SNU Set To Award Honorary Degrees

BETHANY, OK (January 10, 2013) - Southern Nazarene University’s Board of Trustees recently approved the nominations of four individuals to receive honorary doctoral degrees at the May 2013 Commencement ceremony.

Rev. Robert (Rob) McDonald, Rev. Mark Hollingsworth, and Rev. C.B. Glidden will be conferred the Doctor of Divinity degree, and Mr. Gerald W. Smith will be honored with the Doctor of Humane Letters.

Rev. Rob McDonald currently serves as the Superintendent of the Dallas District for the Church of the Nazarene. He is a member of the SNU Board of Trustees and has served on the SNU Foundation Board of Directors, as well.

For the past 34 years, Rev. McDonald has served the denomination in pastoral ministry and has sat on numerous boards and committees at the local, district, and General Church levels. His focus on outreach to the Dallas area through house churches has resulted in the creation of over 50 gathering points for worship. His ministry has been described as “selfless service” and he is respected as a leader who “embraces the holiness lifestyle”. Rev. McDonald graduated from Mid-America Nazarene University (Olathe, KS) with a Bachelor of Arts and earned a Master’s degree from Oklahoma State University.

Rev. Mark Hollingsworth is currently serving as the Senior Pastor for Edmond (OK) First Church of the Nazarene. He is a past member of the SNU Board of Trustees and has, for many years, served as a mentor for the SNU Ministerial Intern program.

Along with his more than 30 years of pastoral ministry, Rev. Hollingsworth has served on District Advisory Boards, was elected a delegate to the Church of the Nazarene General Assembly, and is involved in numerous district responsibilities. His service to the community includes Chaplain to the Edmond Police, member of the Hope Center Board of Directors, and several other community involvements. He is a sought-after retreat speaker, frequent contributor to professional journals and magazines and is described as “one of the greatest examples of pastor, mentor, unifier and an inspiration.” Rev. Hollingsworth graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ohio Christian University and earned a Master’s degree from Southern Nazarene University.

Rev. C.B. Glidden, senior pastor at Fort Worth (TX) First Church of the Nazarene, serves on the SNU Board of Trustees and has given leadership in various capacities at the district and regional level for over 23 years. He has served the international community as a leadership trainer in several countries, and has led many mission trips over the years. He has also had a major influence over the administration and growth of the Nazarene Christian Academy in Fort Worth, a private, Christian K-12 school.

Rev. Glidden graduated from Mid-America Nazarene University (Olathe, KS) with a Bachelor of Arts and attended Nazarene Theological Seminary.

Mr. Gerald W. Smith is currently the President of the Nazarene Publishing House. Prior to his election to lead NPH, Smith was owner of Premier Studios, a world-class marketing and communications company in Lenexa, KS. Over the years, Smith’s service to the Church of the Nazarene has included production services for seven General Assemblies, six Nazarene Youth Conferences, seven Evangelism Conferences, and three International Lay Conferences. He has also served the local and international community through his involvement in Heart to Heart International, Gideon’s International, Global Orphan Project, Promise Keepers Clergy Conference, as well as providing professional services for FEMA during various natural disasters and 9/11.

A Bachelor of Arts graduate of Mid-America Nazarene University (Olathe, KS), he earned his Master’s degree at Baker University. A colleague recently wrote, “I know of no person - lay or clergy - who thinks more, dreams more, or tries more in service to the Church. The Church, and more specifically, the Church of the Nazarene, is Gerald’s life.”

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.