Northwest Nazarene University is proud to honor Brian Helstrom with its 2012 Alumnus of the Year Award for faithful obedience and service to his Heavenly Father. Brian was recognized Friday, November 9, at NNU’s Homecoming & Family Weekend Alumni, Family & Friends Chapel.
When Brian Helstrom enrolled as a student at NNC in 1978, he didn’t expect to change his major five times, but God’s call to fulltime ministry became very clear to him during his sophomore year.
Originally, the plan was to obtain a business degree and return home to Washington to work in one of his father’s businesses. However, Brian’s involvement in the Northwesterners prompted him to try a music major, but God’s gentle nudge became clear during a ministerial class when a pastor referred to his work as “equipping the saints for service.”
“That resonated in my mind and in my heart. I thought, ‘If I could just help other people succeed the rest of my life, then I will be fulfilled,’” Brian reflected.
Brian served with youth and music in Denmark after graduation and married the love of his life, Jeanie. He earned a master of divinity at Nazarene Theological Seminary in 1988 while at Nazarene Headquarters in Kansas City, Mo. Following ordination and working in Sweden as a missionary, Brian returned to Headquarters to serve in mission strategy, to connect “Work and Witness” teams directly with field leaders and to decentralize cross-cultural orientation training for volunteers.
In 1997, Campus Crusade for Christ International offered the general Church of the Nazarene $1M in equipment and the “JESUS” film in exchange for providing teams of nationals to show the fi lm around the world for evangelizing, making disciples and planting churches.
Today Brian’s call and training are fulfilled while he serves as the executive director of JESUS Film Harvest Partners (JFHP), a position that combines his passion for ministry with his desire to equip the saints. At JFHP Brian provides films, resources and equipment to over 450 teams around the world. Developments in technology have allowed JFHP to share God’s Word in increasingly effective ways. What used to weigh 19 pounds in 16mm fi lm has been replaced by a macro flash chip the size of a pencil eraser. Each chip can contain three different language translations of the “JESUS” film.
“As a Nazarene missionary, one of my jobs is to equip the saints for service and to set up systems of multiplication so they can reach the people of their communities for Jesus Christ,” Brian said.