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Reverend W. Clayton Nielsen Receives Grand View Danish Heritage Preservation Award


Reverend W. Clayton Nielsen was honored with the Danish Heritage Preservation Award at the President's Club Dinner held on Friday, September 30, 2011. This award was given to Nielsen for his life-long accomplishments in supporting and uplifting Danish heritage.

Warren Clayton Nielsen was born May 14, 1923, and raised in Lake Benton, Minn. He received his Associate’s in Arts degree from Grand View Junior College in 1942 and went on to obtain his Bachelor’s Degree from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. In 1944. He later returned and graduated from Grand View Seminary in 1947. Several years after, he completed his post graduate study at Garrett Theological Seminary and Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago in 1980. Nielsen married his wife, Ydun Virginia Jensen ’42, June 27, 1947; she passed away in 2006. Together they have three children, Warren, Lance and Melanie, seven grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. Nielsen served many parishes during his career, including Denmark Community Evangelical Lutheran Church, and Bethany Lutheran Church. He served on the executive board of the Nebraska Synod, LCA, the Evangelism Commission, and various other positions with the AELC. Nielsen has also led folk dance groups in Denmark, Kansas, Wisconsin, and Nebraska, as well as directed folk dances at the Farstrup-Mortensen Lecture Series in Solvang, Calif., for 20 years.

At the core of Grand View’s mission is a commitment to developing the whole person, for successful careers and responsible citizenship. This commitment derives from the philosophic and theological seeds planted by our Danish founders which have struck good root over the past 115 years.