Who Is She?
Nikki Collins MacMillan, like most of us, is a juggler.
She’s made her living as a pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Her resume includes all of the bits and pieces you would expect of a Presbyterian pastor. She earned an interdisciplinary degree in psychology and religion from Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia. Her M.Div. is from Union Theological Seminary and the Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, Virginia. She served congregations in Idaho, Arkansas, and Georgia. Five years ago, she worked with a team of volunteers to launch Bare Bulb Coffee, a non-profit coffee shop and mission outpost in Warner Robins, Georgia where she served as Chief Percolator – a tongue-in-cheek title meaning that she made sure the coffee was hot and that there was someone around with whom anyone off the streets could brew good ideas. The richness of Nikki’s professional experience is marked not by titles or credentials but by the earthy stuff of commuting to work in the Idaho back country by 4×4 truck, making friends with brave women in Guatemala, rocking babies in church nurseries, praying in moments of death and pain, and creating clever coffee drinks and awesome quiches. Nikki currently works as a coach and consultant to individuals, non-profits, churches, and pastors seeking to find new ways to engage and serve their communities. She offers private spiritual direction and personal coaching and writes and speaks about new forms of Christian mission and unexpected partnerships for transformative relationships. She is also the Mission Coordinator and Stated Clerk of Cherokee Presbytery, a community of 29 Presbyterian churches in northwest Georgia who work together to share light and hope.
She makes her life mothering two teenage boys, shepherding wayward cats and dogs, digging in the dirt and hiking in the woods, practicing yoga and centering prayer, shopping at farmers’ markets, strolling beaches, paddling a little red kayak, playing tennis, and developing what has been hailed as the “best pimento cheese recipe in the history of the known universe” (by one particular fan). Her Sometimes Sunday Supper Club and her family’s Midweek Mexican meals are the highlight of her week.
Nikki’s home is in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Pilgrimage is a luxury. Sometimes we think of a pilgrimage as something we are compelled to do. A quest for our souls. And so it may be. My soul certainly needs both challenge and refreshment – a new encounter with a Holy God. But this time away from my regular activities, […]
We’ve all been to those events where you are asked to engage in clever icebreakers intended to warm up a group and break down some outer fortifications. You can learn a lot about people in these moments. More than their hometown or their pet’s name, if you’re paying attention you catch glimpses of how they […]
I can’t say that I’m feeling the holly jollys this Christmas. A year ago, we were on the eve of moving into a new house after two Christmases in tiny apartments. My family was eager to spread out and welcome people into our new home for Christmas 2017. I had a storage unit of treasured […]
When my days start as I want them to, they start with an hour beside the Tennessee River where I walk my two dogs, Barks and Lily. Lily is a beautiful old Pointer who darts in and out of the brush on the bank. Even at 11 years old, she can run forever. Barks […]
I swear if I can still form sentences when I come out on the other side of this – in, say, ten years or so when all frontal lobes have reached maturity – I’m going to write a book. For now, I’m clear none of us in this household have yet survived it, and the […]
I should be washing dishes. Let me correct that. I could be washing dishes. But this is important and I need to share it. (and if you haven’t figured out the difference between should and could, let me introduce you to a good therapist!) Today was not the Thanksgiving I expected. Seven days […]
Saturday is here, and the Dawgs are Between the Hedges to face Kentucky. My kids are headed to watch the game with their dad and grandparents. I have a short work trip that I hope will bring me home for the second half. So, there’ s not a tailgate in my weekend plans. (Come back […]
Now, Nikki, I know there’s a Tiger in you somewhere…. That’s what my cousin Joyce said to me when I first started sharing my UGA tailgate menus on social media. She knows more of my backstory than most of you do, and she’s great a keeping a girl honest. So here’s the deal…. Yes, […]
A few years ago, I participated in a one day retreat with clergy colleagues. We learned a bit about Celtic spirituality and the Celt’s reverence for the most ordinary parts of daily life – chopping the wood, laying the fire, washing the clothes. I continue to reap the benefits of that day’s conversation in my […]
For me, the UGA/South Carolina game has typically been one that it is almost too hot to care about. For years, it was so early in the season that the game and the tailgate were only fun because we had been waiting so long to cheer for the Dawgs again. Now that the matchup is […]
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