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APRIL 2017

SNU Sunday – Celebrating the Covenant Bond
SNU Sunday has been celebrated by Nazarene churches on its four-state South Central Region for nearly three decades.  Selected to coincide with the denomination’s Nazarene College Sunday, this annual recognition of the covenant bond between the church and Southern Nazarene University emphasizes the important role Christian higher education plays in the life of the Church.

On Sunday, April 30, 2017, a great number of churches will remember SNU in prayer, will share the special video and use many of the other resources provided, as well as recognize current students and alumni in their congregation.  But, there will also be hundreds of congregations who find that another date fits their church calendar best, and will choose to celebrate SNU in unique and special ways on various Sundays throughout the year.

SNU Sunday provides an opportunity to tell the good news about SNU to those who may not know that, as a member of the Church of the Nazarene, they “own” a university!

Above and beyond its financial support of approximately $1.5 million to SNU each year, having over 650 churches on the Region lift SNU in prayer and encourage their young people to look to her for a world-class, Christ-centered education is vital to the fulfillment of her mission.

Through the demonstration and practice of unity and mutual support we can truly “make Christlike disciples through higher education in Christ-centered community.”

Find all the SNU Sunday resources at or contact the Office of Church Relations at or (405) 491-6314

Oxford Summer Institute Scholarship Awarded to SNU Student

Since 2012, students of Dr. Marty Alan Michelson Dr Marty Michelson and Brayden Huntin Biblical Hebrew have made successful applications to a Summer Institute at Oxford University for students interested in Biblical textual scholarship and Christian apologetics. This year, SNU student Brayden Hunt was chosen from an international pool of candidates to participate in the scholarship fellowship with the Museum of the Bible.

Hunt, a junior Theology and Ministry major, will receive fully funded travel, a scholarship to the Oxford University program of study, and a cash stipend for the scholarship he has conducted working with Cairo Genizah Hebrew texts. Brayden is the son Rev. Steven and Jackie Hunt who formerly pastored the Friendship Church of the Nazarene in Louisiana, and currently reside in Idaho.

Michelson and Hunt will be in the United Kingdom in May and June of 2017, working alongside world-renowned scholars, including instruction from professors from Gordon-Conwell Seminary, Trinity Western University, Notre Dame University, Indiana Wesleyan University, and the University of London, in addition to hosting faculty at Oxford University through Wycliffe College.

“The Museum of the Bible continues to offer our SNU students scholarships and stipends based on the generosity of the Museum and the scholarly acumen of SNU students,” said Michelson. “We are proud of those training for ministry in the School of Theology & Ministry at SNU.”

To learn more about the SNU School of Theology and Ministry, visit

SNU Alumni and Friends Gather at General Assembly 2017

Alumni and friends of SNU will gather in Indianapolis this summer for General Assembly 2017. What a great time for a family lunch! You are invited to join us on Sunday, June 25th, immediately following the morning worship service, for a great time of fellowship and fun. Online registration opens May 1st and closes June 1st or when all available seats are sold – and typically this event is sold out, so register early!

There will be special music, and the SNU family will recognize some outstanding alumni, including retiring General Superintendents Dr. Jerry Porter and Dr. J.K. Warrick, as well as current General Superintendent, Dr. David Busic. Also being honored are nationally known sculptor, Scott Stearman, for his contributions to SNU, and former State of Oklahoma Representative, Gary Banz, for his leadership of the Honor Flights program for World War II veterans.

Luncheon guests will also have an opportunity to thank Dr. and Mrs. Loren Gresham for 50 years of outstanding service to SNU, the last 28 of which he has served with distinction as our university’s President. SNU’s President-elect, Dr. Keith Newman, and his wife, Carolyn, are scheduled to be present, as well, to add their thanks to the Gresham’s for their contributions to SNU, and to greet the SNU family gathered there.

Register beginning May 1st at Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children (11 years and younger). For more information contact the Office of Alumni Relations at or 405.491.6312.

Our Nazarene Heritage
Founded in 1899, Southern Nazarene University is a private, Christian, liberal arts university - a service of the Church of the Nazarene. Located on a 40-acre campus just west of Oklahoma City, SNU grew out of several small colleges committed to training people for lives of service to God, leadership, and reconciliation toward their neighbors and within the global community. More than 32,000 alumni work and serve throughout the United States and the world. Read About Our Heritage

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