Pastor Nicholas J. Guillaume (pronounced Gil-yuh-m as in William) was born in 1979 in Grand Forks, ND, to Ken and Joan Guillaume.The youngest of four children, Pastor Guillaume grew up in Sioux City, IA, where his father worked as an accountant for Terra Chemicals. His dad later worked as a systems analyst for MidAmerican Energy, and is now retired. His mom taught in the public school for many years, and passed away in early 2014. Pastor Guillaume attended Nebraska Lutheran in Waco, NE, for high school. While at Nebraska Lutheran, he participated in basketball, track, and football. He also played in the high school band.
After high school, he attended Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts. While in college he worked as the school's Sports Information Director (SID), and still enjoys keeping track of all kinds of college sports. He also participated in a mission program called Travel-Canvass-Witness (TCW), and traveled to various parts of the country helping local churches with their community outreach.
After college, Pastor Guillaume attended Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary (WLS) in Mequon, WI. At WLS, he spent three years as a seminary assistant at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church in Milwaukee, and three years working at the Seminary library. After a year's internship in Hastings, MN (near St. Paul), he graduated with a Master of Divinity in 2005.
In May of 2005, he was assigned to Luther Preparatory School, a small high school in Watertown, WI, to serve as a Tutor. There he taught the New Testament book of Acts and the Pauline Epistles to high school juniors. He also helped supervise the male students in the dormitories, coached track as an assistant, and directed youth mission trips to Atlanta and the Caribbean.
In May of 2007, he was called to serve as pastor of Abiding Word. He served there until 2017, when he was called to serve at Grace.
Outreach and education is Pastor Guillaume's ministry focus, but his responsibilities are all inclusive as our pastor.