Remembering Dr. A. Gordon Wetmore

Last Updated 13 June, 2016

Northwest Nazarene University and president Joel Pearsall extend their deepest condolences to the family and friends of Dr. Arnold Gordon Wetmore, former NNU president. Dr. Wetmore passed away on the morning of June 9, 2016, at the age of 84.

Upon hearing of his passing, Pearsall described Dr. Wetmore as “the epitome of a Christian gentleman—a man who loved God and who loved all those with whom he came in contact. He was the same person whether he was in his leadership position, at home, interacting informally with people, or in the pulpit. Northwest Nazarene University is forever better as a result of the nine years Dr. Wetmore served as university president.”

Dr. Wetmore was born on June 24, 1931 in New Brunswick, Canada. He received his undergraduate education from Eastern Nazarene College (ENC) and Nazarene Theological Seminary (NTS) in 1959. He later earned a Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary and an honorary Doctor of Divinity from ENC. He served on the General Board of the Church of the Nazarene from 1970 to 1983 and was president of that board from 1979 to 1983. He was elected president of Northwest Nazarene College (NNC) in 1983 and served in that role until 1992, when he was elected president of NTS.

Fred Fullerton, Vice President for Spiritual and Leadership Development at NNU, was university chaplain while Dr. Wetmore was president of NNU and described him as “a very influential person in my life, training and ministry.”

Dr. Wetmore retired in 2000 and lived with his wife, A.J., in Olathe, Kansas.

In honor of Dr. Wetmore, the flags on the campus of NNU are being flown at half-mast through Sunday, June 19th.