Serving the university and the Kingdom

July 1, 2014

“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10

You don’t have to look far to find an NNU alumnus or alumna who is living a life worthy of recognition. Our alumni make us proud…a lot! In fact, we’re often overwhelmed by the incredible ways alumni are achieving, serving, giving and modeling Spirit-filled lives.

Take the Finkbeiner family, originally from a farm in Connell, Wash., who began a relationship with NNU in 1942 when A.J. Finkbeiner and his wife Ella (Hessel) came to school following a call to ministry. He graduated, began preaching and was soon asked to start an art department at NNU because of artistic skills he demonstrated as illustrations with his sermons. From that moment on, A.J.’s family would be entwined with Northwest Nazarene University. In total, four generations of the original Connell Finkbeiners have attended NNU.

In their midst are men and women who today are world missionaries, coaches, educators, ministers, lawyers, musicians, social workers, business persons and farmers, to name a few. Thankfully, as lengthy as the Finkbeiner lineage has become, and as diverse as their roles in the world are, they have maintained a heritage of laboring for God’s Kingdom and caring for the well-being of His creation.

It is for these reasons the Alumni Association was privileged to have honored the Finkbeiner family with its Heritage Award—a recognition given to an alumni family who throughout generations has brought honor and distinction to the university and who has advanced the cause of Christ through their lives and service. The Finkbeiner family was presented with this award during Alumni Weekend in May.

“For you, O God, have heard my vows; you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name.” Psalm 61:5