James H. Diehl

Noting Dr. James Diehl’s passion for salvation and holiness of heart and his understanding of biblical truth, delegates to the General Assembly of 1993 in Indianapolis, Indiana, elected Dr. James Diehl to the Board of General Superintendents. Since his election, he has presided at district assemblies across the United States and around the world with a core message of Christian holiness from a Wesleyan perspective.

At the center of his heart is a love for ministry. He first demonstrated this as a pastor in Iowa and Georgia. As pastor at Oskaloosa, Iowa, he conducted live radio programs for seven years and led his church to develop a weekly television broadcast. He came to the general superintendency from his senior pastor role at First Church of the Nazarene in Denver, Colorado. His ministry passion also led him to an administrative role at MidAmerica Nazarene University. Additionally, he served for a decade as district superintendent in both Nebraska and Colorado.

Dr. Diehl is a prolific writer with numerous articles that have appeared in the Herald of Holiness, Holiness Today, Preacher’s Magazine, Bread, World Mission, The Holiness Digest, Perspective, and others.

Dr. Diehl has a great love for education. He is a graduate of Olivet Nazarene University. In 1990 Northwest Nazarene University conferred a doctor of divinity degree in recognition of outstanding achievements. His passion for education has led him to serve on the Board of Trustees at several of our schools of higher education, including MidAmerica Nazarene University, Nazarene Theological Seminary, Nazarene Bible College, and Northwest Nazarene University. He also served as chairman of the Board of Regents at Northwest Nazarene University.

Dr. Diehl married the love of his life, Dorothy, and together they have four children, seven wonderful grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.

Those who know Dr. Diehl recognize him as an encourager of people and a preacher of the Word of God with outstanding insight and practical application. His humor and love for people are evident from his preaching. His heart beats ardently for evangelism, missions, youth, families, and the communication of the Spirit-filled life to people of all ages and cultures.