Pastor John Nichols
John came to know Christ as a freshman in high school and is a ’92 graduate of Taylor. He graduated with a history/teaching degree but ended up spending most of the past 30 years in full-time ministry. He began his life in ministry in 1992 as a Campus Life director for Youth for Christ in Rolling Meadows, IL. During his early years in ministry, he also served as a high school gymnastics coach for both boys and girls. Over the years, he has served as a youth pastor, associate pastor and lead pastor across Illinois, Connecticut and Arizona. Additionally, he’s spoken at Young Life retreats and the DCLA ’94 youth conference.
He eventually received his M.A. from Southern Evangelical seminary and He has recently been accepted to begin his Doctor of Ministry at Liberty University. In 2010 he published his first book Let Love Rule which “takes a look at the amazing, unfailing, revolutionary love of God for us.” He’s currently working on his second book, Child of God, which “takes a look at the fullness of who our Father is and all that He’s done for us in Christ.” He also holds a 4th degree black belt in Kenpo Karate and for 10 years owned and ran a martial arts school in Fountain Hills, Arizona.
Currently, he lives in Algonquin, IL with his wife Amy where he serves as the Campus Pastor for Harvest Bible Chapel Crystal Lake. He’s been married to Amy for 25 years and they have two children, Jake & Anna, both of whom are students at Taylor University. In his spare time, he enjoys movies or a good book. He also loves to be outdoors, whether that’s running, kayaking, fishing, or playing disc golf. More than anything though, he wants people to know Christ, all that He’s done for them, and the fullness of who they are as children of God.