Verna and Daryll Stanton

Serving in Africa East | Africa

Daryll and Verna Stanton are global missionaries with the Church of the Nazarene in Kenya.

The Stantons were appointed to Zambia in 1982. Their responsibilities included being director of, and teachers at, Nazarene Bible School in Lusaka, Zambia. They were transferred to what was then the Bophuthatswana North District. While there they planted the Pudimoe Church. Other responsibilities included assisting the district as a member of the District Advisory Board, constructing buildings, conducting revivals, and pastoral training. They moved to work in the Sekhukhune Land pioneer area of South Africa in 1987 working with church planting and pastoral training by extension. Daryll was appointed as District Superintendent of this area when it became a district in February 1989.

From 1992-1996 the Stantons also pioneered the work of the Church of the Nazarene in Tanzania where it expanded into two districts. The Stantons continued working on the Africa East Field from Kenya. Daryll served as Kenya Mission Coordinator and Superintendent of the then pioneer Kenya Eastern District as well as a theology lecturer at Africa Nazarene School of Extension and at Africa Nazarene University (ANU). Verna served as Nazarene Compassionate Ministries Coordinator for the field.  Although Daryll joined ANU full time in 2000 and Verna joined ANU full time in 2003, the Stantons continue to support the Nazarene Bible College of East Africa and various ministries of the Field, especially teacher training, marriage/ family counseling and mentoring.

In addition to teaching theology, especially the practical classes, Daryll has served on numerous committees. He has helped develop several new programs including three undergraduate Education degrees, the master’s degree in education, as well as several Christian Ministries programs, Peace and Conflict Resolution programs, and Community Development programs. In addition to teaching  Personal, Family and Community Health, HIV & AIDS, Child Care and Nutrition, Verna has given piano lessons and served on the university's HIV & AIDS committee. Since 2010 Daryll has also served as Chair of the Religion Department and Verna has also served the in Spiritual Development Office.  Both are committed to the university's motto: Holiness Education.

Daryll received the B.A. degree in religion and the M.A. degree in theology from Olivet Nazarene University. He also received the M.A. degree in missions at Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City. He received the Doctor of Education degree from California Coast University in Santa Ana, California in 1997. Verna received the B.S. in nursing from Olivet Nazarene University in 1975.

Prior to their appointment as missionaries, the Stantons pastored on the Chicago Central District and served as associate pastor in Flint, Michigan. They ministered in the Children's Church and Cambodian outreach of Kansas City First Church of the Nazarene while Dr. Stanton attended seminary.

The Stantons have three children; Philip, Katrina, and Rachel.

Going Where the Church is Not Yet

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