I was saved at the age of 4 on February 26, 1992. I grew up in a Christian home around a constant
influence of missionaries. In 1999 when I was 11, I felt the conviction of the Holy Spirit to surrender
to Him in the area of missions. The ministry has always played a part in my life. Growing up, I was
able to be involved in our family starting Greater Cumberland Baptist Church and later after
graduating from Bible College, starting Open Door Baptist Church in Cadiz, KY, where I pastored
until starting deputation.
I met my wife, Rachel, at my home church, and we were married in 2011. I am blessed to have the family I have, and love to have a part in my kids lives. I have had a God-given burden for Iceland for 20 years, and in 2017 we started praying fervently for God’s will in this area. After seeking God’s will through His Word and Godly counsel, we are confident and excited about His calling for us to go to Iceland as missionaries.
I had the privilege of being raised in a Christian home. My mother worked especially hard to take me and my five siblings to church every time the doors were open. When I was seven, I prayed a prayer and counted that as my salvation even though I did not truly seek forgiveness for my sins. I spent the next nine years ignoring the conviction of the Holy Spirit. On December 29, 2006, I was under such deep conviction that I was not able to sleep, After tossing and turning for hours, I crept into my parents room and told my mother that I wasn’t saved. That night I knelt by their bed and accepted Christ as the only payment for my sins.
My life changed after my salvation, and I started earnestly seeking closeness to Christ. Nate and I were married in 2011, and he became Pastor of Open Door Baptist Church in 2015. In 2016 we were so excited to be expecting our fourth child, however, our excitement quickly turned to anguish when we found out that at 18 weeks our baby had passed away. God used that very difficult time in my life to draw me closer to Him. My relationship with God deepened, and He started dealing with me about surrendering my life to Him. In March of 2017, I fully surrendered my life to God. I am so excited to spend the rest of my life serving Him in Iceland.
Sephora’s birthday is 08/19/2012. As the only girl in the family she embraces everything girly with her whole heart. She loves to craft and sew anything that comes to her mind. She’s becoming a wonderful cook and her mamas right-hand gal.
Myles’ birthday is 11/20/2013. Myles is an adventurous boy who loves being outside and doing anything manly. He will devour any book set in front of him and will play any sport available.
Delbert’s birthday is 06/27/2017. Del is a little ray of sunshine and loves to live life. He adores his baby brothers and does everything in his power to be near them. Del is eager to learn knew things and is excited to start school this year.
Cornelius’ birthday is 05/21/19. Cory has and adventurous spirit like his older brother and never lacks for a plan. His vocabulary is growing every day and he loves to sing any song that he hears.
Theodore Shaver - bio - Theodore’s birthday is 08/22/2020. Teddy is a wonderfully happy little baby. He loves to be in the thick of all the action happening around him in our household. He will let anyone hold him as long as they want.
Cecelia was born on January 16, 2022, loves to gift anyone she sees with a smile. She loves her siblings, and patiently accepts all their hugs and kisses.
We are currently in the process of deputation, and we are praying that support is raised quickly.
We will be working towards earning an Iceland accepted, accredited degree. We will also be attending Baptist Bible Translators Institute in Bowie, TX, for linguistic training.
While on deputation, it is our desire to influence the next generation for worldwide missions.
"With no reservations, I would like to recommend my son, Nate, and his family to you as your representatives on the field of Iceland. In his role as pastor at the church he started in 2015, he has demonstrated the leadership and vision that will be a great help to him on the field. He has been faithful to the Lord his whole life and is now leading his home with the help of his godly wife, Rachel, to also be faithful to the Lord."
PASTOR KEN SHAVER
As Pastor of Greater Cumberland Baptist Church, I am highly grateful that you are considering partnering with the Nate Shaver family, our missionaries to Iceland. They and the Michael Shaver family will be making a phenomenal team to help establish a godly and biblical foundation in a country destitute of the gospel. I am asking that you pray how YOU may hold their ropes.
PASTOR PAUL EDES
Safety while traveling
Wisdom and direction in planning for our eventual move to Iceland