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In Memory of Dr. J. Dudley Powers

President Carla Sunberg, together with the NTS community, would like to extend condolences to the family of Joseph Dudley Powers, M. D., who passed away Sunday morning March 22.  Dr. Powers was a physician, missionary, dedicated churchman, and a great supporter and friend of the Seminary. 

In 1965, Dr. Powers was appointed by the Church of the Nazarene to serve as a medical missionary and the founding administrator of the Nazarene hospital at Kudjip in the Western Highlands of Papua New Guinea.  He served there until 1969 when he returned to Bethany, Oklahoma and established a private medical practice.  His commitment to serve the Lord Jesus Christ was reflected in the compassionate care he provided to families for three decades in the Bethany community, until his retirement in 1999.  His concern for both body and soul was evident.  He was a physician with a pastor’s heart.

Dr. Powers was active in the broader medical community in the Oklahoma City area, serving as a Board Member of Deaconess Hospital and Bethany General Hospital.  He served terms as the Chief of Staff at both hospitals.  He was a lifetime member of the Oklahoma State Medical Association and the Oklahoma County Medical Society, and he received the Governor’s Commendation for 50 years of dedicated service in the medical community.

Raised in a Nazarene parsonage, he was a lifelong churchman.  He served the Church of the Nazarene in a variety of capacities: elected for several quadrennium as a member of the General Board of the Church of the Nazarene, serving one term as the board’s president; elected as a lay delegate nine times to the General Assembly; served for more than 20 years on the Board of Trustees of Nazarene Theological Seminary; served on the District Advisory Board of the Northwest Oklahoma District Church of the Nazarene, and as a member of the Church Board at Bethany First Church of the Nazarene.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, March 26, at 2:00 p.m. at Bethany First Church of the Nazarene. Visitation with the family will be Wednesday, March 25, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Mercer-Adams Funeral Home in Bethany, Oklahoma.  Click here to view Dr. Powers’ full obituary.

Donations in honor of Dr. Powers may be made through Global Missions directed to support the Nazarene Hospital in Kudjip, Papua, New Guinea, or to the scholarship established in the name of his father, Rev. Hardy C. Powers at Nazarene Theological Seminary.  Click here to donate to the Powers Scholarship at NTS (select “Endowed Scholarship” as your “Gift Designation” and note “Powers Scholarship” in the “Comments” section).


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