To encourage, challenge and equip those who minister
What Is PALCON?
Pastors and Leaders Conference (PALCON) is a gathering designed for clergy, both assigned and unassigned, serving on the front lines of ministry. It is the vision of PALCON to participate in a fresh move of God upon the Church of the Nazarene in the United States and Canada. We minister in days with a unique opportunity to impact our world. Each PALCON has tremendous potential to shape and mold us more clearly into the people and church God envisions.
PALCON is a 3-day conference with a registration price of $179.00. The conference includes conference materials, all meals, breaks, and on-campus housing. For those who can attend only one day the registration is $99.00 and includes conference materials, all meals, breaks, but no overnight housing is included.
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June 17-19 Eastern Nazarene College 23 East Elm Avenue Quincy, Massachusetts 02170
Pete Scazzero is the Founder of New Life Fellowship Church in Queens, NYC, a large, multiracial, international church with more than seventy countries represented. After serving as Senior Pastor for twenty-six years, Pete now serves as a Teaching Pastor/Pastor at Large at New Life. He is the author of two best-selling books -The Emotionally Healthy Church and Emotionally Healthy Spirituality. He is also the author of The EHS Small Group Curriculum, The EHS Church Wide Initiative and co-author of EH Skills 2.0. Pete and Geri are the founders of Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, a groundbreaking ministry that equips pastors and leaders with a new leadership paradigm that integrates emotional health and contemplative spirituality. They have four lovely daughters: Maria, Christy, Faith, and Eva. For more information, visit www.emotionallyhealthy.org or connect with Pete on Facebook, Twitter, and his blog www.petescazzero.com.
GERI SCAZZERO is a popular conference speaker for church leaders, married couples, and women’s groups, both in North America and internationally. She is a master teacher and trainer, equipping leadership teams, churches, and non-profit ministries to implement Emotionally Healthy Skills and spiritual formation into their organizations. Geri is the co-author of Emotionally Healthy Skills 2.0 curriculum and the best-selling Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Workbook (Willow Creek Association, 2009). She has served on staff of New Life Fellowship Church in Queens, New York City for the last 25 years.
GERI, along with her husband Pete, is the co-founder of Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, a groundbreaking ministry that equips pastors and leaders with a new leadership paradigm that integrates emotional health and contemplative spirituality (www.emotionallyhealthy.org). Geri has four lovely daughters: Maria, Christy, Faith and Eva.
Deirdre Brower Latz is the Principal of Nazarene Theological College. Having pastored in urban communities in the United Kingdom until her appointment as Principal she continues to serve in the local congregation where she was the pastoral team leader until 2012. She teaches in the area of practical theology and is particularly interested in issues relating to Wesley, Wesleyan theology, contextual and practical theology and how these relate to justice. She likes change. Her passions involve allotment gardening, sports of all sorts (watching and participating as a netball player weekly), travel, animals, reading and people! Deirdre is married to Andrew – who is currently working full time on his PhD in political theology at Durham University.
Deirdre holds a PhD from The University of Manchester, an M.A. in Christian Holiness and a B.A. Hons in Pastoral Theology from Nazarene Theological College, Manchester.
Dr. Samuel Vassel, has been Senior Pastor of Bronx Bethany Church of the Nazarene (BBCN) since October 2000. Before migrating to the United States from Jamaica in 2000, Dr. Vassel was for ten years, Senior Pastor for the Bethune Avenue Holiness Christian Church. He was also Bishop of the Holiness Christian Church in Jamaica for two of those years. Dr. Vassel has also worked extensively over the years in various student ministries in Jamaica including the International School Christian Fellowship (ISCF), University and Colleges Christian Fellowship (UCCF) and the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students.
Dr. Vassel has served as a Seminary Lecturer at the Jamaica Theological Seminary and the Alliance Theological Seminary in New York. He is also a contributing writer for Preacher’s Magazine: A Preaching Resource in the Wesleyan Tradition.
Dr. Vassel holds a Doctorate in Ministry from Columbia Theological Seminary, a Masters in Theological Studies from Wheaton College and a Bachelor of Science from the University of the West Indies.
He is married to Angela and together they have two adult children, David and Kara who are married to Deidre and Greg respectively. He feels blessed with this addition of a son and daughter to his family and doubly blessed to be the grandfather of Karis and Pax.
