Published On: Mon, Jan 3rd, 2011

Founder of Spanish River Church Dr. P. David Nicholas dies at age 79

BOCA RATON – Dr. P. David Nicholas, 79, founding pastor of Spanish River Church in Boca Raton, died Jan. 25.

Dr. Nicholas started the church in 1967 with a small group of people meeting in an empty storefront and continued to serve there for 42 years.

Dr. Nicholas

Under Dr. Nicholas’ leadership, SRC planted more than 200 churches in the United States and around the world, according to the SRC website.

Dr. Nicholas also co-founded the Acts 29 Network “He was an incredible supporter of our church and mentor to me and our pastors,” said Chan Kilgore, Acts 29 board member and planter of CrossPointe Church in Orlando.

Pastor Mark Driscoll founded the Acts 29 Network with Dr. Nicholas in 2000. He was influential in starting many current Acts 29 churches, and provided much support for many church planters.

The church posted the following information on its website:

David will be missed terribly here, but his legacy of preaching the Bad News and Good News Gospel will live on in the countless lives that have been touched by his faithful sharing of his Christian faith. While we are grieved, we are also blessed. He is, of course, in jubilant celebration with the Messiah he loves so dearly.

He leaves behind his wife and lifelong partner, Eleanor Nicholas; three sons, grandchildren and all those who knew him as their spiritual father.

A memorial service was held at Spanish River Church Sunday Jan. 30.

The family has requested that any gifts or donations be made to Spanish River Church marked for “Church Planting,” 2400 Northwest 51st St. Boca Raton, FL 33431

Tributes and messages may be emailed to

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