NNU Announces New Assistant to the President for Congregational Engagement

NNU Announces New Assistant to the President for Congregational Engagement

Northwest Nazarene University
Jul 21, 2021
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This week Northwest Nazarene University announced the appointment of Dr. Jay Akkerman as NNU’s new Assistant to the President for Congregational Engagement. Akkerman has been at NNU since 2003, most recently serving as Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies and Director of the Graduate School of Theology.

“I am excited for what Jay will bring to this role as he continues to build bridges between regional churches and the University,” President Joel Pearsall said. “His extensive experience as a faculty member at NNU and as a minister within the Church of the Nazarene makes him an ideal candidate for this position.”

Akkerman graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from NNU in 1989, followed by a Master of Divinity in Pastoral Theology from Nazarene Theological Seminary in 1993. In 2004 he earned his Doctor of Ministry from the Beeson Center for Biblical Preaching & Church Leadership at Asbury Theological Seminary. Akkerman is an Ordained Elder in the Church of the Nazarene and has served in churches nationwide for over 20 years.

“I am a product of the transformational impact of NNU. Enrolling here was one of the best life decisions I ever made,” Akkerman stated. “This position will empower me to build on my NNU leadership experience and couple it with my love for the Church and its mission to our world. I look forward to connecting with pastors and congregations from across the Northwest, including many former students, as we find ways to strengthen one another in our shared ministry of transformation.”

The Assistant to the President for Congregational Engagement extends NNU’s relationship with pastors and congregations across the Northwest Educational Field using a variety of channels and also deepens connections with those from other traditions beyond the Church of the Nazarene.