Trevecca's 103rd commencement ceremony will include the conferring of honorary doctor of divinity degrees on two men with long years of ministry service--Larry D. Dennis and J. Emory Lindsey.
The Reverend Larry D. Dennis, a 1971 alumnus of Trevecca, has served as pastor of churches in Ohio, Texas, and Florida, and each of those churches had remarkable growth during his tenure. In 2000 he was elected superintendent of the Central Florida District of the Church of the Nazarene. In all of his positions of service in the church, Reverend Dennis has participated in community organizations and events. Within the denomination he has served in a variety of positions and on many boards and as a speaker for various events. He holds a master's degree from Olivet Nazarene University. He and his wife, Debbie, are the parents of three adult sons.
In 1950 when the Reverend J. Emory Lindsey had completed two years of college at Trevecca, he returned to his home in Washington County, Georgia, to conduct a tent revival, and he never left. He was asked to pastor the church that grew out of that tent revival, and he served in that position until his retirement in 1997. As pastor of the Saundersville Church of the Nazarene, the Rev. Lindsey became known as the "country pastor," conducting more than 1,500 funerals and 1,200 marriages and providing pastoral care to patients in the county hospital. He and his wife, Doris, have three adult children.
In their lives of leadership and service these pastors/churchmen have lived out the mission of Trevecca--"to lead and serve."