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Renowned Nazarene educator Stephen W. Nease passes away

Hillsboro, New Hampshire-Surrounded by his family, prominent Nazarene leader and educator Stephen W. Nease died Thursday, April 6, in Hillsboro, New Hampshire. He was 81.

Born January 15, 1925, to Floyd and Madeline Nease, Stephen Nease was educated at Eastern Nazarene College (ENC), Brown University, and Harvard Divinity School. He and his wife, Christine, served as pastors of the Newark, Ohio, Eastside Church of the Nazarene.

In 1966 he was elected founding president of Mount Vernon Nazarene College (now University). In 1972 he became president of Bethany Nazarene College (now Southern Nazarene University), and in 1976 was elected president of Nazarene Theological Seminary, where he served until his election as president of ENC in 1981. In 1989 he was elected by the International Church of the Nazarene General Board to serve as the first Commissioner of Education, a post he held until his retirement in 1994. ENC and Mount Vernon Nazarene University (MVNU) later conferred upon him Emeritus status. In retirement, Nease served in the development office at MVNU, until moving to southern New Hampshire in 2000.

A popular speaker at gatherings throughout the Church of the Nazarene, Nease invested in teaching and working with young people preparing for Christian ministry. An avid boater and fisherman, he particularly enjoyed spending time with family at his summer cottage on Vermont's Lake Champlain.

Nease is survived by his wife of 60 years, Christine (Hardy), his sister, Helen Bradley of Bethany, Oklahoma, two daughters, Linda Scott of Windham, New Hampshire, and Melissa Wallace of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, three sons, Floyd of Johnson, Vermont, Stephen Jr., of Lovettsville, Virginia, and David of Montpelier, Vermont, as well as 13 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. He was pre-deceased by a son, David Hardy, in 1970.

Calling hours are Sunday from 3-7 P.M. at the Wollaston Church of the Nazarene in Quincy, Massachusetts. A memorial service will be held Monday, April 10 at 10:00 A.M. at the Wollaston church. Subsequent interment is planned at the family lot in Mount Vernon, Ohio.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations in his name be made to the Stephen and Christine Nease Scholarships at any of the institutions where he has served:

Eastern Nazarene College
23 East Elm Ave., Quincy, MA 02170

Mount Vernon Nazarene University
800 Martinsburg Rd., Mount Vernon, OH 43050

Southern Nazarene University
6729 39th Expressway, Bethany, OK 73008

Nazarene Theological Seminary
1700 East Meyer Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64131

--Submitted by the Nease family

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More tornadoes cause widespread destruction; minor damage to Nazarene churches

Dover, Tennessee-In the U.S. Midwest and South, another instance of extreme weather Sunday and early Monday, April 2 to 3, ravaged counties the heaviest in Arkansas, Missouri, and Tennessee. New reports cite more than two dozen deaths. Homes were ripped from their foundations, often leaving no recognizable debris where they had once been. Severe storms caused other damage, even when tornadoes were absent.

Neither the North nor South Arkansas Districts experienced damage to any church property. No church members were hurt. The Missouri District was spared any injury, but two churches incurred damage to their roofs. On the Tennessee District, the Dover First Church of the Nazarene suffered considerable roof and water damage.

Dover First Church Pastor Marvin Frederick told NCN News that the congregation had only recently moved into a new, spacious building in Dover that is in the early stages of being transformed into a church. Frederick said the tornado lifted a large portion of the roof off the back of the building, exposing the old, damaged roof and causing water damage. The front of the building, where the congregations worships, suffered water damage also after an eight-foot portion of the roof here was torn off leaving a gaping hole. No one was in the church at the time of the storm, which was late in the evening on Sunday.

Frederick said the church's insurance company has worked quickly to repair electrical work and patch the holes as a temporary solution. He speculated that worship services for Sunday, April 9 would proceed as scheduled in the building. The pastor said they were blessed with the new, spacious building and there is enough room under the undamaged portion of the roof to move Sunday school and children's church around and continue as they were before the storm.

Frederick was quick to say that "The Lord is going to turn this into something good for us." He said that the church has grown so much in the last year that even if they wanted to go back to their old sanctuary across town, they couldn't fit everyone in. They bought the new building in faith that good things would happen and, despite this temporary set-back, Frederick said they expect attendance to continue to grow and the building to be further developed one phase at a time.

"Moving to the building was phase one," Frederick stated, emphasizing that he and his church still consider themselves blessed.

Frederick said there was minor damage around Dover and no church members were injured.
--NCN News


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British Isles North District turns 100

Glasgow-The British Isles North District celebrated 100 years of Holiness ministry at its 53rd District Assembly held in Glasgow, Scotland, March 17-20.

It was in 1906 when George Sharpe established a Holiness church in Glasgow. Originally called the Pentecostal Church of Scotland, "Sharpe's Kirk," and a number of other similar missions, united with the Pentecostal Church of the Nazarene in 1915.

A celebration rally was held on Monday evening, March 20, in the historic Sharpe Memorial Church Parkhead, Glasgow - the venue for many district assemblies and where scores of men and women were ordained over the decades. The first women to be ordained in Scotland were ordained in the Parkhead church, including Olive M. Winchester (1912), Jane B. Sharpe (1917), and A. Kanema (Sharpe) Hynd (1924).

At the anniversary celebration, "Ordination Memories" were brought from Hugh Rae, principal emeritus of Nazarene Theological College-Manchester, Irene (Skea) Wallace, a pastor from Northern Ireland, and Tommy Goodwin, a pastor and chaplain in the Royal Navy. Also, with a special presentation, T.A. Noble, professor of Theology at Nazarene Theological Seminary, launched his new book Called to be Saints, which traces the history of the Church of the Nazarene in the British Isles from 1906-2006.

After the Parkhead Choir performed, General Superintendent Paul G. Cunningham preached, bringing a memorable evening, and assembly weekend, to a fitting conclusion.
--Colin H. Wood, British Isles North District via Eurasia Region Newsletter


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In a time of violence, evangelism continues in the Democratic Republic of Congo

South Kivu District, Democratic Republic of Congo-Last week, Nazarene Compassionate Ministries (NCM) and NCN News reported on the read more


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