Caring Hands is blessed to have board members who are passionate about our mission. In addition to serving as the Senior Pastor at Lutheran Church of the Cross, Pastor Nathan Anenson serves on our board and continually works to help us ensure we are true to our mission. Here’s what you need to know about Pastor Nathan:
Where does your family attend church?
Lutheran Church of the Cross in Altoona.
What inspired you to join the Caring Hands board of directors?
Several years ago, our church began to ask our wider community about the needs and opportunities that exist around us. We wanted to know how we could be God's people of blessing in our community. One of the recurring themes we heard was that food insecurity was an issue right here in eastern Polk County. This was eye-opening to many of us since hunger and poverty are many times well-hidden in our middle-class communities. Our church felt God calling us to make alleviating food insecurity in the name of Jesus a key focus of our ministry. This led us to strengthen and build upon our great partnership with Caring Hands. It has been such a blessing to partner with a ministry that is so centered on Christ, on relationships, and making a real difference in our community.
What do you hope Caring Hands accomplishes in the next 6 months?
I am excited to be pursuing a new facility to more effectively accomplish God's mission for us. This will allow us to take the next steps in creating opportunities for life and faith development, mobilizing more people into compassionate service, and pointing all to the life and hope of Jesus.
What do you wish people knew about Caring Hands?
How much the volunteers love Jesus and the people they serve.
What is one thing that most people don’t know about you?
I have climbed five 14,000 foot mountains in Colorado.
Thank you to Pastor Nathan and all of our board members who give generously of their time to help Caring Hands break the cycle of food insecurity and poverty in eastern Polk County.