Born 1949 in Butte, Montana. Before his retirement, he was the ruling bishop of the OCA's [[Diocese of Alaska (OCA)|Diocese of Alaska]] (2002-2008). After various scandals and controversies within his diocese, he voluntarily stepped down as bishop in May of 2008.
On March 24, 2014 Bishop Nikolai was released to the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia
(ROCOR) as a retired bishop.