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NBC announces first G. B. Williamson Pastoral Leadership Award recipient

President Harold Graves presenting award to Pastor Zell Woodworth.

Nazarene Bible College President Harold Graves announced the establishment of a new award commemorating excellence in pastoral leadership. The G. B. Williamson Pastoral Leadership Award is named after former Church of the Nazarene General Superintendent G. B. Williamson, who had a vision for a Bible college to prepare men and women for pastoral ministry in the denomination.

In 1964, Williamson wrote, "The Nazarene Bible College is needed to fill a great and not a diminishing need in the ranks of the Nazarene ministry and Christian workers."

Upon his retirement from the general superintendency, G. B. Williamson and his wife, Audrey, invested their lives discipling and mentoring men and women preparing for ministry at NBC. The G. B. Williamson Pastoral Leadership Award expresses the college's desire to honor his memory and passion for pastoral ministry.

On January 6, Graves awarded the first G. B. Williamson Award to Pastor Zell Woodworth in recognition of his outstanding leadership as a pastor and loyal alumnus of NBC. Pastor Woodworth retired after serving as a pastor for 40 years on the Colorado District. He was pastor at the Eastborough Church of the Nazarene in Colorado Springs for nearly 29 years.

"Through the years Pastor Zell has invested in the lives of our students: discipling them, mentoring them, and engaging them in ministry," Graves said. "We celebrate the life and ministry of Pastor Zell Woodworth."

Filed Under: Blog Published: 01/18/2013

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