Share the Gospel

The great commission is only fulfilled through the clear sharing of the gospel to those who are not yet disciples.

Our Core Beliefs

The path to realizing the full power of the Gospel in your ministry begins here.

The Gospel is of First Importance

Every ministry should be Christ centered, Holy Spirit reliant, and resolute on keeping the Gospel of first importance.

1 Cor 15:3-4

The Gospel Must Be Shared

The power that grows and sustains any ministry comes from God through the sharing of the gospel to the lost and saved.

Rom 1:16

The Gospel is for Discipleship

Only ministries that equip their people to share the gospel, from the pulpit to the pew, can make disciples that multiply.

2 Cor 5:20-21

Our Purpose

To empower churches and ministries to reach the world for Christ by restoring the gospel to first importance.

Our Mission

We equip churches and ministries to make disciples through sharing the complete gospel in any sermon, conversation, or context through online and in-person training experiences.


To train 5,000 new leaders to effectively share the full gospel by 2025.


Meet the team who serve and lead Gospel First Ministries, for whom we are incredibly grateful.

Ryan McInerney


Ron Tobias

Vice President

Nori Nicholas

Co - Founder and Secretary

John Poletto

Board Member

Casey Cleveland

Board Member

Jose Carrasco

Board Member

Trent Casto

Board Member


  • Created by David Nicholas in 2009

    Gospel First Ministries was created by David Nicholas in 2009 to meet the needs of the church planters wanting to be effective in starting gospel - centered churches to reach the lost around the world.

  • David Founded Spanish River Church & Acts29

    David believed that the gospel calls disciples to make disciples and churches to plant churches. During his time as Senior Pastor of Spanish River Church in Boca Raton, FL, he founded the Spanish River Church Planting Network, cofounded Acts29, and served as President of Knox Theological Seminary.

  • Heart for Making Disciples

    David's heart for making disciples and his belief that a clear understanding of the Gospel is the key to disciple making led him to partner with Ed Stetzer and Lifeway Research to conduct a national study. They assessed the presence of the gospel in 1000 sermons from across the United States. Lifeway determined that only 6% of pastors from a variety of denominations and contexts preached a clear presentation of the Gospel.

  • Boot Camps Launched for Pastors

    Gospel First Ministries and our Gospel Boot Camps were launched to ensure that church planters, pastors, and ministry leaders could effectively and confidently present the gospel from any passage, in any conversation, and in any context.

  • David Goes Home to Jesus

    Since the Lord took David home in 2011, his widow Nori Nicholas has led the ministry to become an international organization, overseeing the translation of the GF7 curriculum into multiple languages, distributed around the world, and established partnerships with some of the world’s leading gospel-centered organizations.

  • Looking Forward to New Leadership

    Recently Nori Nicholas retired and passed the baton to Ryan McInerney, David’s Church Planting Strategist and Gospel Boot Camp facilitator who later worked alongside Nori. Ryan has always had a heart for the Gospel and it is with great excitement that all of us at Gospel First look forward to his leadership into this next phase.


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