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Welcome, President Dr. Jeren Rowell

Dr. Jeren and Starla RowellIn October 2017, Dr. Jeren Rowell was elected the eleventh president of Nazarene Theological Seminary:

After 25 years as a local church pastor and 12 years as a district superintendent, I am now very excited about this opportunity to help shape the lives of pastors, chaplains, missionaries and educators for the life of the Church. I’m very passionate about the ministries of these God-called servants rising from a biblically-rooted pastoral theology that enables their ministries truly to reflect the life of our Good Shepherd, Jesus. My vision for NTS is that what happens in this place on a weekly basis will impact positively what happens in the local church every week. (See Dr. Rowell’s video message)

Dr. Rowell is ordained an elder in the Church of the Nazarene and has pastored congregations in Idaho, Illinois and Kansas. In 2005, he was elected District Superintendent of the Kansas City District of the Church of the Nazarene a role he held until his election as president of NTS.

Dr. Rowell earned a Bachelor of Arts from Northwest Nazarene University. He received his Master of Arts in Religion from Olivet Nazarene University where his research focused on Luke-Acts. Dr. Rowell earned his Doctor of Education in Ethical Leadership from Olivet. The focus of his doctoral work was clergy retention in the Church of the Nazarene and the role of the district superintendent. Dr. Rowell has also done additional studies at Trinity Evangelical Seminary and Nazarene Theological Seminary. He has served as an adjunct professor at both NTS and Olivet, teaching courses in the Master of Divinity, Doctor of Ministry and Doctor of Education in Ethical Leadership programs.

Dr. Rowell has authored several books and numerous articles on pastoral theology and practice. He and his wife, Starla, reside in the Kansas City area.

What people are saying:

Dr. Josh Sweeden, dean of the NTS faculty, was appreciative of Dr. Rowell’s work with the seminary and looks forward to the future:

Dr. Rowell’s gifts as a pastor-scholar will be a gift to the NTS community,” he said. “As both president and a member of the faculty, Dr. Rowell will further strengthen our academic programs and learning community — academically, spiritually, and professionally. NTS is committed to being a community of Christian wisdom and practice that develops leaders to join in God’s unfolding work in the world. We are excited for the ways Dr. Rowell will lead us forward in response to God’s mission.

Dr. Gustavo A. Crocker comments on behalf of the Board of General Superintendents:

We are pleased with Dr. Rowell’s election as the new NTS president. It is obvious that the Lord has been preparing him for such a time as this. He has been an effective pastor and district superintendent, a gifted writer on both the theology and practice of pastoral ministry, and a committed member and chairman of NTS’ Board of Trustees. The Board of General Superintendents congratulates Nazarene Theological Seminary on the gift of this election. 

Rev. Brit Bolerjack, current NTS student and director of the Young Clergy Network shared of Dr. Rowell’s support for pastors:

Dr. Jeren Rowell champions current and future pastors better than anyone I have ever met. He leads with honesty, humility, and grace. 

Dr. Rowell will be inaugurated on April 3, 2018. All are welcome. We invite you to join us in celebrating God’s faithfulness and continuing to pray for the mission and work of Nazarene Theological Seminary.

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