Compassion & Justice Conference


The J.V. Morsch Center for Social Justice at Trevecca and Nazarene Compassionate Ministries USA/Canada are partnering to host the Compassion and Justice Conference, February 16-18, 2016.

The goal behind the conference is to inspire pastors, church leaders, parachurch leaders and students toward compassion ministry and equip them with quality, proven and effective models for engagement in compassion and social justice. The conference aims to show the connection between the Great Commission and biblical justice, and set out the theology, and practical steps for ministry. Participants will be challenged by a variety of speakers including, Dr. Tim Green, as well as those serving in the field sharing about their personal experiences with social issues such as Human Trafficking and Creation Care. The Connection Café will provide an opportunity to connect and network with leaders and colleague, many of whom will inspire you with creative ministry ideas to bring back to your congregations.

The Compassion & Justice Conference is a registered Lifelong Learning event, providing 11.5 Lifelong Learning credit hours.


Keynote speakers

Dr. Tim Green

For the past twenty-five years, Tim Green has been ministering at Trevecca Nazarene University where he serves as Dean of the Millard Reed 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 various ministerial assignments at churches in Hendersonville, Tennessee; Cincinnati, Ohio, Springdale; and Nashville, Tennessee, Grace. He graduated from Olivet Nazarene University in 1983 with his B.A. in Religion and a minor in New Testament Greek. During that time he was involved in various student leadership roles and served as a tutor in the Department of Religion. Following his undergraduate work, he received the M.A. and Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University in Religion, focusing in Old Testament with a minor in New Testament.

While at Trevecca, he has received various recognitions, including Faculty Member of the Year, the Teaching Excellence Award, and the Alumni Association’s McClurkan Award.  He is the author of numerous periodical articles, cantata narrations, and contributor to numerous texts as well as the author of a number of books, including So What Now?—Celebrating My Identity in Christ, Discovering the Old Testament: Story and Faith, Vital Beginnings, Never Alone, Philippians Lectio Divina, Dancing Solo: Finding Your Own Rhythm in a Performance-Driven World, New Beacon Bible Commentary: Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, and most recently The God Plot: Living With Holy Imagination.

He is a frequent speaker at university lecture series and revivals, district family camps, lay and clergy retreats, and single adult and youth events, including NYC North America and NYC South Pacific. He presently serves as a member of the Book Committee and Editorial Committee of Beacon Hill Press. In addition to serving as guest lecturer at Nazarene Theological Seminary, he has served as a regular adjunct faculty member of Old Testament at European Nazarene College in Busingen, Germany, and has taught classes in Russia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Jordan, Bulgaria, Romania, Albania, and Moldova.

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 receive life as the great gift from God and to share the gift of life with their world. He particularly counts it a great privilege to share in ministry on a day-to-day basis with university students, pastors, and lay leaders as they serve in the church of Jesus Christ!

Dr. Tom Nees

Tom Nees, founder and director of Leading To Serve, Inc., has a lifetime of leadership experience in the religious and nonprofit communities.

With degrees from Northwest Nazarene University, BA (1959), Nazarene Theological Seminary MDiv (1962) and Wesley Theological Seminary DMin (1976) he served as pastor in local churches in Washington, California, Ohio and Washington, DC before organizing the Community of Hope, Inc., in 1975 - a faith-based neighborhood agency in Washington, D.C.  

The Community of Hope is recognized locally and nationally as a model faith-based community organization with a wide range of services including housing for homeless families, health care, job training, education and legal aid. Through the Community of Hope, he organized the Institute for Racial Reconciliation in 1990 as an educational forum to engage students, local residents and community leaders in seminars to advance racial understanding and cooperation.

In 1995 he became the director of Compassionate Ministries in the USA and Canada for the Church of the Nazarene and has since helped start over 200 faith-based organizations located in every major urban area of the United States and Canada. He helped these organizations increase their capacity for service through leadership and board development, fund-raising, program assessments and networking with private and public agencies and foundations.

From 2003-08 he served as the director of the USA/Canada missions for the Church of the Nazarene responsible for providing leadership development resources for over 5,000 clergy in local congregations and judicatory positions.

A complete bio with articles, books, honors, and associations is available upon request and online at

Rev. Cosmos Mutowa

Rev. Cosmas Mutowa currently serves as Global Missionary with the Church of the Nazarene as stationed in Johannesburg, South Africa. Main responsibility is to Coordinate Compassionate Ministries work across Africa Region. Rev. Mutowa has a Bachelor’s Degree from Ambrose University Canada (CNC), and Master of Region Degree from African Nazarene University. Currently studying for MA in Theology with Nazarene Theological, College, Manchester, UK. Rev. Mutowa was ordained in 1990 and has held several l ministry assignments over the years, including, pastor of Avondale Church of the Nazarene, a multi-cultural congregation, in Harare Zimbabwe, lecturer and Principal of Nazarene Bible College, Harare, Zimbabwe.

Rev. Mutowa also served as Mission Coordinator for Malawi as well as Interim President of Nazarene Theological College of Central Africa.

He has had the privilege of serving on the Regional Advisory Council for Africa Region and also as member of General Board of the Church of the Nazarene. Married to Andronica (who comes from Swaziland and is a third generation Nazarene) and we have three children, Nomsa, Daniel and Panashe.

Dr. Robert Broadbooks

Robert Broadbooks serves as the Regional Director for the USA/Canada Region of the Church of the Nazarene, a position he has held since 2008.

