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Nathaniel White

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Nathaniel Landon White born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, became a Christian at the very early age of 8 at Hoffmantown Church in ABQ. That same year Nathaniel began taking guitar lessons and started his first band. By age 11 Nathaniel began his in-depth musical training and by High School had many successful Contemporary Christian bands, of which he released 2 contemporary albums and 1 Traditional Album.

His music ministry began at age 16 when he was hired at Sandia Presbyterian Church in ABQ, as their Contemporary Music Director. By age 21 Nathan had already served as either a director or as an assistant director in 3 churches.

His greatest training opportunity came in 2005 when he began studying and assisting former Opera Singer and current Worship Leader Steve Gokool at St. Stephens United Methodist Church in ABQ. Under Steve’s instruction Nathan learned to play multiple instruments, compose, conduct and teach. It was during his time at St. Stephens that Nathaniel also was commissioned to compose multiple songs for many of ABQ local Christian bands.

In 2007 Nathaniel had the greatest accomplishment of his life when he married his wife of now eleven years, Haley. Also, in 2007 Nathaniel was accepted to the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music where he not only began his studies, but an opera career as well. During, his time at DU from 2007-2013, Nathaniel achieved a Bachelors and Master’s of Music degree and performed such opera roles as “Escamillo” in Carmen, “Papageno” in Die Zauberflote, “Gianni Schicchi” in Gianni Schicchi and “Valentin” in Faust.

In 2008, he released his first solo Worship album, “A Way to Worship”, which had 3 number 1 local hits and sold 10,000 copies.

After the birth of his beautiful daughter, Naomi, now seven, in 2011, Nathaniel began winding down his career in opera and began his plans to return to music ministry. Since that time, Nathaniel has served at Sandia Baptist Church in ABQ as Assistant Music Director, First Baptist Church of ABQ, as interim Music Director, and back at St. Stephens United Methodist Church as Music Director, until recently moving to First Baptist Church of Tucumcari in 2018. Also in 2018, Nathaniel founded a new ministry entitled “Pure Note Ministries”. This ministry is designed to educate the body of Christ on the bibles principles concerning music and worship, so that the so called “Worship Wars” might be brought to close. You can find out more about the ministry and its informative podcast on YouTube.

Nathaniel feels so blessed to be apart of the First Baptist Tucumcari family and plans on staying in ministry for as long as the Lord allows. This year he plans to continue his personal growth and continue his education in worship and music, as he will be pursuing an online Doctorate through Liberty University.