The Rector

Alice Nichols grew up in North Carolina and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Meredith College in Raleigh. After moving to Tennessee, she received her Master’s degree in Social Work from UT and worked for over thirty years in the mental health field. Prior to her ordination in Kentucky, she worked as a layperson in various ministries at Christ Church Cathedral in Nashville.

She served as Sacristan and Chair of Liturgy for a number of years and was instrumental in creating and initiating an alternative liturgy called “First Friday,” which incorporates the arts (dance, various genres of music, visual arts, etc.) in a program of spiritual outreach to the city of Nashville. In 2005, she received her Master of Divinity degree from Vanderbilt Divinity School.

Alice became the Rector of Grace Church in August, 2011, after serving as Rector at Christ Church in Elizabethtown for four years. While in Elizabethtown, she was actively involved in the formation of Heartland Interfaith, focusing on dialogue among Christians, Jews, and Muslims. She also served as Chair of the Board of CASA of the Heartland (Court Appointed Special Advocates). In the past, she has served as Chair of the Standing Committee of the Diocese of Kentucky and Chair of the Human Relations Commission for the City of Hopkinsville. At the end of 2017, she will complete two terms (six years) on the Board of Directors for Aaron McNeil House, and she is currently serving as Board Chair.

Alice has one daughter, Margaret (Meg), who lives in Nashville, Tennessee. She is the proud grandmother of Luca who is eight years old.

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