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Carla Sunberg Receives Towel and Basin Award 

Nazarene Theological Seminary recently awarded Dr. Carla Sunberg with the Towel and Basin Award at its annual homecoming dinner on Tuesday, September 26. The homecoming dinner provides annual opportunity for alumni and friends to reconnect and celebrate what God is doing through the ministry of NTS 

During the evening’s presentation, Dean of the Faculty Dr. Josh Sweeden presented Sunberg with the award. He spoke of its purpose, ”NTS reserves this award for alumni and friends of the seminary who model within our community the very characteristics of Christ—as seen in the Christ Hymn (Philippians 2:5-11), and in the Gospel of John, when Jesus washes the disciples’ feetFrom a Christian perspective, the towel and basin reflect our theology of leadership. 

Dr. Sweeden shared comments on Dr. Sunberg’s servant leadership during her time as president, which spanned from 2014 until her election as a General Superintendent this past summer. He especially highlighted her pastoral approach, strong work ethic, and her commitment to make NTS a place for all students, She was a champion for underrepresented students. She has helped point NTS on a trajectory to serving a multi-cultural multi-ethnic church. Her advocacy for women in ministry was relentless, and rightly so.” 
Dr. Jeren Rowell, chair of the NTS Board of Trustees, also offered congratulatory comments, “The Board of Trustees congratulates Dr. Sunberg on receiving this year’s Towel & Basin Award. The theme of this award perfectly images the kind of leadership that Dr. Sunberg brought to NTS during her tenure. The future of our Seminary is bright and we thank Dr. Sunberg for leading us toward this hope-filled future.” 

The NTS community invites all to join the seminary in prayer as the board of trustees continues its work to elect the next president. Stay up to date on NTS news and events by joining the NTS mailing list and following NTS on social media. 

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