Roma J. Gates Missionary Scholarship
The Roma J. Gates Missionary Scholarship was established in 2018 by the late Charles Gates in honor of his wife, Roma. The scholarship is dedicated to assisting students preparing for missionary service. When this scholarship fund reaches $10,000, it will reach endowed status, allowing it to assist generations of God-called missionaries.
Roma Gates was born the daughter of a Nazarene pastor in Wooster, Ohio in 1930 and married Charles Gates in 1950. In 1958, the Gates were called to Brazil where they helped pioneer the work of the Church of the Nazarene in Belo Horizonte, Brazil and establish the first Nazarene seminary in the country. Roma and Charles served in Brazil for twenty-four years.
When Charles was appointed as a pastor to missionaries in the World Mission Department in 1982, the Gates relocated to Kansas City. Roma completed her doctorate in English as a Second Language at the University of Kansas. NTS Professor of Missiology Dr. Paul Orjala invited Roma to serve as an adjunct professor at NTS where she taught courses designed to prepare students for cross-cultural ministry. Roma taught at NTS during the late 80s and into the early 90s. The Gates then moved to California where they served at the Casa Robles Missionary Retirement Center until their retirement in 2000. Roma passed away 10 November, 2018. NTS expresses its deep gratitude for the life, ministry, and legacy of Roma J. Gates and is proud to promote this scholarship in her honor.