Dr. James Diehl to speak at Spring Commencement

Dr. James H. Diehl, general superintendent in the Church of the Nazarene, will serve as Commencement Speaker for the Southern Nazarene University (SNU) Spring Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 14, 2005, 2:00 p.m. in the Sawyer Center (NW 39th Expressway and Donald).

Diehl’s passion for salvation and holiness of heart and his understanding of biblical truth resulted in his election to the Board of General Superintendents at the General Assembly of 1993 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Since his election, Diehl has presided at Nazarene district assemblies across the United States and around the world with a core message of Christian holiness from a Wesleyan perspective.

At the center of his heart is a love for ministry. Diehl first demonstrated this as a pastor in Iowa and Georgia. As pastor at Oskaloosa, Iowa, he conducted live radio programs for seven years and led his church to develop a weekly television broadcast. He came to the general superintendency from his senior pastor role at First Church of the Nazarene in Denver, Colorado. His ministry passion also led him to an administrative role at MidAmerica Nazarene University. Additionally, Diehl served for a decade as district superintendent in both Nebraska and Colorado.

Diehl is a prolific writer with numerous articles that have appeared in the Herald of Holiness, Holiness Today, Preacher’s Magazine, Bread, World Mission, The Holiness Digest, and other publications of the Church of the Nazarene.

Diehl has a great love for education. He is a graduate of Olivet Nazarene University. In 1990, Northwest Nazarene University conferred a doctor of divinity degree in recognition of outstanding achievements. Dr. Diehl’s passion for education has led him to serve on the Board of Trustees at a number of Nazarene schools of higher education, including MidAmerica Nazarene University, Nazarene Theological Seminary, Nazarene Bible College, and Northwest Nazarene University. Diehl also served as chairman of the Board of Regents at Northwest Nazarene University.

Those who know James Diehl recognize him as an encourager of people and a preacher of the Word of God with outstanding insight and practical application. His humor and love for people are evident from his preaching. His heart beats ardently for evangelism, missions, youth, families, and the communication of the Spirit-filled life to people of all ages and cultures.

For more information about the SNU commencement exercises, contact the SNU Office of Academic Affairs at 405.491.6304.