A Message From The Board of General Superintendents
It is my pleasure to announce that Dr. Gary Hartke was elected by the General Board 29 May 2018 to serve as the Church of the Nazarene’s next general secretary.
Dr. Hartke will follow Dr. David Wilson, who has served as general secretary since 2007. Dr. Wilson previously announced his intentions to retire at the conclusion of the 96th Session of the General Board in February 2019.
The director of Nazarene Youth International since 2000, Dr. Hartke has been responsible for coordinating and supervising youth ministry worldwide for the Church of the Nazarene. As of 2017, NYI reported a membership of 425,508.
Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Dr. Hartke was ordained in 1993. He served as an associate pastor in three Churches of the Nazarene: Dayton-Beavercreek Church (Beavercreek, Ohio), South Portland First Church (South Portland, Maine), and Chicago First Church (Lemont, Illinois). Throughout those years, he also served as youth camp director, district NYI president, Team NYI trainer, and district NYC coordinator. Additionally, Dr. Hartke served as the candidate coordinator in World Mission with the responsibility to discover, develop, and deploy missionaries for the Church of the Nazarene.
He has significant experience leading denominational events such as Third Wave, the General NYI Convention, and Nazarene Youth Conference (USA/Canada). Dr. Hartke has also served on the General Assembly Program Committee since 2001 and chaired the General Assembly Exhibit Committee in 2013 and 2017.
Dr. Hartke earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount Vernon Nazarene University, a Masters in Church Management from Olivet Nazarene University, and a Doctor of Education in Ethical Leadership from Olivet.
Gary and his wife, Joy, reside in the Kansas City area.
Please join me in prayer for Dr. Hartke and the church as together we move forward in our mission to make Christlike disciples in the nations.
Dear Metro NY District Family,
General Superintendent David A. Busic announced the election of Samuel C. Vassel as superintendent of the Metro New York District.
Elected 11 May on the first ballot, Vassel replaces Art Alexander, who is retiring after serving in the position since 2004. Vassel will begin his new assignment 11 June.
Vassel is currently the lead pastor at Bronx Bethany Church of the Nazarene in Bronx, New York, a position he has had since 2000. He became a member of the General Board in 2017.
He holds a Doctor of Ministry from Columbia Theological Seminary, a Masters of Arts from Wheaton Graduate School, and a Bachelor of Science from West Indies University.
Vassel and his wife, Angela, currently reside in Mount Vernon, New York