Nigel Harding is the founding pastor of One life Church in Kampala. Nigel has been married to Kathy for 30 years, and they have served as missionaries in Uganda since 2002. They have their teenaged son, Emmanuel, and their adult daughter, Abigail, who is married to Josh.
Before becoming pastor of One life, Nigel had been ministering through strategic partnerships with indigenous leaders of Church-planting networks in Uganda. He is a passionate preacher, Bible teacher, and leader. Nigel came to Uganda under the auspices of Missionary Ventures International, by whom he was ordained.
Before coming to Uganda in 2002, Nigel had been a member of their sending church, Oasis Church, Feltham, since 1986. He grew in opportunities and responsibilities, which included being a member of the set-up team; the Prayer Team hotline co-ordinator; and a home group leader; a regular singer and worship leader; youth ministry Team Leader for 5 years, an elder for 7 years, and eventually an associate pastor. Oasis was also a church plant, by which he gained much insight.
Nigel was infused with organisational instincts, and convictions about Gospel transformation, from an early age; being the son of a minister, who was a keen administrator, having an extensive career as a leader in The Salvation Army, mostly in Africa. Nigel is a missionary kid, having spent half his childhood in southern Africa.
Nigel worked for over eleven years in administration and finance, for a large firm of chartered accountants in central London. He is a graduate of the London School of Theology, with a BA (hons) in Theology, and has an MA in African Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, where he specialised in the study of African Christianity.
Nigel is on an extended Leave of Absence (from Oct-19), to spend time with his family in the UK, and anticipates returning in the latter part of 2020.