While serving as an Associate at Pilgrim Rest he joined the Greater Lansing Ministerial Alliance and served as Secretary and Vice-President respectively from 1982-1987. After serving faithfully at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church for 11yrs Pastor Nicholson was led to organize and establish Grace Tabernacle Baptist Church. After three years in existence, the church united with the Capitol City Missionary Baptist District Association(CCMBDA) where Pastor Nicholson served as the Dean of the Congress of Christian Education from 1992-1995.
In 2003 he initiated what is now known as the “Pastor’s United Humanitarian Scholarship Fund” and its annual “It Takes a Village” ceremony held to award scholarships to qualifying youth. To date (17) $1000.00 scholarships have been awarded to aid qualifying students in pursuit of formal education and skill training. He has served in varied capacities in and on many committees to effect change in the community.
He was one of the founding members of what is now known as the Clergy Forum of Greater Lansing. He served faithfully as Secretary in 2003-2005 and remains an active member. In May of 2007, he was nominated and received the prestigious award of “Religious Leader of the Year” presented at the 25th-anniversary celebration of the National Negro Business and Professional Women Association annual award ceremony. He has received numerous proclamations and citations from local businesses and civic officials. However, he believes that his greatest accomplishment to date is receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as his Savior.