Introducing Some of This Year’s Senior Class 2021
“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news . . .”
Since 1967, men and women have studied and learned to be effective Christian ministers at Nazarene Bible College. Originally on campus and now exclusively online, NBC students like those shown below say an ongoing “Yes” to God’s call on their lives as they acquire knowledge and skills, wisdom and practics, all with the goal of making “righteousness and praise spring up before all nations.” Let me introduce a few students from this year’s senior class to you.
David is a PK, who became “broken and separated from God” in his early years. Joining the US Army as a young man (where he still serves) led to David meeting his wife. As their family grew, they started talking about how something was missing. That led to them visiting JCNaz (Junction City Church of the Nazarene) where they renewed their faith in Christ, were healed of old wounds, and said “Yes” to God’s call to serve Him in full-time ministry. David wrote: “God has seen fit through the army that it is time for my wife and me to relocate to North Carolina. We are launching a pilot program through which JCNaz will plant and launch microsite churches around other military bases as soldiers involved in the ministry get called to other parts of the world.”
Alissa’s childhood was a difficult one, including moving 32 times by the time she was eight. She found her way through life, eventually landing in Chicago as a professional ballet dancer for the Joffrey Ballet. Some years later she married, began a family, earned her GED and associate degree. She is now a mother of three, a pastor, and the wife of a lead pastor in Michigan, though the transition leading to that location was filled with “trial after trial.” Alissa wrote that, “When I originally started writing this autobiography, my oldest son told me, “God’s plan is bigger and better than any of my plans, Mama.” I am so thankful for that undeniable truth.” (permission)
Scott accepted Jesus into his heart at age 7 in a Church of the Nazarene. However, he came to avoid his call to ministry and pursued what he wanted to do instead. While his professional career prospered, his personal life suffered, and he began feeling God calling him back. He remarried, rejoined the Church of the Nazarene, said “Yes” to God’s call, and served in a variety of ministries at their home church. In March 2018, Scott and his family, and a core team, planted a new Rescue Church in Maple Valley, WA, and continue to serve in that growing ministry.
Dr. Alan Lyke, NBC Vice President of Academic Affairs
Filed Under: Communicator Published: 11/02/2020