This article focuses on William Nicol as practical believer in his own time and context. The aim is to indicate his permanent contributions to the Dutch Reformed Church of the last decades of the twentieth century. He
was truly a man who lived according to the love-commandment. He endeavoured to make Jesus Lord in all walks of life. He was no great theologian, but a man of action. He represented the body of Christ, the Church, amongst his people. He served and led his people in a time of distress. He helped his people to regain their pride and to realise the importance of faith.