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Rev. Gene Grate Receives Mount Vernon Nazarene University Alumni Achievement Award

GeneSmallJune 23, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana - Phillip Eugene Grate was honored with the first ever Mount Vernon Nazarene University Alumni Achievement Award during a special ceremony at the MVNU Alumni and Friends Luncheon on Sunday, June 23. The award has been newly established to recognize an MVNU alumnus who is "living out the vision of the University: To Change the World with the Love of Christ."

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"The Mount Vernon Nazarene University Alumni Achievement Award recognizes the service, leadership, and personal character so many of our students and graduates embody, and symbolizes the calling placed on each of our lives as a result of our time spent at MVNU," said MVNU President Dr. Henry W. Spaulding II, who made the award presentation.

Philip Eugene Grate grew up in Rutland, Ohio, and was a member of the Pioneer Class at what was then known as Mount Vernon Nazarene College. After graduating with his Associate of Arts degree in 1970, he completed a Bachelor's degree at Bethany Nazarene College, and graduated from Nazarene Theological Seminary in 1976 with a Master of Divinity degree.

Immediately following his Seminary graduation, Gene began pastoral ministry in Lodi, Missouri, where he served for two and a half years. In 1978, he was appointed by the Missouri District to plant Harvester Church of the Nazarene in St. Peters, Missouri, providing leadership to this church plant for sixteen years. In 1994, he accepted to call to become Lead Pastor at Colorado Springs First Church where he has served for nearly nineteen years.

Gene has given leadership to a number of denominational initiatives including the Intermediate Church Initiative and the School of Large Church Management. He served as the teaching pastor for the Colorado District and has taught as a special guest at Point Loma Nazarene University, Northwest Nazarene University, European Nazarene College, and Nazarene Bible College. He has spoken at pastoral training days for several Nazarene districts, and served on numerous district, university, and denominational boards and committees.

Gene and his wife, Ronoyce, have two adult children: Gina and her husband, Andrew Pottenger, are serving as Nazarene missionaries in Germany; Chris and his wife Shelby have a 9-month-old daughter and live in Colorado Springs.

Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, four-year, intentionally Christian teaching university for traditional age students, graduate students and working adults. With a 400-acre main campus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and several convenient Graduate and Professional Studies locations throughout the state, MVNU emphasizes academic excellence, spiritual growth and service to community and church. MVNU offers an affordable education to more than 2,500 students from 32 states and six countries/U.S. territories.

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