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Attention Alumni: We want to hear from you! Please send us your updated contact info, ministry, and/or family information by completing our form at www.nts.edu/update-your-information. Pictures are welcome. Email them to alumni@nts.edu.


Dr. Wendell Kizzee (’59) is still part of the district staff on the North Central Ohio District, is district treasurer, and is a trustee for MVNU.


Charles H. Harper (’60) recently published his second poetry collection, Making a Life. “These poems,” he says, “celebrate the sacred in the everyday objects and events of our lives — things we often take for granted, until we look deeper. Making a Life can be ordered by emailing your request to charles-harper@comcast.net.

MAJ John G. Merritt (’66) is currently editing the second edition of the Historical Dictionary of The Salvation Army (hardcover) / ‘A’ to ‘Z’ of The Salvation Army (paperback) (The Scarecrow Press, Projected Publication: Fall 2012). John has also been accepted to the D.Min. program in Wesleyan Practices at Ashland Theological Seminary. John’s wife, VaLeta, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s a few months following their retirement in July 2001, after more than 33 years of shared ministry as Salvation Army officers. Since 2008, VaLeta has lived in an excellent memory care center one-half mile from John’s apartment.


Mr. David Anderson (’71) was recently named to the ICA (Internal Communications Agency) of the Global Ministry Center as part of the Board of General Superintendent’s newly developed communications strategy.

Dr. Sherman Reed (’71) retired after 18 years of pastoring, 23 yrs as an evangelist, an author, President of Living Truth Ministries, and 30 yrs active/reserve military duty Full Colonel. Currently, Sherman is an Army Reserve Ambassador for Chief Army Reserve Pentagon for TN, and an online Adjunct Faculty for Nazarene Bible College. Sherman’s wife, Janet Hayman, passed away in 2003. Sherman is now married to Dorothy Standifer. Sherman’s complete bio is at http://www.shermanreed.org.

Rev. Tom Crider (‘72) was granted Pastor Emeritus status by the Gallup First Church of the Nazarene after 38 years of pastoral ministry, 27 years in Gallup, NM. Tom and his wife, Fern, moved to Rio Rancho, New Mexico. They have one son and two grandsons who live nearby.

Dr. Garry Pate (‘72) was elected District Superintendent of the Southwest Indiana District in July 2010.

Rev. Donald Wilkins (’72), with his wife, Marion, continues to foster parent after 39 years, was blessed with his 15th grandchild’s arrival in November 2011, teaches for Spring Arbor University, serves as chaplain for the Adult and Graduate studies program, is a chaplain for Michigan State Police, and a member of the Critical Incident Team for Kalamazoo County Michigan Sheriff Department. Donald and Marion retired to the Nazarene Campground at Indian Lake in Vicksburg, Michigan. Donald retired from pastoral ministry in 2007.

CH Don Dunlap (’73) is an adjunct professor at Trevecca Nazarene University, coordinator of chaplains for the Trevecca region, and active in supply and interim work.

Dr. David Frisbie (’77), and his wife, Lisa, are family counselors and authors and have signed a multi-book contract with Beacon Hill Press to produce counseling-related titles for the general market and for the pastoral/church relations market. David and Lisa currently serve the Nazarene denomination as Coordinators of Marriage and Family Ministries via SDMI; they also serve as co-Executive Directors of The Center for Marriage and Family Studies. They are the authorsor co-authorsof twelve published books (Harvest House, Group Publishing, Strang Communications, Beacon Hill Press) and dozens of articles in magazines and journals. They are frequent contributors to LifeWay Publications including “ParentLife” and “BabyLife” magazines. Dr. and Mrs. Frisbie are nationally-recognized experts on remarriage and blended-family issues, with special attention to premarital and pre-remarriage counseling. Dr. David Frisbie teaches Family Studies at Southern Nazarene University and has lectured at universities and seminaries across North America and internationally. Constant travel has taken the Frisbies to all 50 US states, 9 provinces and 2 territories of Canada, and more than 40 world nations to date. When not traveling to speak, teach, or train counselors and pastors, David and Lisa make their home in Southern California. More information about these authors is located here at http://LinkedIn.com/in/davidandlisafrisbie. Information about current book titles in the general market is at http://www.amazon.com/David-Frisbie/e/B002HOWZAA/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1.

