Christmas Greetings 2019!
This last edition of the EuNC newsletter in 2019 is really different! On the one hand, we wish all of our friends and supporters a Merry Christmas and a happy and blessed New Year 2020 – and on the oth-er hand it is time to say goodbye to our Rector. For this reason, there is only one article in this newsletter – authored by the chairman of the Board of European Nazarene College, Mr. Piet Boekhoud.
Rector Dr. Klaus Arnold Elected New Global Education and Clergy Development Director
It is with great joy and a sense of loss and sadness that we received the news of the election of our Rector as new Global Education and Clergy Development Director for the Church of the Nazarene. It is a joy because we are happy for God’s guidance in the life of Klaus and Martina and that God has opened this door for them to serve the global denomination. In addition, we are quite proud that “our Rector” was chosen for this important role and we feel honoured as a school!
On the other hand, there is also the feeling of loss after Klaus has served as Rector for 15 years and EuNC in total for 27 years. This makes him the longest serving leader of the school in the 55 year history of the institution. His name will always be remembered with the biggest change for EuNC – the full decentralisation of the school.
We are thankful for his leadership in this time and that he helped to make the college a stable institution. Personally, it was special to serve with Klaus and Martina in this period, during which we also established a friendship. We wish them the Lord’s continued presence and guidance in their future ministry. What is ahead of them, we do not know; but we do know that God is with them – and that is the best that can happen to them.
I want to take this opportunity to also let the students, faculty, Leadership Team, Curriculum Committee, and all the Learning Centres know that the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees has already met to prepare the election of a new Rector. We are in contact with the Regional Director, Arthur Snijders, and the Regional Education Coordinator, Stéphane Tibi about the whole procedure. We know that the Lord who has led this school in the last 55 years is going to lead it in the future. After all it is God’s school! That is why we can come with confidence before God’s throne. Therefore, I want to call the entire EuNC community to a time of prayer in the coming weeks and months for discerning God’s guidance in this important quest for a new leader for our school!
I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a happy and blessed New Year 2020!
By Piet Boekhoud (Chairman of the Board of Trustees)