USA Canada Weekly Summary


May 8, 2002
United States & Canada Edition
USA/CAN 0218
Senior Editor: David J. Felter

News This Week
Holiness Today Wins Awards
The Church at Work & Witness
JESUS Film / Harvest Partners Update
Prayer Mobilization Line
Nazarene Collegiate News
NCN Broadcast Schedule

NAZJAM registrations taking off

More than 150 campers took advantage of early-bird registration to include NAZJAM 2002 in their vacation plans, organizers reported. NAZJAM, a family camping event held once every four years, is scheduled this year for July 15-19 at Bonita Park Camp and Conference Center in Capitan, New Mexico. The next registration deadline is June 15. Details and on-line registration are available at

The NAZJAM 2002 schedule includes separate morning activities for children from preschool age through second grade and adults as well as all-day activities for older children and teens. All ages will gather for worship and more activities in the evenings. Dean-O, a 2000 Dove Award nominee for Children's Album of the Year, will be NAZJAM 2002's music evangelist. His music is heard on the children's syndicated radio show TOONZ.
--Kathy Lewis, Children's Ministries

Holiness Today wins two at EPA conference
Holiness Today captured two Higher Goals awards at the Evangelical Press Association (EPA) annual conference, announced Executive Editor Gay Leonard. Placing second in the Special Theme category was "No Peace, No Justice, No Holiness," by David M. Best. Holiness Today also took third place in the Best Redesign category, recognition of the work of the magazine's designer, Ted Ferguson. The conference was held April 28-May 1 in Colorado Springs.

Holiness Today was entered in 12 of the approximately 25 Higher Goals categories. Said Leonard, "For these entries, we are judged against all EPA members, including well known products such as Christianity Today, Leadership, Focus on the Family products, etc. Considering this, [the recognition given Holiness Today] is quite an honor."
--Holiness Today

The Church at Work & Witness

From Fayetteville to Palin
From April 1-8, members of the Fayetteville, North Carolina Church of the Nazarene traded the comfort of home for the blessing of touching many lives through hard work and a lifestyle of love. Fifteen laypersons completed a previously started project of pouring the cement floor of the new church building in Palin, Guatemala. The floor was huge, the sun was hot, and the cement was mixed by hand for two days. On the third day, a cement mixer was finally brought to the building site, and after just one more day, the floor was completely finished.

The group also partnered with the Palin church in hosting a Club Sonrisa (VBS) ministry for three nights. Each night over 200 children watched segments of the JESUS film, heard puppets teach Bible lessons, and enjoyed working with the Fayetteville women and teens on crafts. Over 50 children accepted Christ as their personal Savior and are attending church regularly.
--Jennifer Edgerton, MAC Region

JESUS film wins new believers in Cuba and Ethiopia
Right in the face of the occult, a JESUS film team took the gospel on film to a barrio called Los Pocitos in Mariano, Cuba. The barrio is known for the occult practice Naniguismo and plagued by poverty and crime. While the crew set up their equipment, "young people ran through the vicinity like ants, announcing that the film had arrived," according to a May 1 Harvest Partners update. Eighty-five persons gathered to see the film and 30 prayed to receive Christ afterward.

In Ethiopia, John Gatluak Put decided to divide his property with the poor after watching Jesus tell His followers to do the same in the JESUS film. Put, a wealthy man with many cows, goats, and sheep, said, "I know Jesus is my Savior. . . . I will follow Jesus." The team that showed the film requests prayer for their safety as they travel in the Gambella area where tribal fighting is common.

Harvest Partners is the Nazarene lay organization that supports the ministry of The JESUS Film Partnership.
--Harvest Partners

Prayer Mobilization Line
This information can be found by going to, then clicking on the "Prayer Mobilization Line" on the left-hand side of the page.

Nazarene Collegiate News
Andy Johnson elected to NTS faculty
The Board of Trustees of Nazarene Theological Seminary (NTS) in Kansas City announced April 29 that it has elected Andy Johnson as associate professor of New Testament. Johnson will leave his post as associate professor at Trevecca Nazarene University to join the NTS faculty on July 1. His teaching assignments will begin this fall. Johnson replaces Alex Deasley, retiring professor of New Testament. During the 1988-89 academic year at NTS, Johnson was Deasley's faculty assistant.

Johnson, a native of Mississippi, earned two undergraduate degrees from Trevecca Nazarene University (TNU) and the master of divinity degree from NTS. He earned his doctorate from Luther Seminary in St. Paul in 1995. During his teaching career, he also has been a lecturer in Greek at Luther Northwestern Theological Seminary and an assistant professor of New Testament at Eastern Nazarene College. A respected New Testament scholar, Johnson has published articles in many academic journals including Word and World, Horizons in Biblical Theology, and the noted Scottish Journal of Theology. In August 2002 he will participate in the 15th Oxford Institute of Methodist Theological Studies at Christ Church College at Oxford. He is a member of the Society for Biblical Literature and the Wesleyan Theological Society. An ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene, Johnson is an active member of the Trevecca Community Church of the Nazarene, where he teaches an adult Sunday School class.
--Dean of the faculty, Nazarene Theological Seminary

NNU sets commencement schedule
Northwest Nazarene University (NNU) commencement weekend, set for May 10-11, will honor the Class of 2002, the first nursing graduates in decades, and designated classes stretching back to 1937.

Commencement activities began May 1 with the Senior Investiture Service. On May 10, graduates and their parents will join NNU President Richard Hagood at a 4:30 P.M. reception in their honor. Baccalaureate services are set for 10:30 A.M. on May 11, and commencement ceremonies will follow at 3:00 P.M.

