Because of SNU's long-standing heritage of preparing men and women for ministry, the list of exceptional alumni is vast. While we honor the following men and women for their work in ministry, they also represent the hundreds of SNU alumni who have fixed their eyes on Jesus and worked unwaveringly to share the Gospel of Christ throughout the world.
OUTSTANDING ALUMNI AWARD
David Busic ('88)
While attending Southern Nazarene University, Rev. David Busic served at Williams Memorial Church of the Nazarene as associate pastor. Shortly after receiving a B.A. degree in Religion in 1988, David and Christi (Teel, '89) moved to Kansas City where David attended Nazarene Theological Seminary and worked as associate pastor at the Church of the Nazarene in Shawnee, Kansas. David completed his studies at seminary in 1993, earning a Master of Divinity.
In 1993, David accepted the position of pastor at Vineyard Community Church of the Nazarene in Livermore, California. He served at Vineyard Community until 1998 when he and his family returned to the Kansas City area, and David became the pastor at Central Church of the Nazarene in Lenexa. In 2004, David accepted a call to Bethany First Church of the Nazarene, where he currently serves as the senior pastor.
David is active at various levels of the Nazarene denomination. He is currently a member of the Board of General Superintendents Thought Partners. At Nazarene Theological Seminary, he is a member of the Board of Trustees, serving on the executive and strategic planning committees. He is also the chairperson of the faculty and curriculum committee at Seminary. Locally, David serves on the Northwest Oklahoma District Advisory Board and is a member of the SNU Board of Trustees.
In addition to writing a variety of articles, David has published two books, Sharing My Faith and The Pastor's Guide to Effective Preaching. David served as co-editor of Preachers' Magazine from 2000 to 2007, and was an adjunct Professor of Preaching at Nazarene Theological Seminary from 1999 to 2004. David's goals include pursuing doctoral work in theology and culture, and seeing the AIDS pandemic decreased and the Gospel increased in Swaziland, Africa, through the Swaziland Partnership - a partnership between Bethany First Church and the Swazi church for a long-term relationship of hands-on ministry.
During his free time, David enjoys playing golf with Christi and pingpong with the family. He also likes to read history and novels, and he enjoys traveling. David and Christi have two daughters and one son.
Alan McGuire ('90)
Alan received a call to ministry at an early age, preaching twice a month at the county jail by the time he was 15 and receiving his first local preacher's license at the age of 17. Following his heart, Alan enrolled at Southern Nazarene University in the School of Theology and Ministry, and earned a B. A. in Religion in 1990. While a student at SNU, Alan pastored the Central Church of the Nazarene in Oklahoma City.
In 1989, he was a founding member of Love Link Ministries, Inc., an inner-city ministry established in the church. As the ministry became established, Alan accepted a call to OKC's Capitol Hill Church of the Nazarene in 1991 where he ministered until 2001. In 2004, Alan accepted a call to pastor the First Church of the Nazarene in Snyder, Texas. Having always worked in some type of industry while pastoring, Alan continued his bi-vocational work in Snyder.
A year after moving, Alan accepted a position as chaplain with a local hospice organization. On call 24 hours a day, Alan has continued to dedicate himself to a career as bi-vocational pastor. He has brought stability to the Snyder church, leading a building program that enabled the church to be debt free at the completion of the program.
Alan met his wife, Catania (Cahill, '90) while at SNU. Catania has taught school every year since graduating from SNU and currently teaches 4th grade in Snyder. The McGuire's have two sons and one daughter living at home.
Charles Pickens ('64)
Rev. Charles Pickens received a B.A. degree in Religion in 1964 and an M.A. degree in Religion in 1968, both from SNU. While working on his graduate degree, he taught Beginning Greek at SNU.
Charles has devoted his 40 years of pastoral ministry to congregations in Kansas, serving in Scott City, Hays and Dodge City. He is currently the senior pastor at Westside Church of the Nazarene, in Olathe where he has served for the past 25 years. The congregation is presently building a new ministry center that is designed to serve the next generation.
