Wednesday, October 29, 2014

ABC Offers Devotional Book by CUC Alumnus

The devotional book A Day in the Life of Jesus, by CUC alumnus Dennis Nickel, has been published posthumously and can be purchased at the Lacombe Adventist Book Center or Amazon.  The online description of the book states, A Day in the Life of Jesus is a daily devotional that takes you on a chronological journey through the Gospels from the perspective of those who interacted with Jesus. See life through the eyes of the people who walked and talked with Jesus as they share their first-person account of what they heard, saw, and experienced. Each day features a Bible reference and corresponding story based on the accounts of the four Gospels. 

Dennis Nickel was born on March 19, 1946 in Salmon Arm, BC to Marvin and Pearl Nickel. His dad was teaching at the little Silver Creek school but decided to further his education at Walla Walla College. The family eventually settled in the Loma Linda area. 

Dennis returned to Canada when he was 21 and worked for several years in the logging industry. In 1973 he enrolled in the Religious Studies program at CUC.  He spent a year in Thailand as a student missionary teaching English and married Jenny Nielsen in 1977. 

Graduating with his Bachelors degree in 1979, his first pastoral assignment was the Wetaskiwin/Ponoka district. Daughter Bethanne was born here. Son Benjamin was born while Dennis was attending the Seventh-day Adventist Seminary at Andrews University. He completed his Master of Divinity degree in 1983 and returned to pastor in Alberta where a second son, Bradley, was born. 

Nickel pastored for a total of 30 years in the Alberta, BC and Upper Columbia Conferences. He lost a battle with cancer on August 4, 2011.