A Nazarene first: Husband-wife team appointed co-district superintendents
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Global Ministry Center
The Church of the Nazarene's Board of General Superintendents announced Tuesday the appointment of Chuck H. and Carla D. Sunberg as co-district superintendents of the East Ohio District. 

This is the first time a husband-wife team was officially appointed co-district superintendents in the Church of the Nazarene. Of course, many spouses of district superintendents have played and continue to play a prominent supporting role in the ministry.

General Superintendent Jerry D. Porter made the appointment with approval from the Board of General Superintendents and in consultation with a district committee. The appointment will take effect November 1, 2011.

The district’s former superintendent, David E. Downs, was appointed district superintendent for West Texas in July.

The Sunbergs pastor at Fort Wayne Grace Point Church of the Nazarene in Indiana; Chuck as senior pastor and Carla as evangelism pastor. They began serving at the church in 2005. The Sunbergs announced their resignation to the Grace Point congregation on Sunday, September 25.

The couple has modeled team ministry since their days as missionaries and field directors in Russia (1992-2005). They helped generate the exceptional growth of the Church of the Nazarene in the former Soviet Union. Churches, compassionate ministry centers, and clergy education centers are flourishing throughout the Commonwealth of Independent States as a result of their ministries.

Chuck Sunberg pastored in Texas prior to their ministry in Russia.

While both Chuck and Carla are gifted in their own right, together they have combined God-given talents and aptitudes for ministry in innovative ways. The result is a singular response to God’s call, identifying them as effective servant-leaders. While their gifts are similar, they are unique and permit the perspective and benefit of individual leaders.

Chuck is a graduate of Olivet Nazarene University and Carla of MidAmerica Nazarene University. They both have degrees from Nazarene Theological Seminary.

The Sunbergs were married in 1983. They have two daughters, Christy and Cara (Justin).

Porter offered his congratulations to the East Ohio District for their visionary response, foreseeing great days ahead.erint
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