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NTS Emeriti Faculty: Where Are They Now?

As promised in our Winter 2008 issue of the NTS Connection, here are some updates on a few additional former NTS Faculty; in fact, all 3 are former NTS Presidents.

Dr. A. Gordon Wetmore
President, 1992-2000

Dr. Wetmore and his wife Alice Jean (A. J.) currently live in Olathe, KS 

Since your retirement, what has kept you busy?

“Alice Jean and the family occupy the majority of my time. Personal time with God in intercessory prayer, and involvement with our local church and ministry are next. Requests for mentoring came to me following retirement, and this use of my time has been fulfilling. Continuing to serve NTS in a “behind the scenes” way with President Benefiel is a privilege and a blessing. Several writing projects also keep me busy.”

What are a few favorite “NTS memories” of yours?

“Occasionally a student would wander into my office; she, or he, may have been under pressure, facing a crisis of some sort, or just dreaming about the future. It was a delight to be trusted to share those moments. Some of those friendships have endured long after graduation.”

What books would you recommend to alums and pastors?

“In addition to maturing interaction with the Holy Bible, I would recommend a book that has shaped my ministry:  Christ the Center, by Dietrich Bonhoeffer (HarperCollins Publishers, 1978); two recent books that have helped me to understand present day and emerging culture The Good Life, by Charles Colson (Tyndale House, 2005) and Orthodox and Wesleyan Ecclesiology, edited by S.T. Kimbrough, Jr. (Saint Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 2007).”

 


Dr. William M. Greathouse
President, 1968-1976
Dr. William M. GreathousePresident, 1968-1976
Dr. Greathouse and his wife Judy currently live in Hermitage, TN 

Share with us something about your family.

 

“My three children, Becky, Mark, and Beth, their children and grandchildren, are all vital Christians—the greatest joy of my life! In 2004 I married Judy Meadows—a bright, joyous Christian my family has lovingly received.  Becky and Mark live in my neighborhood and with me have become a part of the Hermitage Church of the Nazarene. Beth and Mike Sykes live in Norman, OK. “

Since your retirement, what has kept you busy?

“Upon returning to Nashville, I began to teach Bible and theology at Trevecca Nazarene University.  Once Dr. G. B. Williamson asked me:  “Bill, are you a preacher or a teacher?” I confess I have never been able to answer that question!  So for several years after my retirement, I traveled the world preaching and teaching in different world areas.  These were truly great years for me.”

What do you miss most about NTS?

“As I reflect on my 70 years of ministry, I am confident the happiest were my eight at NTS.  During those years I had the privilege of having in my classes several who have gone on to serve as pastors, teachers and theologians in the Church of the Nazarene and the wider Wesleyan movement.  The joy this brings to my heart cannot be expressed in words!

 


Dr. Eugene Stowe
President, 1966 – 1968

Dr. Stowe and his wife Faye currently live in Surprise, AZ 

Share with us something about your family.

 

“Faye and I just celebrated our 65th wedding anniversary.  Our children live in Arizona, Colorado and Alaska.  We have 5 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.”

What keeps you busy?

“We are happily situated in the Sun City Church where we sing hymns from the hymnal and give 80% to missions.”

What do you miss most about NTS?

“Interaction with a great faculty and highly motivated students.”

What are a few favorite “NTS memories” of yours?

“We completed construction of the Broadhurst Library and moved all the books in one day, thanks to full cooperation of faculty and students on a one day ‘vacation.’”

What books would you recommend to alums and pastors?

Prayer, by Philip Yancey (Zondervan, 2006)

The Signature of Jesus, by Brennan Manning (Doubleday, 2004)

 The Message, ed. Eugene Peterson (NavPress)

How can we pray for you?

“Our older son is recuperating from pancreatic cancer surgery.  We have strong faith for a miracle.”

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