Nate & Jodi Ruch
Our lead pastors
A loving husband of wife Jodi and proud father of four, Pastor Nate Ruch gives voice and direction to the ministry of Emmanuel. As lead pastor, he sets the tone for the Emmanuel family and helps guide the church through the seasons of life. He also preaches on Sundays and facilitates a Wednesday night prayer service.
A native of Michigan, Nate relocated to the Twin Cities to study at North Central University. There, he met Jodi and graduated with a license to pastor. Nate also holds a MA from Bethel University.
Nate’s resume highlights over twenty years of faithful public service. As a former Emmanuel youth pastor, he led one of the largest youth groups in the state of Minnesota. Nate also mentored dozens of leaders, who have since gone on to their own ministry ventures.
Following his pastorate, Nate served as a professor and later a VP-level administrator at North Central. In 2013, Nate accepted Emmanuel’s offer to become the third senior pastor in the fifty-plus-year history of the church.
People know Nate for his common sense, practical teaching style and a readiness to equip others to do the work of God in their spheres of life. After learning from Nate, people feel encouraged they can live the faith. Many people call Nate a mentor and friend.
Nate counts as his heroes his father, Ron Ruch, who has mentored many Christians, and his personal mentors, including G. Mark Denyes (1930-2013), the founding pastor of Emmanuel. “He gave me my chance,” says Nate.
Nate is burning with the idea that if people remain humble and allow God to lead their lives, they can do anything. “I want to raise up disciples of Christ and see them sent out throughout the world,” he says. “I don’t want it to be personality-centered. I want to see God work in peoples’ lives.”
Nate’s passions include family, travel, leadership development, coaching his sons’ youth sports teams, Starbucks coffee, and the University of Michigan Wolverines’ football program.