HOUSTON – Rev. David W. Ching, an ordained elder of the Church of the Nazarene, graduated from Northwest Nazarene University and received his Master’s of Divinity degree on April 13.
Ching, of Houston, received his degree during special ceremonies that Sunday, at the Fellowship Church of the Nazarene.
The graduation ceremony was presented by Dr. Jay Akkerman Co-Director of Theological Studies at Northwest Nazarene University. Dr. Akkerman was flown to Mississippi to hold the ceremony due to Rev. Ching’s battle with Stage 4 lung cancer and being unable to travel to graduation with his class in May.
NNU is a place of belonging and took great strides in honoring David for this achievement during such times of illness, chemotherapy and other treatments.
“We all must face storms in our lives, but we do not have to face them alone if we allow God to have our backs.” said Ching. “Even in the worst storm, God will bring peace and strength if we allow him to.”
Rev. Ching was also presented with a letter of Proclamation from the Robert L. Henry, Mayor of Nampa, Idaho, for his accomplishments in the face of Stage 4 cancer.
David is a 1983 graduate of Union Academy, in Georgetown, Miss., and is the son of Barbara and Nathan Ching of Crystal Springs.
He received his Bachelor’s Degree in 2009 from Nazarene Bible College and his first Master’s Degree from Northwest Nazarene in 2012.
In 2012, David also received the distinction of Alumni of the Year of Nazarene Bible College and was presented the award by Dr. Harold Graves.
David plans to continue his education in the doctorate program at Nazarene Theological Seminary in 2015.
Northwest Nazarene University, a nonprofit Christian university, and offers over 60 areas of study, master’s degree programs in eleven disciplines, accelerated degree programs, concurrent credit for high school students, and a variety of continuing education credits. In addition to its 90-acre campus located in Nampa, the University also offers programs online.
Founded in 1913, the university now serves over 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students, more than 6,000 continuing education students, and 2,300 high school students through the concurrent credit program.
The mission of Northwest Nazarene University is to encourage a habit of mind that enables each student to become God’s creative and redemptive agent in today’s world.
NNU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, and has been rated by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top masters-level universities in the west as well as recently featured in the Princeton Review’s Book The Best Western Colleges.