After 25 years of faithful service—in which she held a variety of roles—Jeanette Nichols, 73, is retiring from the staff of Texas Baptist Men.
Recently, Nichols served as administrative assistant to TBM's ministries of Church Renewal and Men's Ministry, as well as interim executive assistant.
"I have never considered my position with TBM a 'job,' but a calling to ministry from God," Nichols said. "I was not looking to go to 'work' when I became involved with TBM."
Prior to joining the staff in 1989, Nichols came onboard TBM's Lay Renewal Ministry as a volunteer in the early 1980s. Over the years, she continued to serve TBM—a growing organization—by carrying out countless clerical and administrative tasks. She coordinated children's activities during TBM's Church Renewal Weekends and wrote much of the material used in the activities. She also went on several Church Renewal Weekends overseas and participated in a number of mission projects, from prayer walks in China in the late 1990s to disaster relief efforts in Sri Lanka following the 2004 tsunami. In Sri Lanka, she handled the purchase of a building to house volunteers.
Nichols said she has had the privilege of serving in "each of the ministries of Texas Baptist Men" under the leadership of executive directors Bob Dixon, Jim Furgerson, Leo Smith and Don Gibson.
"God has blessed me through the years with a wonderful family that has supported me in everything that God has called me to do," Nichols said. "And my TBM family has played a very important role in my spiritual growth through the years."