Get to Know The Rev. Nathan Biornstad, Associate for Pastoral Care
We welcome to our staff The Rev. Nathan Biornstad as Associate for Pastoral Care. Nathan will be in the office beginning August 22, and his first Sunday will be St. Cross Day, September 9. Learn more about him below!
1) What excites you about coming to St. Cross to work?
There are several main draws to St. Cross. First, I am looking forward to building ongoing relationships with every person in the parish. I want to know your stories, and how God is working in your lives, what you are learning, and how I can be there for you in your journey of faith and life. Second, St. Cross is a larger parish, so I am looking forward to being a part of a larger congregation and witnessing firsthand how God's work is occurring both in our parish and in the community. Third, working with Rev. Rachel was a huge draw. I plan to learn from her and become a better leader in the process. Forth, the parish is located at the beach! To live and work at the beach is an unexpected blessing. For all of these reasons, I feel truly blessed to be able to come and join you in work that God is doing in Hermosa Beach.
2) What is your favorite book of the Bible and why?
1st Samuel. I enjoy reading about how God works through the lives of Samuel, King Saul, King David and Jonathan. I like the relational interplay between the characters, and how I can learn vicariously from them. Plus, I find this a fascinating era in Scripture.
3) What is one of your early memories of church?
When I was about eight years old, I remember going to Grandparent’s church for VBS. In the middle of the parking lot was a huge, circus-like, staked tent. Inside the tent was the prize booth. Throughout the week, I remember doing anything and everything that I could to earn more prize money. For the five days of VBS, I looked at that tent with anticipation. I no longer recall how I redeemed my prize money, but now whenever I see a circus tent, I remember that one VBS so long ago.
4) What is one thing you want us to know about you?
There is a verse in Scripture that deeply resonates with me. When God is speaking to Abraham, God says, “You be a blessing.” This is the core goal of my life, to be a blessing. I want my life’s work to contribute to the work that God is doing in our world. I desire that my life with reflect the glory, love, grace, and kindness of God. I think that being a blessing means, in part, that I am open to following the Spirit wherever that leads, working to understand others from their perspective, and reflecting God's nature to others.
5) St. Cross loves a good meal. What is your favorite food?
BBQ Beef Ribs.