It is the intention of Bishop Bruce Ough to assign Nathaniel (Nate) Larson full-time as a qualified lay-person to Rosemount United Methodist Church for the Farmington/Empire Outreach Effort (River Valley District), from pastoral service with another Christian denomination, effective June 15, 2014.
Acting on behalf of the congregation, the Staff Parish Relations Committee has unanimously confirmed the Bishop’s intention. Each church member’s supportive prayers and acts of kindness during the transition period will be greatly appreciated by all of the involved persons.
- Nate is coming to us from Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He holds a BS degree from Sioux Falls University, and a Master of Divinity degree from Sioux Falls Seminary.
- Nate has experience in several congregations, including an Associate Pastor position in a new church plant in Sioux Falls
- Served as a Chaplain Resident, Sioux Falls Veterans Affairs Medical Center
- Currently serves as an Associate Pastor with responsibilities in adult discipleship, small groups and pastoral care
- Experience in youth ministry, summer camps, mission trips, etc.
- Enjoys preaching, teaching and developing new leaders
Nate is married to Brittany Larson. They are expecting their first baby fall 2014. Brittany is an Occupational Therapist and works in a clinic for children.
The Staff Parish Relations Committee interviewed Nate and found him to be warm and engaging, with a deep passion for making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
The Farmington/Empire outreach is being funded through a five-year grant through the Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist. In addition to the grant, Nate will be receiving coaching with a coach who has a background in multi-site expansion/new faith community formation.
On March 2, 2014 Bishop Bruce Ough preached at our church and challenged us to begin this new outreach. Farmington and Empire have been areas of rapid population growth, with much growth still to come. Rosemount UMC will serve as the main campus, with a new worshipping community being brought to the Farmington/Empire area. Now that the minister has been identified, a ministry plan will begin to be developed with the hope of launching a public worship experience sometime in the fall of 2015.
Please pray for Nate and for Brittany as they make the transition to Minnesota. Pray for our congregation that we will boldly follow where the Holy Spirit leads. Most importantly, please pray for the residents of Farmington/Empire who do not have a church home, that through this new effort men and women, boys and girls, will come to know and experience the love and grace of God in Jesus Christ!
In Christ’s Service, The Rosemount UMC Staff Parish Relations Committee;
Dave Zimmer, Jeff Hegna, Ray Lockhart, Elizabeth Larsen, Tammy Brollier, Hallie Goetzke, Ryan Riley, Kerri Hall, Carol O’Neill, Tami Luckhardt, Pastor Paul Baudhuin and Pastor Karen Bruins
Matthew 28:19- Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit