I am Pastor Nate Druckenmiller and I have been the pastor Dreisbach United Church of Christ since June of 2016. I am originally from Williamsport, PA, just to your north. After graduating high school in the Williamsport area, I attended college at Heidelberg College (now University) in Tiffin, Ohio where I received a Bachelors Degree in middle childhood Education with an emphasis in math and science. Upon graduation I returned to Williamsport and taught math.
When I returned to Williamsport to teach I married my high school sweetheart Kara in 2004. In the fall of 2005 we headed to Lancaster for seminary at Lancaster Theological Seminary. Upon graduation in 2008 I accepted a call to St. Mark’s UCC in Cressona, PA where I spent 7 and half years in ministry.
In 2009 Kara and I went through the adoption process domestically and were present when Landon, our oldest son was born. Again in 2012 we adopted Louis from birth. Today, Landon is 9 years old, in 4th grade, while Louis is 6 years old and in 1st grade. Both boys are multi-racial and the joys of our days. Landon and Louis are very active boys that love books, playing soccer, and swinging from the nearest playground equipment.
Though there is not as much time for hobbies since the boys have joined us, I do enjoy golfing, playing and watching sports, and being in the outdoors doing whatever. Kara and I have both grown up going to camp and both worked at Hartman Center Church Camp and continue to lead camps there. Kara directs a special needs camp called Camp of the Heart and I have helped her with that and I have directed many other camps. This has always been an important extension of the church and our relationship with God for us.
Professionally, I have enjoyed being a pastor because no two days are alike. I am welcomed into the lives of families and friends during the joyful times of life and during the difficult times; being a presence and representative of God during these times has been a blessing for all and has shown just how awesome our God is. I continue to grow and be blessed through it all as I lead and encourage others to be a part of what God is doing in our world.
Another way I am shaped, grow in ministry and as a person is by being chosen to participate in a 10 year leadership program offered by the UCC Pension Boards called Next Generation Leadership Initiative for clergy in their early years of ministry. I am in my 5th year of this program and have found it completely helpful for my growth, my renewal, my ability to lead others, and my ability to vision the church forward while encouraging others to be a part of that process. I encourage you to take a look at the program to see what it is all about from the link:
During the fall of 2018 I also will be taking part in a local program that will strengthen my knowledge and connections with leaders and businesses of the Susquehanna Valley area. This is a wonderful opportunity for me to network with leaders from outside of the church, with the hopes of building community together as members of this local area and beyond.