John C. Bowling
John C. Bowling is the president of Olivet Nazarene University (ONU). John Carl Bowling has been the president of Olivet Nazarene University since 1991. Founded in 1907, Olivet offers a full range of fully accredited bachelors' and master's degree programs as well as a doctor of education degree. Current enrollment at the university is 4,500.
Before accepting the position in August 1991, Dr. Bowling served for eight years as the senior pastor of the College Church of the Nazarene in Bourbonnais, Illinois. He also served as senior pastor of the First Church of the Nazarene, Dallas, Texas. He has been a member of the faculty at Nazarene Bible College in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and at Olivet Nazarene University.
Bowling holds a bachelor's degree, two master's degrees, two earned doctorates and was chosen as a Resident Fellow for post-doctoral studies at Harvard University. In addition, he was honored by Olivet with the conferral of the Doctor of Divinity degree as part of their centennial celebration.
Dr. Bowling is a member of the Board of Directors of the Nazarene Publishing House in Kansas City, Missouri, and the Church of the Nazarene Foundation Board of Directors. He is a member of the USA/Canada Council of Education and the International Board of Education for the Church of the Nazarene.
In addition to over 60 published articles, he has authored four books: A Way With Words, Grace-full Leadership, Packin' Up and Headin' Out: Making the Most of Your College Adventure and, most recently, Making the Climb, which chronicles his ascent to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.
General Superintendency of the Nazarene Church
In 2005, Bowling declined election as a general superintendent of the Church of the Nazarene, saying that his mission at Olivet Nazarene University was not complete. In 2009, Bowling was again elected to serve as a general superintendent. He accepted, but later rescinded his acceptance.
- A Way With Words (ISBN 0-8341-1802-5)
- Grace-full Leadership (ISBN 0-8341-1775-4)
- Packin’ Up and Headin’ Out: Making the Most of Your College Adventure (ISBN 0-8341-1899-8), co-authored with wife, Jill
- Making the Climb (ISBN 0-8341-2326-6) about climbing Mount Kilimanjaro
Notes and references
- Gordon Wickersham, Historical Moments from the 2005 Nazarene General Assembly, ONU News: accessed 22 March 2008.
- NCNNews:Bowling rescinds election as GS