Rev Nathan & Courtney McConnell
God began our journey to Scotland in 2007 when we visited Aberdeen to 'spy out the land.' After years of prayer and prophetic words surrounding our call and passion for the nation of Scotland, we moved to Aberdeenshire in 2010 and served alongside Methlick Parish Church for one year. From 2011-2014, we were back in South Florida pastoring, where I was a professor of Youth Ministry & New Testament at both Palm Beach Atlantic and Trinity International University (TEDS).
In 2015 God began to tug the family back to Scotland through a call to serve Downfield Mains Church in Dundee. Sensing the Lord's leading and the open door, we have seen our hearts grow with passion for the city and believe God called us back to Scotland for 'such a time as this' to equip and empower the church to fulfil it's calling from Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:19-20).
I completed my PhD at Aberdeen in Theological Ethics and have a ThM in Practical Theology and Christian Ethics from University of Aberdeen. Prior to Scotland I served as minister of Lakeside Presbyterian Church and the director of Palm Beach County First Priority with a mission to unite the church to reach secondary schools with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
As pastor at Downfield Mains my main main role is to lead the ministry of the Word and Sacrament, cast vision for the future, encourage and equip other leaders. I serve as a caring ambassador of Downfield Mains to the whole church family and the greater Dundee community and nation of Scotland.
I chaplain of Downfield & Sidlaw View Primary schools, run an internship programme for ministry students/young adults, work with Syrian refugees, assist a group of young ministers through the Highland Theological College/UHI.
Courtney and I have been on this journey together for almost 25 years with four beautiful daughters; Shanley (Oxford Uni), Faith (Dundee Uni), Tiarnan and Ellie (Grove Academy). Our family enjoys reading, playing football, hiking and traveling. We have a passion to see people flourishing through an experience with the love of God.
We welcome you to come and join us at Downfield Mains!
LIFE VERSE - 1 PETER 3:15
"But in your hearts set Jesus as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect."