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Adrian Christopher Stoldt

Adrian Christopher on Aug. 22, 2013, to Jenny (Kung) -99- and Jean-Philippe Stoldt

Noah Daniel Maddux

Noah Daniel on Nov. 16, 2013, to Sarah (Arendt) -05- and Jesse Maddux -05-, joining brothers Jesse Jay and Toby.

Alan Andres Mangeac

Alan Andres born Feb. 21, 2014, to Kimberly (Slonaker) -11- and Jerry Mangeac -11-

Riker Alan Perry

Riker Alan on Nov. 2, 2013, to Jen (Revels) -00- and Jaden Perry -02-, joining brother Orion

Brynn Louise Hendricks

Brynn Louise on July 15, 2013 to RaChelle (Lundy) -01- and Paul Hendricks, joining big sister Claire

Maxwell Jon Drinkwater

Maxwell Jon on January 19, 2014 to Sydney (Mitchell) -07- and Mike Drinkwater.  The Drinkwaters are missionaries with Extreme Nazarene Missions serving in Quito, Ecuador.

Macy June Wheeler

Macy June on Sept.18, 2013, to Robin (McConkey) -08- and Edwin Wheeler -07- 

Owen Lawrence Pearson

Owen Lawrence on Sept. 25, 2013, to Danielle and Ben Pearson -10-

William Kellen Cunningham and Jackson Brian Davis Loosli

William Kellen Cunningham and Jackson Brian Davis on Dec. 27th, 2013, to Amanda (Spies) -04- and Brian Loosli -04-

Henry Gene Lambert

Henry Gene on Feb 2, 2014, to Allison (Colbo) -09- and Kevin Lambert -08-, joining sister Bethany

Anthony David Gallion

Anthony David on January 19, 2014 to Andrea (Hall) -08- and Nathan Gallion 


Kate and Jordan Fenters

Kate Louise Saunders -11- and Jordan Fenters -11/MBA12- on March 16, 2013 in Ontario, Ore. The couple is making their home in Salem, Oregon.

Katie and Brandon Gulley

Katie Simpson -07- and Brandon Gulley on Sept. 21, 2013, in Boise, Idaho.  The couple resides in Boise.

Roland and Ashley Tedder

Roland Tedder -09- and Ashley Hall on December 27, 2013 at Kansas City First Church of the Nazarene, where Roland is the Youth Pastor. Roland is also working as the 365m Program Administrator at Nazarene Theological Seminary. He graduated from NTS in May of 2013. 

Debbie and Michael Whiting

Debbie Holston -11- and Michael Whiting -12- on April 20, 2013 in Shelton, Wash. The couple currently resides in Boise, Idaho.

Michael and Cailyn Wheatley

Cailyn (Stevens) and Michael Wheatley -08- on Feb. 15, 2014, in Cincinnati, Ohio. They will be moving to Argentina in April to work for the next three years. They will be working with Extreme Nazarene Missions to plant at least two churches in Argentina. 


Rev. Douglas  (61) and Marlene (Bjaaland) (58) Kugler celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on February 28, 2014.


Jere Dick -73- was recently chosen to be an Associate Administrator of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C. As Associate Administrator, Dr. Dick will focus on leading APHIS’ Business Process Improvement efforts, supporting the Agency’s emergency response community, and ensuring the field perspective is considered when APHIS makes decisions. He will also focus on supporting the work of Veterinary Services (VS), Wildlife Services (WS), and International Services 

Dr. Mary Sweatt McGuire - 78- along with her research partner Dr. Lori Conlon Khan have published their research findings in an article in the Winter 2014 edition of the Orff Echo. Their article, Reading with Rhythm, explores the use of Orff Schulwerk strategies as a reading intervention option. Dr. McGuire is currently a reading specialist for the Boise School District.




Melissa (Scott) Walker -82- was recently names Chief Financial Officer for St. Rose Dominican Hospitals San Martin Campus in Las Vegas, Nevada where she resides with her husband Ty -85- and two children. 

Sven Olson (85) is retiring after 27 years in the Army National Guard.  He is returning to the USA after five years overseas in Germany and Ukraine.  He has opened a Farm Bureau Financial Services agency in Oro Valley, Arizona.


Debbie Wheeler -95- has been named executive director of Hands of Hope Northwest. The nonprofit organization collects medical equipment and supplies and donates them to people in need. Wheeler has been with the organization since 2006. 

