By Dianne Gibbons
New to our area, Nathan, Emily, and Judah Hellman are here to serve local communities through the Seventh-day Adventist Churches in Madras and Prineville.
"Pastor Nate" is filling the position left by Pastor Frank and April NcNeil, who recently retired in Prineville.
A native of Oregon, Pastor Nate is thankful for a heart transformed in 2003 from several years of rebellion.
He attended Walla Walla University from 2004-2008, and became a spiritual leader in the dorms, theology club, and chaplaincy work.
There he met and married Emily Schmidt. They have served as short-term missionaries in Uruapan, on the Baja Peninsula, helping to build an orphanage and conduct Vacation Bible School.
Emily Hellman graduated from WWU in 2007 with a major in Religion and minor in Spanish. Pastor Nathan graduated in 2008 with a major in Theology and minor in Art.
The couple spent the past 2 1/2 years in Berrien Springs, Mich., where he attended the theological seminary of Andrews University, graduating with a Masters of Divinity degree.
Son Judah joined their family in December of 2010, and now all three are sharing the Gospel through pastoring, sharing music, and being willing helpers in our communities.
Pastor Nate has also begun ministering at Deer Ridge Correctional Institution.
The Hellmans love it here in Central Oregon and share the vision of enabling others to be "healthy, life-giving, prayerful, and Christ-centered".