Saturday was a joyful day in the NT-NL Synod as we gathered at a Baptist church in Waco to ordain our newest pastor, Austin Nickel. Pr. Nickel has been called to serve at First Lutheran in Waco, where he has been serving as a SAWL while preparing for ministry through the TEEM program.
Austin was entered into candidacy as I began my synod call, so I have seen him grow through this whole process. I’m just so proud of him and filled with joy that the church is blessed with his leadership.
Austin planned a wonderful service filled with special music from a lovely choir, brass quintet, oboist, and even a solo from the newly ordained Rev. Nickel. He has a gorgeous voice, by the way.
Austin is clearly loved, as can be seen by the attendance of clergy from all over Texas, and the full Synod staff. I can’t wait to see what he will do in Waco. Blow, Holy Spirit, blow!