Nichole Collins MacMillan

Nichole Collins MacMillan

Hospitality, Hope, and the Sacrament of Tacos


Nikki headshotWho 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.

A Puppy Parable

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 […]

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