SNU Alumnus Lives Out His Calling
“Coming to Bethany Nazarene College changed the course of my life,” says George Vera, “and the commitment to excellence in education of my music professors shaped my career path.” That path has been a life of service to the Church of the Nazarene, and to the communities where George and his wife, Paula, have lived.
Graduating in 1980 from BNC, now SNU, with a Bachelor’s degree in music, George followed where God had called him, into music ministry and education.
While at BNC, George traveled with the Collegian Quartet and was instrumental in the formation of the public relations group, Highest Praise. It was also at BNC that he met his wife, Paula, and God has blessed them with a wonderful, supportive family of three children and three grandchildren. Two of his children and daughters-in-law are also graduates of Southern Nazarene University.
While serving as music minister at the Garden City, Kansas Church of the Nazarene, George completed a Master of Music Education degree at Wichita State University. Other church assignments were Wichita, Kansas Linwood Nazarene and in Oklahoma City at Western Oaks Church of the Nazarene. George and Paula served thirteen of these years under the ministry of Rev. Ray and Vera Hance, citing their mentorship and spiritual influence in shaping their lives.
Concurrent with these assignments, George held teaching positions in public school systems, directing bands and leading Fine Arts programs in school districts in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas.
Now located in Rogers, Arkansas, George served eight years full-time as Worship Arts Pastor at Rogers (AR) First Church of the Nazarene, then, last year, transitioned back into public education, while maintaining a significant role in the music ministry at Rogers First.
George says, “I thank God for all the opportunities I’ve had in learning from others and for using me to impact people with the love of Jesus Christ.” “My prayer is that God would continue to use me in whatever capacity He calls me.“