‘Star Trek’ Star Nichelle Nichols Trusted Jesus After Listening to Martin Luther King Jr., Says Evangelist
Nickel Nichols, known as Lieutenant Uhura game in “Star Trek” died Saturday, July 30, of heart failure at the age of 89 in Silver City, New Mexico. Dylan Novak, who has a celebrity evangelism ministry, says Nichols died knowing Jesus as her savior.
“I am saddened by the news of Nickell’s passing, but grateful to know where he put his faith and trust,” Novak said in a letter. Facebook post on sunday
Nicole Nichols: Her Legacy and Testimony
Nicole Nichols was a pioneer as one of the first black women to play a lead role on television. Nichols thinks about leaving Star Trek at one point to do theater He was convinced to stay by none other than Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. King told Nichols that he and his family were his biggest fans, and that “Star Trek” was the only show he and his wife let their children stay up to watch. When Nichols told King she was planning to leave Star Trek, King asked her to stay, saying she would elevate the dignity of black Americans in her role.
Nichols stayed and had another big moment when she and William Shatner, who played Captain Kirk, engaged in the first interracial kiss on television. Nichols took on other acting roles and later recruited women and minorities for NASA.
But what were his religious beliefs? Dylan Novak is a full-time preacher who shares the gospel with celebrities through his ministry, famous evangelist. “Sharing the gospel with Hollywood is a neglected and much-needed mission field,” Novak says on his website. Since this ministry began, God has opened doors for me to share the gospel with over 700 celebrities, and several life-changing decisions have been made!
Novak told ChurchLeaders that he met Nichols at the Fanboy Expo in Knoxville, Tennessee, and he gave him the “typical gift” he gives when he meets celebrities. This gift includes Bibles, Gospel tracts from Lifeway, a book called “GASP!” Was. Written by his friend Tony Nolan, and a letter explaining Bible.
Novak had researched Nichols’ beliefs ahead of time and knew he had a Presbyterian background, but he wasn’t sure where he stood spiritually. When he gave her this gift, he told her that he was a follower of Jesus and that he had come to meet him because “I love and care for your soul.”
Nichols took out the Bible first and expressed gratitude because he was looking for a travel-sized Bible. When Novak explained why he came up with the gift, Nichols became emotional, saying Novak was the first fan he could remember caring about his eternal destiny.
Novak said he told her, “No fan has ever cared about my eternal life,” and she said she “went on to share her testimony of knowing Jesus as her personal Lord and Savior.”
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. appears to have had a significant influence on Nichols’ religious beliefs as well as his career. Novak said Nichols told him he was a big fan of King and had heard him speak many times. In one of those speeches, King presented the Bible and, according to Novak, Nichols “accepted Jesus as his personal Lord and Savior.”