Christus Award

The Christus Award is given annually to individuals in recognition of the contributions they have made to strengthen the bridge between the church and the university and/or who have made significant contributions to higher education in the ELCA.

Rev. Frank Nausin '70 '74

Jerry Slattum

Pastor Frank Nausin is a retired ELCA pastor who served nearly 40 years in parish ministry.  He served Bethany in Scottsdale, Az., Mt. Cross in Camarillo, Ca., Tanque Verde in Tucson Az. (20 years) and Holy Trinity Thousand Oaks, (11 years).    

A native of California, he was born and raised Albany.  He is a 1970 graduate of California Lutheran College, and received a Master of Divinity degree from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary (PLTS) in 1974.  Frank is married to Linda, class of 1970 and has two sons Tim, who has a BA and MBA from Cal Lutheran and Jeremy who also has a BA from Cal Lutheran and his MDIV from Luther Seminary.   

Frank previously served as a Convocator for over 22 years and was the chair for 11 years. As the chair of the Convocation, he also served on the Board of Regents. Frank and his wife Linda now live in Tucson Arizona, Linda having retired from working at CLU.  Frank loves to run, (Marathons) read, and play golf. 

Frank is presently serving on the Board of Regents and finished an interim at Tanque Verde in Tucson in January of this year.  In September of 2016, PLTS award Frank their award for excellence in Parish Ministry.  One of the greatest joys in Frank’s life is to have 4 granddaughters born in the last 6 years.

Recipients of the Christus Award
2017 The Rev. Frank Nausin
2016 The Rev. Paul Evenson
2015 Jerry Slattum
2014 Jack Wise
2013 Jim and Sue Swenson
2012 Dr. Jerry Miller
2011 The Rev. Dr. Paul Egertson
2010 Mr. Marvin Soiland
2009 The Rev. Dr. Howie Wennes
2008 Mrs. Beverly Anderson
2007 The Rev. Lauren "Bud" Egdahl
2006 The Rev. Dr. Luther Olmon
2005 Dr. Louise Evenson & Karsten Lundring
2004 Mr. Norman Lueck
2003 The Rev. Gerry Swanson and Dr. Jan Bowman
2002 The Rev. John Embree
2001 Mr. Bob Samuelson
2000 The Rev. Paul Nakamura/Aina Abrahamson
1999 The Rev. Quentin Garman
1998 Dr. Ray & Mrs. Helen Olson
1997 The Rev. Erling & Dr. Marge Wold
1996 Dr. Gaylerd Mercer & Mrs. Joan Falde
1995 The Rev. Carl & Mrs. Ruth Segerhammar
1994 The Rev. James Bessey
1993 Mr. Gaylord Mercer
1992 Ms. Diane Nelson