Nathan A. Cost

Director of the Vocational Life and Formation

Dr. Nathan Andrew Cost is the Director of Vocational Life and Formation at McAfee School of Theology, a role he began after serving as Director of Admissions for five years.  He received his PhD from Mercer’s Tift College of Education, MTS from Emory’s Candler School of Theology, and his BA in History and Education from Lipscomb University.  Prior to McAfee, he served in numerous posts as a educator, administrator, and researcher in contexts across America and around the world.

Dr. Cost works closely with McAfee students to help them explore their callings and identify practical steps to prepare for meaningful vocations.  He teaches courses on vocation, spirituality, and lived experiences of religion.  His role also allows him to create student programming opportunities for vocational discernment and development outside of the classroom.  In addition, he has served as the Director of the Center for Calling and Vocational Formation (CCVF) at McAfee since 2022.

Dr. Cost’s research interests include phenomenology of religion, hermeneutics, religious calling experiences of seminary students, and the intersection of vocation and loss.  He is a frequent speaker, teacher, and writer on vocation and calling.

He is the very proud uncle of seven nieces and nephews.


  • Ph.D., Tift College of Education, Mercer University
  • M.T.S., Candler School of Theology, Emory University
  • B.A., Lipscomb University

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