition “Thank You.” The impromptu adlibs were the free flowing expression of Charrisse’s heart, and caused this classic masterpiece, penned by Smallwood, to become a standard among church choirs across the country and even abroad. “Thank You” provided yet another platform for Charrisse’s distinctive, and passionate vocal expression to be heard by the world. Charrisse recalls while ministering “Thank You” in Italy, in a forum where the language barrier was vast. “At the end of this ministry assignment a woman who spoke little English sought me out," Charrisse recalls. “While holding my hand tightly, the woman verbalized, 'I too love Jesus.' “It was then that I realized what my heart had known all along: “that the love of God transcends all cultural, and language barriers”. Charrisse has also been featured on the Stellar Award-winning project “Healing: Live in Detroit” and Grammy-nominated “Persuaded: Live in DC,” singing the heart-stirring, classic "Psalm 8."
Charrisse’s grace gifting has allowed her the opportunity to travel extensively, these United States and abroad (The Virgin Islands, West Indies as well as Western, Central, & Southern Europe) ministering/witnessing to believers and non-believers alike of the grace, mercies, and everlasting love of God, as well the importance of a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.
In addition to rendering praises to God as a minstrel and psalmist, Charrisse has been preaching the gospel since 1996. She’s currently submitted under the apostolic covering of Bishop H. Eugene Bellinger (Presiding Prelate of the Cathedral of the Covenant Ministries) in Columbus, Ohio where she was ordained Elder on October 15, 2005. Understanding the importance of balance in the life of the believer, Charrisse hasn’t only submitted herself spiritually, but is a disciplined professional student having received her Bachelors of Social Work from North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina, and will be entering the masters program in this same area of concentration this fall at Howard University in Washington, DC.
Charrisse owes everything to the Lord Jesus for her life, and is determined to get the gospel out through song and the preached word in an ongoing mission to compel the lost to Christ. She’s often quoted saying, “study the word of God daily, for it is the Word that will keep you.”