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 while completing 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).
From 2018-2020, I served as a member the Church of Scotland Ministries Council, and currently training to take new placement candidates for the Kirk.
In November 2020 I passed my PhD viva at the University of Aberdeen in Theological Ethics, where I focused my research on Asylum-seeking, Migration and Christian missions.
As pastor (teaching Elder) of Downfield Mains my role is to lead the ministry of the Word and Sacrament, cast vision for the future, equip leaders and serve as a caring ambassador of DMC to the whole church family, Dundee and nation.
I have the great honour of serving the communnity as chaplain for Downfield Primary school and Padre for the Black Watch Military Association of Dundee, working with refugees, overseeing CofS Ministry candidates, and assisting those studying Theology at the Highland Theological College, Oilthigh na Gàidhealteacdh agas nan Eilean.
Courtney and I have been on this journey together for nearly 25 years with four beautiful daughters, Shanley, Faith, Tiarnan and Elisabet. Courtney serves in the women's ministry and is a local primary teacher in Dundee. We are both proud of our girls and who God is calling them to become. Our family enjoys reading, writing, traditional Scottish music, football, rugby (me), hiking and travelling.
We have a passion to see people flourishing through an experience with the love of God and welcome you to come 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."