Pastor Nathaniel Yates

Bethany's New Senior Pastor

The Bethany search team is delighted that the congregation as confirmed Nathaniel J. Yates to serve as our next senior pastor. It has been our privilege to serve together over the last 18 months. We worked hard and joyfully on your behalf.

We marvel at how God ordered the process to form us as a team, guide us in the discernment process, bind us together in unity, and lead us to a consensus in selecting Nate. We look forward to sharing more about that in the weeks to come.

Thank you for your participation with us through your prayers, encouragement, honest questions, and trust in the in the process the elders established.

Pastor Nate embraces Bethany’s core values and brings fresh vision and energy to lead us into a new season of helping people begin and grow in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We are announcing today a series of events to provide an opportunity for everyone to meet Nate. Details are in this bulletin.

Pastor Nate’s first Sunday as Senior Pastor will be on June 2, 2019.

Please pray for Pastor Nate, his wife, Brittany, and their three children. Pray also for the elders, the search team and the entire Bethany family as we venture together into the future.

A Leader Who Serves, A Servant Who Leads

Pastor Nathaniel J. Yates has established a track record for servant leadership in the church, the military and the community. He currently serves as the Youth and Young Adult Pastor at Metropolitan Baptist Church in Largo, Md., which has an attendance of more than 1,000. Nate oversees ministries that serve members of the congregation from birth to age 49.

Pastor Nate began his ministry training at the First Baptist Church of Glenarden (FBCG), a Converge church. He was mentored there by Pastor John K. Jenkins Sr. Pastor Nate served in various roles including, Interim Director of the Young Adult Ministry, Assistant Director of Youth Bible Study, Assistant Ministerial Team Lead, and Bible Institute Instructor.

Pastor Nate is among a large and growing number of pastors with more than one source of income. For the time being, he will continue to work as a Branch Chief for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in addition to his role as Bethany’s Senior Pastor. He is also a chaplain in the U.S. Air Force Reserves.

His commitment to learning is demonstrated by the five degrees he has earned to date:

Associate’s degree in Disaster Preparedness/Emergency Management

Bachelor of Science in Human Services

Master of Public Health

Master of Arts in Biblical Studies

Master of Divinity with a concentration in Pastoral Studies

He is currently a Ph. D. candidate in Biblical Studies. He is researching and writing his dissertation on the topic of discipleship.

Pastor Nate is an engaging, dynamic speaker and a devoted student of the scriptures.

Nate’s wife, Brittany, is a licensed social worker. She home schools their three children: Nathaniel Jr., 8; Brielle, 6; Micah, 18 months.


It has been my honor and joy to serve as Nathaniel Yates’ pastor for the past 12 years. During that time he has been an incredible benefit to the ministry and I am confident he will be an asset to the Bethany Church family.

Pastor John K. Jenkins Sr Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church of Glenarden

Nate is that rare combination of youthful energy, wisdom beyond his years, love of God and love for people. After one hug, you will know he is the right person to lead our church into the next chapter of our story.

Terry Stambaugh Elder, Search Team Leader

Nathaniel’s awareness of the unique spatial, cultural, and language of deaf people was off the charts. For several our deaf members, his personality came across exceedingly well.

Billy Ennis Elder, Deaf Ministry Leader

Nate has an inspiring love for people, the Bible, and a compelling vision for experiencing God’s kingdom on Earth.

Zachary Lorenzini Elder

Nate has demonstrated strong leadership ability in and outside the church. He exudes life, a zest for learning, and a heart for growing God’s kingdom.

Rita Platt Search Team Member

Rev. Nathaniel Yates has a true Pastor’s heart for people. He is humble, intelligent, driven, and he preaches the Word of God unapologetically. I’ve witnessed his growth as a husband, father and a leader who serves in excellence; he is a world changer.

Rev. Jonathan Queen Youth Pastor, First Baptist Church of Glenarden

Nathaniel has a magnetic personality that is fueled by a love of Christ and a passion for spreading God’s word. His enthusiasm, knowledge and wisdom are a perfect fit for BethanyNext.

Tammi McCord Search Team Member

Nate has the confidence and experience to be used to do God-sized things, and the humility to learn from God and others how to achieve them. We clicked from the first moments we met.

Kevin McGhee, BCC Founding Pastor

Pastor Yates not only delivers the word in a palatable and tangible way, but he lives it so that others may follow his example.

Latasha Thomas Latasha Thomas

Nate Yates is a true man of God with a heart for service and for people. Not only is he a gifted preacher of God’s word, he is a practical communicator of biblical truth in many environments. He is a loving family man and an excellent minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I am honored to call him my brother and my friend.

Pastor Sterling Devin Turner Revolution Church, Washington, D.C.

Nathaniel’s passion for making disciples perfectly lines up with BCC’s vision of helping people to begin and grow in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. He is a natural leader and I am excited to follow him as he leads by example.

Greg Ressler Elder Chairman

Nate exudes a contagious spirit of joy and enthusiasm rooted in authentic love for God and others.

Rick Mastroianni Search Team Member

Nate exudes warmth and a passion for learning. I was struck by his intuitive grasp of inclusion and best use of an interpreter when he was talking to a group that also included a deaf member. With his goal to learn ASL and learn more about deaf culture, combined with his passion for Jesus and people, plus the vast leadership experience he brings to BCC, I can’t think of another person more ready to lead us to the next level.

Res Batamula Search Team Member