Rev Dr 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 and where I completed my Masters of Theology (ThM) at King's College, Aberdeen. From 2011-2015, we were back in South Florida pastoring, and teaching at both Palm Beach Atlantic (PBA) and Trinity International University (TEDS).
God moved us back to Scotland in 2015 to serve Downfield Mains Church in Dundee. Sensing the Lord's leading and 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).
In November 2020 I passed my PhD viva at the University of Aberdeen in Theological Ethics, where I focused on Asylum-seeking, Migration and Christian mission. From 2018-2020, I served as a member the Church of Scotland Ministries Council, working on its Radical Action Plan.
As pastor (teaching Elder) 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 DMC to the whole church family, the greater Dundee community and nation of Scotland.
I am also the Chaplain of Downfield Primary school, run an DMC's internship programme for ministry students/young adults, work with Syrian refugees, oversee CofS Ministry candidates, and assist church members enrolled at the Highland Theological College/University of the Highlands and Islands.
Courtney and I have been on this journey together for almost 24 years with four beautiful daughters; Shanley, Faith, Tiarnan and Ellie. Our family enjoys reading, football (soccer), hiking and travelling. 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!
MY 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."