Our Rector

The Rev. Nathaniel S. Anderson was born in Boston and grew up in North Easton, MA. He earned a B.A. in Philosophy from Luther College (Decorah, IA) in 2007 and a M.Div from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (Columbia, SC) in 2011. His fondest memories of seminary include playing flag football for the Southern Seminary “Flying Dove” – facing off against other Lutheran and Episcopal seminaries in the annual “Luther Bowl” tournament.

Attending college in the Midwest and seminary in the South, Nathaniel had no idea where he would be assigned following ordination. He was very excited to find himself placed in the New England Synod and was called to serve Christ the King Lutheran Church in Wilbraham, MA in 2011. In 2014 Pastor Nathaniel also became “Father” Nathaniel, beginning to serve the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in Wilbraham as well.

Nathaniel is married to Carolyn Starz, a biology teacher at BART Charter School in Adams. The couple met after the first day of choir rehearsal Sophomore year. Nathaniel thought he was very clever, waiting to bring his tray to the dish room of the cafeteria until Carolyn did the same – “How do we keep running into each other?” You should know that Luther only has 2500 students – it’s not hard to run into someone.

Nathaniel and Carolyn are the proud parents of James, stillborn in 2015, and Inga, 19 months. They are loving life in Williamstown, taking advantage of great hiking and undertaking renovations of their new home. Nathaniel and Carolyn enjoy what can only be described as “hipster suburban farming,” running, hiking, cooking and discovering delicious new beers (IPAs are of particular interest for Nathaniel – brown ales for Carolyn).

Nathaniel and Carolyn enjoy what can only be described as “hipster suburban farming,” running, hiking, cooking and discovering delicious new beers (IPAs are of particular interest for Nathaniel – brown ales for Carolyn).

At St. John’s Nathaniel loves preaching, teaching and walking with God’s people in this life of discipleship. You’ll often see him around town or on campus. He’d love to have a cup of coffee and get to know you better.

 
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