Pastor Nicole Snyder

Rev. Dr. Nicole Oliver Snyder co-founded, just church in 2012, an on-line and local community blending spiritual practices and action in the greater Chicago area. She is author of Leading Together: Mindfulness and the Gender Neutral Zone, and specializes in teaching mindfulness leadership development, formative spirituality, counseling, and theology of social justice through her website ( and podcast; and is a writer, and retreat developer.

Born in Hackensack, NJ, raised in Denver, CO, Dr. Snyder has also lived in Hong Kong, Istanbul, and six states from CA to PA. She has a diverse background in international community-relations work combined with ministry in multi-ethnic communities, four denominations, and with local institutions. She is an ordained Elder (Free Methodist Church, USA); a BS in Human Development and Family Studies, with Ed. Cert.; an MA-Counseling and MDiv Equiv.; holds a Doctorate in Leadership in Community Spiritual Formation and Theology; Advanced Certification in Formative Spiritual Counseling, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor (MI). Nicole has lived in Aurora, IL, since 2012 with her husband Howie who is appointed to Rockton UMC – and their two youngest children, Clark and Lysander, while her two oldest explore the world – Greer, entering senior year at ILSTU, and, Samantha recently returned from Indonesia.

A personal note from Pastor Nicole:

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. My desire is to collaborate with individuals and communities to know and be themselves more fully, and to see the Divine in others. I am so excited to witness with you God’s act and being in Durand, and to see how, together, we can be instruments of peace!



Tuesday – Thursday: 10 am – 4:00 pm

Friday: by appointment

Note: Pastor’s Office hours are subject to change due to the inherent character of ministry.