Rev. Nathan Wright is the current Minister at Queens Avenue United Church.
Rev. Nathan originally came to Queens Avenue United Church in 2010 after serving as the United Church of Canada Campus Minister at UBC and served as Minister here until 2012. As of August 2014, Nathan is happy to have returned to Queens Avenue as its Minister once again. He loves leading the congregation in worship, singing with the choir, and engaging in conversation with members and visitors alike. He has a passion for teaching about the Bible and exploring what it meant to those who originally heard it and what it says to us today. His preaching seeks to engage the ancient Biblical texts and make them relevant to 21st Century life.
Nathan has a diverse background and brings experience in both secular and religious employment to his pastoral role. “Dual” is a word that he would use to describe his life: dual citizen (Canadian/American), dual clergy membership (United Church of Canada/United Church of Christ (USA)), dual language (fluent in Spanish and English), and dual employment (full-time secular employment and part-time minister). His academic studies have embraced both sides of his personality and include:
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) – Behavioural Science (Wilmington University); Master of Divinity (Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg); 15 credits toward a Master of Science in Education – College Student Services Administration; Graduate Diploma in Theological Studies – Church History (Vancouver School of Theology); Project Management Fundamentals Certificate.
While in seminary, Nathan completed his Clinical Pastoral Education at a level 1 trauma centre in Wilmington, Delaware, and was assigned to the trauma and trauma step-down units. He served a 12-month internship at a 3-point pastoral charge in the Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina. After his return to North America, he had a 10-month appointment as Student Pastor of a rural congregation in West Virginia. After graduating from seminary, Nathan worked for the State University of New York and was later ordained as Pastor and Teacher by the United Church of Christ (USA) after receiving a call to serve as Associate Pastor of First Congregational Church, UCC, in Albany, NY. This call was to a dual role: Associate Pastor of First Congregational Church and Interim Pastor of the Community Congregational Church of Clinton Heights in Rensselaer, NY. Nathan served these congregations until moving to BC with his family in 2008.
Nathan and his family make their home in New Westminster, within walking distance of Queens Avenue United Church, and love the community and neighbourhood.