Rabbi Dr. Richard C. Nichol has served since 1981 as the Rabbi of Congregation Ruach Israel in Needham, MA. He is the Director of the Rabbinical Ordination Institute of the Messianic Jewish Theological Institute (MJTI) in Los Angeles, California. He is past President of the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations and former Vice President of the International Messianic Jewish Alliance (IMJA). He currently serves as President of the Messianic Jewish Rabbinical Council (MJRC).
Rabbi Nichol received a BA in Music from Ithaca College, a Masters of Divinity from the Biblical Theological Seminary, a doctorate in Homiletics from the Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary and a Masters of Jewish Studies Degree from Hebrew College in Newton, Massachusetts. He received Smichah (ordination) from the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations in 1986. Dr. Nichol lives in Needham, MA with his wife, Susan. They have four grown children and two grandsons, all living in the Boston area.