Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,
Grace and peace to you this day! First, I would like to thank you for the Call to serve at American Lutheran and in the La Porte City community. I fully trust that the Holy Spirit was active in this transition and discernment process! Second, I am excited to get to know each of you, and I'm sure you're curious who this new pastor may be. With great pleasure, allow me to introduce myself:
My name is Nathan Clements and I am thrilled to serve as your new pastor. My wife, Emily, and I are both originally from northern Illinois. I spent my childhood in Prophetstown, IL, and Emily grew up on a farm near Mt. Morris, IL. Despite growing up near each other, we didn't meet until our college years when we both served as camp counselors at Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center in Oregon, IL. I graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN with a degree in Religion, and Emily graduated from Hope College in Holland, MI with a double major in Political Science and Women's Studies. In 2006, we married and moved to St. Paul, MN where I studied at Luther Seminary and Emily worked for Big Brothers Big Sisters in the Twin Cities. During the 2008-2009 school year, I served as the intern pastor at First Lutheran Church in Fremont, NE and Emily completed a year of master's work in History at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. After graduating from Luther with an M.Div in 2010, I returned to outdoor ministry by serving as the Program Director at Badlands Ministries in Medora, ND. Emily began working with the National Park Service as Museum Technician, Interpretive Ranger, and Air Quality Monitoring Station Operator at Theodore Roosevelt National Park. In 2013, we moved to Northwest Montana where I currently serve as Associate Director at Flathead Lutheran Bible Camp and Emily is an Interpretive Ranger at Glacier National Park.
Along with my passion for ministry, I enjoy fishing, home brewing, biking, hiking with our dog, camping, storm watching and building relationships. I am also a life-long Chicago Cubs fan and enjoy every opportunity to see the Cubs play at Wrigley Field. I have to mention that our dog's name is Wrigley!
After several years in camping ministry and the National Park Service, Emily and I are excited for a new rhythm of ministry and life at American Lutheran and to immerse ourselves in the La Porte City community! I look forward to hearing your stories, experiencing life in a new community, celebrating joys with you, grieving losses with you, and accompanying you in your journeys of faith. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for the opportunity to serve as your pastor. May the Spirit dwell richly in our life and ministry together in Christ's name.
Pastor Nathan Clements