Nikolai completed 8-year-old school, also attended evening school. In 1976 he graduated from the Odessa Ecclesiastical Seminary, in 1983 - the Moscow Ecclesiastical Academy.
After graduation from school, he worked in the shop floors of the plant "Svobodny Sokol". From 1961 to 1964 he served in the ranks of the Soviet Army. In 1965 he returned to work at the plant and at the same time studied in the evening school.
In 1980 Nikon became a monk. In 1976-1990 he was a pastor of the church in the Pavlovka village, Dobrinsky district, Lipetsk region. In 1990-1991 Nikon was a pastor and confessor of the Alekseevsky Akatov Monastery. Since 1991 - the vicegerent of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary monastery in Zadonsk. Bishop of Zadonsk, Vicar of the Voronezh Diocese (1996-2003). Secretary of the Voronezh-Lipetsk diocese of the Lipetsk region (1998-2002). Bishop of Lipetsk and Eletsk (since 2003).