Nathan Bourne, Curate
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The Rev. Nathan Bourne came to St. John’s and the wider Seacoast after finishing his Masters of Divinity at the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale in May 2017. He was ordained a deacon in December 2016 at All Saints’ Cathedral in Asheville, North Carolina and will be ordained a priest on September 9, 2017 here at St. John’s. As our new curate, Nathan works closely with the youth program and shares responsibility leading worship, preaching, and offering pastoral care.
Before seminary, Nathan received a B.A. from Sewanee: The University of the South where he was a triple major in Russian, Philosophy, and Environmental Studies. There he became fascinated by the botanical world and learned to rattle off the names of plants while wandering through the forests of the Cumberland Plateau.
After graduating, he spent a year in the Republic of Georgia, teaching English, walking the coast of the Black Sea, and exploring small mountain villages. He returned to Sewanee to continue his undergraduate botanical research when he found his way to the Community of St. Mary–an Episcopal convent. He and another recent Sewanee graduate started an internship program with the sisters that brings young people to the community to tend the sisters’ garden and participate in their life of prayer. While there, Nathan discerned a call to the priesthood, learned to bake bread, and discovered at least eight different ways to prepare turnip greens. Nathan grew up in the mountains of Western North Carolina in a rural town that his parents still call home.
At any given time, Nathan would rather be outside. He experiences God most palpably on mountaintops and in old growth forests and hopes to bring his love of the natural world to all areas of ministry. He is a lover of poetry and an ambitious cook. He enjoys trail-running, road biking, long Russian novels, and train travel in the former USSR.