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Join us in welcoming Nathanael Thorne!

Dear Church Family,

We are pleased to announce that Nathanael Thorne (Nate) has accepted our invitation to serve as our Pastor of Youth & Young Adult Ministries. Nate will begin serving with us on Monday, June 11, and his first Sunday service when he will be introduced will be June 24.

Nate is a Washington D.C. native and is engaged to be married this August to Krystle Leininger, who currently serves as an Executive Assistant for Eastern Mennonite Missions.

In joining our church staff, Nate will oversee the leadership and development of ministries to youth, their families, and young adults.

Nate earned a Certificate of Pastoral Ministry in May 2018 through a 3-year program at Eastern Mennonite University, and he is currently looking forward to completing a Bachelors in Christian Leadership and Business through Liberty University in Fall 2019.

Over the last seven years, Nate has served as a youth and young adult leader with Capital Christian Fellowship (CCF), and has been serving on their church’s leadership board. Nate’s church, a multicultural congregation, shares many things in common with HBIC. He also brings cross-cultural experience as a short-term missionary and mission mentor through Eastern Mennonite Missions and through serving as a special police officer in the hospitality industry in the Maryland and DC region over the last four years.

In reflecting on these experiences, here is what Nate has to share: “It was during my time serving with EMM that I learned about cross-cultural engagement, including language learning, cultural customs, gospel contextualization, personal discipleship, and God’s Father Heart for all nations. Thus, my cultural sensitivity was increased allowing me to effectively engage in a cross cultural environment at CCF and during my experience as a special police officer in the hospitality industry.”

Nate also shares his heart in this way: “My philosophy of ministry is shaped by 2 Corinthians 5:18-20. Ministry for me means joining God’s ministry of reconciling the world to himself through Christ as I seek to love God with all my heart, mind, and soul, and love others as myself (Matt. 22:37). Ministry is not a personal business in order to elevate one’s own esteem, but it is a task of the church, as co-laborers with Christ, joining together to introduce the world to Jesus in hopes they will be reconciled to God, creation, themselves, and others. Finally, I believe servanthood is the means through which our love for others is expressed.”

We are confident that Nate is an excellent match for the Pastor of Youth and Young Adult Ministries position at our church, and we look forward to how God will use him in leadership in our congregation and local community! Please join us in welcoming Nate to Harrisburg Brethren in Christ Church!

HBIC Church Board & Staff