Eighty-sixth ENC Commencement to be held this Saturday


RSS FeedQUINCY, MA May 13. 30, 2008 -- Eastern Nazarene College’s 86th summer commencement services will be held May 17 at 2:30 p.m. on the college’s front lawn. About 220 graduates are expected to receive bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, associate of arts, master of education, master of science in management, or master of science in marriage and family therapy degrees through ENC’s traditional undergraduate program or its LEAD program for adult and graduate studies.

The graduation speaker is Dr. R. Franklin Cook, founder of Holiness Today.

Dr. Cook was raised in rural India during the upheaval of independence struggles and partition. He early on experienced the meaning of a global viewpoint and of political conflict.

He received a B.A. from Northwest Nazarene University, an M.Div from Nazarene Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate of Missiology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Chicago (Deerfield). He took additional graduate work from the University of Missouri and Vanderbuilt University.

Dr. Cook first worked as a pastor in California. This was followed by administrative work in the Department of World Missions; during his tenure there, the concept of an international youth in mission was developed. Next, at Trevecca Nazarene University, he taught missions and did a wide range of educational work, including serving as dean of extramural studies for all off campus programs. Dr. Cook served as the denominational coordinator of urban and ethnic ministries in North America, and worked with a group of investors in the business community to endow funds for acquisition of church sites in Arizona and southern Nevada.

He served for 15 years as regional director of the Eurasia Region of the Church of the Nazarene, living on the Swiss/German border but with responsibility of territory stretching from the Azores to Siberia including north Africa, all of Europe, the former Soviet Union, the Middle East, and South Asia.

Dr. Cook was the founding editor of Holiness Today, the official print piece of the Church of the Nazarene, and has written a number of books and articles for other publications.

He is married to Marylou Williamson Cook and has two children and six grandchildren.

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