Arkansas pastor's accomplishments recognized
North Little Rock, Arkansas
(NCN News submissions) On May 3, the Arkansas Human Development Corporation dedicated the North Little Rock Head Start Center as the Bro. Paul Holderfield Sr. Early Head Start Center. Paul Holderfield Sr. was the head pastor of Friendly Chapel Church of the Nazarene in North Little Rock, Arkansas.
Holderfield began ministry work part-time by feeding underprivileged youth at the North Little Rock Boy's Club. He continued ministry in an abandoned school building, where a mission was later started. Then, in 1972, the Friendly Chapel Church of the Nazarene was established, and a few years later Holderfield quit his job as a firefighter to become Friendly Chapel's head pastor.
Located in a high-crime area, vandalism is virtually non-existent due to the community's respect for the church. In 1986, a soup kitchen was started that serves up to 300 meals per day. The church's facilities now include a full-sized basketball court, a conference room, dining area and kitchen complete with commercial-quality food preparation equipment, and living quarters for men needing spiritual and vocational help.
Upon Holderfield's death in 1998, his son, Paul Holderfield Jr., took over as head pastor.
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Community to hold fundraiser for injured Olivet grad
(Kankakee Daily Journal, May 15) Students and faculty from Aquinas Catholic Academy in Kankakee will have a walk-a-thon Monday, May 21, to raise money for the medical expenses of Jennifer Smith.
Smith, 29, a part-time pre-school teacher at the school, was severely injured in an accident during Easter break. She was visiting a grandfather and aunt in Arkansas and went for a ride in a four-wheel all-terrain vehicle.
The vehicle's wheel slid on some loose gravel and the ATV fell into a ditch. Smith and a brother were thrown 20 feet. She broke a leg and her scalp was partially torn away.
They were airlifted out after being found by an aunt. While her brother was quickly released, despite having three broken bones, Smith spent a week in the hospital.
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Nazarene song evangelist to perform at Indianapolis 500 chapel service
Mark N. Murphy, a commissioned song evangelist for the Church of the Nazarene, will be a guest soloist at the Indianapolis 500 chapel service on May 20.
Murphy was invited by IndyCar Ministry, a non-profit organization that ministers to the hundreds of personnel members who make each Indy race possible. This chapel service will be attended by Indy staff member and drivers.
To listen to an original song by Murphy, click here.
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Ohio pastor finds his niche with unique ministry
(CantonRep.com, May 12) There’s something about the green expanse of a baseball field that causes people to exhale, relax, and just have fun.
The Rev. Ryan Wolfe, disabilities pastor at First Christian Church, said people who have developmental disabilities, are no different.
Wolfe ministers to this population at the church at 6900 Market Ave. N. He believes it’s what God has called him to do.
Wolfe oversees Hidden Treasures, First Christian’s ministry for adults with developmental disabilities, and the Shine Room, a children’s ministry.For the rest of the story about the Mount Vernon Nazarene College (now University) alumnus, click here.
Art prodigy is a star at the age of 13
New Bedford, Massachusetts
(SouthCoastToday.com, May 15) The latest David Barkemeyer paintings sold for a total of $700.
The 12 acrylic and charcoal pieces at his recent show were described as "brilliant" and "amazing;" the artist has been described as having "God-given talent" and "natural intuition."
The New Bedford resident has painted since he was 7 years old — so that would be a good six years ago, now.
David, 13, is a sixth-grader at Nazarene Christian Academy, where he earns mostly A's and has a reputation as the class artist. He had his own art show where his paintings were sold at the school earlier this month.
"I love Picasso and the Impressionists," said David, an aspiring artist and a Star Kid.
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Note: Nazarene Christian Academy is part of New Bedford First Church of the Nazarene.
CHS grad accepted into prestigious opera program
(Delta County Independent, May 17) Phillip Dannels, son of Revs. John and Marylouise Dannels, was recently notified of his acceptance, through national auditions, to be one of just 30 singers to participate in OperaWorks' 2012 Emerging Artist Program held in Los Angeles this summer. Dannels was chosen from more than 300 applicants worldwide, deemed as an exceptional talent with potential for a successful performance career.
Dannels will join OperaWorks alumni who are on stage at The Metropolitan Opera, Canadian Opera Company, and Deutsche Oper Berlin to name a few. Now in its 25th year, OperaWorks is nationally recognized for its innovative approach to training opera singers.
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Juggling his way through college
Mount Vernon, Ohio
(Mount Vernon News, May 15) Ever feel like all the things in your life are like a juggling act? For Mount Vernon Nazarene University freshman Jeremy Stanley, it’s an everyday occurrence.
Growing up in Morgantown, W.Va., Stanley, at the age of 10, attended a Day Camp where people could learn the art of juggling. “I learned how to juggle three balls and just kept going,” Stanley told the News. “I really didn’t have an ambition before that. It just kind of grew from there. It was really fun.”
As his interest in juggling grew, so did his talents. A few months later, Stanley became the first non-college member of the West Virginia University Juggling Club, by invitation from the club president. Numerous competitions followed with Stanley taking first place many times.
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Canadian church celebrates 55 years of service
Scarborough, Toronto, Canada
(Nazarene News Canada, May 11) The Toronto Kennedy Road Church of the Nazarene (Scarborough, Ontario) was organized on October 6, 1957 because a group of faith–filled and committed individuals from the Toronto Main Street Church believed that God was about to do a new work in the Kennedy/Corvette community.
Since then, the Toronto Kennedy Road Church itself has birthed two churches: the Altona Road Pickering Community Church (Pickering, Ontario) in 1978 and very recently, the Toronto Kennedy Road Star of David Haitian Church in 2011 (Scarborough, Ontario).
For information on the church's celebration plans, click here.
Dr. Keith Ballard named best school superintendent in Oklahoma
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
(News Talk Radio, May 14) Dr. Keith Ballard, superintendent of Tulsa Public Schools, has been named 2012 Oklahoma Superintendent of the Year by the Oklahoma Association of School Administrators (OASA). Dr. Ballard was chosen from superintendent finalists from across the state, Steven Crawford, executive director of OASA/CCOSA, has announced.
Superintendent Ballard will be recognized with the highest award presented each year to a school superintendent during the Annual Summer Conference hosted by the Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration (CCOSA) to be held June 6-8 in Oklahoma City. Dr. Ballard will be honored by his professional colleagues during the first general session on Thursday morning, June 7 at the Meridian Convention Center. Approximately 900 Oklahoma school administrators are expected to attend the conference.
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Akin receives teaching award
(Oklahoma Baptist Univeristy, May 15) Dr. Jeanne Akin, Mary A. White professor of education at Oklahoma Baptist University, received OBU’s Distinguished Teaching Award during the university’s Spring Commencement May 11.
Akin, who joined the OBU faculty in 1997 as assistant professor, received the award from OBU President David W. Whitlock during the graduation ceremonies before an overflow audience of more than 1,800 in the university’s Raley Chapel.
The highest honor for OBU faculty members, the Distinguished Teaching Award is presented to a faculty member who has taught at OBU for five consecutive years or more. This faculty member has exemplified in his or her teaching career those characteristics of the superior instruction delineated in the “Commitment to Excellence,” a statement of teaching expectations and objectives adopted by OBU’s faculty, administration and Board of Trustees.
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