Mobilizing the Church for Social Justice Conference

September 18-20, 2014

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 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. Tim Green, Dr. Carla Sunberg, Rev. Gabriel Salguero and Lt. Colonel Vern Jewett and workshop presenters James Copple, Jim Wehner and others—will be held September 18-20 at Trevecca Nazarene University 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.

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This conference counts as 14 Lifelong Learning Hours for Nazarene pastors.

Special Media Presentation

We are very excited to present the critically acclaimed one-woman, two-act drama "7 Layers Captive". Witness the true story and groundbreaking performance of sex trafficking survivor Stacy Jewell Lewis as she recounts her abduction from her home in Washington D.C. to the underground world of street prostitution. Using the power of music, spoken word, and stunning visuals, Stacy's performance will not only inspire you, but will captivate your soul, leaving you breathless. Click here to learn more about Stacy's story.

Conference Speakers

Timothy (Tim) M. Green

For the past twenty one years, Tim Green has been ministering at Trevecca Nazarene University where he serves as Dean of the School of Religion, the Chaplain of the University, and the Professor of Old Testament Literature and Theology. Prior to his ministry at Trevecca, he served in churches in Hendersonville, Tennessee; Cincinnati, Ohio, Springdale; and Nashville, Tennessee, Grace. Following his undergraduate work, he received the M.A. and Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University in Old Testament studies. While at Trevecca, he has received various recognitions, including Faculty Member of the Year, Teaching Excellence Award, and the McClurkan Award. He is the author of numerous periodical articles, cantata narrations, and contributor to several texts as well as the author of several books, including So What Now?—Celebrating My Identity in Christ, Discovering the Old Testament:  Story and Faith, Vital Beginnings, Never Alone, Philippians Lectio Divina, and Dancing Solo: Finding Your Own Rhythm in a Performance-Driven World. He recently just finished a commentary on the Minor Prophets. He is a frequent speaker at district camp meetings, lay and clergy retreats, university revivals and lecture series, and single adult and youth events, including NYC North America and NYC South Pacific.  He regularly teaches Old Testament classes at European Nazarene College in Busingen, Germany, and has also taught classes in Russia, Kazakhstan, Jordan and Kosovo. Tim’s deepest passion is to glorify the Lord through his preaching and teaching ministry and to challenge the people of God to recognize and celebrate life as the great gift from God and to share that gift with their world. He particularly counts it a great privilege to share in ministry on a day-to-day basis with university students as they prepare to serve as leaders and servants in the church of Jesus Christ!

Dr. Carla Sunberg

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 Soviet Union, where she served as director of compassionate ministries as well as director of theological education. In 2005, the Sunbergs returned to the U. S. and pastored at Grace Point Church of the Nazarene in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where Carla served as pastor of evangelism and discipleship. In 2011, she and Chuck accepted a call to serve as co‐district superintendents for East Ohio. Carla has a Ph.D in historical theology from the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom, a Master of Arts from Nazarene Theological Seminary and a Bachelors of Science from MidAmerica Nazarene University. In 2012, Olivet Nazarene University awarded her an honorary Doctor of Divinity. Carla has served on the General Board, the governing board of the Nazarene denomination; on the NTS Board of Trustees; as Alumni Association president for NTS; as member and chairperson of the USA/Canada Region’s Nazarene Women Clergy Council; and as member of the Church of the Nazarene’s Pensions & Benefits USA Board. In addition, after serving on its board as the official representative for the Church of the Nazarene, Carla also served as president of Wesleyan‐Holiness Women Clergy. She is the co‐author (with Gene Van Note) of Faxes from Russia (Beacon Hill Press, 1996) and has authored numerous articles for various church publications. This spring, her book (co‐written with Suzanne Burden and Jamie Wright), Reclaiming Eve: The Identity and Calling of Women in the Kingdom of God, will be released. 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.

Rev. Gabriel Salguero

The Rev. Gabriel Salguero — president of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition — is a powerful voice on issues that affect Latino communities in the United States. Focusing on poverty, immigration, and education, Salguero’s leadership of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition (NaLEC) offers an important voice for growing diversity and changing demographics in our country. Salguero with his wife, the Rev. Jeanette Salguero, are the co-lead pastors of the multi-ethnic Lamb’s Church in NY. The Lamb’s Church worships in three languages — English, Spanish, and Mandarin. The Salgueros have ministered extensively in Europe, Latin America, and Africa. Salguero has been named as one of the most prominent Latino evangelical leaders by the Huffington Post, the Center for American Progress, El Diario, and Jorge Ramos’ Al Punto. In addition to his work with the Circle of Protection — a consortium of faith groups that seek to preserve social programs that help the poor — and his strong calls for immigration reform, Salguero, through his organization, founded Nuestro Futuro, a Latino youth-targeted voter-mobilization campaign in Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Arizona, New York, and New Jersey in 2012. His writing is featured on both The Washington Post 'On Faith," and the Huffington Post's Religion blogs. The National Latino Evangelical Coalition is also focused on the battle for a living wage and prison reform. Salguero also delivered an invocation at January’s inaugural prayer service at the National Cathedral. They have two beautiful sons, Jon-Gabriel and Seth who are their pride and joy.

Lt. Colonel Vern Jewett

Vern is a retired Salvation Army officer presently living in Gallatin, Tennessee. He was born in Lincoln, Nebraska and is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Vern received his B.A. from East Carolina University and his M.A. in Biblical Literature from Asbury Theological Seminary. He has done post-graduate study at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology and is a past president of Asbury Theological Seminary’s  Board of Alumni. Vern is married to Martha and their shared ministry in The Salvation Army over thirty five years included pastoral, administrative and educational appointments. He served as the President/Principal of Evangeline Booth College in Atlanta, Georgia for six years. He served as the Divisional Commander overseeing the Salvation Army’s ministry first in North & South Carolina and then in Florida until their retirement. The Jewetts have traveled extensively, visiting over forty countries. They have conducted conferences and seminars in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, South America and the Caribbean. In recent years Vern has initiated broad-based ministries here in the southern USA in the areas of affordable housing, environmental care and anti-human trafficking. He has also developed mission programs targeting the human tragedies of poverty, hunger and unclean water around the globe. Vern and Martha have three married children. Their daughter Anna and her husband Justin live in Brooklyn, NY with their granddaughter, Willow. Their daughter Sarah and her husband Jeff live in Fort Myers, Florida with their grandson, Sam. Their son Booth and his wife Brittany live in Nashville, Tennessee. All three couples are actively engaged in ministry while pursuing their chosen vocations.