May 11, 2023

Dear Pastor/Friends,

I am so grateful to the Lord, and to each of you, for the wonderful Vision Conference and District Assembly we had in Lubbock last month. It was a huge blessing to see and hear about the wonderful things that God is doing around our great district…and especially in your congregations! Special thanks to Pastor Gary Young and the Lubbock First Church staff and people for hosting us. Also, I want to shout out a big THANK YOU to our district staff and auxiliary leaders for all you did to make the assembly a big success!

Special congratulations to our ordinands and their spouses who are pictured here: from left to right Dr. David Graves, Rev. Zack Smithson, Barbara Wagoner, Richard Wagoner, Alshandra Visagie, Olbin Visagie, Jennifer Stone, Billy Stone, Michelle Gustin, Troy Gustin, Tracy Wallace, Robert Wallace, Susan Downs, Pastor David Downs. (The ordinands’ names are highlighted in bold print).

You can access photos of the ordination service by CLICKING HERE. Also, you can access my annual report on the district app or website…or by CLICKING HERE.

The following persons were elected by the assembly: 

Camp Board (ministers) -

Greg Key

Marvin Pepper

Camp board (lay members) -

Katrina Martin

Becky Pepper

Credentials board -

Amanda Pettit

Premal Awasarmal

Leah Fort

Gary Young

You will be pleased to learn that over $3000 was raised on Thursday evening to buy 27 milk cows (and one bull) for our Nazarene pastors in Aweil, South Sudan. And I was pleased that another $3000 was pledged or given toward support of our district Nazarene Pastors’ Families’ Safety network counseling ministry!

Congratulations to our Dodson church on the election of their new pastor, Rev. Kevin Harris, and his wife, Felicia, who will be moving from their current assignment in Mount Pleasant, Texas, for their first Sunday in Dodson on June 18th. They are a great couple! Felicia is a special-education teacher and will be working in the Childress school district.

Congratulations, also, to Pastor Luke Lotara, who has accepted the advisory-board appointment as the new pastor of our Mid-Cities African congregation. Luke, and His wife, Vetty, have been faithful leaders in the congregation since its inception. Pastor Luke will be taking over for church planter Michael Gatkek, who will be planting another congregation in West Fort Worth.

I also want to congratulate Pastor Todd, and Anna, Derbyshire for an outstanding pastoral review, which I had the privilege of conducting for Todd at FW CrossPoint Church on March 19th. They have now served at CrossPoint for over ten years!

We are excited about our summer camping ministries at Camp Arrowhead. Please see the flyer below regarding Family Camp registration. Our speaker this year is one of our favorites, evangelist Mike Adams. The missionaries will be our own Jake and Mimi Page, and the worship leader will be Sean Patrick, who was the worship leader at the district assembly. It’s going to be a great Family Camp. Camping ministry dates for this summer are as follows:

CRAVE Youth Camp: June 19-23

Family Camp: June 25-30

ACTIVATE Kids Camp: July 17-21

You can register your kids and teens by visiting the district website.

For you and with you,

Pastor David Downs

Our district finance team has prepared the West Texas District 2023-2024 "Funding The Mission" report as of May 10, 2023. Pastors, please pay close attention to your church's contributions so far this year. Please make every effort to encourage your people to faithfully maintain their giving for others. 

Click here to download the report.


ACTIVATE-kids camp - July 17-21 - Early Bird and Sponsor registration links are up and running! All the details are on the district website at 

Camp Promo Video

District Assembly

We had a great breakout session at the District Assembly last month. All the information that was shared is in the Assembly KidMin Packet. Click here to download it.

Family Camp - June 25-30

Volunteers are needed for our Nursery, PreK and Elementary children's ministry services. Please contact Jennifer Sommers at [email protected] to recommend a teen (16 or older), young adult or adult from your congregation to come and serve at Family Camp. We offer meals for the week and sometimes even rooms for the entire week for those that serve in children's ministry. All volunteers will be MinistrySafe trained and background checked before Family Camp.

Family Camp Promo Video

Mission Offering 2022

I am excited to announce that in 2022 the West Texas Kids raised over $10,000 for Arrowhead Camp and Retreat Center! Check out our video to see how that money was used for our camp.

Mission Offering Highlight for 2022 -

Mission Offering 2023 - DUE September 1

"Camping with Jesus" the Kids Reaching Kids Mission Offering for 2023. All of the details and resources are available on the district website at

Mission Offering Video




  • Early Registration deadline is May 8th, 2023, at midnight.
  • Late Registration opens May 9th and ends May 29th, 2023, at midnight.
  • Sponsor registration closes May 29th, 2023, at midnight.
  • NO WALK UPS ALLOWED. Must be registered and paid by May 29th.
  • Full payment preferred at time of registration. If your church is mailing in your Crave payment, they need to be postmarked by May 29th and made out to WTNYI   


Checks for Crave 2023 ONLY need to be mailed to:

Made out to “WTNYI” Memo “Student Name”

Northside Church of the Nazarene

C/O Rebecca Aleman

6750 Denton Hwy

Watauga, TX 76148


If you have any questions regarding camp registration, please don’t hesitate to contact me!


Student Registration Link:

Sponsor Registration Link:




Pastor Rebecca Aleman

Northside Church of the Nazarene

Youth & College/ Young Adult Pastor



Send-a-Kid: Making it possible for every BAST kid to experience the joys of summer camp!

The BLAST children are planning on attending the West Texas District children’s camp for the first time! Blast is our After School Program and it stands for “Building Lives Around Sound Truth”. We are working on raising $3500 to take 12-15 kids to camp this year. Please join us by donating to the children’s camp project or sponsor a child for $245.

All donations are needed by May 18th. You can donate online by clicking here and earmarking your donation as "Children's Camp".

Also, to fundraise, the kids are making and selling bracelets, so if you are a local, and are interested in supporting them and getting one of these gorgeous bracelets, come by the CNMC office! Please contact the BLAST coordinator, Raqui for more information at: [email protected]




June 11-16                         General Assembly, Indianapolis, IN

June 19-23                        CRAVE Youth Camp, Arrowhead Camp & Retreat Center

June 25-30                        Family Camp, Arrowhead Camp & Retreat Center

July 4-9                             Nazarene Youth Conference, Tampa Bay, FL.

July 17-21                           ACTIVATE Kids Camp, Arrowhead Camp & Retreat Center

July 27-29                          Women of Worth Retreat and Conference, Wichita Falls               

2023 Report Booklet
New: 2023 Where to Send Budget Allocations
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