Since 2005, Kai Nilsen has served as lead pastor at Peace after having joined the staff in 1993. Throughout his career, Kai’s ministry has been motivated by a core conviction that God has planted in each of us the capability to love each other, to serve those in need, to hope during dark times, and to experience a full life in the present moment.
Beyond his work at Peace, Kai is on the Ministry Team for Renovaré—an ecumenical movement focusing in spiritual formation, a teacher in the Renovare’ Institute for Spiritual formation, and a leader in the local ministerial association.
In 2009, Kai completed his Doctor of Ministry degree through Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, California. Nilsen graduated from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota in 1985, where he met his wife Patty. He graduated from Luther Seminary in 1989 and was then called to serve Trinity Lutheran Church in Madison, Wisconsin.
Kai’s book Renew Your Life: Discovering the Wellspring of God’s Energy will came out in the fall of 2015. In it he describes the seven ways that God has been renewing life from the very beginning (Genesis 1:1-2:3) through the creative energies of Grace, Possibility, Paradox, The Natural World, Relationships, Fruitful Work and Rest.
The book is available for purchase at Peace's main office Welcome Center during office hours, for $15 (of which, $5 will be donated to Gahanna Residence In Need) or you can order Pastor Kai's book online.
The Nilsens are parents of four children—Anders, Annika, Leif and Siri. When asked what he does when he is not at Peace, Kai answered, “During the time I have not devoted to work or my family, I love heading to the YMCA for an intense workout, sharing a glass of wine with friends or curling up on the couch for a relaxing read.”
You can reach Pastor Nilsen at KNilsen@peacegahanna.org