Trevecca Nazarene University

Guest speakers present Nazarene history

Paul Bassett, professor emeritus of the history of Christianity, at Nazarene Theological Seminary, made a presentation about the history of the Church of the Nazarene at Trevecca's one-day conference on October 6.

“The Sun Never Sets on the Church of the Nazarene,” a one-day conference celebrating the Centennial History of the Church of the Nazarene was held at Trevecca Nazarene University on Monday, October 6, 2008.

The six sessions highlighted a wide range of informative historical presentations about the history of the Church of the Nazarene during the last 100 years.

Paul Bassett, professor emeritus of the history of Christianity at Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri, talked about the earliest history of the church, emphasizing its first member churches and the mission they undertook for Christ to present the gospel around the world. Nina Griggs Gunter, general superintendent of the Church of the Nazarene, made a presentation about the importance of higher education in the history of the Church of the Nazarene and gave an interview about her experiences of serving the church, particularly in the historic role as the first woman general superintendent of the church.  Stanley Ingersol, denominational archivist of the Church of the Nazarene, talked about the life and legacy of Mildred Bangs Wynkoop, professor of theology at Trevecca and at Nazarene Theological Seminary, whose book A Theology of Love inspired a new generation of theologians for the church in the 1960s and 1970s.  Professor Steve Hoskins of Trevecca and Andy Wood, doctoral candidate at Auburn University, also made presentations. Additionally, one session focused on the hymnody of the Church of the Nazarene and included a hymn sing.

            More than 300 persons attended these sessions, which were held in the Eva Green Benson Auditorium of McClurkan Hall.

            The conference was held in conjunction with the celebration of the denomination’s centennial that was hosted by Trevecca Nazarene University on Sunday evening. During the previous week chapel services had focused on aspects of the history of the Church of the Nazarene.