The WVN district assembly of 2004 elected Rev. Kevin Dennis as district superintendent after his 22 years in local church pastoral ministry. His pastoral experience ranges from rural Ohio to inner city Philadelphia as well as here at home in West Virginia.
As pastor of Philadelphia First Church of the Nazarene, Rev. Dennis assisted in the merger of a Holiness Haitian congregation with the Nazarene church as well as the restart of the predominately African American, Calvary Church of the Nazarene. During his ministry there, Philadelphia First took it's first steps toward becoming an expanded compassionate ministry.
In 1993, he and his family returned to their home state of West Virginia to pastor the Wellsburg Church of the Nazarene. The ministry of the Wellsburg congregation experienced strong growth and by 1996 had relocated to a new worship facility. He concluded his ministry at Wellsburg when he was elected as DS in 2004.
Rev. Dennis is a graduate of MVNU (BA Christian Education) and ONU (Master of Church Administration). He continued his academic studies at Fuller Seminary (MAGL program) and Nova Southeastern University.
His wife Deborah is a high school chemistry and physics teacher at Trinity Christian School in Morgantown, WV. Their son Jared is an electrical engineer with CSL Behring Corporation in Kankakee, IL.
Chris joined the WVN District ministry in September of 2016 when he became the District Office Administrator. He comes to us from Indiana where he served as a pastor for nine years.
Chris was raised in the Indianapolis, Indiana area and was ordained on the Indianapolis district in July, 2012. He and his wife Melissa have no children, but have two spoiled dogs. They live in the Fairmont area.
David was born and raised in Weirton, WV growing up in the Weirton Church of the Nazarene. He graduated from MVNU with a BA in Music Education, Following his graduation, he taught school for a couple of years.
David started his ministry on the WVN district as the Associate Pastor at Morgantown First Church. He then served on the South Central Ohio District for almost two years before returning to WVN to pastor the Terra Alta Church of the Nazarene.
David then served on the Pittsburgh and Alabama South districts. While in Alabama, he earned his MA in Religion from TNU and also his Ed. D. He teaches as an adjunct professor with the Alliance program at Nazarene Bible College. He has served as NYI District President in Pennsylvania and Vice President in Alabama. He has three years experience in serving as a District Secretary on the Alabama district.
David returned once again in 2012 to the WVN district to pastor the Ravenswood Church of the Nazarene, where he is currently serving.
David and his wife, Marta, have three grown children: Jessica, Joshua, and Abby; and two beautiful granddaughters, Jovie Cable and Elle Shirer.
Evan Gatian, a Morgantown native, was appointed WVN District Treasurer in 2018. He is an MVNU graduate with dual bachelor’s degrees in accounting and business administration. He is a Certified Internal Auditor with experience in state government, higher education and healthcare. Evan has served on the WVN District Finance Committee since 2014. In addition, he and wife Erin serve in various capacities in the Pierpont Church of the Nazarene
Beth Burgey was elected by the WVN District NMI Convention in 2016 to serve as our president. She has a love for missions and also for kids, and is a great resource to our district for children's missions. She served on the WVN District council for four years prior to being elected to serve as the Children's Ministries representative. She and her husband, Jason, also serve in various capacities in the Paden City Church of the Nazarene and also their current home church, Weirton Church of the Nazarene.
Beth and her husband, Jason, have two boys, Eli and Ben, and live in the Weirton area. She is an English Language Arts Teacher in Ohio.
WVN Nazarene Sunday school and Discipleship Ministries President
Kathy Brake is a retired teacher with Randolph County Schools and a faithful member of Elkins Church of the Nazarene. A graduate of Glenville State, Kathy has a deep love for education, teaching, and the development of students. Her lively spirt and humor are well known across the state.
Along with a cast of friends from the Elkins Church, Kathy has been highly involved in drama and humor as a way of presenting the Gospel.
Craig Moore was led by God to Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN where he graduated with a degree in Church Music in 2002. He was ordained as an elder in 2006. Craig served on staff in four Nazarene churches in West Virginia, Michigan, and North Carolina working with Youth and Worship Ministries.
Pastor Craig has many hobbies, but enjoys hunting, golfing, racquetball, and Pittsburgh Steelers Football.
Craig was elected as our district NYI president in 2015