Nate Crimmins hails from the lovely town of Greencastle, Indiana. After high school, Nate headed south to Centre College, located in beautiful, horse-country Kentucky, to study philosophy and government. It was there that he fell in love with Liberation Theology and knew he had to head to NYC to study under the likes of James Cone and Brigette Khal.
While at Union, Nate was particularly drawn to empire-critical studies, critical theory, and religious responses to violence. This passion, along with the encouragement of Union Alum David Fraccaro, led Nate to serve briefly as coordinator of Sojourners Immigration Detention Visitation Program, The Riverside Church’s ministry working with asylum seeking immigrants detained in a converted warehouse outside Elizabeth, New Jersey by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. His work with the asylum-seeking population led Nate to saddle his bike in the summer of 2009 and ride 4,000-plus miles from New York City to San Francisco, Calif., speaking with folks along the way about the truths of immigration detention and the need for alternative solutions.
Upon finishing his thesis, The Irony of the Caffeinated Kingdom, and thus completeing Union’s M.A. program, Nate headed to the mid-Atlantic to teach at St. Andrew’s School (DE), a co-ed, episcopal boarding school with both an unprecedented approach to financial aid and a deep commitment to tying education to a public purpose. There he brings his learnings from Union to teach an introductory course exploring the Abrahamic traditions as well as a more advanced course studying the various liberative theologies. In addition to teaching, Nate lives on dorm serving as corridor parent of students and also coaches Cross Country and Swimming in the fall and winter seasons. Unfortunately, not a day goes by that Nate doesn’t miss New York City and all that Union has to offer, though he cannot be more thankful to be part of a such a committed and wonderful community at St. Andrew’s.