I am grateful to have received the call from the vestry of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church to be your new rector. I want to personally commend the diligence and endurance of the vestry. As well, I want to commend the congregations patience and faithfulness in the interim period. I also wish to extend a word of thanksgiving to Bishop Sumner for introducing me to this parish and for his encouraging me to discern the call to be the rector. There is much to be thankful for and much to celebrate in the coming weeks.
As I reflect on the calling to be your rector, I am struck by how I am being given the opportunity to serve a community of God’s people that has been faithful to their calling for 150 years. To be one in the lineage of St. Luke’s rectors is not only humbling, but it is also extraordinarily motivating to be continuing and partnering in this work. I look forward to carrying the torch of the Church’s tradition, in submission to the Holy Scriptures and the Spirit of God, into a new world. I am excited to see the light of our Lord Jesus Christ burning brightly in the heart of Denison.
In the mercy of our Savior, The Rev. Jacob Nichols
Fr. Jacob grew up in Illinois, having been raised in a small town surrounded by corn fields. He attended university in Lincoln, Illinois, where he graduated with a B.A. degree in biblical studies from Lincoln Christian University with honors. While living in Lincoln, he would meet and, in 2015, marry Alisha Nichols. From Lincoln, in 2017, Fr. Jacob and Alisha moved to Dallas to attend Dallas Theological Seminary, where he would receive a Th.M. in Historical Theology with honors. As a part of his formation in the Episcopal Church, he has also received a Certificate in Anglican Studies from Wycliffe College in Toronto.
Having originally been members of the Christian Churches and Churches of Christ, Fr. Jacob and Alisha joined the Episcopal Church in 2017 and began discerning his call to ministry. Fr. Jacob was ordained a deacon in April 2022, and he was placed at St. James Episcopal Church to start his curacy. He was ordained a priest inNovember 2022. At the beginning of 2023, Fr. Jacob received a call from Bishop Sumner to transition his curacy to Holy Trinity by the Lake Episcopal Church in Heath, Texas, where he served until receiving the call from St. Luke’s.
Fr. Jacob enjoys the outdoors, petting his dog Kilala, lifting weights, playing retro video games, being a Green Bay Packers fan, and listening to music (he likes metal). He and Alisha also enjoy sharing meals with friends and sharing Christ’s love with all people.