A family in pursuit of God's heart for all people.


We're the Ledbetter tribe, a family of six. We love dance parties and eating breakfast for dinner, and we're convinced that our dog is bigger than Clifford. We're a family in process, awakening to the reality that "neighbor" is a verb. Neighbors in Chicago recently invited us to move into the West Side Austin neighborhood, and it's an honor to join with the people of Austin.

God is at work in Austin long before we were led to move here from our beloved South Atlanta neighborhood. Our desire is to listen to and learn from the people of Austin as we join into a long history of God's movement. We have much to learn as Nate will be the pastor of a church gathering at 500 N. Laramie Ave., Chicago, IL 60644 just north of Lake Street. We believe that every person has something to offer, every voice matters, and every neighborhood is important to the health of the city.

Let's do coffee. Let's do breakfast. Everything rests on relationship.

Nate & Melissa Ledbetter

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Melissa Ledbetter

Melissa Ledbetter is a follower of Jesus, a wife, mother, and neighbor. Her high school years were spent in Santiago, Chile where she first became aware of the significance of intercultural friendships. Her passion is seeing young women empowered with dignity and investing in future leaders. Prior to moving south, Melissa was Director of Worship and Discipleship at Cornerstone University, and served on the Children’s Staff at Mars Hill Church in West Michigan. She enjoys spending any kind of time with her family & friends, writing, reading, gardening, cooking, playing sports and being outside.

Nate Ledbetter

Nate Ledbetter served as a Local Outreach and Regional Pastor for six years at Mars Hill Bible Church in West Michigan before relocating to Atlanta, Georgia, to join FCS Urban Ministries, where he served as a co-executive director. He is passionate to apply the love of neighbor in every context, including urban development, vocational neighboring, and practical theology. He and his wife, Melissa, and their four children now reside in the Austin neighborhood of West Side Chicago, where Nate serves as pastor of Church on the Block, linked with Chicago First Church of the Nazarene.

Nate is a member of the national board of directors of the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) and is a certified trainer of CCDA. He holds an MA from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary and is a CQ-certified facilitator via the Cultural Intelligence Center. He could eat guacamole and chips everyday of his life, and is available to speak to a group in your context.

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