My Story

Stephen Nichol was working as a full-time pastor, when in August 2014, he was hit by a car while cycling for exercise, in a random accident.  The at fault driver was charged with negligence.  From that day, at 57 years of age, despite only minor recoverable injuries such as broken collarbone and ribs, and displaced AC joint (shoulder), Stephen never worked again.  He had worked full time since the age of 17.  In the blink of an eye, his life and that of his family was changed forever.

Following the physical recovery from the injuries, Stephen still couldn’t function normally, and the family feared that he had post traumatic stress.  To their shock, after months of tests with various medical professionals, a psychiatrist coldly stately, “You have dementia”.  A combination of medical imaging and psychological examinations revealed physical evidence that Stephen had a combination of vascular and frontotemporal dementia.  He immediately had his driver’s licence revoked.  The man who travelled frequently nationally and globally, independently and leading teams, was left mentally incapacitated.

Here were some of his main activities:

  • Worked as a missionary in the slum areas of Thailand over a period of 7 years.
  • Senior pastor of Coolum Christian Family Church for 18 years. In that time, he was the CEO working with a team for the procurement of land, and the establishment of the church, school and international college.
  • Regularly took teams of people to destitute and necessitous areas for rebuilding, training and support in India, Thailand, Philippines, Solomon Islands, Burma, Vietnam, and Nepal.
  • Senior pastor of Hinterland Christian Centre for just over two years.
  • Interim field director for IGC in impoverished areas of Cebu, Philippines, for three months.

In late 2016 over a period of two months, Steve endured six subdural haematomas, which were spontaneous bleeds.  He survived two burr hole surgeries and two mini craniotomies for the evacuation of the bleeds, and currently has two bleeds still sitting on the brain.

In early 2017 after the brain bleeds, the medical consultation team deemed Steve unable to return home due to his high care needs, and he entered a dementia-secure aged care facility.

In September 2017, Steve was transferred to New Direction Care,  at 41 Lotus Avenue, Bellmere.  He flourished in this modern new facility, and was so much happier and peaceful as he was treated with dignity and respect.  His was accommodated in a seven bedroom house with six other residents.  The residents were able to live in the house, just like they would in their own home.

After a five year battle with dementia, Stephen passed on November 13, 2019.

Stephen will always be remembered in the hearts of his family.  He will never be forgotten.

My Timeline

Cool Timeline

2019
November 13

R.I.P.

R.I.P.
November 10

Getting a Massage

Getting a Massage
September 14

Taking a Walk

Taking a Walk
July 28

Resting after Lunch

Resting after Lunch
April 20

Fun with the Sons

Fun with the Sons
March 29

Pampered by the Staff

Pampered by the Staff
2018
December 12

Relaxing with the House Companions

Relaxing with the House Companions
November 11

Visit in Hospital

Visit in Hospital
August 1

Lunch at the Cafe

Lunch at the Cafe
July 29

Couch-time

Couch-time
July 8

Taking a Walk

Taking a Walk
July 6

Relaxing in the lounge

Relaxing in the lounge
July 1

40th Wedding Anniversary

40th Wedding Anniversary
June 30

Waiting for Dinner

Waiting for Dinner
June 17

Steve and Michael

Steve and Michael
April 4

Sunshine Coast Friends

Sunshine Coast Friends
March 18

My Olly

My Olly
January 21

Caramel Almond Milk Shake

Caramel Almond Milk Shake
2017
December 21

Christmas at NewDirection Care

Christmas at NewDirection Care
November 19

Musical Activities

Musical Activities
November 19

Making Music!

Making Music!
October 26

Visit from great friends

Visit from great friends
October 22
October 20

Jamming with the boys

Jamming with the boys
October 18

Olly

Olly
October 14

Interview with “60 Minutes”

Interview with “60 Minutes”

Fitting the microphone for filming.

