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About Nick Vleisides
Nick serves as a First Responder chaplain in the East Bay region of San Francisco working with several law enforcement agencies and a large fire district. His chaplain work began in 1997 when he moved from the Bay Area to serve as a pastor in Austin, Texas where he also joined a local fire department and became a Texas State Certified Volunteer Firefighter and EMT. After 8 years Nick moved back to the Bay Area to pastor a church and became involved with the agencies where he currently serves. He has been up close to death hundreds of times and knows firsthand what it means to face the hard questions of faith. His desire is to connect with those who "used to go to church" as well as church goers who have experienced trauma, heartache and loss but still want to have hope in God, even if outside the walls of the organized church. Nick is married and has three adult children. His favorite hobbies are fly fishing and motorcycling off road and on road.
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Life can often be brutal, unjust, and fraught with emotional trauma. As a first responder chaplain for over 23 years, Nick Vleisides has experienced countless scenes of unbearable grief and pain. When asking the brokenhearted, "Do you have a faith to help you through?" the response in some form is almost always, "Well, we used to go to church."
Blending first-hand accounts of tragedy with opportunity for raw self-examination and reflection, Vleisides delves into the realm of spirituality and belief amid loss and despair. For the "spiritual but not religious," who want to pursue God outside the walls of organized religion, Used to Go to Church is an invitation to rethink faith and open up to a life centered on grace, mercy, and love.