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Faculty Profiles

Nate Thompson, Ph.D.
Nate Thompson

Wheaton Passage Program Director

On Staff since 2021



After growing up in Atlanta, Georgia, I graduated from Columbia International University with a Bachelor's Degree in Bible and Intercultural Studies and a minor degree in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. While studying at Columbia International University, I met Emily: my wife of eight years. I continued with my education at Columbia International University's Columbia Biblical Seminary. Through graduate teaching opportunities, I found that I had a passion for developing leaders in outdoor education contexts. The Lord used this discovery to nudge me to earn my Doctor of Philosophy degree in Outdoor Education from Liverpool John Moores University in Liverpool, England. While studying in England, Emily and I had our son Owen.

My greatest passion in life is facilitating the growth that comes through connecting individuals together as they interface with God's creation. I have researched around the world to investigate how groups work together using team-building initiatives native to the adventure education disciple. The more I study community in creation, the deeper I grow in my fascination with God's power as His people fellowship in His Creation. 

Long have I known of the reputation and history of Wheaton College and Honeyrock, and I am excited to play a role in connecting our dear students into the Wheaton College community through God's creation available at the HoneyRock Center for Leadership Development. The Wheaton College Passage Program is the perfect platform to facilitate those Christ-centered connections.

Liverpool John Moores University
Ph.D., Outdoor Education, 2020

Columbia International University
M.Div., Ministry Leadership, 2017

Columbia International University
B.S., Bible & Intercultural Studies (Cum Laude) 2012

  • Experiential Learning
  • Liminality
  • Group Dynamics 
  • Equity and Inclusion in Outdoor Programming
  • Wilderness Solo Effectiveness
  • Higher Education Student and Faculty Development in Outdoor Orientation Programs
  • Member of the Board of Directors with the Christian Adventure Association (2020 – Present)
  • Professional Member of the American Mountain Guides Association (2020- Present)
  • Professional Member of the Association for Experiential Education (2020- Present)
  • Master Educator with The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics (2015)
  • First Aid/CPR