Contributor: Nicole Havelka

Rev. Nicole Havelka currently serves as the Minister for Resourcing, Networking and Creativity for the Ohio Conference of the United Church of Christ. She has a long history of serving both local churches and the wider church where youth ministry and faith formation intersect with creativity and innovation. Nicole firmly believes that the church is not dying; it is being reborn. That belief has been embodied in her work through the many digital and in-person spaces in which she has gathered local and wider church leaders. During her spare time, Nicole – who is a certified yoga instructor – spends as much time on her mat as possible. As an extension of that practice, she swims, runs, and bikes to prepare for triathlons. She also loves to cook for friends, travel, and watch as many Oscar-nominated movies as possible. Connect with Nicole by visiting her Facebook page and following her on TwitterPinterest and Instagram. Her personal blog can be found at www.defythetrend.com.