Nicole Bullock, 36

greybutton-40u40Professor, Bethel Seminary
Lead Pastor, Blue Oaks Covenant Church
Minneapolis, MN


As a church planter, Nicole Bullock says the hardest decision she has faced was to re-establish a church plant. “We were about a year into our plant, and things were not working out as expected. We were still growing, and space issues prohibited us from meeting as frequently as we’d hoped.”

In faith, the church took a step back, restrategized, and relaunched one year later—with 400 people at their first service.

Born and raised in Chicago, Nicole attended North Park Theological Seminary on the recommendation of a mentor. Through her experience there and at the Covenant church she attended, she found that “the Covenant fit me, my beliefs, and my deep desire to see the church as a place of diversity and reconciliation.”

Nicole’s ministry experience in Chicago and the Twin Cities has fostered her passion for personal and leadership development, especially across cultures. She hopes to start more church plants, as well as develop an organization for people in under-served communities.

Books on your nightstand/e-reader: Now, Discover Your Strengths, Marcus Buckingham and Donald Clifton; Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; and Choosing to Preach, Kenton C. Anderson
Favorite way to waste time: Catching up on my favorite TV shows via Netflix or Amazon Prime. I love a good TV series.
Favorite TV show: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Castle
Choose a superpower—fly or be invisible: Invisibility. I have two small children, and every now and again, as a busy mom I’d like the power to disappear!