Pastor Nate and Jennie Cress
Pastor Nate Cress oversees various ministries including the Youth Department, Children's Ministry, Adult Christian Education, Outreach and Evangelism, and Church Media and Technology as well as serving other administrative roles at The Lakes Assembly. He has a passion for the lost and to see the Kingdom of God expanded both locally and globally. Pastor Nate also desires to see the people of God built up strong in faith, effectively equipped for the Christian life, and empowered by the Holy Spirit to live lives that truly change the world around them through the redeeming power and message of Jesus Christ.
Pastor Nate is married to Jennie Cress. Together they have two incredible kiddos, Gracie and Josiah. Pastor Nate and Jennie see ministry as a team effort. Life is more than just ministry, and they strive to put their family first while balancing work, ministry, and family life. Before joining the staff at The Lakes Assembly, Pastor Nate served as a Director of Children's Ministries, street outreach volunteer, event coordinator, Bible study leader, and worship leader for churches and ministries in Dallas, Forney, Mesquite, Rowlett, Sunnyvale, and Terrell, Texas.
Pastor Nate turned to the North Texas District School of Ministry to complete the educational requirements for Assemblies of God ministerial credentials. On September 11, 2014, Pastor Nate Cress received a "Certificate of Ministry" from The General Council of the Assemblies of God. On September 13, 2016, he received a "License to Preach" from The General Council. Pastor Nate has completed his ministerial education at the North Texas District School of Ministry and expects to complete the ordination process by 2018.
Jennie Cress completed a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) in Organizational Leadership at Texas A&M University Commerce. Jennie is currently attending The Lakes Bible Institute.
Currently Pastor Nate works in business administration in the healthcare industry with responsibilities including research and development, project management, event coordination, graphic design, website and email management, computer networking and troubleshooting, marketing, billing, creative writing, and more.
His hobbies include: Everything tech (mostly Google), playing guitar, writing songs, singing, reading, watching Star Trek (and other awesome CLEAN science fiction adventures), hunting, fishing, traveling, and exploring. His favorite food is Tex-Mex although Indian and Italian are a close second and third respectively.