Mobilizing the Church for Social Justice Conference

September 12-14, 2013

God’s word calls us to daily serve the poor and oppressed—to seek justice and mercy for those who are vulnerable. The J.V. Morsch Center for Social Justice at Trevecca Nazarene University invites you to attend an exciting, new conference that will help equip and empower your church to be the hands and feet of Jesus here and now. The "Mobilizing the Church for Social Justice" conference—featuring speakers Dr. Dan Boone, Dr. Jo Anne Lyon, Dr. Carla Sunberg, Dr. Jim Copple, and others—will be held September 12-14 at Trevecca Community Church of the Nazarene in Nashville, Tenn. Come, learn, and work alongside church and community leaders from around the globe to solve social justice issues, using a biblical approach. NOTE: This conference provides up to 1.3 Continuing Education Units.

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Conference Speakers


Dr. Dan Boone

Dan L. Boone became Trevecca’s eleventh president in 2005 after having served in pastoral ministry for more than thirty years. A 1974 graduate of Trevecca, he earned a master’s degree from Nazarene Theological Seminary in 1977 and a doctorate in ministry from McCormick Theological Seminary in 1996. He began his pastoral ministry when he was in high school, and his last pastorate was at the College Church in Bourbonnais, Illinois. At that church and when he was pastor of the church that is now Trevecca Community Church of the Nazarene, he has served significant time as a pastor to college students; hence, the college culture is one that he knows well. Dr. Boone has taught on the university and seminary level and has been an instructor for the Salvation Army North Central Region. In October 2005 he taught Nazarene pastors in the Commonwealth of Independent States, the former Soviet Union. Trevecca is pleased to have Dr. Boone lead Trevecca into a new phase of its history.


Dr. Jo Anne Lyon

Dr. Jo Anne Lyon is the general superintendent of The Wesleyan Church, and a member of many boards of directors, including the NAE Executive Committee, Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA), and the National Partnership for the Environment (NRPE). She holds a Masters Degree in Counseling and further graduate studies in Historical Theology. She holds five honorary doctorates. Dr. Lyon has been Adjunct Professor of Church and Society at both Indiana Wesleyan University and Asbury Theological Seminary. She is a board member of Kingswood University, Houghton College, Indiana Wesleyan University, Oklahoma Wesleyan University, and Southern Wesleyan University. Dr. Lyon was featured in Christianity Today’s cover story, 50 Women to Watch, in October 2012. She is the founder and CEO of World Hope International, Alexandria, VA, a faith based relief and development organization alleviating suffering and injustice in 30 countries. Dr. Lyon and her husband Wayne, the pastor of United Family Wesleyan Church in Cicero, IN, have four children and 7, soon to be 8, grandchildren.


Dr. Carla Sunberg

Carla Sunberg currently serves as Co-District Superintendent of the East Ohio District for the Church of the Nazarene. She and her husband have been involved in ministry together for over twenty years. They were pioneer missionaries to the former Soviet Union spending thirteen years in Russia. After leaving Russia they ministered together at Grace Point Church of the Nazarene in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Her work has involved compassionate ministries, pastoring and educating pastors. She enjoys practical ministry and theological education, with a special emphasis on holiness in the early Church. She loves to teach and train leaders for the future of the church and has served as adjunct faculty for a number of institutions. Carla has a BSN from Mid-America Nazarene University, an MA in Theological Studies from Nazarene Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in Historical Theology from the University of Manchester, UK. In May 2012 she was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Olivet Nazarene University. Carla was born in Germany, the daughter of missionaries. Her heartfelt passion is a life of holiness and service for the Lord. She has served as the President of Wesleyan/Holiness Women Clergy and is a board member of the Wesleyan/Holiness Consortium. Carla is a Trustee of Nazarene Theological Seminary and Mount Vernon Nazarene University, as well as a member of the Nazarene Board of Pensions & Benefits. Issues of Gender Based Violence (GBV) globally and the need for a Christian response have resulted in Carla’s leadership in the Kenya GBV Partnership. 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, live in Kansas City.

James E. Copple

James E. Copple has a long and distinguished career in education, international development, substance abuse, youth development and crime and violence prevention. A nationally recognized speaker and writer in these fields, Mr. Copple has served as the Founding President of Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA), Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the National Crime Prevention Council in Washington, D.C., and most recently, President of the Servant Forge Foundation and is a Founding Partner of Strategic Applications International, LLC. For the past eight years, Mr. Copple has worked in international development with a specific focus on building capacity of non-profit organizations to secure funding to help fulfill their missions. These efforts have helped to create the Kenya Gender-Based Violence Prevention Partnership and the Kenya Youth Employment and Empowerment Initiative. Mr. Copple has done doctoral work at the University of Kansas and The Johns Hopkins University and taught history at Eastern Nazarene College and Boston College. He served as an adjunct professor of education at the Wichita State University and Special Assistant to the Superintendent of Schools in Wichita, Kansas. He loves sailing, reading and spending time with his eight children and 18 grandchildren.


Jennifer Roemhildt Tunehag

Jennifer Roemhildt Tunehag, a graduate of Northwest Nazarene University, has worked with people in prostitution and victims of human trafficking for more than 10 years.  Her experiences in ministry in Athens, Greece, led to an invitation to testify before the U.S.A. Congress about human trafficking.  Jennifer now engages the global church in Christ’s mission of individual restoration and societal transformation through the European Freedom Network, the World Evangelical Alliance, and other global organizations as a missions consultant regarding prostitution and trafficking.  Jennifer lives with her husband, Mats, in Stockholm, Sweden.