PALCONs have always been a great blessing to me. They have saved my ministry and caused me to take new stock in who God has called me to be. Keep them coming we need them!
June 23-25 Southern Nazarene University 6729 NW 39th Expy, Bethany, OK 73008
Dr. Eugénio R. Duarte was elected general superintendent during the 27th General Assembly in June 2009. Dr. Duarte served as the Africa regional director for the denomination. Prior to that assignment he was the director for the Africa West and French Equatorial Fields, where he facilitated the expansion of the church into Sierra Leone and the Reunion Islands and developed a strategy to enter Guinea Bissau. Dr. Duarte has also served as director for the Africa Lusophone Field, directing the start of our work in Equatorial Guinea, and as field director for Central Africa. Before this he was a teacher and the director of the Seminario Nazareno de Cabo Verde (SNCV), district superintendent of Cape Verde, and pastor of the Porto Novo and Mindelo Churches of the Nazarene. He studied at SNCV and received his Master of Arts degree from Azusa Pacific University, California, USA. In 2012 he received his Master in Business Administration from Northwest Nazarene University, Nampa, Idaho, USA. He was bestowed the honorary Doctor of Divinity by Africa Nazarene University in May 2006.
Dr. Thomas A. Noble is Professor of Theology at Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, MO, the seminary for the Church of the Nazarene. He is also Senior Research Fellow in Theology at Nazarene Theological College, Manchester, a partner college of the University of Manchester, where he supervises PhD research students. Among other publications, he is on the editorial team for the New Dictionary of Theology (IVP), and jointly edited a collection of essays by theologians and scientists to mark the 150th anniversary of Darwin’s Origin of the Species. His most recent publication, Holy Trinity – Holy People: The Theology of Christian Perfecting (Wipf and Stock, 2013), is the published version of his 2012 Didsbury Lectures. He is a recent president of the Wesleyan Theological Society.
Nazarene Theological Seminary (NTS) elected Carla Sunberg as its tenth president on January 3. Sunberg, the first woman president in the school’s history, is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene. She was ordained during the 13 years that she and her husband Chuck served as missionaries in the former SovietUnion, where she served as director of compassionate ministries as well as director of theological education.
Carla has a Ph.D in historical theology from the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom, a Master ofArts from Nazarene Theological Seminary and a Bachelors of Science from MidAmerica Nazarene University. In2012, Olivet Nazarene University awarded her an honorary Doctor of Divinity.
Sunberg is passionate about the integration of practical ministry and theological education. She loves to teach and train leaders for the future of the church and has served as adjunct faculty for a number of institutions.She was born in Germany, the daughter of missionaries. Her heartfelt passion is a life of holiness and service for the Lord.
Chuck and Carla are proud parents of two adult daughters, Christa, who along with her husband Iain Maciver lives in England, and Cara, who with her husband Justin Shonamon, lives in Kansas City.
His research interests have been in exploring the intersections of Wesleyan-Holiness theology for the twenty-first century. He has published several articles in the Wesleyan Theological Journal, Didache, Illustrated Bible Life, and Come Ye Apart. Dr. Spaulding recently published We Believe: Engaging the Doctrinal Heritage of the Church of the Nazarene through MVNU.
Dr. Spaulding has been married forty years to Sharon. They have three adult children, two son-in-laws, and three grandchildren.
Revs. Gabriel & Jeanette Salguero
The Salgueros are the co-lead pastors of the Lamb’s Church of the Nazarene in New York City. They are devoted Christ followers. Their life’s work is bringing a Christian ethical framework to public policy and empowering indigenous leadership for the common good. They work on issues of multicultural ministry, indigenous leadership development, faith and public policy, as well as racial justice and reconciliation. Gabriel and Jeanette have served as national consultants for Hispanic and multi-ethnic ministries to several denominations and organizations. In addition, they have been advisors to several elected officials at all levels of government. Together they founded the National Latino Evangelical Coalition (NaLEC), a ministry focused on education and advocacy on issues of poverty, immigration, and education. For their justice work they have been featured on the Associated Press, CNN, Charisma, Telemundo, Univisión, 700 Club, Decision Today, and the Today show.
The Salgueros have been married for 12 years and have two beautiful boys, Jon-Gabriel and Seth who are their pride and joy.