Charles served on numerous district committees, including advisory boards and church properties boards. He has also provided leadership as chairman of the Orders and Relations and Ministerial Studies boards. He has continued his own learning by participating in numerous classes at Nazarene Theological Seminary and MidAmerica Nazarene University, and shared from his own experience as a pastoral mentor for numerous interns from both of these educational institutions.
Charles served in an advisory capacity for the production of two newly released teaching DVDs. The material is based on current research relating to the field of psychology and attachment theory. The DVDs model healthy emotions in children ages two to five and their parents.
Charles and wife, Christiana (Heap, '66), have been married 43 years. They have three sons and one daughter. Charles enjoys reading, tending to his rose gardens, chatting on Facebook, traveling and being a grandparent.
Betty Robertson ('65)
Mrs. Betty Robertson graduated with a B.A. degree in religion in 1965. Following graduation, she moved back to her hometown of Kansas City, Missouri, and took several Christian Education courses at Nazarene Theological Seminary. She also served as Christian Education Director at St. Paul's Church of the Nazarene.
In 1967, Betty joined the staff of Bethany First Church of the Nazarene to be their first director of child development. While in Bethany, Betty met her husband, Earl. They have pastored for 34 years at three churches: Arvada First Church of the Nazarene (Colorado); St. Louis Southwest Church of the Nazarene (Missouri) and currently at Roanoke First Church of the Nazarene (Virginia).
In addition to being a pastor's wife, Betty has written Sunday school and VBS curriculum for the Church of the Nazarene. She has contributed hundreds of articles to dozens of magazines, and has authored nine books, including Changing Places: A Christian Caregiver's Guide for Aging Parents, a book she authored out of her own experiences while caring for elderly parents.
As founder of Creative Christian Ministries, Betty serves as executive director. She believes those involved in ministry deserve quality training. In addition to organizing Christian education conventions and publishing training resources, she serves as a conference speaker, sharing from her years of experience in Christian education.
Betty and Earl have two grown children and five grandchildren.
Chuck ('94) & Marsha Sailors ('94)
Rev. Chuck and Mrs. Marsha (Hoback) graduated in 1994, each earning a B.A. degree in Religion and Philosophy. They moved to Kansas City where Chuck continued his education at Nazarene Theological Seminary, completing an urban youth ministry internship. In 2000, Chuck received an M.A. in Intercultural Studies with an emphasis on youth ministry and youth development. That same year, Marsha received an M.B.A with an emphasis in marketing and management from MidAmerica Nazarene University.
From 1996 to 2004, Chuck served as global ministry coordinator for Nazarene Youth International (NYI) at the Church of the Nazarene International Headquarters. Chuck's responsibilities included management of the denomination's youth Bible quizzing program and leadership of both national and international youth conferences. In 1998, he joined the staff of Beacon Hill Church of the Nazarene in Kansas City, Missouri as youth pastor, lending his education and experience in a multi-cultural/urban environment.
Marsha worked as an education coordinator with Golf Course Superintendents Association of America for three years before joining Heart to Heart International as director of marketing in 2000. In 2003, Marsha launched L.E.D. by Marsha, providing design, editing and development services. Marsha also shared Chuck's passion for youth ministry, working in a variety of roles including regional quiz director, curriculum writer/editor and coordinator for a number of youth events from the local to international level.
In 2004 Chuck resigned his positions, and he and Marsha co-founded the Kansas City Urban Youth Center. The mission of the Center is to offer urban youth Christian hope, community and wholeness, and to do so by empowering them with resources to develop faith, character, knowledge and skills. The Center currently operates in two inner-city locations, providing programs and support to more than 250 students and their families each year. Chuck serves as President and CEO; Marsha provides development support.
Craig Shepperd ('00)
Rev. Craig Shepperd received a B.A. degree in Christian Education from SNU in 2000. Following graduation, he and his wife Anita (Copeland, '00) moved to Zagreb, Croatia, to serve as volunteer missionaries.
