SNU Alumnus Tragically Killed

BETHANY, Okla. (January 20, 2012) – Rev. Wally Renegar, an alumnus and long-time friend of Southern Nazarene University, was tragically killed Thursday night while leaving an SNU basketball game.  

Renegar was walking south across N.W. 39th Expressway about 6:30 p.m. Thursday when he was struck by a van traveling eastbound.  The accident occurred near Donald Avenue, just south of the Sawyer Center, where Renegar was leaving after watching his beloved Crimson Storm.  

"The Southern Nazarene University community lost a valued alumnus, former colleague, and friend to many when Rev. Wally Renegar was taken from this life suddenly and tragically recently,” said Dr. Loren Gresham, President of Southern Nazarene University.   

Renegar served in many roles within the Nazarene Church including 25 years as a pastor, district leadership in youth ministry, as a District Secretary, and he and his wife, Waulea, served three years as missionaries to Native Americans.  In 1991 he joined the staff of Southern Nazarene University and served in several capacities, including serving as the Assistant to the President for Church Relations at SNU until he retired in 2001.  At the time of his death he was the Chaplain for the Bethany Police Department.

“His devotion to God and family was the core of his life. Close behind those priorities was his love for his alma mater and the people he befriended and encouraged. We will miss him greatly even as we pray for his family through these difficult days of transition in their lives," stated Gresham.  

Funeral services for Renegar have not been set at this time.    

Southern Nazarene University's mission is to transform lives through higher education in Christ-centered community. As a Christian community of scholars, we model the hospitality of grace, the pursuit of truth and the practice of discipleship, all within the Wesleyan-holiness tradition, as we prepare graduates who THINK with clarity, ACT with integrity and SERVE with purpose.