MidAmerica Nazarene University





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Gustavo Crocker

Gustavo Crocker is a general superintendent of the Church of the Nazarene, an assignment to which he was elected in 2013. Previously, he served as Eurasia Regional Director (since 2004), as senior vice-president for programs at World Relief Corporation, director of field management for Compassion International, administrative director of Nazarene Compassionate Ministries International, and regional coordinator of Nazarene Compassionate Ministries out of Quito, Ecuador. A Guatemalan by birth, Gustavo is an ordained elder and a licensed architect with a master’s degree in Community Planning from the University of Cincinnati, where he attended as a Fulbright Scholar. As a Latin American Leadership Scholar, he earned a PhD in Organizational Leadership in Business at Regent University. In 2014, his contribution to the development of the global church was honored with a Doctor of Divinity degree from Olivet Nazarene University. He has been a guest lecturer in the United States, Latin America, Asia, and Europe. Fluent in four languages, he has authored several books and articles in Spanish and English, and his writings have been translated into more than 20 languages. Gustavo and his wife, Rachel, have two daughters, Raquel and Beth.

Scott Daniels

Scott Daniels

Scott Daniels is senior pastor at Nampa College Church of the Nazarene and Pastoral Scholar in Residence at Northwest Nazarene University. He has also pastored in Pasadena, California and Richardson, Texas and served as the dean of School of Theology at Azusa Pacific University and Seminary. He is a frequent guest speaker and lecturer at churches, camp meetings, and college campuses. He received his BA from Northwest Nazarene University and his MDiv and PhD in theology and ethics from Fuller Theological Seminary. Scott has taught at several colleges and seminaries, nationally and internationally. He served as a fulltime professor of theology and ethics at Southern Nazarene University and Azusa Pacific University. A contributor to several books, journals, and magazines, he is the author of The First 100 Days: A Pastor’s Guide; Seven Deadly Spirits: The Message of Revelation’s Letters for Today’s Church; and The Cycle of Victorious Living: Commit, Trust, Delight and Rest in Jesus Christ. His most recent book is Embracing Exile: Living Faithfully as God’s Unique People in the World. Scott and his wife, Debbie, have four children: Caleb, Noah, Jonah, and Sophie.

Shawna Gaines

Shawna Songer Gaines

Shawna Songer Gaines is lead pastor of Trevecca Community Church in Nashville, Tennessee. She and her husband, Tim, and their two children moved to Nashville in 2016 where she served as chaplain at Trevecca Nazarene University. She previously served with Tim as co-pastor of First Church of the Nazarene in Bakersfield, California. Shawna and Tim have a burden for young leaders in the church, which led them to co-author A Seat at the Table: A Generation Re-imagines Its Place in the Church. They also co-host the podcast, The Sermon Studio. She is a graduate of Point Loma Nazarene University and holds a Masters of Divinity from Nazarene Theological Seminary.

Aldana Guerra

Jennifer Guerra Aldana

Jennifer Guerra Aldana, originally from Guatemala, grew up in Southern California as the daughter of Nazarene church planters. She received a BA in Social Work from Point Loma Nazarene University and a MDiv from Fuller Theological Seminary. She presently serves as a pastor of La Fuente Ministries, a bilingual, intercultural ministry of Pasadena First Church of the Nazarene, and as Director of Multicultural Initiatives at Fuller Youth Institute. She previously served as a youth pastor and social worker in San Diego County. Her passions include leadership training, intercultural youth spiritual formation, and bilingual ministries.

Jennifer A. Guerra Aldana, originaria de Guatemala, creció en el sur de California como hija de plantadores de iglesias. Jennifer recibió su B.A en Trabajo Social de la Universidad Point Loma Nazarene y se desempeñó como pastora de jóvenes y trabajadora social en el condado de San Diego. Actualmente, es pastora La Fuente Ministries, un ministerio bilingüe e intercultural de la Primera Iglesia del Nazareno de Pasadena y se graduó con su Maestría en Divinidad del Seminario Teológico Fuller. En el Instituto Juvenil de Fuller (FYI en Ingles) ella es la Directora de las Iniciativas multiculturales. Sus pasiones incluyen la capacitación de líderes, la formación espiritual intercultural de jóvenes y los ministerios bilingües.

