Early Years:

Nathaniel (Nate) James Cress was born in Durant, Oklahoma to Nathaniel (Nathan) Lee Cress and Sandra (Sandi) Inez Cress (McNutt). He is the grandson of Pastor Daniel Cress, formerly the Senior Pastor of Lighthouse Pentecostal Church in Antlers, Oklahoma. Nate's parents moved their family to Terrell, Texas in 1989 to find more stable work. Nathan and Sandi had another son, Nicholas (Nick), and a daughter, Autumn.

Nate was baptized in water on September 20, 1996, at the age of 9.

Nate was called into ministry at the age of 12 while in Children's Church. Nate felt God call him to pastor and teach the people of God.

In 2004, Nate was baptized in the Holy Spirit with the initial physical evidence of speaking in unknown tongues at Terrell First Assembly of God during a Tuesday night prayer meeting.

Education and Certification:

In September 2014, Nate Cress received a Certificate of Ministry and later, in September 2016, a License to Preach from the General Council of the Assemblies of God.

Nate Cress graduated from the North Texas District School of Ministry in January 2015 as the Certified Tract Valedictorian, in January 2016 as the Licensed Tract Valedictorian, and in January 2017 as the Ordained Tract Valedictorian. Nate also received a Ministerial Studies Diploma from Global University in January 2017.

Nate and Jennie both finished the year one cohort for church health from the Church Life Resources facilitators at the North Texas District office in November 2017.

Nate and the staff at The Lakes Assembly completed a year of team building and learning from the Breaking the 200 Barrier Cohort from the North Texas District Church Planting & Development department.


Nate married Jennifer (Jennie) Renee Henry in 2008. They have a daughter, Gracie, and they have a son, Josiah.

Work and Ministry:

Nate was given the opportunity to take a staff position at People's Fellowship Assembly of God in Forney, Texas as the Children's Director.

Nate began working for Agape Full Gospel Ministries and Agape Home Healthcare. While working there Nate helped to develop Agape Bible Study in 2012, a group Bible study on Tuesday nights, which later became Agape Church in Sunnyvale, Texas in September 2013. This church began as a bible study where Nate would regularly speak and lead worship.

In 2012, Nate's wife, Jennie Cress, was given the opportunity to take a staff position as the Worship Director at The Lakes Assembly (then called The Lakes Community Church before a merge with First Assembly of God of Rockwall in 2013) in Rockwall, Texas.

In March 2014, Nate began a young adults ministry at The Lakes Assembly joining the staff as Young Adults Director, and in September 2014, he officially took the position of Young Adults Pastor after receiving ministerial credentials.

In 2015, Nate Cress was promoted to Associate Pastor at The Lakes Assembly. His responsibilities grew to include Spiritual Community Ministries, Discipleship Ministries, Outreach Ministries, Church Administration, Leadership Training, and Strategic Planning.
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