Bob was born into the Church of the Nazarene in Nebraska and is an ordained elder. Prior to his work for the Global Church of the Nazarene, he served as district superintendent of the Tennessee District for 6 years and the Alabama North District for 6 years.  Each district moved forward under his leadership. Of particular satisfaction for him has been his involvement in the planting of 24 churches while serving as superintendent (8 Latino, 9 Anglo, 6 Black, 1 Korean).

For 20 years, Dr. Broadbooks served as pastor in four growing churches: Montrose First, Colorado; Denver Lakewood, Colorado; Hutchinson First, Kansas; and Tampa First, Florida.

He has a B.A. from MidAmerica Nazarene University, 1973; a M.Div. from Nazarene Theological Seminary, 1976; and a D.D. from MidAmerica Nazarene University, 2000. He has served on numerous local, district, and general church committees and boards.

He enjoys both preaching and writing and has contributed to several periodicals. His books, From Pastor to Pastor: Letters of Encouragement and Wisdom and How to Bless Your Pastor, were released in 2003 and 2010 from Nazarene Publishing House. Created for Mission: Effective Models for Districts and Leaders was written with Gustavo Crocker and released in 2011.

His wife, the former Carol Renee Powers, has been actively involved throughout all these ministry experiences. She has a love for scripture memorization, intercessory prayer, and speaking to ladies’ groups. She graduated from MidAmerica Nazarene University with a degree in elementary education. 

The Broadbooks have two children. Daughter Keely and her husband, Matthew Mullins, graduated from Trevecca Nazarene University and currently reside in Nashville, Tennessee. They have two sons, Maxwell and Malcolm. Son Lincoln Broadbooks and his wife, Danielle, graduated from MidAmerica Nazarene University and reside in Olathe, Kansas. They have two daughters, Effie and CeCe.

Larry Bollinger

Larry Bollinger currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, Inc.

Larry is a graduate of Eastern Nazarene College and received a Masters degree in Third World Economic Development from Eastern University in Philadelphia.

Larry has worked at Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, International since 1996 serving as Program Manager at the International Church of the Nazarene Headquarters, Asia Pacific Regional Coordinator in the Regional Office in Manila, and returned to the International Church of the Nazarene Headquarters in 2004 to serve as the Administrative Director of Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, International.

He has traveled to more than 50 countries speaking, giving training in compassionate ministries, providing technical assistance on projects, and assisting the church in the development of new countries through creative access missions. He has a passion to see the church mobilized for holistic ministry at every level.

Larry is joined in ministry with his wife Lynne and 3 children Brendan, Kari and Jesse.

Dr. Gary Morsch

Dr. Gary Morsch is a family physician who believes that each of us longs to make a positive difference in our world, and that every person is uniquely gifted to do so. A frequent speaker, his passion and enthusiasm continually challenge people to commit their lives in service to others. His own life-long commitment to volunteerism has taken him literally around the world---- from inner city shelters to rural clinics, from refugee camps to mission hospitals. Wherever you find people in need, whether in the midst of disaster or war or poverty, you’ll find Dr. Morsch serving the poorest of the poor.

In 1992, Dr. Morsch’s vision and energy helped found Heart to Heart International where he now serves as its president. This network of volunteers mobilizes resources to help address some of the most critical needs around the world. To support his involvement in humanitarian work, he also founded an organization of family physicians, who, like himself, desire the flexibility to practice medicine and devote time to volunteer opportunities. Docs Who Care now provides Family Practice and Emergency Room staffing for rural hospitals in 7 states. Dr. Morsch has served with distinction in the military, enlisting at the age of 17 during the Vietnam War. He retired in 2012 at the rank of Colonel in the Army Reserve and has served in Iraq, Kosovo, Germany and Kuwait.

Dr. Morsch is a published author of 5 books. His latest book is The Power of Serving Others: You Can Start Where You Are. Through this amazing story, he introduces the reader to some of the ordinary people whose lives have been transformed by the extraordinary power released when we respond to the needs of our fellow men. It is a book that challenges us to look at our likenesses rather than our differences and celebrates the awesome power of each individual to make a positive difference in the world.

Gary and his wife, Vickie, are the parents of four children, and the proud grandparents of nine grandchildren. They reside on a farm near Kansas City.

Conference schedule

Tuesday, February 16

6:00 PM Doors open
7:30 PM Opening session
8:00 PM General session with Dr. Tim Green

Wednesday, February 17

8:30 AM Doors open
9:00 AM General session with Tom Nees
10:00 AM General session with Bob Broadbooks
11:30 AM Lunch break
1:00 PM Workshops
2:00 PM Workshops
3:00 PM General session with Cosmos Mutowa

Thursday, February 18

8:30 AM Doors open
9:00 AM General session with Larry Bollinger
9:00 AM General session with Gary Morsch

Workshop topics

Workshop sessions will be held covering the following topics:

  • Community assessment
  • Anti-human trafficking
  • Environmental justice
  • Marketplace/non-profit management

Lodging information

We've partnered with Club-Hotel Nashville Inn & Suites to offer our attendees the option of a two-night hotel stay for $100.


The conference will take place in the Tarter Student Activity Center on Trevecca's campus.

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The Compassion & Justice Conference is a registered Lifelong Learning event, providing 11.5 Lifelong Learning credit hours.


Tarter Student Activity Center

Contact Info
Jamie Casler
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