Olivet community challenged to grow in faith

Winter Revival at Olivet is a tradition that continues to hold meaning for students, faculty and staff.

February 1, 2018 Uncategorized

Rev. Dr. Deirdre Brower Latz, principal (president) of Nazarene Theological College, Manchester, England, was the guest speaker for Olivet Nazarene University’s Winter Revival 2018. She delivered eight special messages over four days, challenging her listeners to “provoke the world around you to say: ‘Who is Jesus?’” 

Speaking on passages from the book of Mark, Dr. Brower Latz shared spiritual insights as well as personal faith experiences. She has served as pastor for two urban congregations in addition to her leadership and teaching work. One of her consistent questions throughout the Revival services was: “What does it mean to be reshaped like Jesus?” 

“God longs for all of us to be brought into the kingdom in a new way: whole, made live again,” she said. “When Jesus heals you, you long to serve Him. To represent Him well to the world around you.” 

Addressing the students specifically, she said, “The whole of your lives are unfolding before you.” Later, she offered a meaningful benediction to them, which included these words: “May God give you strength to resist the urge to contain and confine Him.” 

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Five of the Winter Revival services took place at College Church of the Nazarene University Avenue in Bourbonnais. Dr. Mark Quanstrom ’77, dean of the School of Theology and Christian Ministry, is senior pastor. Curtis Dayton, a senior majoring in pastoral ministry, led the worship team. 

Three services were held in the Betty and Kenneth Hawkins Centennial Chapel. University Chaplain Mark Holcomb ’81 and Joey Ramirez ’11, chapel worship leader, led those services. 

During the Monday morning service, University President John C. Bowling recognized Dr. Brower Latz as the third recipient of Olivet’s Reverend Dr. Fay Quanstrom Chair of Pastoral Ministry for a term of two years. She will be teaching a modular course for Olivet’s School of Theology and Christian Ministry, as well as coming to campus regularly to help train men and women for ministry. 

To learn more about spiritual development and life at Olivet, contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@olivet.edu or 800-648-1463.



Published: 2/1/18

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