Thursday, June 30, 2005
Nina G. Gunter, general director of Nazarene Missions International (NMI), was elected to the Board of General Superintendents, on the 24th ballot. The vote took place during the 26th General Assembly on Wednesday, June 29, in Indianapolis.
Jack Stone, general secretary for the Church of the Nazarene, escorted Gunter to the platform where she addressed the crowd, accepting the election. Gunter shared how she and her husband, D. Moody Gunter, were awakened Wednesday morning at 3:00 a.m. and sensed the need to pray for God’s will on their lives. She indicated that they have always followed the leading of the Spirit and have desired to know and accept God’s plan for their lives.
She also expressed how the election was the “persona of miracle.” Gunter’s election is historical in the fact that she is the first woman to serve in the highest elected office in the Church of the Nazarene.
Gunter served as general director of NMI since 1986. The experience in NMI has given her a “grass roots” perspective. In addition to local NMI positions, she served as district NMI president for 15 years on the South Carolina District. In 1976, she was elected to the General NMI Council as representative for the Southeast Region, serving in that capacity for nine years, whereupon she was elected general NMI director.
As the executive officer of NMI, Gunter has been instrumental in the development of a number of programs. She and her office team work with 425 districts and 17,000 churches in 149 world areas, providing mission resources and helping promote and raise funds for Nazarene missions. NMI is part of the World Mission Department.
A graduate of Trevecca Nazarene University (TNU) in Nashville (B.A.) and the University of South Carolina (M.Ed.), Gunter was honored with a D.D. from TNU in 1989. In addition, TNU awarded her the Ministerial Alumnus of the Year in 1990.
In 1960, she was ordained on the Joplin District. She served as pastor with her husband in Tennessee, Missouri, and South Carolina, and also taught school and was a high school guidance counselor.
Currently, she serves on the Board of Trustees for TNU. She was named by Nazarene Bible College in Colorado Springs as the 2005 T. W. Willingham “Preacher of the Year.”
Numerous articles have been published by Gunter, as well as The Traveler’s Psalm
, Our Defining Moment
, and Christian Perfection
The Gunters have two married sons, Dwight and Dwayne, and four grandchildren.
John C. Bowling, president of Olivet Nazarene University, was elected to the Board of General Superintendents on the 21st ballot but declined the election after prayerful consideration.