Youth Pastor Spotlight: Ernie Nickell

Ernie at a glance:

  • Where were you born? Belfast, Northern Ireland

  • Married? Not yet

  • Kids? No

  • What Church are you at? Lakeview Gospel Centre, Bonnyville, AB

  • How long have you been there? 6 months


Q: What’s your favorite city to visit?

A: New York


Q: Favorite Movie?

A: I like movies that are based on real life events so, any of the Jurassic Park/World movies all year round, and Elf in December.


Q: Favorite Youth Ministry moment?

A: Anytime the penny drops for a student, and they decide to give their lives to God. Then getting to baptise them.


Q: What’s your least favorite fast food joint?

A: Taco Time = Toilet Time


Q: Any pet peeves?

A: Those fake trees and bushes that every church have inside. I try to hide them at whatever church I'm at but within a few weeks they return.


Q: What’s the biggest mistake you ever made in ministry? What’d you learn?

A: Ministry Burn out, and not taking care of my health. Also, playing mantracker at youth group in the bush. One student climbed a massive tree to hide, i watched that tree and him in it fall straight down. His only injury was bruised pride.


Q: What do you enjoy doing outside of youth pastoring?

A: Movies, Quads, Hunting, FOOD


Q: What’s the best event you’ve ever done with students?

A: Youth Kickoffs and retreat events are always a favorite of mine. Getting away together, creating space for the holy spirit to work is a top priority. Seeing this happen is the greatest.


Q: What’s your biggest ministry struggle at the moment?

A: Time management, getting better and learning the incredible strength that comes from delegating within my team.


Q: If you could gather all the youth pastors in our province in a room, what would you want to say to them?

A: I would encourage. I feel sometimes in ministry we can hit these short seasons of being discouraged. Perhaps it’s by something somebody has said to us or maybe we are not yet seeing the things that God has spoken to us come to pass in our area of ministry. Not that we are all delicate little daisies and need to be constantly told how good we are, but we do need to be encouraged regularly by those around us. I encourage others who read this to stay focused on the task God has called you to, you are doing great, and you are so important to the big picture of what God is doing through his church!


Q: Is there something that the youth pastors of the province can be praying towards for you?

A: Wisdom! Just to seek the heart of God in every decision that comes along. For the next step. Tomorrow, next week, month or year!


Q: Where can people connect with you online?

A: Facebook, Instagram