You might be wondering, what’s it really like at AFA? We are made up of imperfect people with every kind of story imaginable and, simply stated, we’re all about Jesus. You won’t be met with shame, guilt, or disapproval. And we don’t care how you’re dressed or what baggage you’re bringing along. Jesus loves everyone and as his followers, that means everyone belongs. Jesus also changes everyone who follows him, so for us that means that we’re all becoming who He created us to become.
Want to know the best part? No matter what you’ve been through or what questions you might have about God and faith, our church is a place where you’ll find the love, grace, and forgiveness Jesus gives to everyone. We’ve decided to be a safe place for regular people to explore faith and no one here is perfect. Everyone is welcome here, regardless of your story, your questions, your doubts, or your struggles.
We don’t pretend to have all the answers, but we believe in a God who does.
We’ve decided to be a safe place for anyone to learn about Jesus and faith; a place to be yourself, make friends and make a difference with your faith. We haven’t ever JUST been a Sunday kind of church. Church is who we are every day, not just on Sunday.
Back in the 1980s, we worshiped at a couple of different places, one of them was a movie theater (which, for the 1980s was pretty progressive). We’ve historically valued artistic expression and expressive worship. When it comes to the doctrines and stuff we believe about God, we have historically aligned with the Assemblies of God, and we voluntarily affiliate with them today.
God has blessed us tremendously. Everything we have belongs to God, so you will see us making prayer-driven efforts to lift up and use our property and capital assets in ways that lift the community and in mission-driven ways. Our blessings are not for us to consume, but to be used in ways to bless and bring Good News to others.
Nate has been a pastor since 2002. He’s worked in family ministry (youth and young adults) and in senior leadership roles, and became our Senior Pastor in March of 2020.
Nate and Shauna married in 2004 and have two children. They both have some college degrees and enjoy learning new things.
Nate’s preaching style is relational, biblically-based, and transparent (meaning that he often shares self-deprecating stories). As a pastor, he cares about people and is determined to serve and equip their spiritual growth- utilizing all the spiritual gifts that God gives to us.
He enjoys golfing and is a die-hard UNC Tarheel fan. His favorite movie is Tommy Boy.