Condolences for James Gerald (Jerry) Nichols

Gay King Crede posted on 7/19/22

Jerry was such a calm, reassuring person who gave me hope at a difficult moment early on in my ministry. His smile and genuine interest in the welfare of others set a standard for me. Julie, I still cherish how you cared for my mom in her last years of life. You have that same quality of genuine care and love for others. May God surprise you with special signs of reassurance and peace.


Penny Davis posted on 7/9/22

I am so sorry to hear about his passing. Cindy & Julie - I have such great memories of him from FUMC in Champaign and loved the retreats too. Praying for comfort for you both.


Jody Antrim posted on 7/6/22

I loved Pastor Jerry Nichols. He was a quiet, kind, and comforting pastor. One of my favorite memories of him happened at the end of solemn communion at FUMC Springfield. The organ was playing quietly and they were stacking the brass trays of of communion cups at the altar when something wasn't right and all the trays spilled over and the little cups went flying. You can imagine the scene and the noise of brass trays and little cups hitting the tile. And he turned to the congregation and did a little "ta-da" with a stomp of his foot and his arms out. I will always remember his being "real". I appreciate that he was progressive.