September 14

Moved into New Direction Care

Moved into New Direction Care
June 29

Prayer with Apostle Bovic

Prayer with Apostle Bovic
June 7

New Haircut

New Haircut
June 2

Speaking at Statewide Dementia Clinical Network Forum

Speaking at Statewide Dementia Clinical Network Forum
February 14

My Room at the Plains

My Room at the Plains
January 7

6th Subdural Haematoma

6th Subdural Haematoma
January 4

5th Subdural Haematoma

5th Subdural Haematoma
2016
December 9

Westside News Article

Westside News Article
December 3

4th Subdural Haematoma & Craniotomy

4th Subdural Haematoma &  Craniotomy
December 2

3rd Subdural Haematoma & Craniotomy

3rd Subdural Haematoma &  Craniotomy
November 26

2nd Subdural Haematoma & Burr Hole Surgery

2nd Subdural Haematoma & Burr Hole Surgery
November 6

First Subdural Haematoma & Burr Hole Surgery

First Subdural Haematoma & Burr Hole Surgery
September 17

60th Birthday

60th Birthday
2014
November 5

Diagnosis of Younger Onset Alzheimer’s

Diagnosis of Younger Onset Alzheimer’s
August 2

Bike Accident

Bike Accident

A 4-wheel drive hit Steve while cycling one morning.

March 5

Sleep Apnoea Diagnosis

Sleep Apnoea Diagnosis
2013
February 5

Senior Pastor of Hinterland Christian Centre

Senior Pastor of Hinterland Christian Centre
2012
October 5

Interim Field Director in Cebu

Interim Field Director in Cebu

Working for IGC Foundation South East Asia

2009
June 6

Chatting with Apostle Bovic

Chatting with Apostle Bovic
2008
June 1

Motorbike Riding with the boys in Kenilworth

Motorbike Riding with the boys in Kenilworth
2006
June 6

Stephen baptising Isaac at Stumer’s Creek, Coolum Beach

Stephen baptising Isaac at Stumer’s Creek, Coolum Beach
2002
March 26

Jesse Stephen was born

Jesse Stephen was born
2001
December 16

Preaching at Christmas in the Park

Preaching at Christmas in the Park

Christmas Carols at Tickle Park, Coolum Beach

1997
April 8

Isaac Graham was born

Isaac Graham was born
1994
November 9

Zane Carmelo was born

Zane Carmelo was born
November 1

Ordination as AOG Pastor

Ordination as AOG Pastor
September 4

Senior Pastor at Coolum Christian Family Church

Senior Pastor at Coolum Christian Family Church

Served 18 years at the Church

June 6

Leading Worship at the Graduation Ceremony

Leading Worship at the Graduation Ceremony
June 6

Jubilee International Christian College Graduation

Jubilee International Christian College Graduation
1993
June 20

Ordination as a Missionary

Ordination as a Missionary
March 6

Songkhla Floods

Songkhla Floods

Our front yard in south Thailand.

1991
June 5

Establishment of Songkhla Church

Establishment of Songkhla Church
1989
July 4

Doing missionary work in Bangkok

Doing missionary work in Bangkok
June 5

Steve graduated Thai Language School

Steve graduated Thai Language School
1988
July 15

Michael Levi was born

Michael Levi was born
June 6

Cycling in Bangkok

Cycling in Bangkok
1987
January 6

Preparing to leave for the Thailand Mission

Preparing to leave for the Thailand Mission
1985
July 20

Eli Samuel was born

Eli Samuel was born
1984
December 6

Fraser Island Holiday

Fraser Island Holiday
1980
November 4

Stephen made the decision to follow Christ

Stephen made the decision to follow Christ

Manna Church in Noosa Heads

June 6

Steve surfing in Coolum Beach

Steve surfing in Coolum Beach
February 6

Stephen’s Water Baptism in Noosa River

Stephen’s Water Baptism in Noosa River

With Pastor Rod Tirrell.

1978
July 1

Married to Angelina

Married to Angelina
April 6

Engagement to Angelina

1956
September 27

Born in Maryborough

Born in Maryborough