Nazarene Theological Seminary deplores the violent and hateful slaughter of people in Orlando, FL last weekend. As human beings created in the image of God the victims should have received love and the courtesy of civil conversation rather than the impersonal and violent disregard for their person-hood and common humanity. NTS extends its sympathy and prayers to the friends and families of those who were killed or injured in Orlando. This terrible incident reminds each of us that the call of God to love and respect each other rises above issues of lifestyle and religion that separate and often dehumanize us.
President Carla Sunberg, together with the NTS community, are deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Dr. Arnold Gordon Wetmore on the morning of June 9th, 2016. NTS would like to extend its deepest condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.
“Dr. Wetmore will be dearly missed. His influence reached far and wide in many capacities. As pastor during my teenage years he carved an indelible impression on me, presenting an outstanding model of pastoral care and the holy life. I am humbled to follow in his footsteps at NTS where daily his imprint is seen and felt on the institution. His legacy will live on through his family and those whom he helped to shape and form in the image of God. “
Dr. Carla Sunberg, President
“The life and ministry of Dr. Gordon Wetmore was profoundly interwoven with the life of Nazarene Theological Seminary as a student, as Heinmiller Lecturer on the Devotional Life, as Pastor of Kansas City First Church when it met in the Seminary chapel, and as seventh President. Dr. Wetmore was the president who took the risk of offering me a position on the faculty of NTS. He was both pastoral in his care for everyone he met and visionary in preparing the seminary for the 21st century. He made me a better person and I will always be grateful for the model of leadership I experienced from him.”
Dr. Roger Hahn, Dean of Faculty
Dr. Wetmore was born on June 24, 1931 in New Brunswick, Canada. He received his undergraduate education at Eastern Nazarene College (ENC) in Massachusetts and earned the B.D. from Nazarene Theological Seminary (NTS) in 1959. He also earned a doctor of ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary and completed further graduate study in a number of universities and divinity schools and received the honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from ENC.
Dr. Wetmore served as pastor in the following churches: Church of the Nazarene, Monroe, WI; Wollaston Church of the Nazarene, Quincy, MA; First Church of the Nazarene, Columbus, OH and First Church of the Nazarene, Kansas City, MO. He also served as Dean of Students at his alma mater, ENC. In 1983, Dr. Wetmore was elected president of the Northwest Nazarene College (NNC) and served there until 1992, when he was elected as the seventh president of the Nazarene Theological Seminary (NTS). He served on the General Board of the Church of the Nazarene from 1970-1983 and was president of that board from 1979-1983. He also held many other board and council positions. Dr. Wetmore retired in 2000 and lived with his beloved wife, A.J., in Olathe, Kansas.
In the face of rising tuition costs, Dr. Wetmore saw a great need to assist students to be able to afford to begin or to continue attending NTS. One of the focuses of his NTS presidency was the establishment of several fully funded scholarship funds (“Scholarships of Distinction”). He encouraged many to begin scholarships, and in 1994, he began a scholarship fund in his and A.J.’s name. He faithfully gave as often and as long as he could, as he believed deeply in graduate theological education. Because of his foundational work in this area, today NTS offers over one hundred fully endowed scholarship funds to assist students with educational costs.
After retiring from NTS in 2000, Dr. Wetmore continued to serve NTS for several years as he mentored the then new NTS president, Dr. Ron Benefiel, and as he continued to raise funds for NTS.
In the last few years, Dr. Wetmore was very proud that one of his grandsons, A. Gordon Wetmore, III, planned to attend, and is now a current NTS student.
We would love to honor Dr. Wetmore’s legacy by adding to his scholarship so that more funds will be available to assist students with their tuition.
Donations may be made to Dr. Gordon and A.J. Wetmore’s scholarship by going online at nts.edu. Click on “donate now” to give with a credit or debit card. Checks may be made out to Nazarene Theological Seminary and sent to 1700 E. Meyer Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64131. Earmark the check “Wetmore.”
