Pastor Dan Nichols grew up in the Brainerd Lakes Area where he spent the majority of his formative years playing baseball and serving in the youth group at Lakewood Evangelical Free Church. Although he was saved at a young age Dan struggled in his understanding of the love of God through his junior high years. By grace God eventually led Dan through His word, showing him that the work of salvation is completed totally by Christ. It was during his high school years that Dan felt God calling him into full-time ministry. This caused him to participate in a nine-month internship at Lakewood Evangelical Free before heading off to college.
It was after this internship that Dan married his wife Natika. Together they finished Associate in Arts degrees at Central Lakes College, the same school that Pastor Denny graduated from.
In August 2010 Dan was accepted into Bethlehem College and Seminary, entering a world filled with Jesus-loving, theologically minded people. Being trained and mentored by E. Michael Rusten, Dan spent sixteen months joyfully searching the scriptures, studying Systematic and Covenantal Theology, learning the ancient Greek language and writing research papers.
After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Biblical and Theological Studies, Dan joined the pastoral staff at Annandale Evangelical Free Church where he now serves as the Pastor of Student Ministries. He and Natika live in Annandale and have two daughters, Elise & Alice.