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Dr. Carla Sunberg Elected General Superintendent in the Church of the Nazarene

The 2017 General Assembly Delegation elected Dr. Carla Sunberg as its 43rd General Superintendent. Dr. Sunberg is the second woman to be elected as a General Superintendent in the Church of the Nazarene. 

At the time of her election, Dr. Sunberg was president of Nazarene Theological Seminary, where she has served since January 2014. Carla was the first woman president in the seminary’s history. Her passion for the Church, missions, education and the Gospel of Jesus Christ—along with her extensive experience and boundless energy—combined to make Dr. Sunberg an especially effective leader at Nazarene Theological Seminary. Through her leadership, NTS is entering an exciting new chapter with innovative academic programs, critical scholarship and vital resources for the church. Dr. Sunberg will now apply her considerable talents and experience in service to the denomination as General Superintendent. The NTS community looks forward to the ways God will continue to use Dr. Sunberg to provide leadership to the church in service to God’s mission.

Dr. Jeren Rowell, chair of the NTS Board of Trustees, issued the following statement: “Trusting the work of the Holy Spirit in the Church, the Board of Trustees celebrates the election of President Sunberg to the office of general superintendent. Under Dr. Sunberg’s leadership, Nazarene Theological Seminary (Kansas City) enjoys a position of strength both today and into the future. We stride forward in the confidence that God, who has provided for NTS so abundantly, will continue to provide as we seek a new president.”

In accordance with NTS Bylaws, The Board of Trustees will immediately begin the search process for the next president of the seminary. Preparations for NTS’ next academic year are underway; NTS will welcome a strong incoming class of students in August and anticipates continued strength for many years to come. We thank Dr. Sunberg for her vital leadership to NTS and the Church!

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