Mount Vernon Nazarene University: Life Changing


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  • Central Lakes College, Brainerd, Minnesota, 1961-62.
  • Olivet Nazarene University, Kankakee, Illinois, Graduated in 1965, Bachelor of Arts, Major in Psychology
  • Nazarene Theological Seminary, Kansas City, Missouri, Graduated 1971, Master of Divinity
  • Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois, Graduated 1982, Doctor of Ministry Degree
Professional Experience:
  • Wichert Public School, St. Anne, Illinois, Public School Teacher, 7th & 8th grade Social Studies and English, 1965-67.
  • Emerald Avenue Church of the Nazarene, Chicago, Illinois, Part-time Assistant Pastor, 1966-67.
  • College Church of the Nazarene, Olathe, Kansas, Minister of Youth & Visitation, part-time 1967-69, full-time 1969-71.
  • First Church of the Nazarene, Saginaw, Michigan, Pastor, 1971-79.
  • First Church of the Nazarene, Springfield, Ohio, Pastor, 1979-87.
  • College Church of the Nazarene, Nampa, Idaho, Senior Pastor, 1987 to 1994.
  • Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Mount Vernon, Ohio, Professor of Pastoral Ministry, Coordinator of Master of Ministry Program, 1995- Present
Professional Organizations:
  • Wesleyan Theological Society
  • Evangelical Homiletic Society
  • American Association of Christian Counselors
  • The Great Commission Research Network
Awards and Recognition:
  • Who's Who in American Christian Leadership, 1989 Edition.
  • Who's Who in Religion, 4th Edition, 1992-1993.
  • Dictionary of International Biography, Edition XXIII. 1993-1994.
  • Men of Achievement. Sixteenth Edition, 1993.
  • Who's Who Among America's Teachers, 1998.
Published Works and Presentations:
  • Bruce L. Petersen, God's Answer for You, Psalms that Speak to Real-life Needs, Kansas City: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, 1994.
  • "Paul's Prayer for the Philippian Church." Biblical Resources for Holiness Preaching. Ed. H. Ray Dunning and Neil B. Wiseman, Kansas City: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, 1990.
  • "The Significance of Dedication and Baptism." A Pastor's Worship Resource for Advent, Lent and Other Occasions. Ed. James R. Spruce. Kansas City: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, 1987
  • Shepherding God's People, A Teaching Module on Pastoral Care and Counseling for the International Board of Education, Church of the Nazarene. Modular Course of Study. 2002
  • Bruce L. Petersen, Foundations of Pastoral Care, Kansas City: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, March 2007.
  • Bruce L. Petersen, Edward A. Thomas, Bob Whitesel, Editors. Foundations of Church Administration, Kansas City: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, 2010.
Favorite Scripture Verse:

Matthew 6:33 (NRSV) - But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

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