Dr. Thomas Haverly (‘78) has been serving as the interim rector at Trinity Episcopal Church in Oshkosh, Wisconsin since April 2011.


Chaplain Phil Pinckard (‘80) has a new assignment as Chaplain/Pastoral Educator at the Meritius Medical Center in Hagerstown, MD. Phil will supervise and coordinate new admission visits (40-70 daily) and teach in their Clinical Pastoral Education program. Phil is married to Jodie (Harper), a Mathematics teacher at El Dorado High School. They’re parents to Heather Willis, a Mathematics teacher at Barton Junior High School, and the late Mark Pinckard (1984-2002) who was an organ, tissue, heart valve, and cornea donor at his sudden unexpected death on May 20, 2002. Granddaughter Alexis joined the family on Nov. 20, 2008!

Dr. L. Alan Thompson (’80) earned a Doctor of Ministry Degree with a specialization in Outreach and Discipleship from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in May 2010. His lead professor was Dr. Robert E. Coleman, author of The Master Plan of Evangelism. The title of Alan’s thesis-project was A Strategy to Change a “Come and See” to a “Go and Tell” Mindset for Evangelism at Grace Church of the Nazarene.

Dr. Larry McKain (’81) is Lead Pastor of South Church of the Nazarene.

Dr. Phillip Stout (‘81) received a D.Min. in Preaching from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in May 2011.

Dr. David Restrick (‘82) is a missionary who is serving as Academic Dean and Professor at Seminário Nazareno em Moçambique in Maputo, Mozambique.

CH (MAJ) Daniel Minjares (’84) is currently serving as an Army chaplain as the Pentagon chaplain.

Dr. Mike Worrell (’84) was “redirected” into early retirement after a stroke in 2007. He is currently living in Mississippi, teaching online for Nazarene Bible College, and writing custom reports for various colleges.

Rev. Scott Mapes (‘86)
is currently serving as lead pastor of Ravenswood, WV, Church of the Nazarene, as the WV North District treasurer, and as the president of the Jackson County Ministerial Association.

Dr. Brian Wilson (’86) and his wife, Joan, moved, in May 2010, from Bourbonnais, IL to Chicago, to help lead the Chicago Central District in a major church planting effort within the city limits.

Rev. Becky Tinnon (’87)
is a priest at the Church of the Epiphany in Crestview, Florida.

Dr. Mike Tinnon (’87) recently retired from active duty military service. He served as an Army and Air Force chaplain for 24 years.


Jeff Hiatt (‘91) is teaching theology, practices, world religions, and communications at Asbury Theological Seminary, Asbury University, and Lindsey Wilson College.

Dr. Thomas Phillips (‘91), Professor of New Testament and Early Christian Studies at Point Loma Nazarene University, was recently elected to membership in Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas. He is the first professor at a Nazarene college or university to be elected to this learned society. Dr. Phillips is the author and editor of eight books, including his most recent book, God Heard That!, a devotional on prayer for ministers and laypersons. This book and all of his books are available through Amazon.com.

Dr. Mark Eckart (’93) has written a book entitled, The 100 Greatest Questions Jesus Ever Asked. For more information or to order a copy, visit www.markeckart.com. As an ordained minister in The Wesleyan Church, Mark serves 92 churches as the District Superintendent in the Indiana South District and as a Trustee at Indiana Wesleyan University. Mark and his wife, Debbie, have three children.

CH (MAJ) Jeffrey Spangler (’93) recently met with two other NTS alumni, CH (MAJ) Chris Archer (‘94) and

CH (MAJ) Mike Reeves (‘94), at the USD-C Chaplain conference in Baghdad, Iraq. Chris, Mike, and Jeff all attended NTS at the same time. The conference was the first time they have been in the same place at the same time as Army Chaplains.

Dr. Randall J. Stephens (’98), Chair and Associate Professor in Eastern Nazarene College’s history department, co-authored with Karl Giberson, The Anointed: Evangelical Truth in a Secular Age. The book will be published by the Belknap Press of Harvard University Press in September 2011. Randall is now working on his third book tentatively titled, The Devil’s Music: Christianity and Rock from Elvis to Larry Norman. Additionally, Randall has been selected by the United States Fulbright Program, Norway for what they call “one of our flagship programs, the Roving Scholars in American Studies.” This will be for the spring semester of 2012. As a Fulbright Rover I’ll be traveling throughout Norway delivering lectures and leading seminars with students and teachers on American Studies topics.

