Faculty & Staff

Dan Boone

  • University President / Professor, Pastoral Theology & Preaching
  • Office of the President
  • B.A., Trevecca Nazarene University
  • M.Div., Nazarene Theological Seminary
  • D.Min., McCormick Theological Seminary

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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 the 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, Miss. 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 three to 50.

The choice of where to attend 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 year, 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 years. 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, N.C., 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. Since July 2005, 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 Christlikeness as a way of life.

All three of our daughters have graduated from Christian universities. Our oldest daughter, Amy, and her husband, Matt, live near Nashville. She is an author and university professor and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in communication from Clemson. Ashley is married to Erik Gernand. They jointly serve as chaplain/worship pastor of the Trevecca campus community. My youngest daughter, Abby, graduated from Trevecca and is married to Aaron Crum. They reside in Franklin, Tenn., where Abby is a hair stylist and Aaron is vice president of Finance at 5by5: A Change Agency, a leading marketing firm. Our grandchildren, Eleanor, Anna, Clara, Grey, Boone, Rowan, Scout and Rigby, 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 can be credited 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.

Now in my seventies, 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.

Academic History

Bachelor of Arts in Religion, Trevecca Nazarene University, Nashville, Tenn.

  • Graduated Magna Cum Laude
  • Teaching Assistant to Dr. Mildred Wynkoop

Master of Divinity, Nazarene Theological Seminary, Kansas City, Mo.

  • Teaching Assistant for Dr. William Greathouse

Doctorate of Ministry, McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, Ill.

Ministry Experience

  • President: Trevecca Nazarene University, Nashville, TN
  • Senior Pastor: College Church of the Nazarene, Bourbonnais, IL
  • Senior Pastor: College Hill Church of the Nazarene, Nashville, TN.
  • Senior Pastor: Raleigh North Church of the Nazarene, Raleigh, NC
  • Staff Pastor: Overland Park Church of the Nazarene, Overland Park, KS
  • Staff Pastor: Old Hickory Church of the Nazarene, Old Hickory, TN
  • Senior Pastor: New Salem Church of the Nazarene, New Salem, MS


  • Current Chair, Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU)
  • Current Member, General Board of the Church of the Nazarene
  • Comprehensive Campaign ($75,000,000) Trevecca Nazarene University (2016-present)
  • Past Chair, President’s Council, NCAA D2 Great Midwest Athletic Conference
  • Alumnus of Leadership Nashville
  • Court of Appeals, Church of the Nazarene
  • Past Chair, Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities
  • Member P2020, Nashville Future Committee
  • Developed innovative co-pastoral leadership structure for a multi-site, multi- congregational church of 1600  
  • Church planter. Started three new congregations while serving existing churches
  • Mentor to over 100 current pastors called to pastoral ministry

Professional Publications


  • A Very Good God in a Badly Broken World
  • You Say You Want a Revolution
  • Human Sexuality II: A Primer for Christians
  • A Charitable Discourse II: Having the Hard Discussions
  • Human Sexuality:  A Primer for Christians
  • The Way We Work: How Faith Makes a Difference in the Workplace
  • The Dark Side of God
  • The Church in Exile: Interpreting Where We Are
  • The Lord’s Prayer: Imagine It Answered
  • A Charitable Discourse: Talking about the Things that Divide Us
  • Dancing with the Law: The Ten Commandments
  • Preaching the Story That Shapes Us
  • Seven Deadly Sins: The Uncomfortable Truth
  • The Worship Plot: Finding Unity in our Common Story
  • Answers for Chicken Little: A No-nonsense Look at the Book of Revelation


  • Historical Themes in Spiritual Formation: Modular Course of Study
  • Preaching: Modular Course of Study