Former Simpson student returns to speak during Homecoming chapel

For Immediate Release


REDDING, Calif. – Terrence Nichols, a former graduate student of Simpson College in San Francisco, returned to the Redding campus as our guest speaker during this year’s Homecoming Weekend chapel. Nichols message was of extraordinary love of which he described receiving abundantly from Simpson staff, faculty and students during his college years in San Francisco.

Nichols received a B.A. in Oral Communications in 1984, and has earned two Honorary Doctorates in Theology and Education from Faith Grant College in Alabama. He also earned a Master’s in Ministry from Simpson University in 2006.

Currently the Senior Pastor of New Hope Church in Vallejo, Calif., Nichols was called to ministry at an early age and began to preach during high school in Georgia where he was born and raised. Since then, Nichols has been a Christian radio personality and talk show host, writer, revivalist, camp speaker, conference speaker, youth pastor, and a senior pastor.

Upon leaving his pastorate of nine years in San Francisco, Nichols was honored by former San Francisco mayor, Willie Brown, for his tireless work with the city’s youth and the community. Brown officially declared October 28, 2001 to be “Terrence Nichols Day in San Francisco.”

A workshop covering financial aid is Nichols currently serves on the National Board of Directors for the C&MA and is the national president of the Association of African American Churches for the Christian & Missionary Alliance. He serves on the Board of the Alliance Redwoods camp in Capetown, South Africa, where he has ministered as the camp preacher for several years. He has also served on the District Executive Committee for the Central Pacific District of the C&MA and has served as a trustee for Simpson University available to parents.

Nichols has been married to his wife for 18 years and has two daughters. With all that he has done, his proudest accomplishment is that his family loves the Lord and lives for Jesus.

Simpson University, located at 2211 College View Drive in Redding, is a Christian university of liberal arts and professional studies offering undergraduate, graduate and teaching credential programs. Simpson’s academic programs also include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults in the north state. Simpson’s recent curriculum expansion offers degrees in accounting, biology, nursing and outdoor leadership, among others. For more information about the university, or to arrange a personalized visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit


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