Rev. Donald Nwankwo

Rector (Senior Pastor)

Prior to his call as Rector at Light of Christ Anglican Church, Donald Nwankwo had served in active ministry for much of his life within the church and parachurch contexts in Nigeria and the United States. Following his ordination to the Anglican priesthood in 2015, and before joining TLC as pastor, he served in a bi-vocational capacity as an assisting priest at Church of the Redeemer in Highwood, Illinois while continuing to work as a Sr. Logistics Data Analyst. He has an MDiv from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Michigan.

Donald has a deeply nurtured passion for the relevance of the faith in the ordinary life. Pastorally, his heart is in seeing God’s word and acts intersect meaningfully with our lived realities and experiences. He muses about how his work with data and logic added to the shaping of his sense of call in Christian ministry. Just as the work of data, correctly interpreted and analyzed, eventually offers clear logic that leads to good business decisions, so his pastoral drive is in seeing God’s word and acts intersect meaningfully with our lived realities and experiences.

Born and raised in eastern Nigeria, Donald insists that’s about as African as it gets. Becky, his wife, is American born from Central Illinois. This “collusion of the cultures” resulted in three beloved, young children.

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