By Heather Clark
MINNEAPOLIS – A pastor who works as a school bus driver during the week recently lost his job for praying with the children who ride his bus.
George Nathaniel, 49, is the pastor of both the Elite Church of the First Born and Grace Missionary Baptist Church in Minneapolis. He has worked for the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District for the past two years, and was hired by Durham School Services, which provides the drivers for the district.
As Nathaniel is a Christian, he says that he likes to give the opportunity for students to sing and pray to start off their day on a positive note.
“We start out with a song,” he told the StarTribune. “Then each person will pray if they want to pray. If they don’t want to pray, they don’t have to pray. Then I will pray and ask them if they want to join me in prayer. Just give them something constructive and positive to go to school with.”
However, when an unidentified individual recently complained about Nathaniel’s prayers, Durham School Services issued him a warning and placed the pastor on a different route.
Nonetheless, the situation did not detour Nathaniel.
“I let them know I am a pastor and I am going to pray,” he said.