Nathaniel grew up in Washington and went to Inglemoor High School and UW. RUF at UW had a huge impact on Nathaniel and started him on the path to becoming a minister. Nathaniel and his wife Suzy both graduated from Covenant Seminary in St. Louis and served a church in Kailua, Hawaii from 2010-2016. In 2016 the Thompsons moved to Bellingham to start RUF at Western. They brought with them their three energetic children, Iain (2010), Addie (2012) and Owen (2014).