Nathan LaFave has served at West Haven Baptist Church since August 2016.  He and his wife Jennifer have two young children.  Nathan also works as a Procurement Analyst and Account Manager for a Fortune 500 global commodity firm.  His specialization in this role is in the natural gas and electricity markets.  Prior to West Haven, he served as Musical Worship Leader at a church plant in Ottawa, KS.

Nathan was raised in a Christian home, with parents who consistently spoke the gospel to him.  Through the faithful preaching of the word by both the church and his parents, Nathan came to a saving faith in the work and person of Jesus Christ at a young age. He was baptized as a believer on Christmas Eve, 2000.

Every aspect of the youth and young adult ministry should be centralized around the good news of the gospel.

Though wearing many hats, Nathan’s primary service to West Haven is with the youth. He serves as Director of Student Ministry, along with Bill Weatherford.  Nothing excites him more than seeing students (or anybody!) come to a saving faith in Jesus Christ, and then watching those individuals ‘grow up’ in their faith.  Within this leadership role at West Haven, Nathan’s primary task is to show the students Jesus.  He says, “Every aspect of the youth ministry should be about Jesus. The truth about Jesus Christ and him crucified is not a basic teaching to be set aside as we mature, but the lens through which we view all of scripture.”

Nathan’s favorite verse comes from Ephesians chapter 2, verses 1 through 5:

“And you were dead in your trespasses and sins in which you previously lived according to the ways of this world, according to the ruler of the power of the air,the spirit now working in the disobedient. We too all previously lived among them in our fleshly desires, carrying out the inclinations of our flesh and thoughts, and we were by nature children under wrath as the others were also. But God, who is rich in mercy, because of his great love that he had for us, made us ALIVE with Christ even though we were dead in trespasses. You are saved by grace!”

*emphasis added

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