Dr. McCormick Announces Retirement

November 29, 2021


Dr. K. Steve McCormick, Professor of Historical Theology and William M. Greathouse Chair for Wesleyan-Holiness Theology, will retire from Nazarene Theological Seminary at the end of the 2021-2022 academic year. Dr. McCormick began teaching at NTS in 2004, having previously served on faculty at European Nazarene College, Eastern Nazarene College, and Mount Vernon Nazarene College. In 2006, he was appointed to the William Greathouse Chair. Combined, Dr. McCormick has taught theology and contributed to theological development within the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition for over 35 years.

Dr. McCormick is affectionately known by his students for his personal engagement and support for their theological and ministerial formation. As a scholar, Dr. McCormick has advanced Wesleyan theology through his expertise in the development of doctrine, theosis and John Chrysostom (who influenced John Wesley), the doctrine of the Trinity, and ecumenism. He has been a consistent contributor to Wesleyan Theological Society, Oxford Institute of Methodist Theological Studies, and the Global Theology Conferences of the Church of the Nazarene. Dr. McCormick’s recent work focuses on Christian unity and the practice of Methodist Connexionalism. He is completing a book, Triune Love: The Theology of John Wesley, to be published by Abingdon Press.

Dr. McCormick will leave a legacy of profound impact on students, colleagues, and the church. President Jeren Rowell noted, “Dr. McCormick has invested a life in service to the Gospel of Jesus Christ as a theologian and teacher. Students have been challenged to grow in their thinking and in the practices of Christian faith. Alumni of the past twenty years often reference Dr. McCormick’s classes as some of the most influential. Steve has also been a treasured colleague and friend among the NTS faculty.”

Those who have worked closely with Dr. McCormick know that obedience to the gospel pervades every aspect of his life. For Dr. McCormick, the “triune love of God” is not merely intellectual or ethereal, but shapes the way we live, and move, and have our being (Acts 17:28). His ministry at NTS remains a constant testimony to this conviction.

A retirement celebration has been scheduled for April 29, 2022 at Nazarene Theological Seminary. To learn more about the celebration or to donate to the NTS Faculty Retirement Fund see www.nts.edu/mccormickretirement.

Josh Sweeden

Dean of the Faculty

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