Meet PUC’s new Lead Pastor, Nate Furness. Born in Seattle, WA. (“GO Seahawks”) and raised in Orange County, CA., Pastor Nate began his pastoral ministry at Westminster Good Samaritan SDA Church, then became the lead pastor at the Costa Mesa SDA Church. After that, he became the lead pastor at the Napa Community SDA Church, where he was the lead pastor. Having a passion for Adventist education made him decide to accept this position at PUC, and the college could not be more excited to see Pastor Nate lead the students and church.
What did you want to be when you were younger?
I wanted to be a pastor or a fireman. I am a pastor’s kid, and as I was growing up, I watched my father. I knew I wanted to be like him. In college, I didn’t choose a religion degree. I knew what it meant to be a pastor, and I wasn’t ready to fulfill that obligation. I graduated with an Education Degree in Health, Wellness, and Physical Education.
When did you first feel the call to be a pastor?
Early on, but I didn’t think I was ready. I had some growing to do. After I married Jennie in 2005, I knew it was time to become a pastor.
What made you decide to accept this position?
I have a passion for Adventist Education. I want to be part of preparing young adults to serve Jesus in their context. We want to prepare nurses, psychologists, filmmakers, teachers, pastors, and others to share the love of Jesus with everyone they encounter.
What are your spiritual focus or goals for the campus?
To prepare young people to be missionaries in their professional context, to disciple and mentor young people, and to demonstrate that life is joyful and that we are better in community.
What methods do you use to stay connected with young people and be a mentor to them throughout their spiritual lives?
I like to connect with them in the classroom, during intramurals, and invite students into our home. I plan to be present in the student center and available to chat. For those wishing to go deeper, I would schedule meetings where we can listen and encourage.
What makes pastoring a campus church special to you?
Community. I love that there is a variety of people on campus. I look forward to working with Admin and the various departments to lean into our spiritual development.
How can we, your PUC family, serve and support you and your family as you minister for us?
I like homemade cookies and ice cream…lol. Encouragement. We all need to be encouraged, even the pastors.
What is your favorite thing about being part of the PUC family?
The people. I love that we live in a community where we run into people we know all the time. I love the campus. I love that PUC has hundreds, if not thousands, of acres to explore on bike and foot.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
Cycling, Snowboarding, wakeboarding, and being with my family.