The Millbrook
United Methodist Church
246 Millbrook Avenue
Randolph, NJ 07869

(Est. July 1, 1833)


The Reverand Nicolay Petrov
Pastor of The Millbrook
United Methodist Church

Nick Petrov served both in the pastoral ministry of the United Methodist Church and in various ecumenical and educational programs in Europe and in the United States of America. He graduated from Martin Luther College in Austria and earned his M.Div. from Candler School of Theology, Emory University. In 2017 he received a Ph.D. in Wesleyan and Methodist Studies from Drew University. He serves at the Greater New Jersey Commission on Archives and History and at the General Commission on Archives and History. He is married to Stella and they have two children, David and Evangeline.

A message from Nick

My name is Nick Petrov. I was born in the beautiful town of Rousse on the Danube River. Nobel laureate Elias Canetti, writing of his turn-of-the-century childhood in the Bulgarian city of Rousse captured the tranquility and diversity that characterized the land of his birth: Ruschuk...was a marvelous city... People of the most varied backgrounds lived there; on any one day you could hear seven or eight languages. Aside from Bulgarians... there were Turks, who lived in their own neighborhood; next to it was the neighborhood of the Sephardim, the Spanish Jews... and there were Greeks, Albanians, Armenians, and Gypsies. I was raised amidst this diverse culture. Later I served as senior pastor of the Methodist Church in Rousse. The Church in Bulgaria was founded 160 Years ago by American missionaries. I am sixth generation Methodist. My father and grandfather were Methodist ministers too. I have been happily married to my wife Stela for 15 years. We have two beautiful children -- David 14, and Evangeline 6.

In 2000, I graduated Martin Luther College in Austria with Diploma in Theology. In 2007, I earned the M.Div. from Candler School of Theology, Emory University. In 2017 I received a Ph.D. in Wesleyan and Methodist Studies from Drew University. My doctoral work at Drew was an exciting and beneficial experience that will be very helpful in my work at Millbrook UMC. In reading Dr. Theodore Runyon's book The New Creation - John Wesley's Theology Today, I discovered an epigram: In spiritual experience, the experience produces us. Knowing transforms the knower. I wish that our journey at Millbrook UMC will be a great spiritual experience that will transform us into courageous disciples of Jesus Christ.Prior to coming to Millbrook UMC, I served at Hotanca United Methodist Church, Bulgaria -- 1994 to 1996, Graz United Methodist Church, Austria - 2000 to 2001, Varna United Methodist Church, Bulgaria - 2001 to 2002, Rouse United Methodist Church, Bulgaria - 2002 to 2007, Harmony United Methodist Church, LaGrange, Georgia - 2008 to 2010, Port Morris United Methodist Church, Landing, New Jersey - 2010 to present.

Now, I am very excited about my appointment at Millbrook UMC and cannot wait to meet you in person. There would be no greater joy than to see the Church of Jesus Christ walking in the fullness of strength and purpose which is available to all who long to glorify Him. I am motivated to be a visionary leader. I have many ideas for our congregation at Millbrook that will expand our work in the community and throughout the area. I am passionate to spread the word of Jesus Christ's unconditional love wherever it needs hearing. God has a good future for all of us at Millbrook.

Millbrook United Methodist Church
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Pastor  Holly Paul