November 2, 2017
Dear Pastor/Friends,

Our hearts are heavy this week following the unexpected death of our colleague and friend, Pastor Alan McGuire, of our Snyder church.  Alan and his wife, Catania, have served in Snyder for over fourteen years. They have been very much loved and appreciated throughout their community, where she works for the school district and he has been a hospice chaplain, in addition to leading our church there. It was beautiful to see many of our pastors at the funeral in Snyder last Tuesday. I know that Catania and her children were appreciative of your presence and the many expressions of love and concern. To view the obituary, which highlights Alan's outstanding ministry, you can CLICK HERE.

Congratulations to Pastor Jeff Marcoe of Amarillo First Church. On October 10th, I had the privilege of being with his church board for his two-year review.  As expected, there was a unanimous and enthusiastic support and appreciation for Jeff and Amy.  We are so pleased to have them as a part of the WT District family!
It was great to see many of you at the "Awakening" two weeks ago.  Pastor Corey and the Crossroads Tab congregation did an awesome job of hosting this annual event...which grows every year!  I think there were over 1,300 participants (see the newsletter header above). I know Corey is considering moving to one of the municipal convention centers to find a venue large enough to accommodate next year's anticipated crowd. I thank God for the encouragement and inspiration I received at this year's event.  As always, I was especially moved by Beth Ann Jones' Saturday morning presentation.    

What a great service we had in Crowley for the launch of our newest congregation, El Remanente Iglesia del Nazareno.  This Parent-Affiliated Congregation is hosted by Pastor C.B. Glidden and Ft. Worth First Church. Pastors Jose and Blanca Perez are the church-planting couple. I think they are off to a great start.  Members of several of our Hispanic congregations were there of the opening service. Our Hispanic Ministries Coordinator, Pastor Moises Marquez was the preacher. We are all joining in prayer for their success! 

Last weekend was the annual Discovery Weekend for newly licensed ministers and their spouses. I want to thank Pastor Earl Robertson for organizing this outstanding event. It was a big success.  Pictured here are the participants.  I was so impressed by this highly motivated and passionate group of new Nazarene ministers.  Also, I am so very thankful for the diversity of this great group! Being with them made me feel very good about the future of our district, the Church of the Nazarene, and the Body of Christ. 
Special thanks to Pastor Michael Page and Lubbock First Church for hosting the Joy and Laughter Sr. Adult Retreat last month.  Everyone had a wonderful time.  Here is a picture Mike sent me.  You'll have to ask him what's going on...but it sure looks like they had a great time! 

This past Sunday Susan and I visited Stephenville Ebenezer Iglesia del Nazareno. We want to particularly thank our office manager, Ana Carrier, who accompanied us and served as my interpreter. Pastor Carlos Diaz and his wife, Janeth, are doing an awesome job of leading this great congregation.  The flock was filled with young families, the praise team was phenomenal, and Pastor Diaz was doing an obviously great job leading them. I want to thank Pastor Curt Plaxco and Stephenville First Church for their help in establishing this new church.  We are hoping Ebenezer will be fully organized at this years' District Assembly.

I know it's not really district business, but I did have a great four-day getaway earlier last month as five of our pastors rode our motorcycles over into the mountains of Arkansas. I thank the Lord for the great ride and wonderful fellowship! 

For your and with you,
Pastor David Downs

In This Issue

Important Notice:

Pastors, if you have any individuals wishing to apply for a new district license, please contact Earl Robertson immediately with their name and contact information.
Earl Robertson


Our district treasurer, Dan Davisson, has prepared the WTD 2017-18 "Funding The Mission" report as of October 31, 2017. 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.

You Can Now Submit Your Budget Payment Online!

Visit and click on the tab GIVE

Dear Pastors and NMI Leaders,

YOU are on my "thankful" list! It is a blessing to serve alongside West Texans who are transforming their own communities while impacting the globe.

The International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church is November 12, 2017. Let's join in prayer!

We must also fix our sights on places where the church is not yet, engaging in intercessory prayer, sacrificial giving, and physically going to and mobilizing others to go to these places. Each time you give to the World Evangelism Fund, you send the message of the gospel into areas where "the church is not yet."

Thanksgiving is a great time for us to celebrate what we are most thankful for - salvation - by giving so others can hear the good news.

Please promote the Thank Offering to your congregation using bookmarks, bulletin  inserts, salvation stories, posters and/or a video found here:


Cheryl Crouch, WT NMI President

For more information, and for the latest CNM updates, visit:

The Shepherd's Cottage Retreat Program is a ministry to Pastors by WTD and Arrowhead Camp & Retreat Center. It is a place where Pastors may come to find rest and enjoy the peace and quiet of Arrowhead's beautiful location on the Brazos River. 
The cabin is available to WTD Pastors for up to 5 nights per year for free. 

To make a reservation, 
or call (254) 897-2323.

November - Thanksgiving Offering for World Evangelism Fund to GTS
Nov. 4 - Arrowhead Camp Board of Directors Meeting
Nov. 9-10 - SNU Board of Trustees Meeting
Nov. 17 -19 - NYI Fall Retreat, Arrowhead Camp
Dec. 1 - High Plain Zone Christmas Dinner
Dec. 2 - Amarillo Zone Christmas Dinner
Dec. 4 - East Side Zones Christmas Dinner
Dec. 4 - Lamesa Zone Christmas Dinner
Dec. 7 Lubbock Zone Christmas Dinner
Dec. 27 - Jan. 2 - Commission Unto Mexico
January 19-21 - Shepherds' Sabbath, Abilene, TX
February - Alabaster Offering to GTS
February - SNU College Days
February 4-18 - Rob & Cindy North (Kenya) on Deputation
February 22 - Vision Conference and District Assembly Planning Session
Feb. 23-25 - District Man Camp, Arrowhead Camp
March - Kids Fest
March - Extravaganza at SNU
March 2-4 - PK Retreat, SNU
March 12 - Annual Pastor's Report Due
March 17 - Arrowhead Camp Board of Directors Meeting
April 11-13 - Vision Conference & District Assembly, Fort Worth First
May 19 - June 3 - W&W Trip to Papua New Guinea


11/1 Carol Mixon 11/13 Han Lih Thang
11/1 Jackie Miner 11/14 Josh & Terra Edwards
11/4 Jimmye Cole 11/14 Terry & Sandra Porter
11/4 Tony Jang 11/14 Tiffany Frazier
11/6 Danny & Dreanna Dyer 11/16 Kathleen Baskett
11/8 Amanda Kleeb 11/16 Harvey Baskett
11/10 Lawrence & Deborah Gulley 11/17 Scott Jimenez
11/10 Zoey Fredlund 11/17 Shawn & Rochelle Fouts
11/10 Alvin & Melissa Newton 11/20 Brycin Newton
11/11 Tony Maldonado 11/25 Blanca Perez
11/11 Phil & Martha Patalano 11/25 Timothy & Rachel Oh
11/11 Nathan Awasarmal 11/26 Steve Swanson
11/12 Deborah Gulley 11/28 Jim Graham
11/12 Jim Knisley 11/29 Lynn Nichols
11/13 Angelica Banda 11/30 Daniel Diaz
11/13 Phillip Griffin 11/30 Jeff Kleen