Dr. Mark Lindstrom (’99) has been pastor of Grace Church of the Nazarene, Columbia, Tennessee since May 2010. Mark has been married to Kelly since 1997. Mark and Kelly adopted their son, Ivan, from Russia in December 2008. Their second son was born in the winter of 2010.

MAJ Darin Olson (‘99) has been on active-duty as an Army Chaplain since 1999. After a 13-month deployment to Afghanistan, Darin is now serving in Brussels, Belgium.


Rev. Chuck Sailors (‘00) won the Minor League’s Dan Quisenberry Special Achievement Award in January 2011 for founding the KC Urban Youth Center at 28th and Troost in Kansas City in 2004.

CH Scott Deese (‘01) is now the command chaplain of the USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19) home based in Norfolk, VA.

Dr. Mark Hanson (‘04) recently received his Doctor of Ministry in Formational Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, Ohio.

Rev. Amanda Highsmith (’04) was ordained as a deacon in the Church of the Nazarene on August 5, 2010 on the Kansas City District. She completed her last semester teaching ESL at Korea Nazarene University. After teaching ESL for 4 years at Korea Nazarene University, Amanda is now doing an internship through Mission Corp at Our Family Center Compassionate Ministries Center.

Rev. Yonette Moorgan (‘04) is currently serving as pastor of the Washington New Oaks Church of the Nazarene. She started her ministry in May 2011.

Dr. Adam White (’04) accepted a call to The Lutheran Center (ELCA) on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Campus in January. In May, Adam graduated with a D.Min. in Biblical Preaching from Luther Seminary in St. Paul Minnesota.

Rev. Rebecca (Janofski) Graham (‘05) moved to Michigan last spring and was married in October. Rebecca and her husband, Dennis, are ministering to college athletes as Dennis coaches men’s basketball. Rebecca is serving in a volunteer associate pastor capacity at her church, West Berlin Wesleyan. Rebecca is also servingas the Volunteer Coordinator for NYC 2011 - A World Unbrokenwith USA/Canada NYI.

Rev. John Miller (’06) moved from his ministry in Nampa Idaho at College Church of the Nazarene to Trevecca Community Church of the Nazarene in November of 2010. John serves as the Children’s Pastor there and his wife is the Financial Aid Counselor at Trevecca Nazarene University. John and his wife welcomed their first son, Jackson Ray, on November 12, 2009.

Rev. Sherwin Rulloda (’06) accepted a new ministry role as an Associate/Youth pastor at Marysville Church of the Nazarene in Marysville, WA after serving for over 6 years at Nazarene Compassionate Ministries at the Global Ministry Center in Lenexa, KS. Sherwin, Megan, and their daughter, Chloe, now live in Everett, WA.

Rev. Joel Tooley (’06) and his wife, Pamela, are serving on the newly formed Mesoamerica Region. They live in Costa Rica where they are on the regional leadership team for NYI and Missionary Mobilization.

Rev. Aaron Lynn (’07) is the Lead Pastor of Heber Springs Church of the Nazarene in Heber Springs, Arkansas. He and his wife, Stephanie, have two children— Micah Calvin, born 6/6/08, and Noah Hudson, 3/29/10.

Rev. Danny Goddard (‘08) has a new book on grief, What Will We Do Without Bob? It was released in December 2011 by Dustjacket and is about coping with the loss of a loved one. His first book, Pastoral Care in Times of Death and Dying (Beacon Hill, 2009) was written for pastors and caregivers. Danny and his wife, Sandie, reside in New Castle, Indiana, where they pastor First Church of the Nazarene. Information for ordering his books can be found at www.dannygoddard.com.

Chaplain Bob Davis (’09) is a US Army Chaplain and recently returned from a 1 year combat deployment to Iraq. Bob counted it a privilege and opportunity to serve the “world’s finest soldiers.”

