Nathaniel Wood


I've been married to Christina for nine years, and our first daughter, Amara turned five years old in November.  Johanna, our second baby girl, will turn two years old in March. Our family has lived in Long Beach since November of 2016. We love our city, our neighborhood, and the calling to live in the inner-city. I am full-time missionary staff with Cru Inner City team in Los Angeles. Christina is currently a stay-at-home mom, loving our girls and works alongside me in this ministry. She is also an amazing birth doula and photographer!

We initially moved to Long Beach to join a team of people planing a new church North Long Beach, and the Lord was gracious to open up more opportunities for serving locally with Cru Inner City. I am passionate about seeing the gospel proclaimed in both word and deed in Los Angeles, as well as connecting, equipping, and empowering local churches and indigenous leaders with tools and resources to make disciples and reduce lostness in their communities.

The Lord never allowed us to live in North LB, but placed our family in the 90813 zip code in central LB. Our family specifically resides in the Washington neighborhood. Our neighborhood is one of the most dense, but also the poorest, least educated, and most violent in the city of Long Beach. 40% of our community is foreign born. Yet there is such beauty among the ashes, and we are asking, "What is God's dream for our community? What would it look like if God's kingdom came to 90813?"

We want to embody faith, hope, and love in this community! Our desire is to see the gospel planted in our neighborhood and among our neighbors, resulting in a network of missional communities that make Jesus known in word and deed.


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