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Pastor Phil NicewongerI was born January 19, 1971 in Albany, New York. I grew up in upstate New York and was blessed to be raised in a Christian home. After high school, I attended Taylor University in Upland, Indiana and received a degree in Biology/Environmental Science. I moved back to New York after college, got a job in my field, and volunteered as a youth leader in the church I grew up attending. Long story short, God very methodically and purposefully moved me from doing environmental consulting work to full-time youth ministry, and now has called me to plant Twin Villages Church. It has been an interesting journey, but one that I would not change at all.

God has blessed me with my wonderful wife Faith and three children: Dorie, Matthew, and Elijah. We were blessed to be called to minister and serve our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at First Baptist Church in Waldoboro as the Minister of Youth & Christian Education, where we served for more than eight years. I will continue to pursue a Master of Divinity degree while serving as pastor of Twin Villages Church.

phil signAn important verse for me is 1 Peter 3:13-17: “Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good?  But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed.  Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil."

I am excited and look forward with great anticipation to be part of where God leads and directs the ministries of Twin Villages Church.

Phil & Faith Nicewonger

Phil & Faith
Married 20 years
Phil: "It's a privilege and honor to have a front row seat to witness, by God's grace, the start of a new local gathering of believers."
Faith: "This is a time of awe and excitement in trusting God."

Dorie Nicewonger

Dorie
Senior at Moody Bible Institute
"I'm excited for this opportunity that God has placed before our family."

Matthew Nicewonger

Matthew
Sophomore at Boyce College
"I'm excited to see what God has in store for our family, the church, and Damariscotta."

Elijah Nicewonger

Elijah
Sophomore at Coastal Christian School
"I will miss my friends at FBCW but I can't wait to see what God will do with us planting a church."

Twin Villages Church

15 Courtyard St.
Damariscotta, ME 04572

(Located above the O-Cha Bar & Grill at 88 Main St., entrance around the side on Courtyard St.)

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Part of the Core Team gathers at 15 Courtyard St.

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The first meeting in our new facility! Members of the Twin Villages Core Team met on April 20, 2017 to continue planning and praying for our upcoming ministry in the community.

There are two towns we are focused on reaching: Damariscotta and Newcastle. These historic midcoast-Maine towns are known as the Twin Villages as a bridge joins them over the Damariscotta River. Damariscotta was settled around 1640 and has a population of 2,218 people. The origin of the name is unknown; however, some people believe it comes from an Abenaki Indian word "Madamescontee" meaning "place of abundance of fishes" or "abundance of alewives." Others believe it is a combination of names from early settlers Humphrey Damarall and John Cotta. Newcastle was settled in the 1630s and has a population of 1,752. It was named after the Duke of Newcastle, who was the King of England's secretary around 1753, when the name was selected.

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Psalm 1:1-3 says, "Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers." One of our goals is to be like the roots of this tree: to reach out to the Twin Villages, but have One solid trunk, the Gospel of Jesus. As we delight in Him and His Word, by His grace at work in and through us, may we bear much fruit for His glory!

 

Psalm 1

1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers;

2 but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.

3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.

4 The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away.

5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;

6 for the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.

We exist to… grow in Christ, love like Christ, live for Christ

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