I was born in 1958 and raised in central Illinois as a “preacher’s kid.” My father Ed Nichols has been involved in the preaching ministry and cross-cultural missions for over forty years. I graduated with a B.A. degree from Lincoln Christian College (now Lincoln Christian University) in 1980 and a M.A. degree from Lincoln Christian Seminary in 1983. I was youth minister at the Greenview Christian Church in Greenview, Illinois for about five years before becoming a missionary.
My family and I served as missionaries with ACM International (formerly African Christian Mission) in The Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire), from 1983 to 1993. From 1994 to present, I have been teaching at Lincoln Christian University in Lincoln, Illinois. I am currently Professor and Director for the Intercultural Studies Program in the undergraduate school. I have made numerous short-term ministry trips to over twenty countries. I am a 2014 graduate of Trinity International University (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, TEDS) where I earned a PhD degree in Intercultural Studies with a minor in Education.
I have been married to my wife Julie (originally from Ontario, Canada) for thirty-four years and have three adult children; Sarah (husband Jake), Jason (wife Chelsea), and Samantha (husband Josh). Julie and I have two grandchildren (Gwen and Everett); I have also been a spiritual father to several “spiritually adopted” children.
I have served as interim preaching minister in eight Illinois Christian churches (Mt. Auburn, Heyworth (New Horizon), Hudson, Petersburg, Rochester, Monticello, Taylorville, and Mason City). I also served for five years as the weekend preaching minister of the South Fork Church of Christ near Rochester, Illinois. Our family resides near Mt. Pulaski, Illinois. I have published articles on missions topics in two different professional journals and have recently completed the manuscript of my first book, “Short Life: Living for What Matters During our Few Days on Earth.”