Saint Timothy's
Episcopal Church
Indianapolis, IN  USA

Parish News
by Ben Sworh

email us at:  sttimothy.indy

Vestry Notes



The Rev. Rebecca Nickel

Episcopal priest, spiritual director and consultant  

Rev Rebecca NickelsRebecca currently serves on the Northeast Deanery Team Ministry, known as the “Vicars of NED”.  They are four priests who share parish ministry between four mission churches in the Diocese of Indianapolis.  She also serves as a trainer and chaplain for the summer staff at Waycross Episcopal Camp in Brown County, Indiana.  

After completing her Masters of Divinity degree with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy at Fuller Theological Seminary, Rebecca worked as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in Pasadena, California and Denver, Colorado.   

Rebecca was confirmed at All Saints Episcopal Church, Pasadena California where she taught Children’s Church School and served as a campaigner for the every member stewardship canvas.  Moving from Pasadena to Denver, Colorado, she began worshipping at St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral.  Following a major parish trauma at the Cathedral, Rebecca directed Transitions, a Lenten congregational healing and education program.  

With discernment for Holy Orders and Anglican Studies education, Rebecca was ordained at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Denver, Colorado, serving as deacon and curate.  She expanded their children’s Christian education and New Member Welcoming ministries, which increased attendance and stewardship.  As Associate Rector for St. John’s Episcopal Church in Boulder, Colorado, Rebecca implemented their first Adult Christian Education and Young Adult Ministry programs.  She wrote and led a liturgy for Holy Innocents Day, instrumental for the parish’s healing following a tragic trauma within the church community.   

Rev Rebecca Nickels celebrating Mass at St. Timothy'sWith the call to serve as rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana, unbeknownst to her, Rebecca became one of the first women priests to serve as a rector of an endowed, historic, downtown, program-size parish.  While serving as rector, Rebecca increased attendance, lay leadership, education, stewardship and youth ministries.   

Her diocesan ministries have included serving as chair of the Diocese of Colorado’s Human Sexuality Commission, founder & chaplain for two Colorado Integrity chapters, and as a member of the Diocese of Northern Indiana’s Commission on Ministry.  Presently, Rebecca serves as a trainer for Safeguarding God’s People, the chaplain to the Youth Steering Committee, and as a Search/Transitions consultant for churches in the Diocese of Indianapolis. 

As a psychotherapist, priest, educator and consultant, Rebecca has worked for many years integrating mental health, wholeness, worship, community and spirituality; combining wellness, imagination and creativity to the life of faith.  Rebecca is married to David Bruce Nickel and has two daughters.
top photo supplied by Rev. Nickels
bottom photo by Ed Champa