In 2002, Craig and Anita relocated to Kansas City, Missouri, where they both worked at the Church of the Nazarene International Headquarters while Craig pursued his Master of Divinity degree at Nazarene Theological Seminary. While in Kansas City, Craig and Anita served in a variety of ways at Kansas City Central Church of the Nazarene including Sunday school teacher and NYI president. They also served as interim youth pastor for thirteen months.
In 2005, after completing his Master of Divinity, Craig and Anita were asked by the South Eastern European field to serve in the territory of Kosovo. While there, they provided leadership to compassionate ministry and pastored the existing church. They helped start a new church in the capital city, and began the European Nazarene College Theological Learning Center in Kosovo.
Craig and Anita returned to Oklahoma in March 2008, and Craig was ordained as a minister with the Church of the Nazarene in June. Craig currently serves as pastor of discipleship and young adults at Norman Community Church of the Nazarene. Anita is a teaching aid for an autistic student at Monroe Elementary in Norman, Oklahoma. They also serve as assistants at the Oklahoma University Nazarene Student Center, where they help serve 130 students a week.
Craig and Anita have been married for eight years. Craig enjoys traveling with Anita, reading, photography and playing sports.
Donald Sides ('75)
After graduating with a B.A. in Religion in 1975, Don moved to Kansas City, Missouri to continue his education. He graduated from Nazarene Theological Seminary in 1979 with a Master of Divinity.
Don pastored churches on the New Mexico, West Texas and Dallas Districts from 1979 to 1990. Don entered the parttime military chaplain ministry with the Texas Army National Guard as 1st Lieutenant Chaplain in 1990. That same year he began full-time corporate chaplain ministry with Marketplace Chaplains USA. As a corporate business chaplain, Don has served in several positions of chaplain management, most recently as the Senior Chaplain at Pilgrim's Pride Corporate Headquarters in Pittsburg, Texas.
As a military chaplain in the National Guard, he has served in various positions as battalion chaplain, brigade chaplain and division chaplain. Don served a tour of duty in Iraq in 2005. His military awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster and the Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster. Now, Chaplain (Lieutenant Colonel) Donald Sides is on the chaplain staff at U.S. Army South headquartered in San Antonio, Texas.
Since 1998, Don has been a member of the Chaplain Advisory Council for the Church of the Nazarene. Don is currently working toward a Doctor of Ministry degree at Nazarene Theological Seminary.
Don met and married his wife, Linda (Shaw, '75), at SNU. They have three children and two granddaughters.
John Whitsett ('80)
Rev. John Whitsett received his B.A. in Religion from SNU in May of 1980. John and his wife, Angie (Lunsford, '82) moved to Kansas City after she graduated so he could attend Nazarene Theological Seminary. John completed a Master of Divinity degree in 1986.
For the past 22 years, John has served in pastoral ministry in the Church of the Nazarene. John's first assignment took him to Ovilla Road Church of the Nazarene on the Dallas District where he served as founding pastor and church planter. From 1990 to 1995, he pastored the Cambrian Park Church of the Nazarene in San Jose, California, and then moved to Raleigh, North Carolina, to serve for one year as the associate pastor and ten years as the lead pastor of the North Raleigh Church of the Nazarene. John is currently the pastor at Central Church of the Nazarene in Tulsa, Oklahoma, returning to the SNU region in January 2007.
John has a real passion for birthing of new churches; a passion born out of his first ministry assignment as a church planter. While in Raleigh, the church gave birth to two daughter churches, and just six weeks ago, Central Church partnered with the First Church of the Nazarene in Sapulpa and the Northeast Oklahoma District to help establish the South County Community Church in Glenpool, Oklahoma. In addition to financial support, Central Church has surrendered a staff member and some key families to help launch this new church.
John has recently returned to school, pursuing a Doctor of Ministry degree from Asbury Theological Seminary and their non-residential Beeson Fellowship program - a select and fully scholars-funded doctoral program that provides cutting edge training in the areas of preaching, spiritual formation, and leadership development. John and Angie have been married for 27 years, and are the parents of two sons.
