The Staff Parish Relations Committee is pleased to announce that on July 1, 2019, Dr. Nathan Hodge will be appointment as Sr. Pastor at First United Methodist Church Nacogdoches.
Dr. Nathan Hodge was born in Center, Texas on May 25, 1973, the son of Buddy and Betty Hodge. After completing his work at Shelbyville High School, Shelbyville, Texas in 1991, he entered Panola Junior College, Carthage, Texas. In 1993, he entered Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, receiving a degree of Bachelor of Arts in May 1997. In August 1997, he entered Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, in Dallas, Texas, receiving the degree Master of Divinity in December 2000. In August 2004, he entered Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University in Ft. Worth, Texas, and earned a Doctor of Ministry degree in December 2007.
Nathan received his call into ordained ministry through the Stephen F. Austin Wesley Foundation in 1994 and began pastoral ministry in 1995. In June 2003, he was ordained as Elder in the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Nathan has served as student local pastor, Liberty Springs United Methodist Church, Milam, Texas; as student local pastor (1995-1997), Bascom United Methodist Church, Tyler, Texas (1997-2001); as associate pastor, First United Methodist Church, Humble, Texas (2001-2003); as pastor of First United Methodist Church, Canton, Texas (2003-2009); as pastor of First United Methodist Church of Hallsville, Texas (2009-2015); and is now currently serving as pastor of First United Methodist Church, Willis, Texas (2015-present).
Nathan has been active in the Texas Annual Conference, and has served on the Committee of Communications, chaired the Extravagant Generosity Team, served on the Extravagant Generosity Task Force, served as Exploring Mentor Chair for the Board of Ordained Ministry and is currently serving on the Executive Committee for the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry. Nathan also has served on the District Board of Building and Relocation in the Northwest District and the North District, and on the District Committee on Ministry in the North District and Central South District.
Nathan is married to Amy Bailey Hodge, who is an ordained Deacon in the Texas Annual Conference, who has served previously as the Campus Minister at the Wesley Foundation at Kilgore College in Kilgore, Texas and is currently Associate Pastor of Family Ministries at First United Methodist Church, Willis, Texas. They have three sons, Andrew (17), Ian (14) and Charles (12).