dispatches to and from

nathan f. elmore

Dispatches to and from faith, culture, and things in between

The Elmore Five at Hersheypark. August 2015.


Part of the Elmore Five—alongside Amie, Camden, Kate, and Jackson.

In August 2016, our family moved from Richmond, Virginia, where we had lived for 8 years, to Charlottesville, Virginia, where we are now charmingly stuck between that prestigious university founded by Jefferson and those iconic mountains shaded blue.


For 15+ years, my primary vocation involved Christian ministry and pastoral work among university students and young adults. The social and organizational contexts were as diverse as the particular geographies—a mega-church in Salem, Oregon; a university church in Clemson, South Carolina; and a campus ministry at Virginia Commonwealth University, a global-village microcosm in Richmond featuring 32,000 students representing over 100 nationalities.

Since 2015, I’ve been progressing toward the finish line of a doctorate in Christian-Muslim relations—a religious and global-affairs interest of mine. Since 2012, I've worked in a part-time capacity with a faith-based nonprofit called Peace Catalyst International, which is focused on dialogue, friendship, and partnership endeavors among Muslims.

I’ve also been journeying through a middle-of-life career shift, in the meantime taking various jobs out of necessity: landscaping; tending bar; guest services at a hotel. Currently, I work as the Produce & Cheese Manager at Market Street Market in downtown Charlottesville.

I am hopeful of finding a new and satisfying vocational path—perhaps in a university environment, with a nonprofit organization, or as part of a media company where I might draw on my communications background and published writing experience.

Overall, I sense my leadership and organizational competencies have developed most in the following areas: cultural intelligence and intercultural relations (including a developed aptitude for navigating cultural differences and social barriers); administration (including personnel and resource management); creative programming (including design, promotion and implementation capacities); volunteer supervision; partnership relations across faith-based or non-faith-based sectors.


B.A. Broadcasting Communications, Cedarville University (1990)

M. Div., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (1999)

D. Min., Global Christianity & Development, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (December 2017!)

The working title for my D. Min. Thesis-Project is the following:

Peace Catalyst International: A Strategic Example in Remaking the Narrative between Evangelicals and Muslims through Creative Peacemaking and Christian-Muslim Partnership for the Common Good

International / Cross-Cultural.

  • Philippines (1991 & 1992)
  • Ukraine (1995)
  • Mexico (2006)
  • Uganda and Kenya (2007)
  • South Africa (2010)
  • Oman (2012)
  • Thailand (2014)

Personal Favorites.

  • Single-origin coffee from East Africa or Central America.
  • Most any film by Wes Anderson or the Coen Brothers.
  • Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown. Portlandia. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Breaking Bad.
  • Flannery O'Connor. Salman Rushdie. Viet Thanh Nguyen. Haruki Murakami.
  • Most varieties of American folk music—with a special nod to Bob Dylan, Beck, and M. Ward.
  • The absolute pleasure of attending a baseball game, anywhere.
  • Arsenal FC.


Credits from the last 10+ years include: The South Carolina Review, Christianity Today, Off the Page, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Style Weekly, and The Daily Progress (Charlottesville).

I've also had two academic book reviews published by Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology.

Below are a selection of stories, articles, and essays generally representative of my writing.


Inter-religious & Intercultural

Through Windows and Around Tables     [Christians fighting with Muslims]


The Daughter of Muhammad     [American Muslims and immigration]


That Thing She's Wearing     [bikinis and little black dresses]



Political Commentary

Rushdie, Trump, and the Box-Seats of Democracy     [where liberty and humanity intersect]


The Stroller: A 9/11 Remembrance     [beauty and the bleak]



Faith & Culture

Backstage Jesus     [school holiday concerts and the Culture Wars]


The Redemption of Guilt     [three films that take guilt into their own bloody hands]




Tough Like a Man     [American football and the virtues of manhood]


Revelry & Liturgy     [the religious rites of college football in Clemson, South Carolina]



Humor & Light

Improving Guest Performance through Hidden Chemicals


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