Our Saviour's Staff


Senior Pastor

The Rev. James P. Nickols was graduated from Concordia Bronxville, New York (A.A., 1968) and Concordia Senior College, Fort Wayne, Indiana (B.A., 1970). He attended Concordia Seminary, Saint Louis, Missouri and was graduated from Christ Seminary, Saint Louis, 1974 (M.Div.). He was ordained in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) in August 1974 at Saint Paul's Lutheran Church, East Northport, New York by The Rev. Rudolph Ressmeyer, President of the Atlantic District, LCMS.

From 1975-1976, he served as Assistant Pastor at All Saint's Lutheran Church, Brookville, New York and on the faculty of Long Island Lutheran High School. In February 1976, Nickols affiliated with the Lutheran Church in America, now the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. In the summer of 1976, he returned to Saint Louis and completed a Master of Arts degree in communication at Saint Louis University. During his degree work, Nickols received and accepted a call as Pastor of Advent Lutheran Church, an urban parish in Saint Louis. He served that parish until entering active duty in 1979.

Nickols earned a Sacred Masters of Theology degree (STM) in Christian Spirituality from General (Episcopal) Theological Seminary, New York City (1989) and a Master of Arts degree in human resources management from Salve Regina, Newport, R. I. (1996). In 2010, he earned a Certificate of Achievement in Nonprofit Management from Virginia Commonwealth University through the Nonprofit Learning Point.

His naval career began in 1972 as a theological student. Since 1979, his assignments were: 2d Battalion 12th Marines, 3rd Marine Regiment (1979-1980), Okinawa, Japan; USS CALIFORNIA (CGN 36) (1980-1982); Naval Training Center, Orlando, Florida (1982-1985); Advanced Course, Chaplain School, Newport, Rhode Island (1985-1986); U.S. Coast Guard Base, Governors Island, New York; USS NEW JERSEY (BB 62) (1989-1991); USS MISSOURI (BB 63) (1991-1992); 7th Marines Regiment (Reinforced), First Marine Division (1992-1993); Director, Religious Ministries Directorate, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California (1993-1996); USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) (1996-1998.); Director for Operational Ministries, U. S. Atlantic Fleet (Force Chaplain for Surface Force, Air Force, Submarine Forces and Second Naval Construction Brigade, 1998-2001), and Pre-Commissioning Unit RONALD REAGAN (CVN 76) (2001-2003).

Awards include: Legion of Merit (with gold star); Meritorious Service Medal (with gold star); Navy Commendation (with gold star in lieu of second award); Coast Guard Commendation; Combat Action Ribbon; Joint Meritorious Unit Commendation; Meritorious Unit Commendation; Battle Efficiency (4 Es); Navy and Marine Expeditionary Medal (bronze star); National Defense Medal (with bronze star); Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; Southwest Asia Service Medal; Sea Service Ribbon; Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Ribbon; Overseas Deployment Ribbon; Armed Forces Reserve Medal; Special Operations Ribbon; Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia); and Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait).

Following retirement from the Navy, Nickols accepted a call to Reformation Lutheran Church, Newport News, Virginia. He was installed on November 2, 2003. After more than five years as Reformation’s pastor, Nickols resigned to accept a call as Associate Director of Development (part-time) for Peninsula Pastoral Counseling Center (PPCC), Newport News, Virginia. In May 2011, Pastor Nickols received a call to serve as pastor at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, Norge, Virginia. He was installed in June 2011.

Nickols was chair of United Campus Ministries, Christopher Newport University, president of James City County Rotary, adjunct faculty member at Thomas Nelson Community College (2009-2014), and eight years on the Williamsburg-James City County School Board (two years as Vice Chair and two years as Chair). In addition to Nickols’ responsibilities at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, he is president of the Colonial Heritage Community Foundation.

Nickols married, then, LT Janell Osborne, CHC, USNR, on September 25, 1982 at First Lutheran Church, Norfolk, Virginia. The Nickols were the first Navy chaplains to meet and marry on active duty. Mrs. Nickols, who is a clergy in the United Church of Christ, is a fifth grade teacher at Stonehouse Elementary School in the Williamsburg-James City County Public School System. They have two adult children, Jennifer, who resides in Williamsburg, and Joel, who resides in Orlando, Florida.


Minister of Music

Georgeann (Gigi) Paddock has given numerous performances both in the United States and abroad. She holds music degrees from Indiana University/Bloomington and from Lutheran Theological Seminary, St. Paul, with further study at the Nürnberg Musikonservatorium.

As a professional soprano, concert performances include St. Paul, Omaha, Hong Kong, New York, Nürnberg, Munich, London, and, in 2006, premiered a new opera in Washington D.C. at the George Washington University Friday Music Series. Locally she has appeared as a soloist with the Virginia Opera, Virginia Symphony, Williamsburg Choral Guild, Virginia Choral Society, Richmond Choral Society, Cantata Chorus, Art Song of Williamsburg, and has presented chamber concerts at University of Nebraska/Omaha, Christopher Newport University, Old Dominion University, University of Richmond, and the College of William and Mary.

She has particularly enjoyed presenting historical music with the Nürnberg Meistersingers, Munich Bach Orchestra, Colonial Williamsburg, Peter Pelham Concert Series at Bruton Parish, Norfolk’s Cavalier Consort, Capriole, and the Bach Festival in Washington D.C. She has sung under the batons of Leonard Bernstein, Jan DeGaetani, Norman Luboff, Robert Page, Joann Falletta, Judy Clurman, and Bernt Dietrich.

In addition to performance, Gigi has coached voice and conducted for two decades. She served as Artist-in-Residence at Luther Seminary, Hong Kong, teaching voice and performing chamber music. She worked as a civil servant "music specialist" with the U.S. Army in Europe directing award-winning musicals and talent shows. She has served in numerous churches as accompanist, director, and arranger for adults and children's groups. She has published a collection of hymn arrangements and children’s songs as well as recorded archival and commercial projects.

Gigi actively supports arts in the public schools and encourages parents to insist on the presence of music and art in their communities.