Dr. Tim Crutcher (‘05)
Professor of Church History and Theology
Southern Nazarene University
NTS Alumni Council, SNU Region Member-at-Large
It’s been almost twenty years since I graduated from Nazarene Theological Seminary. My journey since then has taken me across several continents in a variety of ministry settings, though most of my work has been focused on education in one way or another. Through it all, I have come to appreciate my seminary education more and more—not so much for what seminary taught me but for what seminary prepared me to learn.
Dr. Tim Crutcher (‘05)
Rev. Phil Hamner (‘95) Senior Pastor, Overland Park (KS) Church of the Nazarene NTS Alumni Council, MNU Region Member-at-Large My journey to full time Christian ministry began in the back pew of a church in Austin, Texas. It came to life when a pastor mentor looked at me, and said these words, “Phil, you have a call to preach, and you won’t be happy until you follow it.” So, within two years of that revelatory statement, my wife and I packed our bags and headed to Nazarene Theological Seminary.
Dr. John Nielson (‘93) Lead Pastor, Melwood (MD) Church of the Nazarene NTS Alumni Council ENC Region Member-at-Large Someone said that all worship should include both funeral and fiesta. We tend to be pretty good at the latter, but not so much the former. We celebrate, praise and rejoice, but do we regularly allow time and space for confession, tears and lament?
Rev. David Young (‘07) wrote an article on his personal blog “All Things New” yesterday talking about WAITING and specifically about WAITING in relation to Advent. Check it out here…it is definitely worth the read: allthingsnew21.blogspot.com/2013/12/waiting.html.
Rev. Carla Sunberg (‘04) l NTS Alumni Association President
Co-District Superintendent, East Ohio Church of the Nazarene
Raised as a missionary kid I never had much time to be around grandparents or aunts and uncles. The church family became my extended family and the community that helped to raise me. As a little girl my parents had a “German Grandma” for me and my brother Kurt. We each had to sit with our Grandma during church on Sundays because Dad was preaching and Mom was leading the music. I still remember the pew we used to sit in every Sunday.
By Dr. Fred Fullerton (‘85) l NTS Alumni Association Vice President
Vice President for Spiritual and Leadership Development, Northwest Nazarene University
The call of God upon my life has led to a variety of ministry assignments over the past 28 years. My NTS training provided a genuine foundation for service through academic rigor, and models of Christian servanthood in the faculty and staff. It also challenged me to be a life-long learner.
Rev. Kyle Poole (‘95) | NTS Alumni Association Member-at-Large
Senior Pastor, Midland Valley (SC) Community Church of the Nazarene
Nazarene Theological Seminary has been a “Greeneway Sweeper” in my life. Because spiritual formation happens best in community, professors and alumni of NTS have gone ahead of me to blaze a trail and clear the path so that I may be more effective in fulfilling my call to ministry.
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