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May082014

Chet Decker Named New NTS Dean for Administration

NTS is pleased to announce Rev. Chet Decker (’78) as the new Dean for Administration and Student Services.  Rev. Decker’s assignment to this position comes as a result of the retirement of Dr. D. Martin Butler who has served NTS in this capacity since 2005.

“Chet Decker is passionate about the church and serving the Lord,” shared NTS President Carla Sunberg.  “I believe that he has the heart of a churchman and the business and financial savvy that we need as we prepare pastors and leaders for the future.  He is going to play an important part in the re-visioning of NTS.” 

Decker earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion from Olivet Nazarene University, and a Master of Divinity and a Master of Religious Education from Nazarene Theological Seminary.

Chet returns to NTS after having served and ministered for the past 35 years at Warren Woods Church of the Nazarene in the Detroit, Michigan area.  During these many years of service, he has served in a variety of capacities, starting out as Pastor of Christian Education.  While serving in this role, he became the founder and first principal of the church’s Christian school, which still exists today, serving nearly 300 children in its daycare and K-8 school.  In 1988, he became the church’s Executive Pastor.  During his tenure, the church planted additional churches, added a satellite campus, been a part of 18 building projects, and grown from 358 to nearly 1,700.  Decker also oversaw the church’s missions program, which included leading more than 40 overseas mission trips. 

In 2010, Chet led Warren Woods in starting a compassionate ministry center called Hope Center in Macomb, over which he served as Executive Director.  Hope Center operates the largest food pantry in Macomb County and one of the three largest pantries in all of southeastern Michigan.  It also offers 18 additional services to its clients ranging from free income tax preparation, to veterans services and legal aid, to housing resources and health care.

At the recent Eastern Michigan district assembly, Rev. Decker was honored with a Distinguished Service Award to recognize his ministry and service to the district and the Warren Woods Church for 35 years. 

“We are excited about adding Rev. Decker to our leadership here at NTS,” continued Sunberg.  “He brings with him incredible experience and energy from which our community and the church will benefit greatly—both now, as well as in the years to come.” 

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