Today is a bittersweet day. It is Hannah Nichol’s last day on the North Side staff.
It is bitter because we are losing one of the best employees a church could ever ask for. It is sweet because we are so excited she is marrying Traylor this weekend and they get to start their kingdom focused marriage together in Columbia (and I’m the lucky minister who gets to officiate!).
While I’ve been Hannah’s boss for the last couple of years, I also feel like an extra protective brother to her. So as I’ve gotten to know Traylor over these last months, I am so relieved that she is marrying such a godly guy. I am so excited she is already plugged into a great church at Midtown.
When I met Hannah at Lander, she was an amazing student with a ton of influence at Lander. I watched her grow more and more like Christ everyday. It was amazing to watch her stand firm and reach out to those far away from God on that campus (not many people can do that).
When she graduated, she came on staff as a receptionist, she spent some time on the missions team, and then on the worship team. Serving as a reference for her in her job hunt, I told this to someone about Hannah: “It is rare to find a person with technical skills that people actually like. It is rare to find someone with technical skills with administrative skills. It is rare to find a person who can organize stuff, get the job done, and yet still be a person that people are drawn to. Hannah is all that and so much more.”
While she has served in numerous roles at this church due to the fact that she is so stinkin’ talented, her biggest print on our fellowship is that she has invested in lives and encouraged people to be more like Jesus. And for that, I am forever grateful.
“Above all, you must live as citizens of heaven, conducting yourselves in a manner worthy of the Good News about Christ. Then, whether I come and see you again or only hear about you, I will know that you are standing together with one spirit and one purpose, fighting together for the faith, which is the Good News.” -Philippians 1:27