Nicholas L. Haigler is a mission intern with the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, serving as domestic outreach coordinator at the Wesley Foundation at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
Mission interns serve half of their three-year terms in international assignments and half in their home countries. Nick was commissioned in August 2011. His international placement was at the L'viv United Methodist Church in L'viv, the hub city of Western Ukraine. In L’viv, Nick engaged in justice and mercy ministries within a congregation that emerged from a student community.
In Alabama, he works with student volunteers in community service, enhances the leadership capacity of students interested in mission and social justice, and strengthens links between the study center and the community and its churches.
Nick is from Kannapolis, North Carolina, where he is a member of Unity United Methodist Church, a part of the Western North Carolina Annual Conference. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian mission from Pfeiffer University, Misenheimer, North Carolina, and worked as a camp counselor during summers while in college.
"I grew up in The United Methodist Church," Nick says, "but when I got into high school I questioned what it meant to be a Christian. In doing so I went to different churches, checked out different ministries, and talked to people with different faith backgrounds. My search…led me into ministry. As I prepared for college, I changed my major from youth ministry to Christian mission. Now, I have chosen to become a missionary because it is where I feel God's call to be."
Nick recalls that mission trips to assist after Hurricane Katrina and another trip to Nicaragua were instrumental in leading him into mission service. "I knew that God was calling me to be in mission, to be with people and build relationships."
: Western North Carolina Annual Conference
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