Hey! I'm Nik. My hobbies include kayaking the Susquehanna, playing board games with friends, eating Tex Mex with my wife, woodworking in the garage, long walks with my daughter, playing the guitar with my family, and creaming my son at chess.
Here's my story in brief. I was born in Eastern North Carolina, raised on barbecue and sweet tea. My parents divorced when a year later, so I grew up swapping households and experiencing two completely different lifestyles. Our family began attending church around the age of ten, so I eventually became a regular in the youth group. At age fourteen I had been wrestling with fear of what would happen to me after death. My fears did not completely go away until I was seventeen. In the privacy of my own pickup truck, driving home from a soccer game, I told God that my life was His and I would do whatever He asked of me for the remainder of my life.
We soon made friends at DTS, became active in a local church, and settled in to life in the big city. Children certainly surprised us! During seminary, God blessed us with two amazing kids, Iren and Juliette. Raising children has been both the most challenging and joyful experience of our life together.
Here is our family of four in a nutshell. My wife of fourteen years, Anna, is incredible. She serves as the fundraising and marketing manager for Love Inc. ("In the Name of Christ"), studies theology at Dallas Theological Seminary, and still finds time to be an amazing wife and mother. She’s German, a superb cook, attractive, and super fun, so I’ll keep her around for a while. We are the proud parents of two awesome kiddos: a ten-year-old boy and a nine-year-old girl. Our family enjoys being outdoors, playing board games, racing go-carts on Nintendo Switch, and singing along to Imagine Dragons.
In January of 2023, I will to complete my Doctor of Ministry program with Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. This program in Pastoral Theology focused on three aspects of pastoral ministry: leadership, shepherding, and preaching. My thesis project was an outreach experience: Evangelism that Engages Unchurched Young Adults. The opportunity to pursue this level of ministry training has been an honor, and has equipped me to guide a church towards greater maturity and outreach.