The NNU Wesley Center recently hosted a dinner in honor of Dr. Jerald D. Johnson, general superintendent emeritus of the Church of the Nazarene, and his wife. Members of their family and representatives of the Wesley Center Office for Applied Theology gathered to celebrate the gifting of his extensive set of sermons to the Center. These sermons span Johnson’s entire career of ministry as pastor, pioneer of the work in West Germany, district superintendent, director of the World Mission Division of the denomination and general superintendent. The sermons, including many in German, have been catalogued chronologically by the family.
This collection will soon be digitized and made available as part of the extensive library of Wesleyan-Holiness materials available through NNU’s Wesley Center Online. The idea to catalog these sermons in an electronic format for future generations came from Dr. George Lyons nearly two decades ago. Dr. Lyons was the founding director of the Wesley Center Online.
Dr. Fred Fullerton, vice president for spiritual and leadership development, who oversees the NNU Wesley Center, commented, “This collection reflects not only Dr. Johnson’s faithfulness in proclaiming the Gospel around the world but also his creative and visionary leadership throughout his various assignments in the Church of the Nazarene. We are honored to house this collection at NNU and to soon make it available to the global Nazarene family.”
The Johnsons’ commitment to ministry in Idaho’s Treasure Valley is reflected in two pastorates. First, they pastored at the Nampa (Idaho) College Church of the Nazarene prior to Dr. Johnson’s administrative assignments with the denomination. Following his retirement, he led the Meridian (Idaho) Valley Shepherd Church of the Nazarene in a relocation effort that included the building of a new church facility. Dr. Johnson is a 1949 graduate of NNU.
PHOTO CAP: Dr. Johnson presents his sermons to the Wesley Center. Pictured left to right: Drs. Fred Fullerton, Jerald Johnson, Richard Thompson and George Lyons.