DS Emeriti


Dr. Charles Thompson, District Superintendent of the Virginia District Church of the Nazarene, graduated from Southern Pilgrim Bible College in 1957. Prior to his election in 1986, he served as pastor of the Richmond Southside Church of the Nazarene for seventeen years. Former pastorates include Victoria First Church, Greensboro First Church and Kanapolis Westside Church of the Nazarene.

On May 15, 2004, Charles Thompson was honored by Eastern Nazarene College with the Doctor of Divinity degree recognizing his long-standing service to the church and to the college. On August 11, 2004, at the annual Virginia District Assembly, Dr. Thompson made official the announcement of his retirement from the role of superintendent effective September 12, 2004. On that same day, the assembly voted to grant his status as District Superintendent Emeritus recognizing his eighteen years as our effective district leader.



Dr. Reeford L. Chaney served as District Superintendent in Virginia from 1977 to 1986. He had served previously as the District Superintendent for the Alabama District Church of the Nazarene, and had pastored Shelbyville, Tennessee; Greensboro White Rock and Raleigh in North Carolina, and in Mobile, Alabama. He started and built the Church of the Nazarene in Kahulua, Maui and pastored in Kailua, Oahu. In addition, he served the church as the chair of the communications Committee of the General Board. As a church leader he was responsible for the starting of thirty-three (33) new churches. He was recognized with the honor of District Superintendent Emeritus, August 8, 2001 at the Sixtieth Annual District Assembly of the Virginia District. 

Chaney died on Friday, June 24, 2005 and the funeral celebration of his life was held at Southside Nazarene Church on Monday evening, June 27, 2005.