Celebrating the Covenant Bond
The Oklahoma District and SNU Join in Assembly Celebration
In a dynamic collaboration, the Oklahoma District, Church of the Nazarene, led by District Superintendent and SNU alum, Dr. Terry Rowland, joined with the SNU School of Music to combine for a service of memorable music and sacred moments. The opening service of the District’s 2016 Assembly, held at Bethany First Church of the Nazarene, drew a crowd estimated at 1,700 who joined in praise and worship, celebrating the covenant bond between SNU and the Church.
From the opening anthem by the SNU Chorale and Orchestra, the evening was filled with songs and reports that celebrated the common ground of the mission and vision of the university and the Church. Ministry reports were highlighted with connections to SNU through leader education and training, campus-hosted events that inspired initiatives and ministries, and a report from SNU’s president, Dr. Loren Gresham, re-affirming the university’s commitment to the Church, stating that “our mission and goal is to be true to Christ’s calling.”
Following Dr. Gresham’s report, District Superintendent, Dr. Rowland, presented the “Second Mile” award to Dr. Gresham, honoring his decades of service to the Oklahoma District as a member of the District Advisory Board, as well as his service and dedication to Southern Nazarene University. The congregation responded and affirmed the honor with a standing ovation.
Dr. Mark Reighard, SNU School of Music professor, and Dr. Steve Betts, Dean of the College of Humanities at SNU, presented an epic piano duo, followed by a stirring message from Dr. David Busic, presiding General Superintendent and alumnus of SNU.
In reflecting on the District’s legacy of support of the university, Dr. Rowland said, “It was our dream in the service to weave together the mission of the church and SNU, seeing it through each auxiliary -NYI, NMI and SDMI - as they worked through different aspects of connection. It was a powerful testimony of how the local church, district and the university walk hand in hand to accomplish the great commission."
He went on to say, “I believe this service will benefit the district and the University for years to come. I have already heard of at least one young person who committed to SNU because of this special time together.”
For more information about the SNU School of Music, visit snu.edu/school-of-music. To learn more about the Oklahoma District, Church of the Nazarene, visit oknaz.org.