Nelson was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. of Puerto Rican parents, his mother, a woman of God, went to church. Nelson did not, as a result, Nelson decided to turn to drugs and gangs. In 1980, on a cold December night as Nelson felt Jesus knocking on the door of his heart, he came to realization that he was willing to change and give his life to the Lord, and that he did.
In 1981, Nelson got married to a Native Californian, Sandra Munoz and they have been married for thirty-two years. They have three wonderful daughters Jennifer, Gina and Stacy, and also have two son-in-laws, Skyy Grant and Jovan Flores, four grandchildren: Jeremiah Grant, Hannah Grant, Brooklyn Flores and Bella Rae Flores.