Rev. Roger R. Nicole
December 10, 1915 – December 11, 2010
Rev. Roger R. Nicole, 95, of Longwood, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, December 11, 2010. Rev. Nicole was born December 10, 1915, a Swiss citizen, in Charlottenburg, Germany, the son of Albert and Bertha de Neufville Nicole. He married his loving wife, Annette Cyr Nicole, in June 18, 1946 and had 61 years of marriage before she died in February, 2008.
Rev. Nicole’s extensive education includes B.A., 1935 (Bachelier ès lettres classiques), Gymnase Classique, Lausanne; M.A., 1937 (Licence d’enseignement ès lettres classiques), Sorbonne, Paris; Graduate 1938, Institut Biblique, Nogent/Marne, near Paris; B.D., 1939; S.T.M., 1940; Th.D. (summa cum laude), 1943, Gordon Divinity School; Ph.D., 1967, Harvard University; D.D. 1978, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois; Litt.S.D., 2006, Columbia Evangelical Seminary, Longview, Washington.
Rev. Nicole’s illustrious career included the following:
Pastor: Worcester and Manchaug French Baptist Churches, 1939-1946 and 1948-1956
Instructor and Associate Professor: Languages and Theology, Gordon Divinity School, 1944-1948. Professor: Theology, Gordon Divinity School, 1946-1976. Andrew Mutch Professor of Theology, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, 1976-1985. Professor 1985-1986, Emeritus 1986 - present. Adjunct Professor of Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary , Orlando, 1989-2000, Emeritus 2000 - present.
Ministerial Institutes: Calvin Theological Seminary, 1954; Calvin Theological Seminary (Atonement), 1959; Berkshire Christian College, 1964; Baptist Ministers, China Lake, WI, 1968; Reformed Baptist Ministers, Detroit, MI, 1974; Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, MS, 1975; Evangelical Pastors, Montreal, PQ, 1983; Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, MS, 1984; Gordon-Conwell Alumni (in 5 locations), 1986; Evangelical Pastors, Montreal, PQ, 1988
Memberships: Phi Alpha Chi, 1940-National President, 1943-1945; Founding Member, Evangelical Theological Society, 1949-present, President, 1956; China Evangelical Literature Committee; American Academy of Religion, 1977-1983, International Council on Biblical Inerrancy, 1980-1987. Assistant Editor: The Gordon Review, 1957-1965. Chairman of the Board, 1959-1965.
Collaborator: New International Version and New Geneva Study Bible
Contributing Editor: Christianity Today, 1956-1980. Corresponding Editor, 1980-present.
In lieu of flowers please consider donating to the following works that were loved and supported by our dear brother Roger: Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando, FL Campus Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, South Hamilton, MA Christians for Biblical Equality, Minneapolis, MN First Baptist Church Sweetwater, Longwood, FL .
Condolences may be offered at www.woodlawnfuneralhomegotha.com. Arrangements entrusted to Woodlawn Memorial Park & Funeral Home, Gotha, FL. 407-293-1361.
Rev. Roger R. Nicole
Phillip & Linda Bonard
September 23, 2011
The Bonard family is saddened to learn of Roger Nicole's passing, as he and Annette were long time friends of our family. Roger Nicole and Marcel Bonard were both born in Switzerland, both attended Institut Biblique, Nogent/Marne, near Paris, and both pastored the Worcester and Manchaug French Baptist Churches. We even have a family member named Nicole, in honor of both Roger and Annette.
January 13, 2011
I was a student of Dr. Nicole's at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando...it was a privilege to have taken a class with him, explore his incredible library, and hear him give a message on the life of Barnabas... as Barnabas...as only Dr. Nicole could do. I always left his presence with a smile on my face, since the joy this "man of God" emitted was truly contagious !! :)
December 22, 2010
I only had Dr. Nicole for one class at Gordon-Conwell, his last Theology I class, but became well-acquainted with him in the couple of years he taught before moving to Florida. I was always impressed by his friendly and kind ways (Like the other men at GCTS, I was "brozur" when he didn't use my name). In spite of Dr. Nicole's brilliance and extensive education, he remains one of the humblest people I have ever met.
December 16, 2010
Dr. Nicole was every good thing one would expect from a seminary professor! He was eminently learned yet was gracious and humble. He had that deep desire to express the truth but loved the God of the truth even more and thus loved people. He was generous with his time and knowledge. His help and encouragement made my dissertation more useful and honoring to Christ. No one I have known more deserved the many years he was blessed with in the Lord's service. Ever Grateful, David Schenk
December 16, 2010
Roger was a friend who helped me navigate the waters of various issues in my life and did so with love and generosity. I am thankful I knew him and I am better for it I believe.
December 16, 2010
I am so thankful for Roger's ministry. For many years I had read his works and heard of his great teaching, but I did not meet him until 2000, when I became his colleague. He greeted me warmly on my arrival at RTS, said that his years at RTS were the happiest of his professional life, a sentiment that is now mine as well. Though he was well into his 80s when I met him, he was engaged in a full-scale project, the elimination of open theism from the Evangelical Theological Society, a project I supported. He came by often during those years, and we had many discussions of his writings and mine on the subject. Though this was indeed a theological battle, both his friends and opponents commended his graciousness and kindness. Roger always listened, tried to find common ground, tried to express love and respect to his opponents. Though I was in my sixties, I looked to him as a father in the faith and as a model for my own spiritual walk. We did not always agree, but Roger was always my chief example of how to disagree without being disagreeable.
May God comfort his family, all our colleagues and friends with the sure hope of the resurrection. Indeed, Jesus lives, and so shall we.