Suzanne Mondell -96- has recently completed her second master's degree, in social work at the University of Southern California (2013). Over the past decade she has been an ordained Salvation Army minister, serving in various locations and appointments throughout California. Many of her responsibilities, in addition to pastoral, have been to connect the Church with serving others in social services and focusing on the evil of human trafficking. She is currently a therapist with a Middle Eastern Immigrant agency working with victims of domestic violence and immigration concerns. Suzanne currently resides in San Diego, CA.

Ray Gibler -97- was awarded tenure at Northwestern College, where he has been on faculty since 2008. 




Shemia Fagan -03- has been included on the 2014 “40 Under 40” list produced by the Portland Business Journal. Each year the Business Journal selects 40 professionals who have excelled in their field, shown tremendous leadership, and are committed to the community.  Shemia was elected from District 51 to the Oregon House of Representatives in 2012, serving on the Business/Labor Committees and as the Vice-Chair of the Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee.  Following NNU, Shemia received her Juris Doctor from the Lewis & Clark Law School.

Ian Eastman –MA 08- was recently awarded a certificate in youth & theology from the Institute for Youth Ministry at Princeton Theological Seminary. The certificate was the culmination of almost three years work integrating the tools of practical theology and best practices in adolescent development. His final project, “A Promising Model for Faith Formation,” described how congregations and families can integrate youth ministry into the total rhythm of life. 

Erik Valenti -08- has accepted a pediatric residency with Cincinnati Children’s with the goal of doing pediatric neurology. He just completed his time at Loma Linda University and will be starting this new endeavor fairly soon. 




Heather White -12- is graduating from the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine from Tufts University School of Medicine in May, with an MS in Health Communication

Derek Sepe -12- is fully enrolled in the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California.  He is producing multiple projects, collaborating on screenplays, and networking with internships.

Chelsie (Collins) Kaschmitter -12- is marketing and communications coordinator for Mission Avaiation Fellowship in Nampa in MAF's learning technologies department. She previously worked as a marketing and social media assistant for a local advertising agency.

Criselda DeLaCruz-Valdez (12) has been selected, by the city of Nampa, as executive director of the Family Justice Center. She has worked for the Family Justice Center since 2008 in various capacities. Before that, she was at Northern Virginia Family Services in Alexandria, Va.

Rachel Beers -13- is now Administrative Assistant at Stonecroft Ministries.

In Memory


Marjorie Carter -44- on April 6, 2014, Phoenix, Arizona


Ruth (Burkhart) Crawford -58- on Feb. 27, 2014, Federal Way, Wash.


Lydia (Jennings) Windom -65- on March 19, 2014, Newburg, Ore.


Rev. Floyd Pounds -45- on March 17, 2014, Blue Springs, Mo. 


Donald Lee Shea (58) on March 19, 2013, Tuscon, Ariz.


Marvin Blough -52- on March 7, 2013, Melba, Idaho


George McUne -51- on Dec. 22, 2013, Medford, Oregon


Nancy Engman -72- on Feb. 11, 2014, Nampa, Idaho


Hideo Hishida -70- on Nov 7, 2013, Beaverton, Ore


C. Orville Irish -52- on Dec. 8, 2013, Richland, Wash. 


Charles Whitney -58- on Feb. 2, 2014, Nampa Idaho


Agnes Roberts Coit -47- on March, 2010, Seattle, Wash. 


Ann Kiemel Anderson -76- on March 1, 2014, Stockton, Calif.


Judy (Smith) Davis (77) on Feb.27, 2014, Salem, Ore.


Ruth (Burkhart) Crawford -58- on Feb. 27, 2014, Federal Way, Wash. 


Charlie Schmelzenbach -64- on Feb. 21, 2014, Soldotna, Alaska


Charles Whitney -58- on Feb. 9, 2014, Nampa, Idaho


Rev. Noel Sullivan -84- on Feb. 3, 2014, Wray, Colo.


Rev. Edward Hurn -45- on Feb. 5, 2014, Nampa, Idaho


George “Bud” Baska -58- on Jan. 29, 2014, Sun City, Ariz.


Carolyn (Carlson) Pitts (74) on Jan. 18, 2014, Olivia, Minn.


Olive Aycock -62- on Dec. 23, 2013, Nampa, Idaho