Frank ('69) & Christine Dewey ('69)
Rev. Frank and Mrs. Christine (Taylor) Dewey each earned B.A. degrees in Religion in 1969. Frank has received two graduate degrees: a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary and an M.Th. from Northern Illinois University. Christine has also earned two graduate degrees: an M.A. in Library Science from Northern Illinois University and an M.A. in Education from Southern Nazarene University.
Since 1976, Frank and Christine have been involved in a number of activities in India, mostly centered at South India Biblical Seminary where their focus of ministry has been teaching and training Indian young men and women for the work of the Lord in their own country. They have also been involved with the Missionary Prayer Band, a student-run organization promoting missions among the seminary community. Their desire has always been to see Christian young people equipped and prepared to evangelize and disciple others in the country of India.
Having completed 30 years of ministry in India, Frank and Christine believe the Lord wants to use the experience they have gained in India to help develop Christian leadership in Ukraine. They are currently in the United States, preparing for this new ministry opportunity, and hope to leave for the Ukraine in early 2009.
The Deweys have served with World Gospel Mission, an interdenominational holiness governing board, since they began their missionary service. Throughout the years, Frank and Christine have both taught at South India Biblical Seminary (SIBS). Frank has also served as executive secretary of SIBS Ministries, academic dean at SIBS, WGM field director and field treasurer. In addition to teaching, Christine has served as librarian, hostess and editor of Vacation Bible School materials.
Frank and Christine are enjoying their time in Oklahoma. They have a grown son and daughter and three grandchildren living in the area.
Stephen Heap ('68)
Rev. Stephen Heap earned a B.A. in Religion in 1968 and an M.A. in Religion in 1973, both from SNU. His wife, Brenda (Warkentine) attended SNU for two years and then completed a B.S. in Elementary Education at the University of Central Oklahoma.
The Church of the Nazarene appointed Stephen and Brenda as global missionaries in 1973, and commissioned them for ministry in Brazil. Thirty-five years later, they are still serving in Brazil. Stephen has fulfilled a wide variety of responsibilities throughout the years including seminary professor, district superintendent on four districts and Brazil area director for 23 years. Along with Rev. Joao Arthur de Souza and Rev. Jim Kratz, Stephen pioneered the Brazil Northeast District. Presently, he is involved with clergy development and resource development for the Church of the Nazarene in Brazil. Brenda has also served in several areas including seminary professor, teacher and consultant for Christian schools and field office administrator for 23 years.
Stephen and Brenda were married in 1968. They have two sons, a daughter, and four grandchildren. They are looking forward to the birth of their fifth grandchild in January. Their grandchildren are growing up on three different continents, and they thoroughly enjoy listening to the grandchildren communicate with one another and their friends in Portuguese, English or Dutch.
Danny McMahan ('75)
After receiving a B.A. in Religion in 1975, Rev. Danny McMahan accepted the position of children's minister at Valley View Church of the Nazarene in Amarillo, Texas. While in Amarillo, Danny and his wife, Cheryl (Kildow, '75), received a call to missions work. They moved to Kansas City to receive training in missions education at Nazarene Theological Seminary. While in Kansas City, Danny worked in children's ministry at Fairlawn Church of the Nazarene. After completing the missions training, they moved to Beaver, Oklahoma, where they pastored until they received a call to the Philippines in 1982.
While on the mission field, Danny served as field director and taught at the local Bible college. They served in the Philippines until 1995 when they returned to the U.S. to pastor the First Church of the Nazarene in Mansfield, Texas.
In 1997, Danny realized the need to work as a bi-vocational pastor, and began teaching the high school's special education life skills class. The students in Danny's class are the lowest functioning students, and most are non-verbal. Danny has written and received four grants to help the students develop industry skills. The most recent grant, "Hit me with your best shot," has allowed his students to design and create air brushed t-shirts that are sold in the community. Danny's class is known to have the most fun in the whole high school.
Danny completes school at about 2:30 pm, which allows him to devote the remainder of the day and evening to his church responsibilities. He has found his bi-vocational work in Mansfield to be the most rewarding of his ministry to date. Danny hopes to againserve abroad. He would like to work as a special education instructor at a boarding school, allowing missionaries with special needs children the opportunity to provide for their children and remain on the field. Another of Danny's dreams is to work with the street children in some of the more poverty-stricken areas of the world.
