Terrence L. Nichols
Terrence Nichols was born in Pelham, Georgia, the middle of five siblings. He recognized his calling into the gospel ministry at the early age of 16 and began preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Lord blessed his ministry as he conducted youth revivals and rallies throughout Georgia, Alabama and Florida. On the day that he graduated from High School he received front-page newspaper coverage for also being the commencement speaker at a neighboring high school’s graduation celebration.
Upon graduating from high school Terrence enrolled at Simpson University in San Francisco where he received a B.A. in Oral Communications in 1984. He has received two Honorary Doctorates in Theology and Education from Faith Grant College in Alabama and earned a Masters in Ministry degree from Simpson University in Redding, CA in 2006.
He has experience as a Christian radio personality, evangelist, conference speaker, revivalist, youth pastor and senior pastor. He has also been employed in Corporate America working in Public Relations for both Pacific Gas and Electric Company and Chevron Corporation. He is currently the Senior Pastor of New Hope Church Community, affiliated with The Christian and Missionary Alliance in Vallejo, CA. Upon leaving his pastorate of nine years in San Francisco to plant the church in Vallejo, Mayor Willie Brown, “Da Mayor,” of San Francisco officially declared October 28, 2001 to be “Terrence Nichols Day in San Francisco,” to honor his tireless work with the cities’ youth and the community. Upon moving to Vallejo in 2002, he has become a viable force behind the North Bay Minister’s Union’s Youth Summit as well as various outreaches birthed from New Hope Church Community’s “Hands of Hope” ministries.
Pastor Nichols has served on the National Board of Directors for the Christian and Missionary Alliance and was the national president of the Association of African American Churches for the Christian and Missionary Alliance for twelve years. Under the auspices of the AAAC, he has led short-term mission’s trips to Haiti and Senegal to train church workers and conduct citywide revivals and meet the felt needs of these countries. He served on the Board of the Alliance Redwoods camp in Cape Town, South Africa; on the District Executive Committee for the Central Pacific District of the C&MA and has served as a trustee for Simpson University in Redding, CA.
Writing has always been one of his passions. He has written several articles on diversity and multi-ethnic celebrations in corporate publications. In the religious arena he has had articles on growing multi-ethnic churches published in “Reconcilers Magazine” and “The Alliance Life.” God has blessed Him to be able to pastor all ethnicities and has assailed him as a requested speaker for Asian, Hispanic, Filipino churches throughout the country. He enjoys poetry and basketball as well as songwriting and composing.
The Lord has blessed him to travel extensively throughout the country as a revivalist, camp speaker and conference speaker and globally in South Africa, France, Senegal, Haiti, Canada and Jerusalem. He has been the Finale Speaker at major Christian Conferences such as Urbana ’06, preaching to over 22,000 young people around the world and sharing the stage with dynamic speakers such as Ray Bakke, Brenda Salter-McNeil and Rick Warren. Also, he has been a keynote speaker for the Ispectra Conference sharing the pulpit with such noted speakers as Chip Ingram.
The life achievements of Rev. Nichols have been chronicled in the Vallejo Times Herald, The Pelham Journal, The Albany Herald, The Alliance Life Magazine, The Chevron Now, Channel 7 News, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Pacifica Public Access Channel and numerous publications and websites.
Pastor Nichols believes that his greatest life achievement is marrying his high school sweetheart, Madeline Nichols and together raising two daughters, Jessica and Chelsea, who also love the Lord.