A third generation Nazarene pastor, David Wine ’72
— associate professor of Christian education in Olivet’s School of Theology and Christian Ministry
— has a special place in his heart for Olivet. “It’s part of our family’s story,” he says.
“At Olivet, we integrate learning and Truth with a capital ‘T.’ That is exciting to me. Olivet is a strategic place in the kingdom of God — a training ground for future leaders of the kingdom.”
Prior to serving at Olivet, David served in a wide variety of ministerial capacities in the Church of the Nazarene, including as youth pastor in Lima, Mount Vernon and Canton, Ohio, as well as associate pastor at College Church of the Nazarene in Bourbonnais.
In 1995, David joined the faculty at Olivet. His unique, interactive teaching style has made him a favorite among students. “As a professor, I try to be faithful to who God has created me to be — and being a steward of those gifts and passions He has planted in my heart. If I am effective at all, it’s because of God,” David humbly explains.
When it comes to effectiveness, all it takes is spending a minute in one of David’s classes to realize the level of engagement and influence he has with his students.
Filled with stimulating conversations, open discussion, and times of sharing, his classes provide a place for students to ask tough questions, and put down roots in their faith.
But David’s influence doesn’t stop when he leaves the classroom. “I enjoy the one-on-one mentoring opportunities, and helping students figure out difficult questions in their lives,” he explains.
In addition to academic and personal mentoring, David and his wife, Donna, also serve as mentors for engaged couples, helping them navigate the beginning stages of a lifelong relationship.
David and Donna have two children. Their son, Jeffrey, is an optometrist and lives in Phoenix, Ariz., with his wife, Joy, and two girls. Their daughter, Janelle, and husband, Rev. Brad Thompson, live in Topeka, Kan., with their two boys.
At the beginning of August 2013, David completed an adult Sunday school curriculum on Nehemiah for Nazarene Publishing House, which will be distributed to Nazarenes around the world.
Everything David does comes back to his love for people, and his desire for them to live abundantly in Christ. “My greatest fulfillment,” he says, “is seeing my students and children embrace their calling and extend God’s kingdom.”
For his unwavering passion for the human soul, and for years of investing in the hearts and minds of others, we salute David Wine as the 2013 Faculty Member of the Year.