Tod Bolsinger

Tod Bolsinger

Tod Bolsinger serves at Fuller Theological Seminary as Vice-President and Chief of Leadership Formation and as Assistant Professor of Practical Theology. Formerly the Vice President for Vocation Formation, Bolsinger now oversees the Seminary’s centers and institutes as well as the team developing the Fuller Leadership Platform. For seventeen years, he was the senior pastor of San Clemente Presbyterian Church in San Clemente, California after serving for ten years on the pastoral staff at First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood. He earned a PhD in Theology and a Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary. He is the author of three books, including the Outreach Magazine Resource of the Year in Pastoral Leadership, Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory, and the Christianity Today Award of Merit recipient, It Takes a Church to Raise a Christian: How the Community of God Transforms Lives. He speaks, consults and is an executive coach for corporate, non-profit, educational, and church organizations in transformational leadership. Tod is married to Beth, an executive coach, consultant and professional artist. They have two young-adult children, Brooks and Ali. An avid outdoor lover, if he had stayed awake during biology after lunch in high school, Tod would have been a National Park Ranger.


MONDAY, June 15
1:00pm - 7:00pm CHECK IN / REGISTRATION
2:30pm - 4:30pm Preconference: ANSR Session*
Preconference: COMPASS Initiative
Financial Hope in Lifelong Ministry: How to help clergy find financial well-being
5:00pm - 6:30pm Dinner
7:00pm - 8:30pm PLENARY 1: Gustavo Croker
8:30pm - 10:00pm Fellowship Activities
TUESDAY, June 16
6:30am - 7:00am Morning Prayers
7:00am - 8:15am Breakfast
8:30am - 9:45am PLENARY 2: Jennifer Guerra Aldana
9:45am - 10:15am Break
10:15am - 11:00am NAZ TALKS I
11:15am - 12:00pm Special Presentation
12:00pm - 1:30pm Lunch
1:00pm - 5:00pm Prayer teams and counseling available
1:30pm - 2:30pm Workshops A
2:30pm - 3:00pm Break
3:00pm - 4:00pm Workshops B
4:15pm - 5:00pm Special Presentation
4:00pm - 5:00pm Free Time
5:00pm - 6:30pm Dinner
7:00pm - 8:30pm PLENARY 3: Scott Daniels
8:30pm - 10:00pm Fellowship Activities
6:30am – 7:00am Morning Prayers
7:00am - 8:15am Breakfast
7:00 - 8:15am Breakfast Dialog: Women Clergy
8:30am - 9:45am PLENARY 4: Tod Bolsinger
9:45am - 10:15am Break
10:15am - 11:00am NAZ TALKS II
11:15am - 12:00pm Special Presentation: Jared Hall
12:00pm - 1:30pm Lunch
1:00pm - 5:00pm Prayer teams and counseling available
1:30pm - 2:30pm Workshops C
2:30pm - 3:00pm Break
3:00pm - 4:00pm Workshops D
4:30pm - 6:00pm PLENARY 5: Shawna Songer-Gaines
6:00pm Dinner and Fellowship Activities

This session of the annual meeting of the Association of Nazarene Sociologists and Researchers is open to all. Learn more about ANSR at www.nazarene.org/ansr.


Childcare is provided free of charge throughout this PALCON event for children who are under three years of age as of event start date. 

If you are bringing an infant (a child under 12 months of age), simply note your plan to bring an infant in response to the Special Needs section when completing your own online registration.  Every effort will be made to provide an appropriate on-campus housing option. 

What is PALCON?

Pastors and Leaders Conference (PALCON) is a gathering designed for all Nazarene clergy – pastors, chaplains, evangelists, staff ministers, and missionaries.

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