Rev. Brandon Nichols


Rev. Brandon Nichols was born and raised in Great Bridge in Chesapeake where his parents Ralph and Sharon still reside. He has two sisters: Kaylee and Ashley. Kaylee is a 2016 graduate of UVA and Ashley is a current UVA student planning to become a teacher. Brandon has been an active member of Hickory United Methodist Church in Chesapeake all his life prior to entering ministry. He was Director of Youth Ministries there and managed a program of around 30 youth. 

He received his B. A. from Virginia Wesleyan College in 2012 and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a major in Religious Studies and a minor in History. He was President of the college’s chapter of Theta Alpha Kappa: the theology national honors society. He was the chair of Marlin Ministries, the College’s student ministry organization. Brandon completed his M. Div. from Duke University Divinity School in 2015 and graduated Magna Cum Laude. While at Duke, he interned as an associate pastor at New Brook United Methodist Church in Roxboro, NC and as a Chaplain intern at Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News, VA. 

Prior to coming to Jolliff, Brandon was the Pastor of Wesley Chapel UMC in Chuckatuck in Suffolk from 2015 to 2018. 

He is passionate about preaching and teaching as well as outreach and mission to the community. Above all, he is passionate about awakening desire for the Living God within all who will dare to answer the call of Jesus.