Nate was born and raised in Kansas, with a stint in Oklahoma. He is a graduate of Oklahoma Wesleyan University and Nazarene Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Janet, moved to Lawrence, their first and only pastorate, in 1987. They have enjoyed 32 years of marriage together. They are proud of their three girls, Chelsea, who lives with her husband Andrew, in Madison, SD, Jamie,and her husband Jake, Golden, CO, and Kylie who lives in Walhalla, South Carolina.