NTS News

Dr. Terry L. Irish ('01)

After researching various doctoral programs, I chose NTS because it remained true to our Wesleyan heritage. The NTS Doctor of Ministry Degree Program provided me with an excellent opportunity to sharpen my pastoral skills, and refine several areas of pastoral ministry for the second half of my ministerial life. In addition to offering an incredible group of professors and skilled presenters, the opportunity to fellowship with and grow closer to fellow pastors and others in full-time ministry proved that this program was an excellent investment of my time and resources. I highly recommend it to anyone considering a doctoral program.

Dr. Terry L. Irish (‘01)
Lead Pastor
Sunnyvale Church of the Nazarene (Sunnyvale, CA)



Dr. Veora Tressler ('98)

I knew that NTS would be a good place to study when I enrolled in the Doctor of Ministry Degree Program. I was not wrong! Interacting with professors and students challenged me to a deeper level of study, a deeper sense of responsibility to ministry and giving myself to God.

Dr. Veora L. “Cookie” Tressler (1998)
Associate Pastor for Spiritual Formation 
Norwin Church of the Nazarene (Norwin, PA)


Dr. William Nielson ('03)

The timing and discipline was right for me. The NTS Doctor of Ministry Degree Program opened my mind and heart to a fresh encounter of current educational, shepherding, and practical insights required for pastoral ministry in our times. My understanding of service in Christ’s kingdom to this generation took on new dimensions through the study disciplines. I am more grounded, prepared for the coming years of challenging pastoral ministry. Thank you NTS.

Dr. William B. Nielson (‘03)
Senior Pastor
Heights First Church of the Nazarene (Albuquerque, NM)


Rev. Dr. E. Carolyn Wills ('93)

When I was searching for a place to get a Doctor of Ministry Degree, I happened to be at NTS and, that day, ran into the national accreditors for Doctor of Ministry Degree Programs across North America.  They told me the NTS D. Min. was the “Mercedes” program.  That was enough for me and I enrolled! My D. Min. experience at NTS was extraordinary. The scholarship of the professors, the camaraderie among colleagues and the learning was far beyond what I had imagined.

Rev. Dr. E. Carolyn Wills (‘93)
Retired United Methodist Pastor

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