Pastor Mike Nickerson

 

Jane Keener-Quiat

Mike and Ti Nickerson

Our pastor, Rev. Mike Nickerson, came to Aspen Community Church July 1, 2014.  The previous year he had served as interim Senior Pastor of Wenatchee First United Methodist Church in Wenatchee, WA.  He officially retired after 12 years as senior pastor of Parker United Methodist Church in Parker, CO on July 1, 2012, but as he likes to say, “I flunked retirement.” Previous to Parker UMC Dr. Nickerson served as President of United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio, one of thirteen United Methodist Seminaries in the United States.  Previously he served as Senior Pastor at Central United Methodist Church in Downtown Phoenix.  Organized in 1870, Central is the oldest Protestant Congregation in Arizona. 

Pastor Mike began his ministry as the pastor of several United Methodist Churches in Michigan before being appointed to the position of Director of Research Design for the United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry in Nashville, Tennessee.  This board relates the United Methodist Church to its 103 colleges and 13 seminaries. 

In 1986, he was appointed to serve as the Program Director and Director of Congregational Development for the Desert Southwest Conference of the United Methodist Church based in Phoenix, AZ.  During his five years as Director of Congregational Development he was responsible for the program that initiated 23 new churches in Arizona and southern Nevada. 

He graduated magna cum laude from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts, received a Master of Divinity from United Theological Seminary, a Master of Arts in Urban Geography from Miami University of Ohio and a Ph. D. in Historical Geography from Syracuse University. 

Pastor Mike served eight years on the General Commission on Archives and History, on the Arizona State Department of Education's Values and Education Task Force and the Phoenix Citizens Committee for a Master Plan for South Mountain Park.  He has also taught summer graduate courses at Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California and Iliff School of Theology in Denver, CO.  He has worked as a consultant in strategic planning with several non-profit organizations.  He enjoys hiking with his wife Ti, music, and maps.