Pastor, Arlington Community Church
Nate was born in the Midwest, grew up in Massachusetts, and has been living in California since 2015. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago and Yale Divinity School, and he previously served UCC churches in Iowa and Redwood City, California.
Nate loves to preach, offer pastoral care, lead discussions and studies, and engage with people of all ages. He is especially excited about the opportunity to work with the people of Arlington Community Church to envision a creative future for ministries of community outreach and creation justice, as reflected in the congregation’s Covenant for Life Together.
Besides parish ministry, Nate’s other calling is writing. He is the author of two books of poetry, and his writing appears in The Nation, The New York Review of Books, and The Best American Poetry 2018. Nate teaches creative writing workshops at the Graduate Theological Union and serves on the board of the Center for the Arts and Religion at the GTU.
Nate is married to Rev. Kit Novotny, an associate minister at First Church Berkeley (UCC). They live in Albany with their young daughter, Zoe May, and their terrier, Increase. They love to eat at the Butcher’s Son deli and praise God for the Ohlone Greenway, where they can often be found jogging, riding bikes, or pushing a stroller.
Rev. Nate’s Contact & Weekly Schedule
Nate loves to visit folks and to get to know them through all the ups and downs of life. Nate can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. In the case of a pastoral emergency, he can be reached at any time on his cell phone at (617) 549-8178. Nate would love to hear how God is moving in your life; please do contact him to set up a visit.
As a ¾ time pastor, Nate will be in the church office on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Mondays and Tuesdays will primarily devoted to his writing and teaching.
Nate will be experimenting with holding office hours at a local coffee shop or pub in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!