Preacher of the Week: The Rev. Dr. Sergei Nikolaev

S. NikolaevServing as President of the Moscow Theological Seminary of The United Methodist Church in Moscow, Russia, the Rev. Dr. Sergei Nikolaev is a global leader of the church.

Born in 1972, he accepted Christ in the Russia United Methodist Church while studying engineering physics at Moscow Engineering Physics Institute (National Research University). Having served as a Sunday school teacher and assistant to the pastor, he entered the Russian United Methodist Theological Seminary in Moscow, Russia, and was a member of the first graduating class in 1997.

Academically, the Rev. Dr. Nikolaev specializes in the fields of evangelism, interchurch relations, history and theology of the Methodist Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church and the history of Christian thought. He also holds a PhD in Christian Tradition from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

In 2005, the Rev. Dr. Nikolaev returned to Russia as the E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism at the Moscow Theological Seminary of The United Methodist Church, and in 2008, he was elected President of the seminary.

Even with the country’s unpredictable economy, he initiated a $5 million endowment campaign to support the seminary. He also piloted a joint summer program in field education with the Boston University School of Theology.

Over the years, the Rev. Dr. Nikolaev has written essays and presentations including, “Russia & Global Methodism” and “Methodism & the Challenge of Orthodoxy in Russia.”

From August 2-7, the Rev. Dr. Nikolaev will serve as Preacher of the Week in Lakeside Chautauqua. This week’s Preacher of the Week program is supported by the Gretchen A. Curtis Endowment.

At the 10:30 a.m. Hoover Community Worship Service on Sunday, Aug. 2, the Rev. Dr. Nikolaev will provide a message based on Luke 24: 13-35 about the walk to Emmaus.
In his sermon, titled “Walk to Emmaus in a Global Village,” the Rev. Dr. Nikolaev will share how often people miss Jesus’ presence because of inward focus.

For those who wish to attend the Hoover Community Worship Service, a complimentary Church Pass may be obtained from 7:30-10:30 a.m. Sunday; valid until 3 p.m. The pass includes admittance for guests and auto.

During his time at Lakeside, the Rev. Dr. Nikolaev will also provide the message at 10 a.m. Monday-Thursday for a combined Faith for Living Hour and Chautauqua Lecture Series morning lecture in Orchestra Hall. Please note the change in time for this week’s combined Faith for Living Hour/Chautauqua Lecture Series.

A complimentary Faith for Living Hour Pass is available from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. The pass includes admittance to Lakeside for guests and auto.

At 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, the Rev. Dr. Nikolaev will lead Vespers by the Lake, held at the Steele Memorial Bandstand.

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