Nazarenes in the News

Nazarenes in the News is a compilation of online news articles featuring Nazarene churches or church members.

MNU alumnus reconciles with drunk driver after car accident

Olathe, Kansas

(MNU News, 22 May) Two years ago, Kevin Garber, MidAmerica Nazarene University's director of alumni relations, was driving home from work late one summer night, when another driver had broadsided his vehicle.

Kevin sustained serious injuries to his neck and back. Luckily, he was not paralyzed, but he had to spend eight weeks of the summer in a back brace. 

During his recovery, he began to wonder about the person who hit him. It turns out the ‘guy who hit him’ was a 23-year-old Kansas State grad from rural Kansas. The young man had been driving under the influence and was taken to jail that night.

Kevin decided to go to some of the young man's court hearings to learn more about him.

“I didn’t feel angry or vindictive,” Kevin says. “I wanted to know his story and how he ended up in the predicament which caused the accident in the first place.”

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General Board member elected CORAF chair

Dakar, Senegal

(NCN News, 23 May) Church of the Nazarene General Board member Angela Maria P. Barreto da vega Moreno was elected chair of the Board of Directors for the West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development (CORAF). 

She was elected during the CORAF General Assembly, held in the Dakar, Senegal, in April. This is the first time in 30 years a Cabo Verde (formerly Cape Verde) national has been elected to this position.

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Kansas City Rescue Mission executive director announces retirement

Kansas City, Missouri

(Kansas City Rescue Mission, 24 May) It was on Super Bowl Sunday 1985 that Rev. Joe Colaizzi, then a student at Kansas City’s Nazarene Theological Seminary, began his adventure as executive director of Kansas City Rescue Mission (KCRM).

At the time, the board wasn’t sure KCRM, then a struggling ministry located in a deteriorating building in Kansas City’s River Market, would survive much longer.

“They wondered if it might be a good idea to just close it down,” says Joe Colaizzi. “But I asked the board to give me a chance, and thankfully they said, ‘Yes!’”

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