Nick Bogardus is the lead pastor of Cross of Christ Church and a recent Pastor-in-Residence for Biola University’s Center for Christian Thought.

A native of Orange County, California, Nick spent a decade in the music industry. Eight of those years he ran New Noise Management, an artist management company that oversaw the careers of bands like Thrice, Cold War Kids, Rufio and Matt Costa

He took his experience to Biola University as an adjunct teacher, creating and teaching the school’s first music management class which then went on to be adapted for UCLA's Extension Program.

Nick and his wife Kim then spent a year and half doing ministry in Mongolia, where they taught English and photography, produced a TV series, held their city’s first art show, and served in the church. Upon their return to the States in 2009, they lived in Seattle where Nick served on staff and as a pastor in a large church for four years. In August of 2013, Nick began gathering the core group for Cross of Christ Church in Costa Mesa, CA. Cross of Christ launched in January 2014 and is a member of the Acts 29 and Sojourn church planting networks.

In 2015 Nick was awarded the Pastor-in-Residence fellowship from Biola University's Center for Christian Thought to study with a multi-disciplinary group of scholars. He previously completed the pastoral leadership program at the Resurgence Training Center and did his church planting residency through Fellowship Associates in Little Rock.

Nick also has a deep and diverse background in strategic communication and public relations. As the Public & Media Relations Specialist for Belief Agency, he has advised companies and non-profits on crisis and strategic communications. As a manager in the music industry and as the Director of PR/Media Relations for an international ministry, Nick created and guided strategic communications, garnered coverage in outlets such as CNN, ABC, USA Today, The Washington Post, Loveline, Relevant, and the Seattle Times, and oversaw social media platforms with close to a million followers. His writing has appeared in a variety of outlets like Alternative Press, Transworld Skateboarding, Resurgence, and Marriage 365.  

Nick loves to surf, 90s and early 2000's independent music, training at Team Oyama, cooking over live fire, and the grind of being a USC Trojans football fan. He, Kim, and their three children love pony rides at Irvine Regional Park, Bear Flag Fish Company, Disneyland, and digging for sand crabs. 

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