With the approval of the Board of Trustees, Northwest Nazarene University’s President David Alexander named Rev. Fred Fullerton as vice president for spiritual and leadership development. Assuming responsibility in April, Fullerton brings extensive leadership experience in young adult and pastoral ministries.
“We are delighted that Fred Fullerton is returning to NNU. The newly formed position of vice president for spiritual and leadership development provides us with the organization and leadership necessary for NNU to more effectively ‘seek first the Kingdom of God.’ Rev Fullerton’s experience, training and heart make him the ideal individual to foster and facilitate formative spiritual mentoring along with servant leadership experiences for students, faculty and staff.” Alexander said.
To this end Fullerton stated, “The church and Christian home partner with NNU in seeking to prepare each emerging generation for life and for service through rigorous intellectual and spiritual development, reaching young people from faith communities across the Northwest. I am honored to participate in this partnership.”
Another significant dimension of the position will be resourcing and supporting churches across the Northwest region—this is a University priority. Alexander said, “The vice president for spiritual development will strengthen partnerships with churches in the Treasure Valley and throughout the Northwest, offering resources, assessment, training and support for clergy, staff and laity.”
Fullerton’s education and ministry experience qualify him for this significant responsibility. Leadership positions include serving as director of Nazarene Youth International for nine years, and most recently, as lead pastor of Wollaston Church of the Nazarene located on the campus of Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, Mass. Formerly he worked in a dual role at NNU as chaplain and director of campus ministries (1988-1991). He is a graduate of Olivet Nazarene University and Nazarene Theological Seminary. Fullerton has received several distinguished awards including an honorary doctorate from Eastern Nazarene College in 2006, the Timothy Award from General Nazarene Youth International, and was recognized by his alma mater as ministerial alumnus of the year in 1999 receiving the Ministerial “O” Award.
In this leadership position, Fullerton will coordinate the work of spiritual formation across the campus. “He will play a key interdepartmental role, coordinating the work of various departments all of which provide leadership training and offer opportunities for spiritual growth in groups large and small,” said Alexander.
Fullerton said, “I believe it is the integration of faith and learning, the providing of opportunities for Christian formation of the whole person that continues to be used of God in the nurturing of young lives.”
The vice president for spiritual and leadership development oversees the office of spiritual formation and dean of the chapel (previously named university chaplain), office of congregational development (previously named office of church relations), and newly created office of kingdom engagement (providing short and long term ministry opportunities).