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Thank you for visiting the Joplin District Church of the Nazarene's website. We are honored to have you.

We are 120 Nazarene congregations determined and committed to "depopulating hell by making Christlike disciples in the nations." Our mission is to reach lost and broken people in southeast Kansas/southwest Missouri and other world areas. God has blessed the Joplin District with both laypeople and pastors who work together as a team to fulfill the great commission.


We are diverse and yet united. Diverse with our 107 Anglo congregations and 13 Hispanic congregations. United in our desire to welcome all to the gospel and encourage believers to live holy lives in the power of the Holy Spirit.

May God richly bless you and may His peace continue to be with you.

- Rev. Phil Rhoades D.S. Joplin District


This is who WE ARE.

Our Mission

To make Christ-like disciples across the Joplin District

Our Vision

To encourage, equip and empower pastors, leaders, and churches.

Our Values

1. Lost people matter to God.
2. Develop Leaders
3. Community is crucial, we are Better Together

This is what we BELIEVE.

We believe in one God—the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe that the Old and New Testament Scriptures, given by plenary inspiration, contain all truth necessary to faith and Christian living.

We believe that man is born with a fallen nature, and is, therefore, inclined to evil, and that continually.

We believe that the finally impenitent are hopelessly and eternally lost.

We believe that the atonement through
Jesus Christ is for the whole human race and that whosoever repents and believes in the Lord Jesus Christ is justified and regenerated and saved from the dominion of sin.

We believe that believers are to be
sanctified wholly, subsequent to regeneration, through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

We believe that the
Holy Spirit bears witness to the new birth, and also to the entire sanctification of believers.

We believe that our Lord will return, the dead will be raised, and the final judgment will take place.



Rev. Phil Rhoades

District Superintendent


Mrs. Angie Whetstone

Office Manager & Bookkeeper

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Rev. Alison Johnson

NMI President


Rev. Chris Carver

Assistant District Superintendent

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Rev. Bruce McCrite

District Secretary


Rev. Fred Toomey

NYI President


Rev. Samuel Cordova

Volunteer Hispanic Coordinator


Mr. Weston Rea

District Treasurer


Rev. Dustin Ledford

Nazarene Discipleship International Chair

Office phone: 417-358-9624

Hours: Mon-Thurs. 8 am - 3 pm


Out of Many, One

1887-1890: New England: Providence, Rhode Island, church, founded in 1887, joins other holiness churches in 1890 to form the denomination’s oldest parent body.

1894: Tennessee: New Testament Church of Christ

1895: New York City: Association of Pentecostal Churches of America organizes.

1895: California: Los Angeles First Church of the Nazarene is established.

1896: New England and New York groups unite as Association of Pentecostal Churches of America.

1901: Texas: Independent Holiness Church originates.

1904: Tennessee and Texas groups unite as the Holiness Church of Christ.

1907: Association of Pentecostal Churches of America and the Church of the Nazarene unite as the Pentecostal Church of the Nazarene.

1908: The Holiness Church of Christ joins the Pentecostal Church of the Nazarene.

1915: Pentecostal Mission and the Pentecostal Church of Scotland join the Nazarenes.

1919: Fifth General Assembly shortens the church’s name to Church of the Nazarene.




Out of One, Many

Where did Nazarene world missions originate?
1898: Mission work began in India.

When did Nazarene higher education begin?
1899: Texas Holiness University was founded, the first of several colleges that merged eventually to become Southern N
azarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma.

What was the forerunner of Nazarene Youth International?
ca. 1896: Los Angeles First Church began Com
pany E for young women and the Young Men’s Band, later the Brotherhood of St. Stephen, forerunners of today’s Nazarene Youth International.

When did Nazarene publishing interests begin?
1912: Nazarene Publishing House was founded, and Herald of Holiness began publication.

When did Nazarene Missions International get its start?
1915: The Woman’s Missionary Society was founded.

When did Nazarenes begin utilizing radio to spread the gospel?
1944: The Nazarene Radio League, now World Mission Broadcast, was authorized. “Showers of Blessing” radio broadcast began in 1945, and “La Hora Nazarena” followed in 1953.





Out of Many . . . Many More

The Church of the Nazarene has more than 1.6 million members worldwide.

Nazarene work has been established in 151 world areas.

On any given Sunday, 803,990
Nazarenes go to Sunday School.

Of the 20 largest Nazarene churches, 8 are outside the United States.

Three of the 20 largest churches are in Brazil, including the largest.

Church of the Nazarene has 788 missionaries deployed throughout the world.

The church has established 56 colleges, universities, and seminaries in 40 countries around the world.

Over 40,000 people worldwide are enrolled in
Nazarene institutions of higher education.


 *According to 2006 statistics

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