Dr. Jim Fitzgerald will join the faculty of Southern Nazarene University as Chair of the School of Theology and Ministry effective July 1, 2017, assuming the position held by Dr. Hal Cauthron from 1995 until his retirement at the close of this academic year.
A graduate of Olivet Nazarene University and Nazarene Theological Seminary, Fitzgerald earned the Ph.D. at Vanderbilt University where his areas of study included Homiletics and American Church History. After ministry assignments in Oklahoma, Tennessee and Missouri, Dr. Fitzgerald pastored the Trinity Church of the Nazarene in Duncanville, Texas from 2001 until his appointment at SNU. He was ordained an Elder in the Church of the Nazarene in 1991.
The Fitzgerald family: (L to R) Erin and Phil Cox, Anna, Jim, Liz, and Katie Fitzgerald.
In expressing his high regard for Dr. Cauthron, Fitzgerald stated, “I am so thankful for Dr. Cauthron’s service, scholarship and leadership.” “And I am grateful for his willingness to partner with me in this transition, and look forward to spending time with him over the next several weeks, prior to his retirement.”
With a strong commitment to strengthening connections with the local churches, Fitzgerald hopes to lead the School of Theology and Ministry to an even higher level of accessibility for ministry preparation at all levels. He also has expressed a desire to launch a strong recruitment program with an emphasis on connecting with Hispanic youth who feel called to ministry.
SNU President, Dr. Loren Gresham, will be introducing Dr. Fitzgerald to the South Central Region during the next several months at their respective District Assemblies. Speaking about the ten gatherings, Fitzgerald said, “my focus will be to listen to the pastors we serve and learn how we, as a university, can better resource and partner with them and the Church.”
Dr. Fitzgerald is married to Liz (Powers) and they have three daughters; Katie, Anna, and Erin (married to Phil Cox).
To learn more about the SNU School of Theology and Ministry, visit http://snu.edu/school-of-theology-ministry