Nathan Smith is passionate about Christ-centered missions to the world's least fortunate. He spent seven years as a church Missions Pastor and has worked for Phoenix Rescue Mission for five years, where he is currently the Director of Community Engagement Services. In 2011, Nathan was awarded the "Community Luminary" award by the State of Black Arizona and in 2017 was named by the Arizona Republic as one of 23 emerging leaders under the age of 40 helping to shape the future of philanthropy in Arizona. Nathan has participated in six short-term missions trips to India, working in local orphanages and teaching in Bible colleges.
Nathan's fellowship project will design and test a model for bridging the gap between food insecure communities and the people who produce food. The model will assist people with few financial resources in making healthy food choices while addressing the economic problems that keep them dependent on social supports. Able-bodied, working-age individuals will become gainfully employed and generate sufficient income to consistently procure enough healthy food to feed themselves and their families, with money leftover to pay for other necessities, to build their savings, and to improve their economic resilience.