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.

Ash Wednesday Playlists and Prayerbooks

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 […]

It’s a Feast Day Somewhere

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 […]


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Dancing in the Kitchen, Songs that Shape My Soul, and Holy Ground

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, […]

Mirna and Microwave Popcorn

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 […]

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