John C. Bowling, Olivet Nazarene University president, addressed the General Assembly earlier today and rescinded his election as the 38th general superintendent.
Bowling rescinds acceptance of election
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Orlando, Florida
John C. Bowling, Olivet Nazarene University president, addressed the General Assembly early on Thursday and rescinded his acceptance of his election as the 38th general superintendent.

Following the opening devotional and prayer time before the Thursday session, General Superintendent Jesse C. Middendorf introduced Bowling, who was elected to the Board of General Superintendents on Tuesday. Bowling addressed the Assembly, stating he had awakened at 3:00 A.M. and felt "checked" by God. He said he was conflicted about his decision to accept the superintendent assignment. He considered how Eugenio Duarte and David W. Graves had been elected to this Board, accepting their elections with an obvious peace. He, however, did not feel that peace. With emotion, he indicated he felt he should rescind his election to the Board of General Superintendents.

"Out of love and respect, I apologize to you all," Bowling said while asking for forgiveness. Bowling becomes the first individual in Nazarene history to decline the superintendency twice (2005, 2009).

Middendorf then called the delegates to prayer, by region, saying, "It is the Board's conviction that God has a mind for us. We begin to elect the 39th general superintendent with prayer. There is no panic in heaven... We will spend some time in prayer."

A motion was then carried to accept his rescintion as general superintendent.

David W. Graves, elected Wednesday as the 39th general superintendent, was declared the 38th general superintendent, and voting has commenced for the 39th superintendent.






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  • only one thought...maybe he should not have allowed his name to be nominated in the first place.... TNCALUM on 07/04/09
  • It is exciting to see how our system works. Though I am disappointed to see Dr. Bowling will not... GGJK on 07/02/09
  • Interesting use of the parliamentary term "rescind" in the situation with Dr. Bowling. Based on t... BOLDHAM on 07/02/09