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I was born and raised in Texas, and when I was seven years old I prayed that Christ would save me from my sin. It took some time for that reality to work itself out into all of my life, and even though I am far from perfect I am fully alive in Christ. I was dead in sin, and now I live in the newness of life with Jesus.

After I graduated from high school in 2002 I moved to College Station, Texas to attend Texas A&M University. God called me into ministry as a sophomore at A&M, and I responded by laying down my wants and dreams to pursue what he had for me. In dying to myself I’ve found more joy, freedom, fulfillment, and peace than I would’ve ever had if left to my own devices. Declaring death to life was the most life-changing thing I’ve ever done.

After I graduated in 2006, God led me to Fort Worth, Texas to attend seminary. While at seminary God gave me a burden to teach the Scriptures well, to communicate the gospel in every aspect of life, and to love and serve those whom God would call me to. I began attending CityView Church in the summer of 2006 and served there as an intern, completed an 18-month pastoral development process, and was eventually installed as the Pastor for Spiritual Formation in September 2009.

I met some dear friends while in Fort Worth, and as we prayed about where God would lead us in ministry together he gave us a heart for the people and culture of Springfield, Missouri. I graduated from Southwestern in May 2010 with a Master of Divinity and moved to Springfield in July. I believe that God has called me to help plant a gosel-centered, Bible-preaching, Jesus-glorifying church in the Springfield area. My calling, passion, and desire is to help others move from death into eternal life by declaring death to this earthly life just as God has done with me.

I like hot black coffee, deep theology, dry humor, learning about history, reading (especially the Bible), hunting, fishing, west Texas sunsets, cold weather, snow-capped mountains, leading men, and my red heeler Jack. My favorite authors are: John Piper, Mark Driscoll, C.S. Lewis, R.C. Sproul, John Owen, Jonathan Edwards, C.H. Spurgeon, and Mark Twain.

I’ve been called a son, a brother, a proud uncle, a teacher, student, a pastor, a leader, a sinner, and a Christ-follower. My name is Nathan. Feel free to call me whatever you like.

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  1. alicia hanks - whitney's mom permalink
    November 20, 2010 7:35 am

    Sure do miss you. I hope all is well. Shelby says hello….

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