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 makes her life mothering two teenage boys, having fascinating conversations with their dad, shepherding wayward cats and dogs, digging in the dirt, practicing yoga and centering prayer, shopping at farmers’ markets, strolling beaches, paddling a little red kayak, playing tennis, and developing what her husband hails as the “best pimento cheese recipe in the history of the known universe.”
Nikki’s home is in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
A couple of months ago, my family purchased and moved into a new to us home. It was lovingly built on a Chattanooga hillside by a childless couple beginning retirement. The yard became their labor of love and gift to the neighborhood. By the time we saw the house, the wife had died and the […]
Word is there is a big season finale coming up tomorrow night. I have to admit I was a latecomer to the Downton Abbey craze – if public television viewers are capable of a craze. It’s more like Presbyterians responsible for a pep rally, very dignified enthusiasm. For a few seasons, I made fun of […]
Joel 2:1-2, 12-17 My Ash Wednesday play list always includes the work of a songwriter I discovered while we lived here 15 years ago. Her name is Christine Kane. She’s a friend of a friend, and I’m ashamed to say I haven’t kept up with her career, but probably 15 years ago, I saw her […]
A few weeks ago, trending on social media was a conversation about when a person should take down Christmas decorations – or how long we could get away with leaving up the tree. Thoughts on the matter ranged from “Get it down right away” to “Leave it up until Valentine’s Day.” A few even suggested […]
This Sunday, I am preaching on Acts 29. You need to read the whole chapter – but it hangs together as one thrilling story. I think The Message version makes for a good read. I’m not an action flick kind of girl – not when it comes to movies and not when it comes to time […]
When I made the transition from full-time pastor to full-time, stay-at-home mom, I discovered the best radio station ever. Living in north Georgia, I tuned my dial to 88.1 and the voices of Richard Windham and his colleagues at WUTC, the public radio station out of Chattanooga, TN. While loading the dishwasher in the evening, […]
I’m on the road this weekend – doing work that I love. And then this happened. As I stumbled into your hotel, my feet were tired from being stuffed into fashionable cowboy boots for the past 11 hours. My body was longing for a hot shower, crisp sheets, and an easy cell phone conversation with […]
My friend Stephanie knows about things I don’t. She flies airplanes for a living. She embodies courage and an openness to change that is far beyond me. Today, she is flexing her theological blogging muscle and shares her thoughts below. She knows a thing or two about what she writes – and a whole lot […]
A post for New Year’s Day 2016 My husband says it’s because I’m part witch. My children think I’m channeling a Jewish grandmother. I’m pretty sure I’m not either of those, but I love that both harken to a woman’s connection to the root of things as she understands them. Food has power. Eating […]
As I stand on the edge of a new thing, I bow to what you have begun in me: the work and the blessings of the year now done the brokenness you promise to redeem the struggle through which you promise to reshape me the balm of laughter the wonder of growing children the steadfast […]
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