Dr. David Nicholas went home to be with the Lord he loved on January 25th after a massive heart attack at 9PM.
The press outside of Boca Raton, Florida and a few others places will probably not mark the day, but this remarkable man will be long remembered by countless men and women that have come to faith through his personal ministry and the hundreds of churches he helped to plant. He was a giant of a servant.
David loved the gospel of Jesus Christ and he loved the Lord of that Gospel with a zeal and passion that was rivaled by few. I first heard of David over 2o years ago. I did not have the good fortune of meeting him till last year when his assistant and co-laborer in the ministry, Ryan McInerney, read something on my blog and saw a kinship between my writing and a book that David had recently published.
Together, they invited me to come and participate in one of David’s Gospel Boot Camps. Since then, David was kind enough to invite me to participate in two other boot camps, one completed and one later next month at Calvin College. I knew him only a short time. And yet, I knew that David loved me. That was David–warm, generous, loyal and fiercely protective of the gospel that had been entrusted to him. Faithful to the end, David died yesterday after completing another strenuous day of ministry and mentoring.
So few finish well. David did. We will miss him. Our great comfort is that he knows the presence of Christ. The hope of the gospel is real.
Please be in prayer for his wife, his three sons and grandchildren.
David’s passing brings a new soberness to Psalm 90.