Pastor Tim Nicinski has been appointed to Waterloo United Methodist Church since July of 2008. Over that time, he has collaboratively developed and led worship services, small group ministries, and numerous retreats for both members of the church and the general community. Most retreats are based on his experiences with Richard Rohr, ecumenical teacher and author. Pastor Tim spent a week with him in New Mexico in 2006. The retreat experiences focus around pausing from outside distraction to turn toward an interior life. This reorientation fosters a time of spiritual self-reflection and growth. Of a recent retreat Pastor Tim said: “The purpose of the retreat is to help those going through times of transition feel supported and know they are not alone. During the retreat, we will address the challenges of change as we work with mind, body and soul to face the journey through these times with grace and love.”
Pastor Tim also actively engages the church and community in outreach ministry. The church has regularly shown love, encouragement, and support for: local food pantries, residents of low income senior housing and nursing homes, homeless ministries, animal rescue organizations, children who are served by youth and family services or have court appointed advocates, patients at a state psychiatric hospital, new or expectant mothers supported at a local shelter, and organizations that assist low-income families achieve self-sufficiency and family stability. Pastor Tim also takes our call to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God seriously. He has organized events to raise awareness of the impact of solitary confinement and supports Waterloo being a reconciling church, welcoming those of all sexual orientations and gender identities.
Pastor Tim has been a life-long learner and has a diverse background, including as a Marine and working in law enforcement and school administration. He lives in Allamuchy with his wife Nikki, and son Wyatt. His vast education and life-experience, as well as his caring nature, contributes to sermons and small group discussions that the church finds relatable and meaningful. He regularly reminds the congregation that: “God loves you and so do I.” He can also occasionally be found sharing unique talents, such as juggling or playing the bagpipes at the church.
Waterloo UMC in Waterloo Village is not a church that exists for the historical vision of the town, but for the ministry in the world today. We are striving to create a better world locally and globally and would love you to be a part of that. Waterloo United Methodist Church in Stanhope, New Jersey, has been the center of inspiration and faith for Waterloo Village since its 1859 beginning. We continue to be an open and embracing community, welcoming all and striving to serve those in need. Our beautiful church is known to many through weddings, baptisms, and visits to Waterloo Village.