Bishop Nick was born on Dock Hill, Devonshire in hurricane Arlene in the dark ages of 1963. Husband to Fiona, and Father to 6 amazing children. A perpetual drain on his parent’s patience and money, he did two degrees – Politics and History at University of Toronto and Law at the University of London. He practiced as a barrister in London and Bermuda, working at the firm founded by his grandfather, Conyers, Dill & Pearman. During this time he felt the call of God to offer himself for ministry in the church of God and found himself selected by the Anglican Church of Bermuda for training at Wycliffe Hall Theological College at the University of Oxford in England. Thereafter he completed a four year internship in a large and thriving Evangelical Anglican Church in England, becoming the associate minister there for a further three years. He was later appointed Priest in Charge of the Parish of Pembroke here in Bermuda, serving the congregations of St. John’s, St. Monica’s and St. Augustine’s.
Having spent a number of years in Pembroke he was involved in setting up community based ecumenical programs to help address community needs in response to the gang violence that erupted in Pembroke East, helping to form the grass roots organization One Community Unified apart from the usual tasks of baptizing, marrying and burying people. He helped to re-establish links between the church and the local schools and was instrumental in setting up community outreach and feeding programs across the parish and new initiatives for outreach to the youth and children. In February 2013, he was elected as the next Bishop of Bermuda. In May of the same year, he was consecrated in the Cathedral in Hamilton.
1. What is your favourite Christmas tradition?
It’s all the preparations: the family cassava pie making; decorating our house and the church; being part of the giving to those in need.
2. What is your favourite Christmas dish or indulgence?
Norwegian Christmas cookies and a glass of port.
3. What is your Christmas wish for Bermuda?
I pray for peace in our community across all divides, for a sense of mutual respect and unity amongst people, and for proper care and support of the vulnerable.
4. Cassava or farine?
5. Christmas lunch or dinner?
My mum is Norwegian so we have a big Christmas Eve Scandinavian dinner, followed by a late lunch on Christmas Day – with turkey and all the trimmings and the flaming Christmas pudding following my great grandmother’s recipe.
6. What is your favourite childhood memory of Christmas?
Swimming on Christmas Day off Devonshire dock after lunch at my grandparent’s house.
7. What is your favourite holiday event (Santa parade, boat parade, Bermuda National Trust Walkabout, etc.)?
The children’s Nativity service at the Cathedral – with animals, costumes, wide-eyed children’s faces and Christingles.
8. What signifies the start of the holiday season for you?
The Red Shield Appeal of the Salvation Army.
9. What are your Boxing Day traditions?
We are together as a family – out of doors – either on a beach walk or a sail – but bound to go for a swim, somewhere.