MOUNT VERNON — Dr. Kevin W. Mannoia, Professor of Ministry and Chaplain at Azusa Pacific University, in Azusa, Calif., will be speaking at Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s traditional commencement ceremony on Saturday, April 29, to celebrate the graduation of the MVNU Class of 2017.

Prior to graduation day, Rev. Douglas S. Wyatt, District Superintendent of the Eastern Kentucky District of the Church of the Nazarene, will be speaking at the Baccalaureate service on Friday, April 28.
Mannoia has developed and currently oversees the chaplaincy and spiritual care ministry of the faculty, staff, and graduate students at Azusa Pacific University. Previously, he served as Dean of Haggard School of Theology at APU, coming from his role as president of the National Association of Evangelicals in Washington, D.C. He is founder and chair of the Wesleyan Holiness Consortium, and also the president of the International Council for Higher Education.

In 1986, Rev. Douglas S. Wyatt began full-time ministry as a Youth/Music Pastor at the First Church of the Nazarene in Newton, Kansas. Since then, he has served in two other churches and has been ordained in the Church of the Nazarene. He has completed coursework at Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas, Texas, and Southwest Bible College and Seminary in Humble, Texas to receive his Master of Arts degree.

Dr. Michael VanZant will speak at the non-traditional Graduate and Professional Studies Commencement ceremony on Saturday, April 29, at 2:30 p.m. VanZant is currently pastor of First Church of the Nazarene in Fairmont, West Virginia, and serves as the Graduate and Professional Studies Coordinator of Religion Programs for MVNU. He will retire from pastoral ministry in July 2017 and will rejoin the faculty of MVNU in August as Professor of Biblical Literature within the School of Theology and Philosophy. He attended Nazarene Bible College in Colorado Springs, Colorado, from 1986-1988, and received a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas, in 1991. He earned his Master of Divinity degree in Ministry and Education from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., and a Ph.D. in Old Testament Literature and History.

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