INDIANAPOLIS, IN (June 26, 2013) - SNU Alumni, David Busic, president of Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri, was elected as the 40th general superintendent of the Church of the Nazarene today. He was elected on the 21st ballot at the 28th General Assembly and Conventions in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Busic accepted the position.
“My brothers and sisters, I find myself experiencing two different emotions at once – incredible gratitude to the church and to God,” he said. “Without the grace of God I have nothing and am nothing, and apart from the church I am given nothing. The other emotion I have is amazing humility that the church would extend this honor to me. I’ve never felt adequate for the call that God has placed on my life, but I have always known His power to help me to do what He has called me to do.”
Busic then told a story of a young, homeless boy named Bobby living in a Nebraska haystack who, as a physically challenged teenager, found God through the Church of the Nazarene and later gave his life to the church. When Bobby passed away at age 50, people packed the church to remember and honor him.
“The reason that story means so much to me is that Bobby was my dad,” he said. “And now you know why I love this church so much."
“I am committed to this church,” he continued. “I have submitted to the will of the church and I trust the Lord and the church. And with great humility I accept your affirmation. And I commit to be the kind of leader who continues to lead us into our best days as a Christian church, as a holiness church and as a missional church. Thank you for your prayers. We love you, and we are servants to you. Thank you.”
Busic became NTS president on September 4, 2011.
Previously, Busic served as senior pastor at Bethany, Oklahoma, First Church of the Nazarene for seven years. He also served at Lenexa, Kansas, Central Church of the Nazarene; Livermore, California, Vineyard Community Church of the Nazarene; Shawnee, Kansas, Church of the Nazarene; and Bethany, Oklahoma, Williams Memorial Church of the Nazarene.
Busic has been a member of the Church of the Nazarene's General Board. He is a graduate of Southern Nazarene University (BA in religion, honorary doctorate) and Nazarene Theological Seminary (MDiv).
"David Busic lived out the Southern Nazarene University motto 'Character, Culture, Christ' throughout his ministerial and personal life," said SNU President, Dr. Loren Gresham. "He has been a servant leader in each setting he has served, as youth minister, senior pastor, seminary president. He is a devoted family man, has parishioners from every church he has shepherded who consider him their pastor, and has endeared himself to people wherever he has been. His loss to Nazarene Theological Seminary is significant; the gain he provides to the global Church of the Nazarene is great. We as his university colleagues pray God's rich blessings on him and his wife Christi in the days ahead."
Busic and his wife Christi have three children: Megan, Ben, and Madison.
** Press release and photograph provided by NCN News.
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