Nate Dubs was ordained into the gospel ministry on Sabbath, August 19, at the Statesboro Church in Georgia. His father, Ted, who is a pastor himself, delivered the keynote address and challenged Nate to “love Jesus, love people, and love equipping them toward the gospel.”
Ed Wright, conference president; Miguel Valdivia, executive secretary; and Kevin Kossick, vice president for education; officiated the service. Wright spoke of the positive impact that a young couple like Nate and his wife, Kristina, can and will have in their churches. “It is always affirming to see a pastoral family model positive traits of calling and service,” said Wright, “especially in a positive environment where their churches are encouraging, praying, and assisting them in numerous ways.”
Dubs can personally testify to the power of a supportive Christian environment, because God used that—and the Bible—to speak to his heart during a low point in his young-adult years. Although he had grown up as a preacher’s kid in a Christian home, Dubs lost his faith during high school and into college. In 2006, a series of life events provided an opportunity for the young man to reconcile with God and recommit to Him. With his Creator and Redeemer back in control, giving him a peace and joy that he hadn’t experienced in a long time, Dubs quickly turned his life around.
Dubs reflected on his spiritual journey and reminded everyone that they are the children of God. “No matter what you may come across in your life, remembering that will help carry you through,” he said.
Nate and Kristina Dubs, with their daughter, Ella, minister in the Dublin, Statesboro, and Vidalia Adventist churches in central Georgia.
by Arthur Harper, communication summer intern