Orval J. Nease

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Orval John Nease (1891–1950) was a minister, Nazarene General Superintendent, and president of Pasadena College. He was the brother of Floyd W. Nease, also a Nazarene college president.

Early life and education

Nease was born December 25, 1891 in Nashville, Michigan, the son of William O. Nease, a Nazarene evangelist. He received his bachelor's degree from Pasadena College in 1916, a master's degree from Boston University in 1925, and a doctor of divinity from Pasadena College in 1931.[1]


He was pastor of the First Churches of the Nazarene in Malden, Massachusetts, Columbus, Ohio, and Detroit, Michigan. He served as president of alma mater Pasadena College.

He was also a general superintendent in the Church of the Nazarene first elected in 1940.[2] He has the distinction of being the only member of the Board of General Superintendents ever removed. He was re-elected to the General Superintendency in 1948.[2]

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