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.
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 […]
The weeks of the Bulldog’s biggest SEC rivalries are here, and I can feel the excitement even across the border in Tennessee. Florida. South Carolina. Auburn. Tech. (and a little Kentucky thrown in for fun). What a ride it is going to be! Let me be honest. I really want to be snarky about […]
The experts tell me the insane energy of Labrador puppies peaks between eight and ten months. Guess how old my beautiful boy is? Yep. He turns 10 months in a few days. And he probably weighs about 75 pounds which means that his bounding energy can be really, really destructive. Some people post puppy shaming […]
There’s no UGA football this Saturday. It’s a bye week for the Dawgs – the momentary pause before the weekend of Good Old Fashioned Hate, the World’s Largest Cocktail Party, the day when I can’t for the life of me figure out why a stadium in the state of Florida is considered neutral territory. So […]
Planning this week’s Tailgate Menu has prompted another round conversation with my family of fans. The topic is “Why is Mizzou in the SEC anyway?” We do this every year and you can rest assured I’m not going there in this blog. I have bigger problems. Namely, what do they eat in […]
Folks, I’m going to need your prayers this tailgate weekend. The menu is simple and we are game watching in the basement so no traffic issues. But I’m hosting a pack of teenaged boys to watch the Georgia – Tennessee game. Lord, help me! I can smell the socks already! I tried out the […]
When I was about 8 months pregnant with my first child, I discovered that I was giving birth to a college football fan. Having not attended a game since my husband was a Red Coat, I was really out of step with the players and coaches of the Southeastern Conference – much less the rest […]
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