Pastor Nat Bothwell serves the community of Bethlehem Lutheran
Church in Slater, Iowa. A rostered leader in the Evangelical Lutheran
Church in America (ELCA) , Bothwell is called to the work of
theologian, evangelist, social justice advocate, counselor, and care
taker. Pastor Bothwell takes a Christological approach to his work as
a pastor, focusing on themes of ultimate freedom, truth, justice, and
the mystery of faith.
Prior to his ordination and call to Bethlehem Lutheran Church,
Pastor Bothwell served as the interim pastor at St. John Lutheran
Church in Ely, Iowa and again at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in
Knoxville, Iowa. Drawing on his prior management experience, and
with the authorization of the Bishop of the Southeastern Iowa Synod,
Bothwell led both interim congregations through a time of transition.
Among other responsibilities, Pastor Bothwell helped guide the work
of visioning and beginning again as each congregation prepared
itself for new leadership.
Pastor Bothwell earned his Master of Divinity degree from Wartburg
Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. He completed his Clinical
Pastoral Education at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston,
Massachusetts. He additionally holds a Master of Business
Administration degree from Wake Forest University in Winston-
Salem, North Carolina. Pastor Bothwell is a member of the Ballard
Area Ministerial Alliance.
Slater, IA US
St. John is a community of faith with more than of history, and a bright future ahead. It was my pleasure to walk with these folks as they navigated a potentially-anxious time between pastors. That time is now over, and new chapter is well underway.
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