NNU's Department of Nursing will honor its first graduating class since the program was reinstated in 1999. The program had been phased out in the late 1970s. Judith Stocks, director of the nursing program, will preside over the annual pinning ceremony at 1:00 P.M. on May 10 at College Church of the Nazarene. A reception will follow in the church's Franklin Hall.

Alumni activities beginning Friday morning will include brunch and a special alumni chapel service. At noon, reunion class fellowship meetings will draw graduates from the classes of 1937, 1942, 1947, and 1952. A banquet in the Grand Lobby of the Brandt Center will follow at 3:30 P.M. and the evening will conclude with an alumni concert. Saturday's schedule includes breakfast with Hagood and a luncheon buffet. The Class of 1952 will be recognized as the newest inductees into the Golden Grads, which includes all alumni who graduated at least 50 years ago.

Also on the schedule are an ROTC commissioning ceremony for graduating senior Amanda Kennedy Nilson of Eugene, Oregon, and a reception in honor of veteran NNU faculty members Ed Crawford, professor of philosophy, and Paul Taylor, professor of kinesiology. In addition, the Friesen Art Galleries in Brandt Center will be open throughout the weekend to showcase the work of NNU's senior art students.
--Gayle O'Donahue, director, NNU marketing and public relations

Class of 2002 is Olivet's largest ever
Olivet Nazarene University graduated a record 872 students during commencement weekend May 4-5. Receiving degrees were 314 undergraduates, 73 adult studies students, and a record 485 graduate students. Alan Krashesky, Emmy-winning anchor and reporter for ABC7, the network's Chicago affiliate, delivered the keynote address at the 89th annual undergraduate commencement on May 4. University President John C. Bowling spoke at baccalaureate services. Honorary doctorates were awarded to Olivet alumni Don Williamson, founder of Williamson Financial Services in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Leah Marangu, president of Africa Nazarene University in Nairobi, Kenya.
--Heather Kinzinger, director of communications and publications

SNU School of Nursing accredited 10 years
The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) in Washington, D.C. has nationally accredited the Southern Nazarene University (SNU) School of Nursing for the next 10 years. The announcement came May 2. The school is one of only two in Oklahoma to be accredited by the CCNE for 10 years, the maximum number of years allowed at one time.

"Accreditation by a national agency means that we meet the standards of excellence that are required of nursing schools," said Ann Ferguson, chair of the School of Nursing. "We are all so excited! What we'll do now is set more long-term goals such as a graduate program. Our faculty will also be engaged in doctoral studies. This will also allow our graduates to have an easier time getting accepted in graduate schools."
--Stephanie Everett, SNU

Murrow and Biggs to retire from SNU faculty
Southern Nazarene University (SNU) faculty members Wayne Murrow, dean of graduate and adult students, and George Biggs, professor of marketing and business, will retire at the end of this year's spring semester, an SNU spokesperson announced May 3.

Murrow earned his bachelor's degree from SNU and also holds a master's degree and a doctorate. He began his career as a pastor. After spending 18 months recovering from back surgery, he began dual professions as an associate pastor and public school teacher. He came to SNU in 1968. Before becoming dean of graduate and adult students, he had been chair of the Speech Communications Department and the Communication Arts Department and director of teacher education. He helped initiate seven graduate degrees and two degree completion programs during his years on campus. Commenting on his time at SNU, he noted his relationships with his students and colleagues and said, "Everything has been an experience to remember." In retirement, Murrow plans to enjoy his 10 grandchildren, continue family history research, do volunteer work, and teach as an adjunct professor in SNU Graduate and Adult Studies.

Biggs also is an SNU graduate and holds a master's degree in economics and an ABD in business. He attended Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City as well. Biggs came to SNU in 1978 to work with a Title III government program in career information and institutional research. The next year he taught a missions course as an adjunct professor and later was hired full-time to teach business administration and marketing. Before coming to SNU, he taught business classes at a public high school and a junior college in Kansas and for 12 years was a Nazarene missionary to Trinidad. "I have had the privilege of meeting and making friends with so many students," he said as he looked back on his years at SNU. "The business faculty . . . have become my very best friends. . . . And to be a part of the SNU family - what a privilege." Biggs plans to pursue volunteer work after he retires.
--Stephanie Everett, SNU

MVNC golf team finishes second in region tournament
The Mount Vernon Nazarene College men's golf team finished second out of 11 teams at the American Mideast Conference/NAIA Region IX Tournament. The Cougars posted a team-total of 302 over the final 18 holes at the Apple Valley Golf Course on Friday.

Point Loma crowned NAIA Region II tennis champions
Point Loma's women won their 2002 NAIA Region II Tennis Tournament at Tewinkle Park at the Costa Mesa Tennis Club in Costa Mesa, California and earned the region's automatic bid to the upcoming 22nd Annual Women's Tennis NAIA National Tournament held in Peachtree, Georgia May 13-17.

Top-seeded Point Loma Nazarene (No. 8 NAIA) fell behind 2-1 after doubles play was completed to Azusa Pacific (No. 16 NAIA). However, the Crusaders won four of the six singles' matches to clinch the victory and secure an automatic berth to nationals.

Sullivan named TSAC coach of the year
Trevecca Nazarene University's softball coach Angela Sullivan has been named the 2002 TranSouth Athletic Conference Coach of the Year.

Sullivan is nearing the end of her third season as head coach of Trevecca. Sullivan, who was an assistant for one year prior to taking the head coach position, led the team to their best regular season finish in school history. Trevecca finished the regular season 10-6 in conference play and
finished the regular season 28-17. The 28 wins are the most in school history, and the overall record is the best winning percentage in school history. Sullivan has a 75-71 (third year) record through regular season play and is now the winningest coach in school history. Sullivan has a
career record of 137-105 (fifth year) as a head coach.

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