Pastor Nathan has been serving Gethsemane as Senior Pastor since August 1, 1996.  His service ends on August 31, 2018.  Prior to his service with us, he served congregations in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  Pastor Nathan serves the congregation through his spiritual gifts of preaching, teaching, and administration.

His educational background includes:
Doctor of Ministry, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN, 1999
Master of Divinity, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 1985
Bachelor of Arts, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN, 1981
Diploma, Albert Lea Senior High School, Albert Lea, MN, 1977

Other church leadership positions since 1996 have included:  synod visioning team, synod council, reference council and memorial committee, TEC spiritual director, Community Life Team, conference dean, and elections committee.

Pastor Nathan strives to serve the community in a number of ways:
Virginia Area Ministerial Association, 1996-present
Virginia Rotary Club, 1999-present
Instructor in Ethics, Philosophy, and World Religions, Mesabi Range Community College, 2000-present
Board of Directors, Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency, 2008-present
Past community service has included:  police chaplaincy, Thrivent Financial chapter board, and Habitat for Humanity.

Pastor Nathan is married to RitaRae, and they have three adult children:  Noah, Hannah, and Isaac; and one granddaughter, Cora.  Hobbies include:  curling, antiquing, home improvement projects, walking dogs, golf, reading, and cheering on the Minnesota sports teams.

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