Rev. Nicholas K. Young
Counselor. Minister. Global Leader
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Nicholas K. Young is a product of the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area. As a child, he was a member of Greater Mt. Nebo AME Church, Shiloh Baptist, and East of Bethel Christian Center.
By 12 years old, Nicholas was preaching, delivering motivational speech, and working to eradicate social inequities through activism. In 2013, Nicholas graduated from St. Mary’s Ryken Catholic High School. Upon graduation, he was named the first Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation Fellow for his scholastic aptitude and civic service.
The fellowship allowed Nicholas to attend any college or university of his choice with all expenses covered. Nicholas decided to attend the alma mater of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Morehouse College. During undergrad, Nicholas led a campus ministry, was an SGA senator, volunteered as a new student orientation leader, held leadership roles in the NAACP, served as a chaplain at the juvenile justice center, and became a member of several honor societies and fraternities. Specifically, Theta Alpha Kappa Society Honor Society for Religious Studies and Theology, Phi Sigma Tau Honor Society for Philosophers, Phi Alpha Delta International Law Fraternity, and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
In 2017, Nicholas graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Religion with a focus on Sociology. During graduation,
Nicholas received the 2017 Top Scholar in the Department of Religion Award and a student leadership award from the Office of Student Life. Nicholas continued his theological formation by pursuing a master’s in divinity at Princeton Theological Seminary. As a seminarian, Nicholas served as a chaplain in Trenton’s trauma ward, was the associate pastor of the United Methodist Church at New Brunswick, and did research on how declines in Black church attendance are related to the suicide rates of African-American youth.
While completing his M.Div, Nicholas also enrolled in a master’s in social work program at Rutgers University and became the president of the Association of Black Seminarians (ABS). During his presidency, the seminary yielded to some long-standing demands put forth byABS that Nicholas, his colleagues, and predecessors advocated for in the years prior to his administration. The seminary’s response was a commitment to fulfill some of the ABS demands by providing reparations to persons from the African Diaspora which will amount to $27 million dollars in perpetuity. Nicholas has used his MSW and M.Div training to enhance his pastoral counseling skills, awareness of trauma theory, and to prepare him to open a therapy clinic.
Nicholas currently serves as a youth pastor at First Baptist Church of Guilford and clinical social work intern at Princeton University’s counseling center. In his free time, Nicholas enjoys serving his township as a volunteer firefighter, eating kettle corn, and being with loved ones. He is also authoring a book that is geared to teach people how to overcome trauma attachments.