BETHANY, OK (June 25, 2013) - Inaugural Kingdom Service Awards were presented by Southern Nazarene University at the SNU Alumni Luncheon on Sunday, June 23, 2013. Held in conjunction with the General Assembly of the Church of the Nazarene in Indianapolis, Indiana, a sold-out crowd of hundreds of alumni and friends of SNU joined in the celebration as five outstanding individuals were honored.
Recipients were Mr. Bobby Gruenewald (’97), Dr. Terry Rowland (’79), Dr. Rebecca Morsch (’74), Rev. Collen Magagula (‘91), and Dr. David Felter (’76).
From left to right: Dr. Terry Rowland, Dr. David Felter, Dr. Rebecca Morsch,
Bobby Gruenewald, and Rev. Collen Magagula
The Innovator in Kingdom Service Award was presented to Bobby Gruenewald. He serves as Pastor, Innovation Leader at LifeChurch.tv and is the co-founder of YouVersion, the Bible App that’s helping nearly one million people make God’s Word a part of their daily lives. Since its creation, YouVersion is one of the top downloaded apps in the reference category and is the most downloaded Bible on iTunes. A leading voice related to innovation and the use of technology, Bobby frequently writes and speaks on the topic, and has been featured in the Washington Post, on CNN, CBS, NPR, TechCrunch, and more. He was listed by Fast Company as one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business in 2011. Prior to joining the LifeChurch.tv team in 2001, Bobby started and sold two technology companies and consulted for start-ups. These entrepreneurial endeavors began while he was studying Finance at Southern Nazarene University as he worked with several alumni to launch a web hosting company. Bobby and his wife, Melissa, live in Edmond, Oklahoma with their three children.
Terry Rowland was presented the Pastor/Administrator in Kingdom Service Award. Beginning in 1974 while attending what was then known as Bethany Nazarene College, Terry and his wife, Judy, have been ministering in the Church of the Nazarene for 39 years. Dr. Roland pastored churches in Oklahoma and Indiana until 2004 when he was appointed Superintendent of the Southeast Oklahoma District. He was then elected Superintendent of the newly formed Oklahoma District in 2010. He has served the Church of the Nazarene in various leadership roles at the District and national level; served on the Board of Trustees of Olivet Nazarene University and Nazarene Bible College, and currently serves as a Trustee of Southern Nazarene University. Dr. Rowland was ordained in 1976 and in 1987 Indianapolis Christian University conferred on him the Doctor of Divinity degree. Dr. and Mrs. Rowland have three married children and enjoy spending time with them and their families.
The Missionary/Physician in Kingdom Service Award was presented to Dr. Rebecca Morsch. Dr. Becky, as she is widely known, is Director of Community based health care, a program of the Nazarene Health Ministry. From her home base in the rugged Papua New Guinea highlands, she trains volunteers in village birth attendance, to provide holistic health services in one of the least developed countries in the world. Many of those that she has trained have gone on to become trainers themselves. Dr. Morsch helped organize the country’s community health organizations into the Effective Development Empowering the Nation, or EDEN network, and has brought her expertise to other parts of the Oceania, including Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands. One of five children growing up with a pastor father who set the example of service, she graduated from SNU in 1974 with a Social Sciences degree. In 1989 on a trip to India, she encountered a community based health care program that trained women to provide simple health services and teach their own communities to stay well. It was life changing, for them and for her. This inspired her to earn entrance to the University of Kansas, College of Medicine. Graduating in 1998, she completed her residency and then earned a Masters in Public Health Degree from Loma Linda University in California. In 2002 she arrived in Papua New Guinea, working in remote villages where infant mortality approached 90%, where AIDS, syphilis and cervical cancers were on the rise, where people had never worn a pair of shoes or encountered a toothbrush. Her commitment has been unwavering and she continues to make a difference, through medicine and sharing her faith, in countless people’s lives.
Rev. Collen Magagula was presented the Educator in Kingdom Service Award. Magagula was born in Malindza, Swaziland, and attended a Nazarene Primary and Secondary School there. He accepted God’s call to ministry while a student at Siteki Nazarene High School. He began pastoring a new gathering in Kholwane while a second year student at Swaziland Nazarene Bible College. It was later organized as a church on the Swaziland South District. After graduation, Magagula continued to pastor the church part time and began teaching at NBC. He was elected Principal of the college in 1999 and continued as Dean of the Faculty of Theology when Southern Africa Nazarene University was launched in 2010. Pastor of the Simunye Church of the Nazarene, Magagula is a third generation Nazarene. He participated in the development of the Association of Nazarene Education Systems in Africa (ANESA) established as an educational community to make quality Christian Holiness education accessible to every church leader in Africa. He has also served in a number of leadership roles at the regional and national levels, and is sought after as a speaker, lecturer and preacher at camps, revivals and colleges and universities. Magagula was awarded the BTh from the Nazarene Bible College (through Canadian Nazarene College) in Siteki, Swaziland, and the MA in Biblical Studies from Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma, USA. He is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene. Rev Magagula married Philippine Mkhabela. They have one daughter and two sons and reside in Siteki, Swaziland.
Receiving the Journalist in Kingdom Service Award was Dr. David Felter. Dr. Felter earned his undergraduate degree from Oklahoma Wesleyan University, and Masters degrees from Southern Nazarene University and Indiana University. It was at the latter that he completed course work for a Ph.D., and also holds an Honorary Doctor of Divinity from Southern Nazarene University. Dr. Felter was a parish pastor for 21 years in numerous churches and has served at the denominational level since 1985. At Global Ministries Center, he has been involved in a variety of projects in the Church Growth Division, Sunday School Ministries Division, and has served as the Communication Services Director, NCN News Senior Editor and Holiness Today Editor-in-chief. Author of In Search of Eden: Understanding New Age Thought (Beacon Hill Press) and Six Leadership Principles from the Gospel (Beacon Hill Press), he has also authored numerous materials for Sunday School Ministries, Adult Ministries and Continuing Lay Training. Dr. Felter and his wife, Sandra, reside in Overland Park, Kansas and have two grown children and five grandchildren.
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