My Spiritual Bearing
Whatever your age, race, culture, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, disabilities, or different abilities, you are welcome in this space.
I’m Nicole. I am me because of the people and cultures that shape me. To know you is to see the character of the Divine that no one else reflects quite like you. To know you is to know God more.
I am passionate about people. I am convinced by Love, and compelled to be an instrument of peace and grace. I am trained to guide individuals and leadership groups to know and be themselves better, and to see the Divine in others. Then, together, we can be instruments of peace.
Dr. Nicole Oliver Snyder is founder and senior pastor of just church, an on-line and local community blending spiritual practices and action in the greater Chicago area. We are about gathering as an inclusive community that is democratic, nonpatriarchal and compassionate. Here, it is ok to be raw, not refined; earthy, not sophisticated; concerned with action, not just theory.
Born in Hackensack, NJ, raised in Denver, CO, she has also lived in Hong Kong, Istanbul, Turkey, and six states from CA to PA. She has a diverse background in international community-relations work combined with volunteer work in multi-ethnic communities, and with local institutions. She is an ordained Minister; a BS in Human Development and Family Studies, w/Education Certificate, an MA-Counseling, MDiv Equiv., holds a Doctorate in Leadership in Community Spiritual Formation and Theology, and Advanced Certification in Formative Spiritual Counseling, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor (MI). Nicole currently lives in Aurora, Illinois, with her youth-pastor husband, Howie, and two youngest children, Clark and Lysander, while her two oldest explore other continents – a study-abroad in Ireland, and, an NGO in Indonesia.