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Faithful servant and alumnus Dr. John Seaman departs this life

Posted: Mar 29, 2017


Olivet Nazarene University honored alumnus John Seaman with an honorary doctorate degree in 2003.

Our Olivet Nazarene University community is saying the final good-bye to Dr. John Seaman ’69/D.D. ’03, alumnus and faithful servant of the Lord. He passed away March 19, 2017, after a battle with cancer.

"Dr. John Seaman embodied all that Olivet seeks to instill in its students — strong academic preparation, a vibrant personal faith and a commitment to lifelong service,” said Dr. John C. Bowling, University president. “Added to these qualities, he possessed a winsome personality and a deep loyalty to his alma mater. He was an articulate and passionate supporter of the University, and an effective and highly respected trustee."

Since 2003, Dr. Seaman had faithfully served as district superintendent for the Michigan District of the Church of the Nazarene. For many years prior to that, he and his wife, Linda (Smith) ’70, served the Lord together on the mission field in Africa. Throughout their marriage, the couple kept God at the center of their lives and answered His many calls to serve.

In 2003, Olivet bestowed honorary Doctor of Divinity degrees upon John and Linda in recognition of their missionary service. From 2003 to 2016, John served as a member of Olivet’s Board of Trustees. In 1982, John received Olivet’s “O” Award, the highest honor the University gives to its alumni.

All of John and Linda’s children are Olivet graduates: Kendra (Seaman) Burchfield ’97, Lauren Seaman ’03 and Ketly (Seaman) Diehl ’06.

John’s life was a sterling testimony of Deuteronomy 13:4, “It is the Lord your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him.”

Click here for more information about Dr. Seaman’s life and ministry.

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