WHAT’S NEXT? A look ahead at Wichita First Nazarene

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The pastoral staff and church board would like to extend a sincere thank you for giving the Van Hook family a wonderful reception and sendoff on Sunday, June 10. We have loved the Van Hook family and all that they have meant to this church.

While we celebrate the Van Hook’s ministry among us it is time to close the book on this chapter of Wichita First Nazarene. We remember that this is God’s church and Jesus is the Lord of His church. He promises to build His church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it. We invite you to remember that the best days for Wichita and the FirstNaz family are still ahead. Join us in praying for the next great pastor at Wichita First Nazarene. Also we ask you to help us build momentum by supporting unity in the church. Your attendance, prayers and faithful giving will help us to build momentum and unity.


Jim Bond, District Superintendent

The process of finding a new senior pastor has already begun! Our Kansas District Superintendent Jim Bond is working closely with our recently elected church board to review potential candidates and resumés. Please remember our board and DS in your prayers as they seek God’s guidance, discernment and wisdom in this important work. Because of a variety of factors, we do not have a set timeline on when we can expect a new Senior Pastor. It’s more important that this position is filled with the right person rather than filled quickly.


Dr. Mark Hamilton

Dr. Mark Hamilton will bring the message this Sunday as our interim preacher. Dr. Hamilton has extensive experience in the role of interim preacher and is a Professor of Communication at MidAmerica Nazarene University. Dr. Hamilton will handle much of the preaching responsibilities this summer as we go through this transition.


We’re excited about the many ministry opportunities at our church this summer, and we want to encourage you and your family to stay connected! Make sure to save the dates on the following upcoming events and remember to be in prayer for our church’s leaders and future senior pastor!

  • June 22-30 – senior high mission trip to Houston

  • June 24 – Sunday morning worship (10:45 a.m.) with our kids choir, two baby dedications and a message from interim preacher Dr. Mark Hamilton; Picnic in the Park (Riverside Park) 12:30 p.m.

  • July 1 – Lunch fundraiser for SIGN mission trip

  • July 8 – Picnic in the Park (Riverside Park)

  • July 11 – Missionary guest speakers Scott & Gail Dooley

  • July 14-20 – SIGN mission trip to Kentucky

  • July 15-17 – District Assembly at Wichita First Nazarene

  • July 23-28 – Kids camp

  • July 26-31 – JESUS Film trip to Panama

  • July 30-Aug. 2 – Middle school camp


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