The Director - Graham Nicholls

Graham Nicholls, DirectorGraham is Director of Affinity combining this with his role as one of the Ministers at Christ Church Haywards Heath

Graham took over from Peter Milsom as Director in April 2016. He is seeking to provide strategic leadership of the ministry teams and the council meetings of Affinity.  

At Christ Church, apart from the regular Sunday preaching, pastoral work and leading a Community Group, he is particularly responsible for corporate evangelism and publicity, including the website, blogs and a newsletter we give out in the community and for the building.

He is also a Trustee of Saltworkz, a Christian charity which has a community café and gets involved with other community partnerships and events. He is also a Trustee for Reach Across a small international mission organisation seeking to bring the gospel to Muslims across the world. 

He represents the church in its connections with other churches and groups and lead the Haywards Heath and District Evangelical Fellowship. 

He was, until recently on the steering group and trust board of the Sussex Gospel Partnership and one of the Regional Co-ordinators for A Passion for Life 2014.

All these experiences have helped to develop commitment and experience of churches and organisations partnering together with gospel purposes and he hopes to use this experience in the work of Affinity.

Graham writes of his conversion and ministry: "I was brought up in a Christian family and attended an open brethren meeting in Caterham, Surrey. I don’t remember a time when I did not believe in the God of the Bible. When I was about five years old I became very anxious about hell and judgement and knew I was not ready for it. I remember a specific time when I discussed this with my parents and said a prayer of repentance and trust. From then on I considered myself a Christian. At around age 16 I was shocked to discover that some Christians around me thought I was not a Christian by my behaviour, speech and attitude. This was a big wake-up call that either I was not a Christian or at least not living as one. One way to describe that might be that I wanted Jesus as my saviour but not really my Lord and that needed to change. Around that time I started attending Caterham Baptist Church and was baptised in 1979 and joined the membership.

In 1994 we moved to Haywards Heath, in order to attend the Evangelical Free Church (now called Christ Church). We became members and helped in the Youth Group and later I became a Community Group leader. In 2001 I became an elder as part of a team of 5 elders, one of whom was paid full time by the church. In 2004 I was set aside part-time and at the end of 2006 was taken on “full time.”

I am so grateful to the Lord for the way he has led us through all these experiences to this particular church and ministry. A few years ago we were blessed to have all three of our children profess faith and be baptised.

Like all of us, I am weak and fail in many ways. I am energetic but impatient. I do not live as well as I preach. I struggle to have a disciplined devotional life. But the Lord has been gracious and used me in his service and I hope I may continue to be useful in as I learn and grow in Christ."

Graham has been married to Caroline since 1985 they have three grown up children.

You can contact Graham by email at director@affinity.org.uk

  

Assistant to the Director