My mission is to bring people and ideas together, share strategic energy, and press the play button. I’m a connector, an energy builder, and a method seeker.
I am a cisgender male, white, middle class, late 30s, able-bodied, Christian, straight, natural-born citizen of the United States. This is the place from which I read, write, think, pray, and wonder. Tell me about you so we can engage in the healthy ways.
I’m a husband, father, and United Methodist pastor in Minneapolis, MN.
I go on adventures with my wife, make up songs and dance routines 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 4, go geocaching across the nation, drink a good light roast, return to Stephen King’s On Writing every 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 Associate Pastor of Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church (2014-present). 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 Dean of LYFE Camp and a member of the Dakota-Minnesota Area Camp and Retreat Council. 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 7 years.
I create and facilitate improv workshops for nonprofits, secular, and faith-based teams and leaders. 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.
This website, particularly my blog, represents my thoughts only. I do not speak for any person or entity but me.
Thank you for reading,
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 lives with his wife and daughters in Minneapolis, MN.