Hieromonk Nikon (Kaskovalov) born and raised in Krasnoyarsk region in Russia. At the age of three he was baptized in the Cathedral of Archangel Michael and all the heavenly forces of the disembodied city of Zheleznogorsk, receiving at baptism the name in honor of st. Sergiy, abbot of Radonezh.
After graduating from secondary school, he entered the Tyumen Theological School for primary theological education and test the sincerity of his intentions to devote his life to the service of God. The next step was the training and successful completion of the Belgorod Theological Seminary with a missionary orientation. At the beginning of training he was sent to the Kiev theological Seminary for education and experience of Church service in the walls of the ancient Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, where he spent 1.5 years. He was appointed assistant Chairman of the Committee on bioethics and ethics at the Holy Synod of the UOC (MP). He completed the stages of theological education at the department of Church practical disciplines of the St. Petersburg Theological Academy with a master's degree in theology.
In 2012, with the blessing of his Eminence Metropolitan Panteleimon of Krasnoyarsk and Achinsk, he was tonsured as a monk with the name of St. Nikon of Optina, a Confessor.
In 2013, the this Bishop ordained him to the Hierodeacon, and in 2018-to the presbyter. He was awarded a number of church-hierarchical awards.
For 7 years of service in the Krasnodar diocese, in addition to diaconal and priestly service, he held various positions in the administrative apparatus of the diocesan administration, worked in the Department of catechism and education of the Krasnodar metropolis, was responsible for interaction with secondary and higher educational institutions. He has made various presentations and lectures.
In early 2019, he was sent to serve in the United States. From February to March, with the blessing of his Eminence Benjamin, Archbishop of San Francisco and West America (the Orthodox Church in America), he performed a priestly services and practiced english-language services in the Holy Virgin Mary Cathedral in Los Angeles. In may 2019, at the invitation of the Parish Council of our Church, he came to us to help preserve the liturgical and daily life of the parish.
On June 16, 2019, on the recommendation of the Parish meeting of the Church, by decree of his Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of East America and new York, first Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, he was appointed rector of our the Holy Trinity Church in Meban, North Carolina.