Nicholas Pearce ’10 MS, ’12 PhD, clinical associate professor of management and organizations
“I’m no less a pastor in the classroom, and I’m no less a professor in the pulpit. I really try to bring my whole self wherever I am.
“I draw my inspiration from my faith. I really believe that I am doing this work because it’s a calling from God. But on a more humanistic level, what also inspires me is seeing people grow and flourish. That is really the unifying thread. In the classroom, seeing the lightbulb come on in a student’s eyes is a priceless moment. In the pastoral context, seeing parishioners grow in their understanding and seeing them prosper and thrive — it’s just an amazing privilege to know that you might’ve played some small part in encouraging them along the way.
“There’s another piece of it too, and that is family. I married my high school sweetheart, and we have a toddler at home, and all of the things that I do outside the house are not as significant as who I am in the house.”
Nicholas Pearce teaches three popular courses at the Kellogg School of Management — Leadership in Organizations, Negotiations Fundamentals and Beyond Diversity. He’s also an assistant pastor at the Apostolic Church of God, a megachurch on Chicago’s South Side. Pearce, founder and CEO of the Vocati Group, an executive consultancy, is the author of The Purpose Path: A Guide to Pursuing Your Authentic Life’s Work (2019).