Meet Pastor Daniel Nicewonger
Pastor Daniel Nicewonger
I grew up in a small community south of Albany, NY, and while in high school I joined with the church I was attending in going to minister on the island of Roatan, just off the coast of Honduras.
It was there that I felt God’s call upon my life to go into full-time ministry.
After graduating from high school, I went on to Messiah College. While there I earned a B.A. degree in Christian Education and met my wife Nancy. Together we have partnered in life and ministry since we were married in 1990.
From Harrisburg, PA we moved to South Hamilton, MA, where I attended Gordon – Conwell Theological Seminary. I took the long road, thanks to Hebrew, and graduated in 1995 with an MDiv. degree with a concentration in youth ministry.
We were called to Memorial Baptist Church in Cortland, NY, where I served as the Associate Pastor for four years. In November of 1999 our family relocated to Springfield, MA. I served as the pastor of Church in the Acres until February of 2008.
In February 2008 Nancy and I stepped out in what has been the boldest step in our pursuit of living in radical obedience to God’s call upon our lives and transitioned to life in Locust, North Carolina. We had no jobs, no home…nothing but a clear sense that God was inviting us out of full time pastoral ministry for a season and was inviting us to live in NC.
In early 2013 Nancy and I both sensed that God was beginning to open doors of opportunity for us again and we started to search His leading guiding and directing regarding possible ministry locations. In May of 2014 I accepted a call to serve as pastor of First Baptist Church of Kennett Square.
In May of 2016 I experienced what you would call a life disruption. I was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer. When I asked what the prognosis was my oncologist said the best I could hope for was two more years. It was time to go home and get my affairs in order.
Since that time I have undergone two rounds of aggressive chemotherapy, chemo-embolization, the installation of a hepatic infusion pump along with other treatments. God has been extremely gracious and I have exceeded the life expectation of my oncologists.
It has been my great privilege to continue to serve the congregation of First Baptist throughout this season of life. We have journeyed together amazingly well. God has provided me strength when I have been at my weakest. I have learned what Paul meant when he wrote to the church at Corinth,
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
2 Corinthians 12:9-11
I am excited to see what God has in store for us during this season of life and ministry here in Kennett Square. I hope you find ways to connect with what God is doing in our midst.
To learn more about me, my family, and my faith, read my blog at: DanielNicewonger.com
The Journey Continues
Cancer has a way of upending every area of one’s life, as well as the lives of those near the patient.
Pastor Dan has been a seeker his entire life, seeking a deeper relationship with Abba Father. His journey was disrupted when the doctor said, “You have stage IV colon cancer.” Questions of “Why” and “If only” crowded his mind. “Can one encounter God in the midst of a cancer journey?”
Join this seeker as he shares the pain and joys of this journey not of his choosing. Dan writes with a transparency intended to allow others to see the struggles that lead to healing and life. He writes with openness, sharing the joys and struggles of learning to truly live with cancer. Daniel shares of learning to walk with his oncology team, how the journey affected the caregivers in his life, and the disruption to family and work life.
Dan is joined by his wife, Nancy, as she shares some of her thoughts and feelings while watching her husband fight his battle.
The Journey Continues is Dan’s witness that one can find joy, peace and comfort amidst the storms of life. While everyone’s journey is different, there are lessons to be learned as Dan shares the realities of learning to live with his “new normal.”
Come join with Pastor Dan and find “Joy Amidst Life’s Struggles.”
I believe that in the sharing of our stories we can help each other better hear the voice of Abba Father gently calling to us.