Pastor Nigel, along with his wife Melany and children Jadon, Riley, Evan and Alayna, arrived in Visalia in early August 2016 and quickly began the assimilation process into his new ministry at Parkside Chapel, while establishing their new home in Visalia.
Canadian born, Unrau received his Bachelor of Pastoral Theology degree from Alberta Bible College, and a Master of Divinity from Canadian Southern Baptist Seminary, and was honored by receiving the Greek Language Award from Tyndale Publishing. In August of 2015 he was accepted into the D. Min. program at Luther Rice College and Seminary where he has been working on his Doctorate.
In January of 2016, Parkside launched a nationwide search for a new Lead Pastor. That search resulted in the receipt and consideration of nearly 100 resumes from throughout the United States and abroad. After investing hundreds of hours in the search process, Pastor Nigel was unanimously recommended to the congregation for the position of Lead Pastor.
Unrau is a gifted leader and teacher, who has a deep love for Jesus Christ. With a previous history of serving as a Senior Pastor, bi-vocational Pastor overseeing a church-plant, youth intern and owning his own construction company, Nigel comes with a well-rounded background in both ministry and business.
Pastor Nigel readily confesses, “The Lord has brought my family through many hardships. We have seen Him both in the darkest times and most miraculous circumstances. Faith, hope, and love are all essential and powerful, coming only from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I have been to the edge of all three and have found it is Christ alone who keeps me. Our rich history has given me a unique ability to take on difficult tasks with constancy and endurance. I can say wholeheartedly that with God, all things ARE possible!”
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