At age 18 Nate discovered a passion for running and endurance sports and has never looked back. He competed in collegiate athletics at Syracuse University and has continued competing by running track, road races, obstacle and trail races, triathlons, and duathlons. He had the opportunity to represent Team USA in 2010 and 2011, and looks forward to what lies ahead. Nate is married to his wife, Sandy, and is blessed to have three beautiful and unique children: Magdalyn, Asher, and Abigail.
Nate has a passion to live his life to the fullest because he almost never lived to see his first 24 hours of life. Due to complications during labor, he was born not breathing. Placed on oxygen immediately, the nurses waited to see if he would survive the night. Nate took one breath by himself which was enough to keep him on the respirator and transported 180 miles via helicopter to the nearest children's hospital. The battle for life lasted nearly three months before he was finally released from the hospital. Though he managed to survive his birth, his doctors informed his mother that he would more than likely never walk. Clearly, God had other plans. Nate not only walks, he lives to run. He does not take any aspect of his relationship with God lightly.
While he has always loved being active, he never fully grasped the entire meaning and reasoning behind the exercise. For many years his mentality was to try to excel at something so that he could show others how great he could be, but he quickly came to realize that being active was about taking care of God's temple. He found that exercise could act as an offering to God. From this new perspective he became a more disciplined person, and began helping guide others to do the same.
Nate is confident that God's will for his life is to show people the importance of physical discipline and that living healthy is a mark of spiritual maturity. He has a Masters of Divinity from Phoenix Seminary and a genuine passion for helping and guiding people to be disciplined with the ultimate goal of living a congruent and consistent spiritual life so others may also be drawn to God.