When Nikole Mitchell left her pastor life behind to pursue her dreams of becoming a stripper, it was a bizarre story that captivated many people on the internet.
Nikole grew up in a strict Baptist family, where she was expected to be quiet, reserved and sweet. But her dreams weren’t quite so conservative.
The mother of three who now works as an erotic dancer on OnlyFans told The Post “From a young age, I had fantasized about being a stripper, but I was indoctrinated to believe my desires and my body were innately sinful and bad.”
Due to her early Christian education, Nikole became a pastor – not because she loved religion, but because she loved performing in front of others.
Even that, however, was rebellious in her family’s eyes.
“I was taught that women aren’t allowed to lead and that women belong in the kitchen and with the children,” said Mitchell, 36. “So even though it went against everything I was told, I decided to become [a pastor] because of my love for performing.”
In 2011, Nikole, along with her now ex-husband, joined the Woodland Hills Church — an evangelist megachurch in St. Paul, Minnesota — which opened her eyes to the possibility of gender equality within the faith.
“It blew my mind,” she recalled of her first visit to the holy house. Every Sunday, Nikole was the first in line to ask the pastor a question after the sermon.
“One of my pastors said ‘Nikole, did you realize that you’re a theologian? And they said, ‘We’d like you to be one of our pastors,’ ” she recalled. “To be on stage in front of thousands of people — that’s what I had been dreaming of for years.”
Eager to rise up the ranks, Nikole — who was also raising three kids now aged, 10, 7 and 4 — snagged a spot as a weekly pastor in 2016.
But it was in 2016 that Nikole’s true identity began to unfurl when she attended an LGBT-oriented theater performance.
“I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, I don’t think I’m straight’ and it rocked my world,” said Mitchell, who now identifies as bisexual and pansexual. “I knew if I revealed my queerness I would lose it all because the church is not welcoming to queer people.”
She suddenly felt as if she was living “a very duplicitous life” and struggled to keep her sexuality a secret.
So after giving her first widely-attended weekend sermon on July 4th weekend in 2017, Mitchell left the church for good.
“I just never showed up again,” she said.
A few months later, Nikole came out publicly in a confessional YouTube video posted on her social media platforms.
Faced with rebuilding her life, she decided to become a stripper and erotic model and launched an OnlyFans account where she posts explicit photos and videos in exchange for money.
“I started off really timid like just topless photos, but now I’m at the point where I take personal requests and make videos very tailored to people’s specific desires,” said Nikole, who also works as a life coach and offers courses such as “How to Unf - - k Yourself” about how to be your true self. “I’m to the point where back in March I was actually going to be paid several thousand dollars to have sex with someone, and I was A-OK with that, but then COVID hit and that got canceled.”
Nikole relocated to Los Angeles in August 2019 and divorced her husband in June.
But today, Nikole is happier than ever.
“Every person has the right to express themselves in whatever way feels good to them and this is how it feels good to me,” she said.