During our recent meeting of the NTS Board of Trustees Dr. Roger officially stated his desire to step down as Dean of the Faculty, effective July 1, 2017. Dr. Hahn will have served in this role for 15 years—the second longest tenure among the seven persons who have been Dean of the NTS Faculty.
NTS currently has 2 full-time career opportunities available:
An exciting career opportunity has become available in the NTS Office of Advancement: We are seeking a Marketing and Communications Specialist to join our team full-time. Click here to learn more.
NTS is seeking a full-time Accountant to join our Business Office team. Click here to learn more.
May 8 – 17, 2017, join NTS and MVNU as we walk in the footsteps of the key reformers and celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation!
Our expert faculty will bring the Reformation to life on this one-of-a-kind academic travel program. Register today, and join us as we explore Germany & Switzerland.
NTS will host its 2016 Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 1 at 4:00pm at Kansas City First Church of the Nazarene. Earlier that morning at Kansas City First Church, a member of the senior class will deliver the annual Corlett Senior Sermon.
Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri, a graduate school of theology in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition, has opened a search process for the position of Dean of the Faculty, the Chief Academic Officer of the Seminary. After fifteen years of service to NTS as Dean of the Faculty, Dr. Roger Hahn has announced his desire to step down as Dean in June of 2017.
The week of January 18, 2016, the NTS Center for Pastoral Leadership (CPL) hosted a series of service projects, worship services, panel discussions and dialogues in order to honor the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and to address the important issues of race, privilege, and our responsibility as the church.
Kansas City area Churches of the Nazarene and affiliated educational institutions-including Nazarene Theological Seminary-offer their condolences to the families of Kansas City firefighters Larry Leggio and John Mesh. Both men lost their lives on October 12 while making heroic rescues of individuals trapped in a burning apartment building. Their ultimate sacrifice of life reminds us of the daily danger faced by the police officers and firefighters in our community. We are calling upon the God of all comfort to stand by the surviving family members and colleagues of these men in their dark days of loss. May the Lord bless and comfort during this time of grief as only our God can.
A memorial fund is available to help support the families of fallen firefighters. Donations can be made by check, payable to IAFF Local 42, and sent to: 320 Manchester Ave., Suite 42A | Kansas City, MO 64133.
Nazarene Theological Seminary hosted the annual Hugh C. Benner Preachers Conference September 29 and 30. This year’s conference, Local Flavor: Preaching in Context, featured seven preachers from a diverse set of local congregations across the U.S.
As we do each year, we are once again partnering wtih our undergraduate schools in the U. S. at each of their homecoming events.
PRESIDENT SUNBERG TO SERVE AS HONORARY CHAIR OF THE REV. DR. FAY QUANSTROM CHAIR OF PASTORAL MINISTRY AT OLIVET
Olivet Nazarene University and Nazarene Theological Seminary (NTS) are pleased to announce their formal partnership in the preparation of ministry leaders.
We are pleased to report that our 2015 Fall Enrollment is a 13% increase over last fall! We are praising God for his work in our community and are grateful that as he calls women and men to ministry, that Nazarene Theological Seminary continues to be a place where Kingdom leaders prepare and are sent into the world!
President Carla Sunberg invites you to journey to China with NTS (Beijing to Shanghai, a 13-day Cruise/tour with 11 Guided Tours) June 4-16, 2016.
On Tuesday night (Sept 29) of the Preachers Conference, NTS will host a special dinner to celebrate our 70th Anniversary, as well as alumni class reunions. Click here for the details and to purchase your ticket!
In response to an invitation by the Hispanic Strategy Committee of the USA/Canada Region of the Church of the Nazarene, Nazarene Theological Seminary, together with the Office of Multicultural Ministries, has successfully established a Kansas City Spanish Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degree. Like its English counterpart, the emphasis on the degree will be on Wesleyan Pastoral Theology.