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Former Pensions and Benefits director remembered

Dean H. Wessels, longtime director of Pensions and Benefits USA for the Church of the Nazarene, passed away December 18 in Olathe, Kansas. He was 91. Under Wessels' leadership, the denomination's ability to assist ministers was transformed from a benevolence arrangement that offered assistance in emergencies and at death to a financially sustainable model.

Viral UPS video features Colorado Nazarene

Ernest Lagasca, or Mr. Ernie as he's referred to in the viral UPS video "Driver for a Day," has been a member of Trinity Church of the Nazarene in Colorado Springs, Colorado, for more than 30 years. (video)

Regional SDMI coordinators gather for council meeting

The Global Sunday School and Discipleship Ministries International Council met in the Church of the Nazarene's South America Regional offices in Pilar, Argentina.

In Memoriam

The following is a weekly listing of Nazarene ministers and leaders who recently went home to be with the Lord. Notices were received December 15-19, 2014.

Christmas Message to the Church of the Nazarene

The Board of General Superintendents shares a Christmas message. (video)

Bolivia seminary graduates 10 students

Seminario Nazareno del Área Central celebrated the graduation of 10 students at Munaypata Church of the Nazarene in Bolivia.

Retired Georgia district superintendent passes away

Harold Latham, district superintendent emeritus of the Georgia District, passed away December 10 following a brief hospitalization. He was 89.

MVNU awarded full accreditation for nursing program

Mount Vernon Nazarene University's nursing program received full accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Trevecca offers Leadership and Cultural Change Certificate

Trevecca Nazarene University now offers a Leadership and Cultural Change Certificate to provide professional development for businesses and organizations with the purpose of enhancing leadership skills, inspiring strategic thought, and creating a healthy and vibrant organizational culture.

Cabo Verde Nazarenes respond to continued volcano eruption

"This is one of the biggest challenges facing the Church of the Nazarene in Cape Verde in recent times," said David Araujo, Cabo Verde district superintendent.

Nazarene scholar helps prepare complete collection of Whitefield letters

Geordan Hammond, senior lecturer in church history and Wesley studies at Nazarene Theological College-Manchester, is setting out on a two-year journey to help assemble the first of a multi-volume critical edition of George Whitefield's complete letters.

MVNU launches 4+1 Master of Ministry program

Traditional undergraduate students in religion and ministry at Mount Vernon Nazarene University are now able to earn a bachelor's degree and a Master of Ministry degree in just five academic years with the university's new 4+1 M.Min. program.

Vanauatu Nazarenes arrange first JESUS film showing

"This is the first time that anyone other than Nazarene missionaries have organized such an event for the Church of the Nazarene," said Peter Isaac, Vanuatu district superintendent.

Creative Access Area residents attend Course of Study class

Asia-Pacific Communications recently received the following update from David Philips, field strategy coordinator for Southeast Asia, about a Creative Access Area:

GMC Flags of the Nations: Guam

Each week, the Church of the Nazarene's Global Ministry Center proudly flies a flag of one of the many nations in which the denomination is present in ministry. This week's flag: Guam, Asia-Pacific Region.

Powell to lead Kentucky District

General Superintendent Gustavo A. Crocker announced the appointment of Brian Powell as superintendent of the Kentucky District.

Australia districts merge

The Board of General Superintendents approved a motion in its December 2 meeting to merge the Australia Northern Pacific and Western Australia districts.

NTS-South America holds 26th graduation ceremony

Nazarene Theological Seminary-South America held its 26th graduation ceremony at the Nazarene Convention Center. The ceremony was named for Edgar Baldeón, academic vice rector of the institution, and the theme was "Chosen by God to Serve."

New mileage rates now available; business rate to rise in 2015

The Internal Revenue Service issued the 2015 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical, or moving purposes.

Moving Ministers: November 2014

Compiled by the General Secretary's Office from district reports, Moving Ministers is a monthly listing of Nazarene ministers in new assignments on the USA/Canada Region.