What is a nazarene?

Our name is taken from a term that was used in the first century to describe Jesus and his followers. And it wasn't a compliment! The town of Nazareth, Jesus' hometown, would probably be called "Hicksville" today. It wasn't impressive. 


So the term "Nazarene" was used to describe people who were pretty ordinary. They weren't the powerful, the elite, or the glamorous. When the rulers talked about those "Nazarenes," they said it with sneers on their faces. Or, as one New Testament figure put it, "Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?" (John 1:46).


So when we call him "the Nazarene," we're reminding ourselves that Jesus isn't for a select group of people. He's for everyone who seeks him! Whether rich or poor - educated or uneducated - healthy or sick - powerful or the powerless. 


That's why we try to be the Church of the Nazarene, because "the Nazarene" came for people like you - people like us - people who seek. 


For more information, click HERE to visit the Church of the Nazarene denomination website.

History of midland naz

We began in the home of Sol Gowing on February 28, 1916. The first pastor was the Rev. A.H. Levely. Soon there after, the congregation secured its first property, the Township Hall on Second Street, as their first church home.  


The second building, State Street Church of the Nazarene, was constructed on the corner of State and Buttles around 1920. In 1948, we moved into a new building located at 2714 South Jefferson. 


current building

On November 29, 1970, we conducted our first service at our current facility, which is located at 5700 Jefferson.


Since 1970, Midland Nazarene has continued to evolve and to play its role in God’s story. Over the years, we have planted two churches, and we minister extensively to our local and global ministry partners around the country and world.


Evidence of God's grace has been with us from the very early days of our church, and we look forward to God's plans for our future.