Introducing: Community Pastor Nick Followwell

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Name:  Nick Followwell
Vista Job Title:  Community Pastor
Hometow
n:  Brownwood, TX

We recently sat down with Nick to ask a few questions to help you -- the Vista Family -- to get to know him a little better! We hope you find time to connect with Nick in the near future!

// TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF
I was born and raised in good ole’ Brownwood, TX, as the youngest of three boys. I spent my summers playing baseball, fighting for survival, and having a blast on Lake Brownwood. 

In 2007, I moved to College Station where I met my beautiful and amazing wifeLacie. We later married in 2009. After a couple of years of marriage, we moved to Temple. Our biggest blessing came in the summer of 2014 when our daughter, Ellis, was born.

We were in a pretty fragile place when we started attending Vista, but we found a small group that over the course of three years became our closest friends. They helped walk us through some really hard times, and they became a constant source of encouragement...so much so that I felt called to ministry to help people find the life-giving community that our family found.

In December 2015, we moved to Oklahoma City so I could serve as a small groups pastor at Life.Church. A few months ago, God started to stir our hearts to come back “home”.  We are so excited to be a part of Vista, and we look forward to all God is going to do in and through this church in the years to come!

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// WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY WATCHING ON NETFLIX? 
The Office…again :)


// YOUR TOP READS
When People Are Big and God Is Small by Edward T Welch, The entire Gabriel Allon series by Daniel Silva, Prayer by Tim Keller.


// FIRST JOB - STRUGGLES AND ALL
Women’s shoe department at Dillard’s. Nasty feet > commission.

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// FAVORITE PLACE IN THE WORLD
In the backyard with friends and family


// FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD AFTER A STRESSFUL WEEK
Crab Cake Benedict from Megg’s


// WHAT ARE YOU MOST PASSIONATE ABOUT?
Crab Cake Benedict from Megg’s…kidding!  Seeing people realize how beautiful/necessary it is to follow Jesus alongside other people. Life is better together!
 

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// TOP 3 THINGS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST
- Watch Barcelona vs Real Madrid in Spain
- Extended vacation to ancient cities in Europe and Israel
- Baptizing my daughter


// MOST EMBARRASSING STORY
The time I tried to unscrew a shattered light bulb with electricity still running through it… It’s hard to describe the sound that came out of my mouth. Supposedly Lacie knows and is happy to demonstrate.

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// WHAT MOST EXCITES YOU ABOUT JOINING THE VISTA TEAM?
I’d say reconnecting with all the people who played such a vital role in shaping our walk with Christ. Vista has such a unique and rich community of people that know how to love well! I have to pinch myself to remind me that we are back home! 

Beyond that, I’m grateful that I get to play a part in helping others find the live-giving community that happens when a small group of people meet together consistently.