about

Rev. Nate Melcher at Preachers Grove in Itasca State Park just north of Park Rapids, MN.

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My Mission: 

My mission is to bring people and ideas together, share strategic energy, and press the play button. I’m a connector, a method seeker, and an energy builder. My vision is that all may find their method in the life mosaic. All of this, I seek to do with the creative energy of God, the missional heart of Jesus, and fueled by the Holy Spirit.

My Location:

I am a cisgender male, middle class, early 40s, able-bodied, progressive, Christian, straight, white with mixed heritage, natural-born citizen of the United States, and I use he/him/his pronouns. This is the place from which I read, write, think, pray, act, and wonder. I invite you to tell me about you so we can engage in the healthy ways.

My Identity:

I’m a husband, father, and United Methodist pastor in Minneapolis, MN. I go on adventures with my wife, make up songs and dances with our daughters, write in the morning, read audio books in the car, play the ukulele ‘round the campfire, try new recipes with the Instant Pot, save the universe on PlayStation and Oculus Quest, go geocaching across the nation, drink a good light roast, am always up for a plate of spicy pad thai, return to Stephen King’s On Writing annually in August, and have Raiders of the Lost Ark memorized, sound effects and all. I’m your Star Wars guy. 

I have faith God creates something new in us every day, Jesus is at the heart of relationship, and the Holy Spirit is with, for, and ahead of us on each step of the journey.

I’m an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church and am appointed as the Senior Pastor of Richfield United Methodist Church in Minneapolis, MN. I hold a BA in Film Studies (University of Minnesota, 2002), an MFA in Creative Writing (Minnesota State University – Mankato, 2008), and an M.Div (Luther Seminary, 2014). I’m the co-chair of the Dakota-Minnesota Area Camp and Retreat Council and am a volunteer dean of LYFE Camp. I was appointed as Associate Pastor of Faith Development for Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church (2014-2019) and Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministries for Excelsior United Methodist Church (2005-2014). Before entering full-time ministry, I spent 8 years in higher education in residential life, student life, and as English faculty. I have performed at a dozen improv comedy festivals and taught improv classes and coached improv performance teams for seven years. I now teach improv workshops for clergy and faith leaders.

I’m an extrovert, overly optimistic, my Myers-Briggs is INFJ, my Insights Discovery profile is Creative Inspiring Helper (Accommodating), my Strengthsfinder top five is Individualization, Intellection, Strategic, Relator, and Communication, and an Enneagram 7.

I create and facilitate improv workshops for nonprofits, secular, and faith-based teams and leaders. I officiate weddings for amazing people. I do consulting on academic and creative projects. And I do guest preaching, teaching, and speaking.

I also make the best cream cheese wontons on the planet.a

Rev. Nate Melcher mere minutes away from being ordained on June 21, 2017.

Third-Person Bio (General)

Nate Melcher is a United Methodist pastor, writer, and consultant. He creates and leads faith-based improv workshops and has performed at a dozen improv comedy festivals. Nate was a college English instructor and does consultancy work with people looking to boost confidence with their academic and creative projects. He writes in the mornings, plays the ukulele around the campfire, and gets brave in the kitchen. Nate and his family live in Minneapolis, MN.

Third-Person Bio (Religious Emphasis)

Nate Melcher is a United Methodist pastor, writer, and consultant. He holds a BA in Film Studies, MFA in Creative Writing, and an M.Div (Luther Seminary). He’s the Senior Pastor of Richfield United Methodist Church in Minneapolis, MN. He teaches faith-based improv workshops and consults with people on academic and creative projects. He writes in the mornings, plays ukulele around the campfire, and gets brave in the kitchen. Nate and his family live in Minneapolis, MN.

Third-Person Bio (Improv Emphasis)

Nate Melcher is a United Methodist pastor, writer, and consultant. He coached improv performance teams at the Brave New Institute in Minneapolis, MN and has created and taught a variety of improv workshops in Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Ohio. Nate has performed in a dozen improv comedy festival including Chicago, Denver, Miami, San Francisco, and Toronto. He consults with people on academic and creative projects. Nate and his family live in Minneapolis, MN.

Third-Person Bio (Consulting Emphasis)

Nate Melcher is a United Methodist pastor, writer, and consultant. He holds a BA in Film Studies, MFA in Creative Writing, and an M.Div (Luther Seminary). He was a college English instructor and does consultancy work with people looking to boost confidence with their academic and creative projects. He writes in the mornings, plays the ukulele around the campfire, and gets brave in the kitchen. Nate and his family live in Minneapolis, MN.