I am Nathan Wilson, the new parish intern. Here are a few facts about me so y’all can get to know me a little better: I am originally from Eagleville, TN. I have three siblings—an older brother and sister as well as a younger sister. I enjoy Star Trek (I am currently re-watching Deep Space 9) and The Lord of the Rings (I recently finished reading Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-Earth). I have been a vegan for the past four years, which began after giving up meat for Lent.
I was raised in the Church of God (Anderson). If you are not familiar with the Church of God, it is sufficient here to say that it is quite different from the Episcopal Church. If you want to know more, ask me. I am happy to talk about it; I love exploring the differences in the various Christian traditions.
I was baptized on March 12, 2000. When I was in Middle School, I first sensed a call to ministry. It happened one Sunday morning as a missionary couple spoke about their work. My sense of calling has as evolved over time. My current sense of call is to the priesthood. Ultimately, I believe that each of us in our calls to various ministries are being called to God and to live deeper in God’s life.
I attended Mid-America Christian University in Oklahoma City for my undergraduate from 2011-2015; I majored in Bible/Theology/Pastoral Care. While at Mid-America, I began my journey to the Episcopal Church. This academic setting created room for me to explore questions about my own spiritual life. My understanding of faith was broadened as I delved deeper into the Tradition of the Church. I found life in the Sacraments and the Liturgy. In 2014, I joined the United Methodist Church, which proved to be a transitional space for me; however, I never quite felt at home there.
I went to Duke University for my Master of Divinity (MDiv). After my first year, I joined the Episcopal Church. I found that the Episcopal has a greater liturgical and sacramental life. It was also important to me to be a part of a community that offered full inclusion of LGBTQ+ persons. On April 15, 2017, I was confirmed at the Easter Vigil. I graduated from Duke last month.
I am excited about my time at St. Michael’s. I look forward to working with you all and getting to know y’all better.