Rev. Dr. Nate Phillips

Senior Pastor | Head of Staff


Pastor Nate serves as the fifth Senior Pastor/Head of Staff at Kirk in the Hills and is the primary preaching pastor and worship leader at the Kirk.

Nate grew up in the hills of central Maine, the son of a logger and wedding dress seamstress. He was shaped by the church through Mission at the Eastward (MATE)—a nine church cooperative parish in rural Maine. 

After receiving his B.A. from the University of Maine at Farmington, he received his M. Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary. Nate was ordained and called to serve Red Clay Creek Presbyterian Church in 2006. 

Nate received his D. Min. from Columbia Theological Seminary where his focus was Gospel and Culture. He was the recipient of the John Nelson Award for the best Columbia Seminary Doctor of Ministry thesis project.

Nate has published a book called Do Something Else (Wipf and Stock – Cascade Books). It profiles some of the most hopeful innovations in the mainline church.

Nate and his wife, Ari, have four children, Grace, Lily, Max, and Lucy. He enjoys the Boston Red Sox, mountain biking, jogging, volleyball, Wendell Berry, and growing things.

Fun Facts about Pastor Nate:

Favorite Starbucks Drink: Vanilla Latte
Favorite Book: Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry
Favorite Music: James Taylor
Favorite Movie: Good Will Hunting
Favorite Song: "Country Road" by James Taylor
Favorite Food: Spaghetti and meatballs from his wife’s family recipe
Favorite Scripture Verse: "Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you." Isaiah 60:1
Favorite Class in Seminary: Kings
Favorite Season: Summer

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