Thanks Nate for taking time to be interviewed…
can you tell us a little about yourself?
I am motivated by a strong personal faith in Jesus Christ. I love people. They are important to me. I was raised in a Minister’s home and learned to value others from a very young age. Ministry is people. My parents taught me to show others love, value, and appreciation because God loves them and that’s what his followers should do. I have committed my entire life to helping others and that’s how I plan to live the rest of my life. I’ve worked in church ministry settings, including serving as pastor. I have also served other local area faith-based nonprofits such as Midland’s Open Door and The Salvation Army.
What about your family?
I am married to the love of my life, Jill. We’ve been together for 12 years and married for ten. We have three wonderful children; Tyler (9), Lydia (7), and Ellie (3). Recently, we found out we’re expecting our fourth child this Spring. Our whole family is thrilled!
Where have you put down roots?
I was born in Detroit, MI. Michigan has always been home, but I’ve lived all over the state. My wife and I have chosen to put down roots in Midland, MI, because this community is special to us. It is a truly wonderful place to raise a family and we care about the people of this community.
How many years have you lived in Midland?
I first moved to Midland, MI, in the summer of 2003. I moved to the southwestern, MI, in 2008 before returning to Midland in 2014. In total, I’ve lived in Midland for nine years.
In what ways are you involved in our community?
I have been immersed in the nonprofit community for the last three years. I’ve actively sought help for the impoverished in Midland including, but not limited to, the homeless, single parents, and rehabilitated offenders. Additionally, I am active in my home church Christian Celebration Center.
How do you want to change or improve Midland?
Although I love Midland, I believe there is always room for improvement. I would like to see an increase in awareness of those who presently need assistance, as well as the services provided within our community. Midland has a pocket of affluence, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have struggling neighbors. Understanding that there are those in our community that need help, and being able to point them in the direction of that help, will help our entire community thrive.
What are your dreams?
My dreams include increasing my ability to positively influence others. I have pursued this dream through means of education. For the last three years, I have worked and gone back to school full time. Currently, I am pursuing a master’s degree in Administrative Leadership from Central Michigan University and plan to graduate in December of 2019. I also seek to influence others by investing in others.
What are you passionate about?
It’s my faith in Jesus that gives me the passion. I subscribe to his ways and his teachings. That means I’m passionate about loving the Lord God with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength, and loving others. My relationship with God comes first, my wife second, and my family third. I’m passionate that every single person on this earth hears the good news of Jesus Christ.
What breaks your heart?
It breaks my heart when people are mistreated or victims of injustice. It breaks my heart when others are hurting, feel alone, without help and without hope.
How have the winds of life made you stronger?
I have experienced ups and downs as most people have; however, my faith has helped me to persevere during difficult times and I have seen God’s faithfulness prevail. Furthermore, I’ve seen God work in the lives of others, even in the most difficult circumstances, and my faith has been strengthened.
Will you share more of your faith story with us?
As a pastor’s kid, I had the privilege of serving alongside my parents in the ministry. Don’t get me wrong -- it was difficult. There were times when I wish I didn’t I have to be the “preacher’s kid,” but I was able to watch my parents love God and love other people in a genuine way that had a real impact on their lives. As a youth, I was given the opportunity to choose my own path. When presented with new freedoms and the ability to choose, I chose to serve the same God that was present in my home growing up. I am thankful to have made that choice at a young age and am fully blessed as a result.
Finally, do you have a favorite quote or Scripture you could leave us with?
Romans 8:38 & 39
38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Thank you so much for sharing your story, we feel honored and encouraged!