Meet the Pastor
Hello, I am Mike Nichols, and I am the pastor of Preston Hollow United Methodist Church.
I was born in Greenville, Texas, the county seat of Hunt County. I grew up in Greenville, and graduated from Greenville High School. In high school I played trombone in the Marching Band and Concert Band as well as in the Stage Band (jazz). In my senior year, I was drum major of the Lion Band.
From there I entered East Texas State University (now Texas A&M Commerce) and graduated from there with a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology. At ETSU, I played in the Marching Band and Concert Band and also in the Trombone Choir. I was drum major of the ETSU Lion Marching Band during my freshman and sophomore year.
I am married to Janice, and we share our life with our four wonderful children and seven wonderful grandchildren. Another child in our home is Belle, a beautiful Cocker Spaniel, who is on the verge of speaking a human language. Janice is a Registered Nurse, now retired from practice. We live in far North Dallas and enjoy our home and life there.
I am a lifelong Methodist having grown up in Greenville; our family was active in Wesley Methodist Church (before the church became United Methodist). Through the nurturing of our Associate Pastor, Pastor, and church members, I came to understand that I was being called into the ordained ministry. Following the protocol of the ministry process, I was ordained a Deacon and an Elder in the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church. My entire ministry has been within the North Texas Conference.
Regarding the future of the Preston Hollow community of faith, our church is undergoing a metamorphosis as we transition from the church of 50 years ago into the church God is calling us to become today. Across many months of work and voluminous input from the laity and from demographic studies, we are developing a strategy of growth and mission to create a sustainable community of faith for the next 50 years by identifying new ministries and determining resources and facilities required.
In my free time, my wife and I join together in yard work and in taking care of our wonderful grandchildren. We also enjoy many kinds of music both recorded and live. We are new singers in Resounding Harmony, a Dallas community chorus that engages in musical philanthropy, raising money for numerous community organizations. Resounding Harmony believes in “giving where we’re living.” Since its inception, the chorus has contributed almost $200,000 to worthy community organizations.
In our family, our relationship with God is an ongoing journey of question, conversation with each other and God, and of service through the local church and beyond it. We believe that God is holding onto us and working to shape us through all of our experiences in life. Our church is the place where we find support and nurture as we live with the great questions of faith and life.