Danny and Cheryl have four grown children. Cheryl is an elementary school teacher in Mansfield.
Wayne Stark ('64)
While a student at SNU, Rev. Wayne Stark began pastoral ministry working at the Nazarene Gospel Mission in downtown Oklahoma City for two years. He then accepted a call to pastor Noble, Oklahoma Church of the Nazarene in 1963. Wayne graduated with a B.A. in Religion in 1964, and continued pastoring in Noble until 1966 when he returned to Oklahoma City to lead Central Church of the Nazarene.
In 1976, Wayne and his wife, Alice (Garner, '65), moved to the Nazarene Indian Bible College in New Mexico. While always being an excellent pastor's wife, Alice worked alongside Wayne at the College, applying her B.A. degree in Religion. Wayne served as pastor and teacher, and assumed the role of president after being at the College for a year. The Starks resigned their positions at the Bible College in 1983, and moved to Kansas City where Wayne took a year's sabbatical to continue his education at Nazarene Theological Seminary.
Wayne accepted the pastorate at the Church of the Nazarene in Pleasanton, Kansas, in 1984, and completed the Master of Divinity degree in 1985. He also worked as family counselor and family education director for Bethany Medical Center while at Pleasanton.
Wayne returned to Oklahoma City in 1996 to pastor First Indian Church of the Nazarene and work as the site minister at Love Link Ministries, Inc. The following year he became the director of this ministry.
Today, Wayne continues to pastor First Indian Church of the Nazarene; however, he recently retired as director of Love Link Ministries, Inc. Wayne and Alice have been married since 1963. They have two sons and two daughters.
Ken Crow ('63)
Born and raised in a small town in western Nebraska, Dr. Kenneth Crow is part of the third generation of Crows ministering in the holiness movement. Ken graduated with a B.A. in Religion in 1963. In 1965, he and his wife Edythe (Wise, '61) accepted a missionary assignment to the Republic of South Africa. They returned to the United States in 1973 to pastor a Nazarene church in St. Paul, Minnesota. In 1976, they moved to Boulder, Colorado, where they pastored the Church of the Nazarene until 1980.
Ken always wanted to continue his education, and in the absence of online education at that time, he took advantage of the opportunity to study at the University of Colorado. Ken chose the field of sociology, wanting to gain knowledge and skills that might help in his ministry. After completing his master's degree in 1983, he joined the faculty of MidAmerica Nazarene University. However, he continued his studies at the University of Colorado and earned a Ph.D. in Sociology in 1987. Since then, Ken has taught sociology, worked as a sociologist and served as registrar at MNU, Nazarene Bible College and Redlands Community College in El Reno, Oklahoma.
Throughout the years, Ken has collaborated with the Church of the Nazarene to conduct a wide variety of research, sharing his findings through numerous published articles and presentations. In 2001, Ken was named manager of the Research Center at Nazarene Headquarters in Kansas City, continuing as a working sociologist until his retirement in August 2008.
Ken's three brothers, Walt, Chuck and Rich, are also involved in ministry in the Church of the Nazarene. Ken and his wife live in Olathe, Kansas, and have been married 47 years. Their three children are spread across the U.S., giving Ken and Edythe reason to travel, especially to San Diego to visit their three grandchildren.
Irwin Harris ('48)
Rev. Irwin Harris grew up in rural Missouri during the depression and worked alongside his grandfather in the cornfields. His plans to go to the "big city" (Kansas City) to get a job were diverted when he found out there was work at an aircraft plant in Wichita. This diversion, however, led to Irwin's introduction to the Church of the Nazarene. When A. K. Bracken, then president of Bethany-Peniel College, spoke at his church, Irwin felt God say, "That's where you are going." Irwin made his way to Bethany, Oklahoma, in the fall of 1943, and earned a B.A. in Religion in 1948. Following graduation, Irwin and his wife, Doris, moved to Kansas City where Irwin continued his education at the Nazarene Theological Seminary, earning a Master of Divinity in 1955. The Church of the Nazarene ordained Irwin that same year.
