Nate grew up in a large family and began his musical journey at a young age. His love for music started from humble beginnings when he learned to play mandolin in his family’s bluegrass band – The Olive Shoot String Band. In 2005, Nate began leading worship at Fresh Start Church (Kalamazoo) at the age of 16, and has continued to lead worship in several capacities ever since. Nate is a graduate of Grand Valley State University earning a degree in economics. In addition to his ministry work, Nate works full time at Mercantile Bank of Michigan.
Nate and his wife Laura were married in October of 2015. They met doing one of their very favorite things, leading worship at the Kalamazoo House of Prayer – a local ministry devoted to prayer and intercession for the Kalamazoo area. Laura also has a rich history of family and ministry in the church. In December or 2018, Nate was led by the Holy Spirit to join the staff of The Living Well Church as its worship director. Laura and Nate have two children – Asa and Hope. They all enjoy spending time with their families, playing in the outdoors, sharing a bite of sushi, hitting some golf balls, cuddling up to watch a movie, and of course, sharing the joy of music together.