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Defined by Christian values and devoted to preparing students for meaningful lives of impact and service


NECHE Ten Year Accreditation Review

Eastern Nazarene College is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.

Inquiries regarding accreditation status should be directed to The Office of the President at or 617-745-3703. Individuals may also contact:

New England Commission of Higher Education
3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100
Burlington, MA 01803-4514

Who We Are

Eastern Nazarene College is a fully accredited Christian liberal arts college and member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) with approximately 1,000 students distributed across residential undergraduate, graduate, and adult studies programs. Nestled in a residential neighborhood minutes from downtown Boston, the college’s picturesque New England campus is a window into the world. While our faculty are leaders in their fields, actively involved in publishing and research, they are devoted to teaching and mentoring students in a nurturing, spiritually informed, and academically supportive environment. Students are encouraged to travel, engage in service projects, and participate in internship experiences as a part of their education. Through their classes, work experiences in Boston, and mission trips around the world, students are challenged to open their minds and hearts, preparing them for a lifetime of meaningful work and service to our nation and the world.

Our Mission, Vision & Values


Eastern Nazarene College provides a transformational education that equips diverse students to lead and serve our world as agents of Christ’s love and truth.


Eastern Nazarene College will be widely-recognized as a leader in innovative Christian education, renowned for excellence in student achievement, vibrant intercultural community, and global impact.


  • Holistic education: We provide a holistic educational experience in the liberal arts and professional studies that integrates spiritual, academic, emotional, and social development.
  • Christian community: We facilitate the building of loving relationships so that we reflect the Spirit of Christ in our life together.
  • Student-centered: We orient our work around the success of our students, making every effort to be responsive to the unique needs, aspirations, and backgrounds of each one.
  • Wesleyan: Consistent with our rich Wesleyan holiness tradition, we create and maintain an environment which awakens and fosters truth, righteousness, and justice as made possible by God’s transforming grace through Jesus Christ.
  • Civility and hospitality: We intentionally welcome and embrace people from diverse cultures, viewpoints, and faith traditions.
  • Servanthood: We model servant leadership to our students and community by building a culture of listening, respect, encouragement, and support.
  • Authenticity and transparency: We are deliberately honest in our relationships, candid in our communication, and transparent in our governance in order to foster trust and confidence.
  • Excellence: In an effort to provide “the best in education and the best in Christian faith,” we strive for excellence that honors God in all our endeavors.
  • Strategic innovation: While remaining deeply rooted in our mission, we are boldly creative and innovative in the methods we employ.
  • Accountability: We keep promises, honor commitments, meet and exceed expectations, and are willing to be held accountable for the faithful fulfillment of our responsibilities.


Our History

A Foundation of Faith

Pentecostal Collegiate Institute

Pentecostal Collegiate Institute

The history of Eastern Nazarene College began when several ministers and lay persons decided to establish a Christian collegiate institute in the city of Saratoga Springs, New York. The founders had a remarkably ambitious vision: in an age when most Christian educational institutions began as Bible colleges and missionary training schools, their goal was to establish an integrated preparatory academy, liberal arts college, and theological seminary. With a sound academic foundation, the school opened its doors as a fully accredited institution on September 25, 1900. Not long after, the Institute was relocated to the small village of North Scituate, Rhode Island and became one of the first three schools to be officially supported by the Church of the Nazarene. On June 14, 1918, Eastern Nazarene College was chartered as a liberal arts college with degree-granting authority in the state of Rhode Island. It had been resolved that the college curriculum be reinvigorated and the name of the Institute changed to reflect both its evolving religious identity and its goal of providing a liberal arts education. Nazarene College of the Northeast, Nazarene College, and Bresee Theological Institute (named for Phineas Bresee) were just a few of the names considered. Ultimately, Eastern Nazarene College was selected.

Under the Eaves of Harvard

Quincy Mansion

Josiah Quincy Mansion

The founders  decided to relocate the college to Massachusetts because the educational standards and requirements were the most rigorous in the nation. In 1919, Eastern Nazarene College purchased the old summer home of Boston mayor Josiah Quincy, Jr. and moved to Wollaston Park, approximately a quarter-mile from Quincy Bay and Wollaston Beach. Bertha Munro, the first Dean of the College, was thrilled at the prospect of establishing a Christian college “under the eaves of Harvard” and immediately began drafting a new college curriculum. By 1920, the school established a solid reputation as a Christian liberal arts college in New England. Its status as an institution of higher learning became increasingly enviable over the next several decades, as the College instituted its first graduate degree program, gained accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, and joined the Association of American Colleges. In 1955, a new era began when the College decided to commit itself entirely to higher education. Over the next several decades, it expanded its bachelor’s degree programs, introduced graduate programs, and offered accelerated degrees at satellite campuses to accommodate the needs of working adults.

