Rev’d Dr Andrew Nicholls, MA

Director of Pastoral Care

From a Christian home and converted at university, Andrew qualified as a doctor from the University of Cambridge in 1992, and almost immediately began exploring a change of job. After a year on the Cornhill Training Course, three years on the staff of UCCF (where he met and married Hilary), and a two year apprenticeship with Richard Coekin in south-west London, he arrived to study theology at Oak Hill.


Returning to south-west London, he began as a pastor in a church plant with a growing sense that there was a lot to learn about people, especially about how to find and respond to God in the realities and struggles of real life. After five years he started studying online with the Christian Counseling and Education Foundation (CCEF), and was thrilled to discover more of how in the gospel Christ finds and shepherds us at every moment. From 2013-18 he was a pastor in Dundonald Church, Raynes Park, London, with particular responsibility for small groups and pastoral care.


Says Andrew: ‘Pastoral care is what the gospel is for. In the gospel, God himself saves, secures and sanctifies us out of the deepest covenant love and faithful care, and with the gospel he equips us to be his agents in this glorious work. We have left a situation we loved in order to be part of a college committed to raising up a generation of church servants who increasingly know how wonderfully the gospel reaches into us, and through us, into others, at every twist and turn of life.’


Andrew is founding trustee of a crisis pregnancy centre, and has begun work on a book to inform the church’s response to abortion. With Helen Thorne, he has written a course for churches based on some of CCEF’s core material: Real Change (2018, New Growth Press). He and Hilary have two teenage sons and all are now learning about living with Kip, a lively cocker spaniel.