Irwin began his ministry in 1953 and pastored in Missouri, Ohio and South Carolina before returning to his alma mater as director of endowment in 1966. In 1972, Irwin accepted the call to pastor Friendship Church of the Nazarene in Stuart, Oklahoma, where he concluded his official pastoral ministry in 1977 to care for Doris who suffered with MS for 39 years.
Irwin's continued involvement with ministry includes four work and witness trips to Brazil and Mexico. While living in Denton, Texas, he served as chair for the First Church of the Nazarene's capital campaign, and worked two years to help clear the land for construction.
Irwin and his late wife have four sons and one daughter, 12 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. Doris passed away in 2002. While greeting at his church on a Sunday morning, Irwin met Arlita Hallam. They enjoyed getting to know one another, and were married in 2005. When Arlita accepted the position of director of the R.T. Williams Resource Center at SNU, the Harris' returned to Bethany. Although officially retired, Irwin is a part of the Vision Prayer Tour for Ethiopia and Kenya and continues to seek ways to build friendships and share the Gospel of Christ with others.
John Knight ('52)
Dr. John A. Knight was born in Texas, and answered the call to preach while a student at Southern Nazarene University. He graduated in 1952 with a B.A. degree in Philosophy. In 1954, John earned an M.A. degree in Philosophy and Sociology from the University of Oklahoma, followed by a Masters of Divinity in 1958 and a Ph.D. in Religion in 1966, both from Vanderbilt University.
John pastored on the Tennessee District for the Church of the Nazarene 10 years before transitioning to the field of Christian higher education. John taught in the religion departments of SNU and our sister schools, Mount Vernon Nazarene University (MVNU) and Trevecca Nazarene University (TNU). He also served as chair for the Divisions of Religion and Philosophy at MVNU and TNU.
From 1972 to 1975, John was the president of MVNU. He was then editor of the Herald of Holiness for a year before he was elected president of Southern Nazarene University in 1976. John led SNU until 1985 when he was elected as general superintendent for the Church of the Nazarene. John was elected general superintendent emeritus when he retired in 2001.
John has written a wide array of literature including the commentary on the letter of Philippians in the Beacon Bible Commentary and several books on holiness. John's writings on holiness have been studied globally and translated into 10 different languages.
He has also held a variety of positions within a number of organizations. While president of SNU, John served two terms as chairman of the Oklahoma Independent College Foundation, and was the chairman of the board of directors for the Christian College Coalition, headquartered in Washington, D.C.
John married Justine (Rushing) in 1958. They have two sons, one daughter and six grandchildren. Following John's retirement, they returned to Oklahoma City to enjoy being near many dear friends and some of their family.
J. K. Warrick (f.s. '67)
Dr. J. K. Warrick attended Southern Nazarene University from 1964 - 1967, and then completed a Th.B. degree at Trinity College. He is also an alumnus of Wesley Biblical Seminary. His journey as a pastor led him to churches in Oklahoma, Texas, Florida, Ohio, Indiana and Kansas. After serving for nearly 12 years as pastor of College Church of the Nazarene in Olathe, Kansas, J. K. was elected to the Board of General Superintendents by the 26th General Assembly held in Indianapolis, Indiana in 2005.
He considers his role as general superintendent an opportunity to join his colleagues in shepherding the global church. He has a heart for church planting, evangelism, world missions, discipleship and compassionate ministries. Central to his ministry is the encouragement of the people of God to find a place of service and ministry in the church and community. He is passionate about equipping pastors and laypersons to be missional leaders.
In 1994, SNU honored him with a doctorate of divinity in recognition of his service to Christ and the Church of the Nazarene. In addition to his long-standing relationship with his alma mater, J. K. has invested himself in other Nazarene educational institutions, and has served on the Boards of Trustees at Mount Vernon Nazarene University and MidAmerica Nazarene University. He has also served on numerous district boards and committees in the church.
J. K. and Patty (Ouzts) were married in 1967. Patty also attended SNU for three years. They have two married children and three delightful grandsons.