The minister of the church is Nik Hookey. Nik is an Islander! He was born and raised on the Isle of Wight, before heading off to Durham University to study Theology when he was 19.
Nik was raised in a Christian home, and cannot point to a time when God was not a part of his everyday life. He grew in faith at Sunday School and through youth groups and Boys' Brigade. He chose to be baptised as a believer in December 1986 at the age of 13, and increasingly pursued opportunities to lead worship and preach in Island churches, and responded to a call to ministry just before going to Durham.
After graduating from Durham, Nik went to Oxford University to pursue graduate studies in Theology, and attended the Baptist college, Regent's Park for ministerial training. At Oxford Nik became very involved in student politics, and was elected President of the Junior common Room, the last Minister in Training to hold that post! Nik also got very involved in boating, was cox to the College Men's crew and a member of the Oxford University Rowing Club committee.
Nik came to NBC after five and a half years as a minister at Banbury Baptist Church, in November 2004. Nik met his wife Claire whilst they were both working in Banbury. Claire is currently the Medical Director at the local hospice, and a Consultant in Palliative medicine.
In 2015 Nik completed a Masters in Theology, his main area of research was about how to involve everyone in the regular celebration of communion, whether people of faith or none.
Nik and all his family are season ticket holders at Stoke City football club, although since Nik showed no interest in football whatsoever until having sons, he's still learning the game, and needs to listen to the Radio Stoke commentary!
Nik has been an afficionado of Doctor Who since about 1978, although has only recently discovered the fun of meeting members of the cast and crew from the classic series.