The Rev. Nathaniel S. Anderson was born in Boston and grew up in North Easton, Mass.. He earned a B.A. in philosophy from Luther College (Decorah, Iowa) in 2007 and an M.Div from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (Columbia, S.C.) in 2011. His fondest memories of seminary include playing flag football for the Southern Seminary “Flying Dove” – facing off against other Lutheran and Episcopal seminaries in the annual “Luther Bowl” tournament.
In 2018 Nathaniel was called to serve St. John’s as our ninth rector, having served as pastor and rector at Christ the King Lutheran Church and The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, both in Wilbraham, Mass.
He was received into the Episcopal Church in 2019.
Nathaniel is married to college sweetheart Carolyn Starz, a biology teacher at Mount Greylock Regional High School in Williamstown, whom he met the first day of choir rehearsal sophomore year.
They are proud parents of James, stillborn in 2015, Inga born in 2017, and Bernadette in 2020. They love living in Williamstown, taking advantage of great hiking and renovating their home. Nathaniel and Carolyn enjoy what can only be described as “hipster farming,” along with running, hiking, cooking, and discovering delicious new beers.
At St. John’s Nathaniel loves to preach, teach, and walk with God’s people in this life of discipleship. You’ll often see him around town or on campus, and he’d love to have a cup of coffee and get to know you better. Contact Nathaniel here.
Misty Kiwak Jacobs is a native of Scottsdale, Arizona. She spent her college years in the Northeast, studying Russian, Writing and Literature at Sarah Lawrence College. While a student in Moscow, Russia in her early 20s, Misty felt the call to Christianity and was baptized. In 2015, a historic sign and red doors of a country church lured her into the Episcopal Church; the expansive welcome and the focus on God’s grace kept her here.
After raising her children and working as a freelance writer, Misty earned a Master of Divinity and a Diploma in Anglican Studies from Yale Divinity School in 2020. After graduation, she served as a Chaplain Resident at a Level I Trauma Center in 2020-2021. She is currently back at YDS studying for a Sacred Theology Masters in Homiletics.
Misty and her husband, Chris, now live in Saratoga County, New York. Chris works as a Supply Chain Consultant, specializing in sustainability. They have two children, Isaiah born in 1996 and Malachi born in 1999. Misty enjoys writing, rescuing dogs, rewatching Midsomer Murders and sharing meals with friends. The belief in God’s infinite mercy, and the healing power of mercy and love in community, define her call to ministry. Contact Misty here.