Alumni

Alumnus becomes youngest state executive director in the Southern Baptist Convention

February 21, 2018

When Nathan Lorick (’07, ’11) felt called to continue his education, he did not want to stop leading his church in eastern Texas. That’s when he found Liberty University’s online program.

“Since I was already pastoring a church, I didn’t want to go to the traditional seminary,” Lorick said. “During the day, I focused on being a pastor and doing the best at what God was calling me to do. In the evening, I could focus on being the best student I could be. It just provided the perfect platform and really served as a catalyst to be able to fulfill all that God was calling me to in that season of life.”

After pursuing his master’s degree in divinity and a doctorate in ministry, Lorick helped lead several churches until God began to open doors for him and his family to move to Colorado. In August, he was elected as the executive director of the Colorado Southern Baptist Convention. He is the youngest person to serve in that position within the SBC.

“After seeking God’s will, we sensed that God was calling us to Colorado to be part of what He was doing in the West,” Lorick said.

In his position, Lorick oversees the organization of churches throughout Colorado and helps mobilize them to fulfill the Great Commission in their communities by providing resources and coaching.

Lorick said his time with Liberty helped prepare him for this position.

“The in-depth learning opportunities that Liberty was able to provide not only gave me the tools I needed to execute the job I do now, but also gave me the ability to learn how to multitask, which, in ministry, is absolutely essential,” he said. “Liberty was certainly a part of equipping and preparing me to be ready when He put me in this place.”

Serving the people of Colorado in this capacity is an honor and a privilege, Lorick said.

“I love being able to come alongside pastors to serve and encourage them to be all that God wants them to be,” he said. “God is going to allow us to reach the world from Colorado — and that’s just an incredible thing. There are exciting days ahead for us in Colorado.”


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