Hugh Benner

Hugh Benner

Hugh C. Benner (1899-1975) was a minister and general superintendent in the Church of the Nazarene. Benner Hall and Benner Library on the campus of Olivet Nazarene University are named after him. Dr. Benner was born near Marion, Ohio, and was converted form Olivet Nazarene College and took further graduate work at Vanderbilt University of Southern California. After serving the Church as a college professor and later as a pastor at Santa Monica, California; Spokane, Washington; and Kansas City First Church, Dr. Benner was elected the first president of the Nazarene Theological Seminary in l944. He was elected general superintendent in 1952 and served in this position until retirement in 1968. He was general superintendent emeritus until his death in 1975.

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