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Randall Nichols, D.Min.

Assistant Professor of Religion

Randall Nichols joined the WPU faculty in the fall of 2019 as an Assistant Professor of Religion. Professor Nichols is a WPU alumnus, who graduated with a B.A. in English and Business Administration. He also received a Doctorate in Ministry in Leadership & Spiritual Formation from the Portland Seminary George Fox University. He specializes in spiritual leadership, especially pastoral leadership.

Inside of the classroom, Professor Nichols has an emphasis on student presentations. He uses PechaKucha presentations, which are concise presentations of 20 slides each with 20 seconds of commentary per slide. Class discussions are also an important part of his classroom, both large and small group. When teaching, he brings a visual representation of the material covered instead of just oral commentary.

Outside of the classroom Randall enjoys reading, theater, music, and watching sports. He also enjoys playing golf, bicycling, games, trivia, camping, and traveling.


  • Doctor of Ministry in Leadership & Spiritual Formation, Portland Seminary of George Fox University
  • Certificate of Advanced Studies in Educational Administration - Superintendency, Iowa State University
  • Doctoral studies in Educational Administration, University of Nebraska-Omaha
  • Graduate studies in Educational Administration, Drake University
  • Master of Arts in Education – Secondary Principalship, University of Northern Iowa
  • Graduate studies – Coaching Endorsement, University of Northern Iowa
  • Bachelor of Arts in English and Business Administration, William Penn University
  • Iowa Yearly Meeting of Friends Churches, Presiding Clerk
  • Iowa Yearly Meeting Board on Coordination (Presiding Clerk 2007–2011, Recording Clerk 1993–1995)
  • Friends Development Fund (Presiding Clerk 2001–2011)
  • Friends United Meeting, Representative to General Board
  • Friends United Meeting Nominating Committee
  • Friends United Meeting Unleashing the Power Committee
  • Quaker Men of Iowa, President
  • Dissertation: Pastoral Leadership in the Small, Rural Church: The Second Career Pastor. Accessible through the Digital Commons of the George Fox University Library.
  • Presentation: “Negotiation Best Practices” at 2008 Iowa Association of School Boards Employee Relations Conference.
  • Presentation: “The Superintendent and Business Manager – Your School’s Financial Team in Times of Fiscal Stress” at 2003 Iowa Association of School Boards Convention.
  • “For Unto Us a Child Is Born,” Reader’s Theater script based upon the Prophetic Scriptures found in Job, Psalms, Isaiah, Romans, First Corinthians, & Revelation, December 1997.
  • “Educational Endeavors of Iowa Friends,” published in Quaker Life, Series XXVII, Number 8, October 1986.
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