Elizabeth (Lisa) Lamb Nichols is a deaconess serving as a Church and Community Worker. She is executive director of Henry Fork Service Center, a facility in Rocky Mount, Virginia, that provides Christian education, educational enrichment, recreation, and experiences in the arts to more than 100 students throughout the year.
The mission of the center is to make God’s love visible in our community. Lisa says, “I have seen the staff and students work together to share God’s love through words and actions. As the students learn the history of God’s people, they are called to respond to God’s love and invite others to join the journey.”
“To me, Henry Fork Center is a glimpse of the Kingdom of God,” explains Lisa. “Our students represent different ages, racial backgrounds, and socioeconomic statuses. We come together every weekday to learn about and from one another, and to learn about the God who loves us and calls us into community through Jesus Christ.”
Henry Fork works with volunteers from Ferrum College and mission teams from across the southeast. The teams share vacation Bible school with elementary and middle school students and work on building repairs and lawn care. Work teams are welcome for a day, a weekend, or a week.
Lisa previously served as the director of programs for the St. Andrews Center and executive director of the St. Elmo/Alton Park Partners, both in Chattanooga, Tennessee. In those positions she directed afterschool programs for Cub Scouts, ESOL high school students, and elementary students at the St. Andrews Center and South Chattanooga Recreation Center.
Lisa enjoys reading, cross-stitching, hiking, and biking. She uses art and outdoor activities to teach children and youth about God’s creation and about God’s love and care for all creation.
A native of Bristol, Tennessee, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education in 1980 from Emory and Henry College in Emory, Virginia.
Lisa and husband Gary Nichols have two daughters, Sara and Jessica, who attend Franklin County High School. Both girls are in the school marching and concert bands, and each participates in the afterschool and summer programs at Henry Fork Center.
In the fall of 2007, I began attending Auburn University and got connected with Auburn Christian Fellowship (ACF). That same fall a guest speaker, Phil Tatum, from CMF International came to tell the students at ACF about opportunities to do international campus ministry. A seed was planted in my heart when I heard the words, “We’re about to launch a ministry in Germany!” I thought going over there at some point might be fun. Little did I know that over the next five years God would be working to turn “that might be fun” into a love for Tübingen and the students there.
What happened during those five years? I stayed involved at ACF, served on leadership teams there until I graduated, continued to hear stories about what was happening at Unterwegs, and, this past year, I was an intern at ACF. Throughout the time I spent at ACF, any time I had a conversation about missions or someone asked me, “So, what’s next,” my mind immediately jumped to Germany. So, I visited Unterwegs in May 2012 and fell in love with the students, the town, and the team. My time there was nothing short of perfect. This is where God is leading me and I am joyfully following Him there.
In April 2013, I arrived in Germany to serve with the campus ministry team known as Unterwegs in Tübingen. I will build friendships with university students, drawing them to a relationship with Christ and helping them to be part of a loving community.