Eastern Nazarene College Today

Eastern Nazarene College thrives as a Christian college of the liberal arts and sciences in a beautiful and historic seaside city, under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Jack Connell, the 14th President of the college. It remains dedicated to offering students the best in education and the Christian faith in one of the great hubs of educational, cultural, and scientific endeavor in the world. It is one of nine liberal arts colleges supported by the International Church of the Nazarene in the United States and Canada and part of an educational network of sites supported by the church around the world. Eastern Nazarene College is coeducational and offers resources and opportunities for participation, advancement, and service to all students regardless of race, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other category protected by law.  Considered one of the most diverse Christian colleges in the nation, Eastern Nazarene College has over 30 denominations, 14 foreign nations, 36 U.S. states, and 46% students of color represented on its campus.

About Eastern Nazarene College

President Jack Connell with Eastern Nazarene College undergraduate and graduate students

Students are highly engaged, participating in research at Harvard, study at Oxford, mission trips to Uganda, outreach to the homeless of Boston, and ecological conservation on the South Shore. They discover their life’s purpose at Eastern Nazarene College and enjoy extraordinary success in fields as diverse as astrophysics and urban ministry. They use their academic and spiritual preparation in service to God and their communities, helping to create a more just world.

Our Leadership

Eastern Nazarene College Jack Connell

President Jack Connell

Jack Connell is the 14th president of Eastern Nazarene College. He served previously as Provost and Dean of the Faculty at Houghton College, Executive Vice President at Roberts Wesleyan College, Vice President of Northeastern Seminary, and as the senior pastor of a large and growing congregation. Dr. Connell earned a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Leadership from the University of Rochester Warner School of Education; a Doctor of Ministry in Leadership and Biblical Preaching and a Master of Divinity from the Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, KY; and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Houghton College. Jack and his wife Wendy have been married for 31 years and have four adult children.

President Connell, along with the Eastern Nazarene College Cabinet and Board of Trustees, sets the strategic direction of the college.  The most current strategic plan is available to view below, along with up-to-date listings of the college’s Cabinet and Board.  The Office of the President may be contacted at or 617-745-3703.  Also, please follow President Connell on Facebook @jack.connell.3958, Twitter @jack_connell, and Instagram @connelljack.

Eastern Nazarene College Cabinet

Dr. Jack Connell

Mr. Robert Benjamin
Associate Vice President for Multicultural Affairs and Dean of Students

Mr. David Bergers
Vice President of External Relations and General Counsel

Mr. Robert Cornell
Vice President for Finance

Mr. Jeff Kirksey
Vice President for Student Development and Campus Services

Dr. William McCoy
Interim Academic Dean

Dr. Brad Zarges
Associate Vice President of Athletics and Special Assistant to the President

Kim Polsgrove
Executive Assistant to the President

Eastern Nazarene College Board of Trustees

Dr. Melody Eckardt, Chair
New England, Lay – E/M Committee
Milton, Massachusetts

Rev. Dr. Mark Prugh, Vice Chair
Philadelphia, Ministerial – E/M Committee
Souderton, Pennsylvania

Dr. Doug Kitchen, Secretary
Upstate NY, Lay – Finance Committee
Schenectady, New York

Delmy Alas-Cruz
Metro NY, Ministerial – Student Development Committee
Stewartsville, New Jersey

Ms. Julia Bausman
Pittsburgh, Lay – Academic Committee
Waynesburg, Pennsylvania

Rev. Leon Blaise
Pittsburgh, Ministerial – Student Development Committee
Butler, Pennsylvania

Rev. Dr. David Bowser
Mid-Atlantic, District Superintendent – E/M Committee
Pasadena, Maryland

Dr. Steve Chambers
Philadelphia, Lay – Academic Committee
Strasburg, Pennsylvania

Dr. Jeff Cook
Maine, Lay – IA Committee
Yarmouth, Maine

Mr. Scott Cook
Philadelphia, Lay – E/M Committee
Hatfield, Pennsylvania

Rev. Dr. Stephen Dillman
Maine, District Superintendent – IA Committee
Greene, Maine

Ms. Becky Dunman
Virginia, Lay – Finance Committee
Vinton, Virginia

Rev. Dan Eddings
Pittsburgh, District Superintendent – E/M Committee
Butler, Pennsylvania

Mr. G. Wayne Elliott, Jr.
Metro NY, Lay – Finance Committee
Mount Kisco, New York

Rev. John Evans
Maine, Ministerial – E/M Committee
Strong, Maine

Rev. Dr. Phil Fuller
Virginia, District Superintendent – IA Committee
Midlothian, Virginia

