At 20 years old God moved me to Scotland. I thought it was for 6 months of university study, He had other plans.
- 11 years in Edinburgh
- 9 Years of full-time ministry
- 14 homes
- 1 Master of Arts in Divinity – Edinburgh University
- 1 Certificate of Missions in an Urbanizing World – Aberdeen University
- 7 Visas
- Over 150 sermons preached
- Many leaders, equipped and full of faith
- 1 wife – Ailsa
- 2 children – Anders & Eden
- 2 congregations started
And we’re just getting started!
It was hard to see the plan of God as I suddenly moved to Scotland after my second attempt to study at UNC-CH fell through. I continually questioned God while studying at the hard-hitting academic powerhouse of The University of Edinburgh. It did not make sense when He called, and honestly compelled me, to be the lead pastor of what I was convinced was a deeply struggling church plant. Attendance was dipping yet I felt called to this church.
Through the adversity and questioning, God has made something beautiful. He brought life into our church, healed my heart from hurts, and created in me a man ready to follow and believe God for great things, no matter the cost. We now have a self-sustaining, Scottish led, established Church in the heart of Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh, reaching its universities and professionals.
Looking back, this was exactly the training Ailsa and I needed for our next step. This world-class post-Christian city has been our proving ground.
Now God is calling us to step into a new context and what we hope to be our life calling and mission: New York City.
“For the past 11 years, Nathan has faithfully served the Lord on the mission fields of Europe with much fruit to show. He has consistently grown to take new steps of leadership, both in Edinburgh and also as part of our Europe Campus Team labouring to advance campus ministry across the region. His ministry style is fresh and infectious, and I am watching with eager anticipation to see all God will do through his and Ailsa’s lives and ministry as they move into this exciting next season in NYC.”Wolfgang Eckleben – Senior pastor Every Nation London & Every Nation Europe Regional Director