Reverend Nancy Nichols

Reverend Nancy Nichols


Pastor Nancy came to Michigan City First UMC in July of 2016. Most recently, Nancy has served Hamline Chapel in Lawrenceburg, Broadway Christian Parish in South Bend, and St. Paul’s in Muncie.

Pastor Nancy is passionate about getting to know the community where she lives and is often seen walking her basset hound Georgia around town while getting to know shop keepers, coffee shops, and other hidden gems.

While the theme of this year’s Indiana Annual Conference was See All The People, Pastor Nancy has been doing that her entire ministry by making connections with all sorts of folk and learning about faith from them.

She delights in designing worship, connecting with children, and challenging individuals to grow in faith and discipleship.

Education: Valparaiso University, BA in History; Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, M. Div.; Ball State University; MA in Adult Education; EDD (ABD) in Adult, Higher, and Community Education.

Family: Nancy is one of 4 sisters and has many folks who call her ‘Aunt Nanny’ – some are relatives by blood and others by choice. She has dear friends all over the state of Indiana who bring joy and delight to her life. Her current house mate is a comical 9 -year -old Basset Hound named Georgia (Georgy Girl).

Favorite Things: Nancy has always been a reader of fiction, non-fiction, theology, cereal boxes – if it has print she will read it. She is also an amateur photographer, sings in the church choir, is a member of Monday Musicale, and has often played her oboe for worship and in community bands across the state. Her favorite place to visit is Michigan’s Upper Peninusla, especially in the fall, and any place on water. Nancy writes a morning prayer most days and posts them on the church Facebook Page and her own page.

Trish Johnsen

Trish Johnsen

Children's Ministry Director

My name is Trish Johnsen and I am the Children’s Ministry Director here at 1 st UMC. As the director of the “MC1st kids”, I oversee the programming for the children’s department, special events that involve the whole family, and I also prepare lessons and teach on Thursday nights and Sunday mornings. I’ve worked in Children’s Ministries since I was fourteen years old, and started teaching Sunday School in my home church. Through the years, I directed many Vacation Bible Schools, and taught many Sunday School classes, while always being involved in Kid’s ministries. I served as a Youth Ministry Director on staff in Lafayette, IN. I spent twelve years working in public schools as a reading (and sometimes math) interventionist. I worked with school’s RTI teams, and taught small groups of K- 6 th grade students who needed a little bit of intervention to be more successful in school. My husband’s job moved us several times, and when we landed here in Michigan City, we knew we were home! I’m so happy to be serving the kids and families of First UMC of Michigan City. My husband of twenty -three years is Chris. He and I are the proud parents of Billy, who still lives at home while working and going to school. We also have a little zoo in our house with a crazy pair of cats, Dakota and Panda, and a seventeen -year old lab mix named Molly. When I’m not working on kid stuff, my house, or my yard, I’m definitely reading a book. I like to spend my weekends with my husband, showing off our bright orange 1969 Ford F100 at local shows and cruise ins. Come out and find us- we’re easy to spot!

You can find me here in my office at church on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00- 4:00 or reach me by email at

Bev Griffith

Music Director
Cindy Jackson

Cindy Jackson

Administrative Assistant

My Name is Cindy Jackson. I was born and raised in Chesterton Indiana. I have 2 children, a son of 26 years old and a daughter age 9. I love to be social. I have a very sweet and fun sense of humor. I love bike riding and hanging out with my kids. My kids mean the world to me. I love my job and hope to stay here until I retire.

George Jenks

Bell Choir Director