Rev. Dr. Wenton Fyne
At-Large, Ministerial – Student Dev Committee
Woodmere, New York

Ms. Leah Garrett
Mid-Atlantic, Lay – IA Committee
College Park, Maryland

Dr. Holly Guevara
Pittsburgh, Lay – Academic Committee
Zelienople, Pennsylvania

Rev. James Heyward
At-Large, Ministerial – E/M Committee
Fredericksburg, Virginia

Rev. Jim Jackson
Virginia, Ministerial – Student Dev Committee
White Stone, Virginia

Ms. Kristen Johnson
Metro NY, Lay – Academic Committee
Brooklyn, New York

Rev. Doug Milne
Upstate NY, Ministerial – Academic Committee
Spencerport, New York

Mr. Allen Payne
Virginia, Lay – Academic Committee
Spotsylvania, VA

Dr. Dick Pritchard
At-Large, Ministerial – IA Committee
Azusa, California

Ms. Cynthia Quinlan
Maine, Lay – E/M Committee
New Vineyard, Maine

Mr. Jim Rearick
New England, Lay – Finance Committee
Londonderry, New Hampshire

Rev. Newell Smith
Upstate New York District Superintendent– IA Committee
Cicero, NY

Rev. Ken Stanford
New England, District Superintendent – Student Dev Committee
Quincy, Massachusetts

Ms. Marikae Toye
Student Development Committee
Alumni, At-Large
Braintree, Massachusetts

Rev. Dr. Sam Vassel
Metro NY, District Superintendent – Academic Committee
Mount Vernon, New York

Mr. Jim Weslow
Foundation Board, FB Chair – IA Committee
Severn, Maryland

Rev. Kerry Willis
Philadelphia, District Superintendent – Student Dev Committee
Cape May, New Jersey

Rev. Kyung Yu
New England, Ministerial – E/M Committee
Reading, Massachusetss

Eastern Nazarene College Strategic Plan 2019-2024
President Connell's Inauguration Ceremony
Professional and Program Accreditation

Eastern Nazarene College has gained professional and program accreditation from the following agencies:

Department of Education of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Interstate Certification Compact for all teacher education programs
Council on Social Work Education
Massachusetts Board of Higher Education
Eastern Nazarene College is also a member of the following organizations:
American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers
American Association of Higher Education
American Chemical Society
Association for Christian Adult Higher Education
Association for Christians in Student Development (ACSD)
Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Massachusetts (AICUM)
Christian Higher Education Commission of the National Association of Evangelicals
The College Board
Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU)
Council of Independent Colleges (CIC)
Massachusetts Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women
Massachusetts Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
National Association of Advisers for the Health Professions
National Association of Christian College Admissions Personnel
National Association of College Admissions Counselors
National Association of Student Personnel Administrators
National Collegiate Athletic Association (Division III)
Nazarene Student Leadership Association (NSLA)
New England Resource Center for Higher Education
Phi Alpha Theta, National History Honors Society

Social Justice at Eastern Nazarene College

At Eastern Nazarene College, social justice is a driving ethos. Justice, from a Biblical perspective, is a right relationship with God that results in a way of living and being in which we conduct all of our relationships with hospitality, equity, and mercy. In this way, justice is deeply social. Our understanding of social justice is specifically rooted in Christian faith; it begins by actively displaying value and respect for all people and creatures – our neighbors. This goes beyond just treating our neighbors respectfully upon encountering them; it involves responding to the very real needs and injustices in the world as Christ calls us to do. Social justice requires that we identify and address inequalities and discrimination, seek out and listen to the voices of the marginalized, and behave in and respond to culture and the environment in ways that invite our neighbors into relationship with Christ while creating more just systems in which we can all thrive. We understand that the work of social justice is difficult but it absolutely essential in order for us to live into Kingdom of God.

Our mission demonstrates that there is no conflict between a liberal arts education and preparing students for a meaningful career. There is also no conflict between being a close, nurturing community and being deeply committed to serving the world. And finally, our story demonstrates that there is no conflict between being doggedly committed to mission and relentlessly innovative in our response to a changing world.”

Jack Connell, Inauguration Address, 2019
President of Eastern Nazarene College

Twenty years ago, President Shields brought little ENC up from Rhode Island and set her down under the very eaves of Harvard and MIT. We all gasped at our presumption, but we went to work, for we had seen the vision of a holiness college in the East. Since then, there has come the growth of which you have heard this afternoon, in buildings, in equipment, in faculty, in curricula, in recognition, and in influence. You have only to look, to see progress that justifies the faith of twenty years ago – of forty years, for, in 1900 in a modest room in Saratoga Springs, PCI was born out of nothing. ”

Bertha Munro, Founder's Day Address, 1939
First Dean of Eastern Nazarene College

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