Northwest Nazarene University President David Alexander has named Reverends Olivia and Dustin Metcalf as directors of the Office of Spiritual Formation, roles in which they will also serve as chaplains, succeeding Rev. Gene Schandorff who is retiring after 22 years of service.
The Metcalfs have distinguished themselves as exceptional preachers, teachers, writers and administrators in the Church of the Nazarene. Together they bring valuable ministry experience having co-pastored in Atwater, Calif. and Mountain Home, Idaho. Their unique dual leadership style brings an exciting new direction to the chaplaincy position and opportunity for spiritual development on campus.
Both alumni, Dustin and Olivia are excited to return to the NNU community. “We greatly valued our time as students at NNU and are excited for this opportunity to serve each student, the entire faculty and staff and the world through the powerful mission and vision of the University. We plan to work hard to broaden and deepen relationships, which we believe has always been a goal of NNU’s chaplaincy,” said the Metcalfs.
The husband-and-wife team first met in an NNU Introduction to Christian Ministry class and has shared 14 years of marriage and ministry since. Dustin graduated with honors from NNU in 1999 with a bachelor’s in religious studies with an emphasis in missiology. The following year Olivia graduated with honors with a bachelor’s in religious studies with an emphasis in practics. They married and attended Nazarene Theological Seminary earning master’s degrees and graduating with honors in 2004. Rev. Olivia Metcalf presently serves on the NTS Board of Trustees.
“I am delighted that Olivia and Dustin Metcalf are returning to their alma mater to join the Wesley Center and to lead the Office of Spiritual Formation. They are both skilled communicators of the gospel and have a track record of putting feet to their faith, doing compassionate ministry across the span of their service to the church,” stated Alexander.
“The Metcalfs have proven themselves able mentors to young men and women, suiting them well for their new roles as NNU Chaplains,” stated Alexander. In their service as chaplains, they will continue the legacy of creating a living laboratory for Christian spiritual formation, shaping students of all vocations to love God, serve the Church and the world.
The Metcalfs have two children: Andrew (12) and Ethan (8). They will assume their leadership positions July 1.