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This was my first PALCON and it was amazing. God truly met me there and I left refreshed, encouraged, energized and inspired! Thank you so much!
July 28-30 Point Loma Nazarene University 3900 Lomaland Dr, San Diego, CA 92106
Dr. David A. Busic was elected as general superintendent in the Church of the Nazarene at the 28th General Assembly held in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, in June 2013. At the time of his election, he had been president of Nazarene Theological Seminary since 2011. Dr. Busic received a bachelor of arts degree from Southern Nazarene University in 1988 and the master of divinity degree from Nazarene Theological Seminary in 1993. Southern Nazarene University conferred a doctor of divinity degree upon him in 2010. He served as senior pastor for three Churches of the Nazarene: Vineyard Community Church (Livermore, California), Central Church (Lenexa, Kansas), and First Church (Bethany, Oklahoma). During his tenure at Bethany First, Dr. Busic helped initiate and establish the Swaziland Partnership in 2007 to help reduce the HIV/AIDS rate and assist vulnerable children in Swaziland, Africa. He is currently pursuing doctoral studies in Theology and Culture at Fuller Theological Seminary. Busic was coeditor for the Preacher’s Magazine from 2000–2007. He has also published numerous articles and co-authored two books (A Pastor’s Guide to Effective Preaching and Sharing My Faith). He most recently authored Perfectly Imperfect: Character Sketches from the Old Testament.
As a child, we sang a song titled “Deep and Wide”. My life has been graced in both directions – roots that go deep into God, grace that expands widely to others. I was reared in a home that gave me an appreciation for God’s expansive grace. My mother was on the lost side of the equation. She grew up in Nashville in a poor, unchurched, and broken family. The people of God found her and changed the trajectory of her life. They were wide.
My father was on the deep side of the equation. He grew up in a Methodist family that eventually became Nazarene. This family embraced belief that humans could be made saintly, Christ-like. My parents mentored me in a depth of Christian character with a calling to serve humankind widely.
God found me as a boy in McComb, MS. At age 12, I was called to preach with a certainty that I have never questioned. One year later I began preaching. During my junior and senior years of high school, I pastored the New Salem Church of the Nazarene. This dying church was close to being closed, but a gracious leader allowed me to test my call. For two years, I drove 30 miles each weekend, held Friday night youth programs, visited people on Saturday, and preached on Sunday. The congregation grew from 3 to 50.
The choice of college was never a question for me. A generation of Boones had attended Trevecca Nazarene University before me, and I was proud to follow in their footsteps. The Trevecca experience changed my life. I was shaped by a rigorous education, chapel services, great mentors, student government leadership, and the beginning of lifelong friendships. During my sophomore, I heard E. Stanley Jones describe a life completely surrendered to God. Following chapel that day, I knelt beside the metal frame bed in my dorm room and experienced what he had described. I am indebted to Mildred Wynkoop and Ray Dunning as the primary theological mentors of my faith. I served as Dr. Wynkoop’s student assistant during my junior and senior year. I met my wife, Denise, at Trevecca, and we established friendships that are the core of our relational wealth today.
Following our years at Trevecca, I attended Nazarene Theological Seminary and completed a Master of Divinity degree. We moved to Raleigh, NC to serve the people of North Raleigh Church of the Nazarene. Dr. William Greathouse ordained me on Sept. 1, 1978. We relished raising our two daughters, Amy and Ashley, in Raleigh and would have gladly spent our entire life there if God had not further defined my calling. After eight years in Raleigh, I was invited to consider the pastorate of the College Hill Church of the Nazarene on Trevecca’s campus (now Trevecca Community Church). I came to understand that my calling was to work with college students.
It was my joy, for 20 years, to be a pastor to college administrators, faculty, and students. Our children grew up on Christian college campuses. For the past nine years, I have been privileged to serve as President of Trevecca Nazarene University. The passion of my heart is to think clearly and to live vibrantly the kind of life that empowers future generations to champion Christ-likeness as a way of life.
