Nicholas (Nick) Shaw is a missionary with the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, serving as teacher and technical coordinator at The English-speaking School of Lubumbashi in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He was commissioned October 13, 2018 along with his wife Renee, also a missionary in Lubumbashi.
The English-speaking School at Lubumbashi, set up in 1987, serves Congolese and ex-patriot families whose children expect to need English for international or professional life. Students also study French, the dominant language of DRC, and some Swahili. For the last three years of high school, students follow the accredited distance-learning program of the University of Nebraska through which they can earn an American diploma. Enrollment in 2018 stood at 185, about half from DRC and the others from 23 different countries.
Nick is from the West Ohio Annual Conference where he is a licensed local pastor. At the time he entered service, Nick was serving as pastor of a two-point United Methodist charge—Good Shepherd in Circleville and Fairview in Stoutsville. Earlier, he was the pastor at Christian Endeavor United Methodist Church in Newark, Ohio. Nick holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, and a Master of Divinity degree from Methodist Theological School in Ohio, Delaware. He worked for over 12 years as a software developer.
Nick does not come from a family that attends church. Yet as a teenager, he began attending with a friend at a small rural United Methodist church with a warm
welcoming congregation and thriving youth group. Nick was actively involved in the church during high school years, but not much during college and the years immediately following. He and Renee found a home in First United Methodist Church in Newark after they moved to Ohio.
It was a Walk to Emmaus retreat that renewed Nick’s desire for Christian service. Within a couple of years
he enrolled in seminary and qualified as a licensed local pastor, serving in three different churches, an experience of deep meaning to him.
Nick and Renee began to consider the possibility of global service: “I have always been fascinated by the worldwide nature of The United Methodist Church.”
“My call to mission centers around Jesus’ promise that ‘whoever loses their life for me will save it.’ It is my desire, and call, that we—my family and I--give up the comforts of our lives to live by the hand of God and be solely focused on being the hands and feet of Christ.”
Nick and Renee have four young children, Harrison, born in 2008; Porter, 2010; Simon, 2013, and Corbin, 2014.
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