On June 23, Bill M. Sullivan, former director of USA/Canada Mission/Evangelism, passed away in Olathe, Kansas. A memorial service was held June 25.
After graduation from Bethany Peniel College (now Southern Nazarene University), Sullivan graduated from Nazarene Theological Seminary and also earned a doctor of ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary. Sullivan and his wife, Kiddy, started the Westminster Church of the Nazarene in Denver, pastored Colorado Springs First Church, and served as superintendent of the North Carolina District. For 23 years, Sullivan was a department director at Headquarters. He was an author, speaker, and consultant in the area of church growth.
The Board of General Superintendents made this tribute: "Sullivan was a gifted leader in the Church of the Nazarene—imaginative, innovative, courageous, authentic, and always Christlike. His passionate vision to plant churches fostered a strategic course correction that has accelerated the pace with which the Church of the Nazarene is responding to mission and evangelism. He envisioned an aggressive posture of replicating congregations, energizing plateaued churches, and blazing new trails all across North American cities and communities.
"Sullivan's passion to see lost people come to Christ was contagious and spawned fellowships of church planters, district leaders, and energized laypersons who caught the vision and vigorously responded to God's vision in their own communities. He did not bask in his own success, but he mentored others to effective leadership and service. The legacy of Bill M. Sullivan will live on in the lives of congregations that break the 200 barrier and in the planting of new, growing congregations."
Sullivan is survived by his wife, Kiddy, daughters Debbie (Brad) King and Diann (Don) Diehl, and four grandchildren.
Holiness Today, Sept/Oct 2007