Scott Oldham, a freshman religion student from Mount Vernon, Ohio, has been selected to attend Third Wave, a global leadership conference, to be held in Quito, Ecuador, January 7-11, 2004, and sponsored by the International Church of the Nazarene. Oldham is one of only thirty students selected from the USA/Canada world area to be part of the 200 students, ages 17 to 29, who have been selected from students in the seven world areas of the Church of the Nazarene.
The purpose of the conference is to help emerging, young leaders "develop a global identity and a global perspective and strategy regarding contemporary issues, such as poverty, reconciliation, and AIDS," says the Office of Nazarene Youth International, the sponsoring organization.
Oldham, a 2003 graduate of Mount Vernon High School in Mount Vernon, Ohio, is a majoring in religion at Trevecca and minoring in church music. He is planning for a career as a minister to youth. At Trevecca he performs with the Trevecca Jazz Band and in Trevecca's dramatic productions, most recently appearing in Cinderella. In the spring he is scheduled to perform in The Imaginary Invalid.
Oldham says that he is excited about his upcoming trip and looks forward to expanding his view of the global church. He explains, "I have loved being part of the Church of the Nazarene and the opportunities that it has afforded me, particularly at four Nazarene Youth Conferences, one of which was in Eurasia. The church has already given me a picture of the global church, but this conference will add to my learning about young people around the world and about the church as a global whole. Not many people have this kind of opportunity." In the meantime, Oldham is busy raising the funds for the trip; each participant pays for his or her travel expenses. Oldham's trip will end just in time for him to begin the spring semester at Trevecca. (11/24/03)