My name is Nathaniel Williams. I am a husband to my high-school sweetheart. A father to fun-loving children. A pastor to a loving, rural congregation. A writer and editor who manages a website about faith and culture. An avid follower of University of Georgia sports. A reader. A lover of the Spanish language and Hispanic culture. A novice gardener.
Most of all, I am a sinner redeemed by Jesus Christ.
I was the prototypical “good church kid” growing up. Yet I specifically remember doing bad things and feeling guilt. Even at a young age, I knew that I was not perfect—and that I too had “sinned and [fallen] short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23).
I responded to the gospel when I was just six years old. I admitted my sins before God, turned from them, and placed my faith in Christ to save me. I did not immediately understand the full implications of my new faith, but the Christian life is more than justification; it is the lifelong journey of sanctification. My conversion, then, is only my story’s beginning.
In my teen years, my faith matured through my church’s youth ministry and daily quiet times. I learned that salvation was not just a passport out of hell, but a life-altering course correction that impacted my everyday life. I sought to share Christ with my peers through a campus ministry in high school, and I developed a burden for the Hispanic community through weekly ministry to immigrants in college.
I began to sense God calling me to ministry as early as middle school, but I ignored it — until I surrendered to him at 17 on a mission trip. I originally thought God was calling me to missions. To that end, I studied Spanish in college, and my wife and I nearly applied with a mission board before heading to seminary. Yet in our time at seminary, God slowly changed our plans. I developed a passion to serve the local church, a calling which has been affirmed by others.
God daily refines me into the man he wants me to be. I seek to mature spiritually by fellowshiping and learning from my brothers and sisters at Cedar Rock; studying the Bible and praying; serving others; and being a husband and father. I am living proof of the transformative power of the gospel.