All three of our daughters and their husbands have graduated from Christian universities. Our oldest daughter, Amy, and her family live in Nashville, where her husband, Brent, is the Director of Spiritual Life at Trevecca. Amy teaches speech in the Communication degree program. Ashley is married to Erik Gernand and they serve as pastor/worship leader of Real Life Community Church of the Nazarene in Murfreesboro, TN. My youngest daughter, Abby, graduated from Trevecca, and is married to Aaron Crum. They reside in Franklin, TN where Abby is a hair stylist and Aaron is an accountant with Hospital Corporation of America. Our six grandchildren, Eleanor, Anna, Clara, Grey, Boone, and Rowan bring great joy to this grandfather’s heart.
One of God’s greatest gifts is my wife Denise. She is an unapologetic extrovert with a relational capacity that dwarfs most small villages. As a stay-at-home mom, she invested her life in our three daughters. Their maturity, poise, faith, and beauty is a credit to her choice to make family a top priority. She has made our house a home for 17 students who have lived with us during their college years. Her vibrant faith, humor, and spunk have made her a mentor and friend of university students.
At age 61, I find myself reflecting on the intersection of Christian faith and the world we live in. I have a deep peace about the person God has called me to be and about the work God has given me to do. My deepest desire at this stage of life is to give enduring gifts to the next generation through acts of leadership, devotion, vision, and compassion.
Scott is the Dean of the School of Theology at Azusa Pacific University as well as the Senior Pastor at Pasadena First Church of the Nazarene (PazNaz). He is a frequent guest speaker at churches, camp meetings, lecture series and college campuses. Before moving to California, Dr. Daniels was a professor of theology for seven years at Southern Nazarene University and senior pastor at the Church of the Nazarene in Richardson, TX for four years. Scott and Debbie have four children: Caleb, Noah, Jonah and Sophie. They love to vacation as a family and they participate in many sports and music activities. Scott has a Ph.D. from Fuller Theological Seminary in Theology and Ethics and has contributed to several books, journals and magazines. He is the author of Seven Deadly Spirits: The Message of Revelation’s Letters for Today’s Church, and The First 100 Days: A Pastor’s Guide. His most recent book, Cycle of Victorious Living: Commit, Trust, Delight, and Rest in Jesus Christ, has just been released by Beacon Hill Press.
Dr. Ted Roberts, who came to the Lord as a fighter pilot during the Vietnam War, founded Pure Desire Ministries after years of processing his own journey that included trauma and abuse, and discovering biblical truths and effective, practical recovery tools through counseling hundreds of men and couples seeking freedom from sexual addictions and other life trauma.
Dr. Roberts is a clinical Sexual Addiction Therapist, trained under renowned speaker, teacher, and clinician Dr. Patrick Carnes. He continues to study the human brain, and translate that knowledge into practical tools so that people can partner with God for transformation and renewing of the mind. His pastoral education includes a doctorate from Western Theological Seminary and Masters Degree from Asbury Theological Seminary.
He resigned his pastorate in 2007 to devote more time to training Christian leaders worldwide in Pure Desire principles and helping them start Pure Desire groups. He also spends time counseling pastors and other Christian leaders struggling with sexual bondage.
In addition to authoring Pure Desire, first published in 1999, and co-writing Sexy Christians with his wife Diane, Ted wrote the Pure Desire for Men Seven Pillars of Freedom workbook. Ted recently partnered with his son Bryan to write Top Gun: Flight Manual for Young Men Living in a Pornified World. Other books written by Dr. Roberts include Failing Forward, Living Life Boldly, and Going Deeper: Experiencing New Depths in the Holy Spirit, which he co-authored with Pam Vredevelt,
Ted and his wife Diane live in Gresham, Oregon, and have two grown children, Nichole and Bryan, and four grandchildren.
Francis Chan is the best-selling author of books, Crazy Love, Forgotten God, Erasing Hell and the host of the BASIC.series (Who is God & We Are Church). He has also written the children’s books Halfway Herbert, The Big Red Tractor and the Little Village and Ronnie Wilson’s gift. Francis is the founding pastor of Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley, California, and is the founder of Eternity Bible College. Currently, Francis is working to start a church planting movement in the inner city of San Francisco and has recently launched a countrywide discipleship movement along with David Platt called Multiply. Francis now lives in Northern California with his wife, Lisa, and their five children.
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I LOVED PALCON! I loved the worship, the evening speakers, and seeing people in my stage of life and ministry. It was WONDERFUL to know that I’m not alone in how I approach ministry or how I think about my faith.