Tim Suttle (‘10) wrote a book called An Evangelical Social Gospel? : Finding God’s Story in the Midst of Extremes that was published on May 13, 2011. (ISBN: 978-1-61097-541-4.) Tim is a pastor, writer, and musician. He is the founder and front-man of the popular Christian band Satellite Soul, an experienced church planter, and the Senior Pastor of Redemption Church in Olathe, Kansas.


Pam Rider (current NTS staff member) celebrated the birth of her new grandson, Wesley James Pierce, born on December 9, 2010.

Eric Benson (current NTS student), and his wife, Christina, welcome their son, Vantus Frank Benson, born on December 21, 2010.He weighed 7 lbs, 1 oz, and measured 19 inches.

Jeremy Shunk (current NTS student) and his wife, Lisa, welcomed Lena Claire Elyse Shunk into the world in November 2010. Lena weighed 7lbs, 12.8 oz, and was 19 inches tall.

Anne Wright (‘10) became a grandmother when her son, Jesse, and his wife, Taylor, welcomed Ava Marie Wright into the world on September 1, 2010. Ava weighed 7 lbs, and was 20 inches tall.

Chris Cotton (‘11) and his wife, Shelley, welcomed their first child, Camden Royer Cotton, on November 2, 2010. He weighed 7 lbs, 7.5 oz, and was 19 inches tall.

Chaplain Jay Weatherwax (‘07) and his wife, Sarah, are proud to announce the birth of their second child, Samuel David Weatherwax, born on December 22, 2010 at Camp Lejeune Naval Hospital, weighing 11lbs, 6oz, and measuring 21.25 inches long.

Revs. Benjamin (‘06) and Deanna (‘06) Hayden welcome their daughter, Hannah Marie, born June 29, 2010. Hannah joins her big brother, Josiah David, born March 4, 2008.

Congratulations to NTS alumnus John Connolly (‘04) and former NTS Development Office personnel, Pamela (Thompson) Connolly, who had a little boy on September 8, 2010.


Rev. Diane Richardson Spaite (’09), married Rev. David Spaite (‘11) on October 16, 2010 at Nazarene Theological Seminary. They are currently living in Kansas City and attending KC Trinity Church of the Nazarene.


Rev. Lucius Okoh, a current student here at NTS working toward the M.Div. with hopes of doing a D.Min., passed away suddenly on December 21, 2010. Rev. Okoh was an ordained minister on staff at First African Methodist Episcopal Church in Los Angeles, CA.He was traveling to visit family and friends for the holidays and died suddenly at Los Angeles International. The funeral service was held at the First A.M.E. Church, Los Angeles.

Shirley Crabtree, wife of Dr. Robert Crabtree, died suddenly on 3/21/2011. Dr.Crabtee served NTS for severaldecades as Librarian and then as Registrar. Dr. Crabtree was in Florida at the time and Shirley had made a trip to Colorado to join her daughter on a ski trip. Shirley suffered a heart attack while on the trip and died suddenly and unexpectedly.Dr. Crabtree returned to Kansas City where the funeral was held at Kansas City First Church.
Kenneth K. Pollard (’52), 90, of Bethany, Oklahoma, passed away January 11, 2011. He was a retired minister in the Church of the Nazarene, serving in Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Kansas. He is survived by his wife, Naomi R. (Jantz) Pollard.

Mrs. Edrell W. Sanders, 86, of Mount Vernon, Ohio, passed away January 10, 2011. She was the widow of Terrell C. “Jack” Sanders, former president of Nazarene Theological Seminary (1981-1992) and district superintendent of Central Ohio and North Carolina. As a pastor, he served in Georgia, Kansas, Illinois, United Kingdom, Alabama, and Florida. Jack Sanders passed away in 1995.

Dr. Paul Bassett (NTS Emeriti & Adjunct Faculty Member) mourned the loss of his youngest sister, Karen, who died on 5/17/2011. She died of lung cancer that was in both lungs and had metastasized to the liver. She died in her sleep.

Dr. Andy Johnson (NTS Professor of New Testament) and his wife, Gina, mourned the loss of Gina’s father, Wilton Hightower. He passed away on 4/27/2011.

Dr. David Wesley (Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies & Director of 365M) mourned the loss of his mother, Mattie Wesley, who passed away 2/15/2011. Obituary and photo are at http://www.news-star.com/obituaries/x169904385/Mattie-May-Wesley.

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