Olivet Nazarene University to host pastors and church leaders for Theological Leadership Conference

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BOURBONNAIS, IL (12/07/2017) Olivet Nazarene University's School of Theology and Christian Ministry (STCM) invites all pastors and church leaders to be part of the upcoming Theological Leadership Conference, February 16-17, 2018. Keynote speaker is William Willimon, noted author, church leader and ministry professor.

"Dr. Willimon will lead a conversation about the need for theologically formed leadership in the church," says Dr. Mark Quanstrom, STCM dean. "With his experience both in the academy and in the church, he is well-suited for this topic."

Dr. Willimon is the Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry at Duke Divinity School. For eight years, he served as bishop of the North Alabama Conference of The United Methodist Church, leading 157,000 Methodists and 792 pastors. For 20 years prior to the episcopacy, he was dean of the Chapel and Professor of Christian Ministry at Duke University. He has taught at various seminaries in Germany, Singapore, New Zealand and Australia

He is the author of 70 books, and more than a million copies of his books have been sold. His book, Worship as Pastoral Care, was selected as one of the 10 most useful books for pastors in 1979 by the Academy of Parish Clergy. His newest book, released in 2017, is Who Lynched Willie Earle? Confronting Racism through Preaching. His articles have appeared in many publications, including Theology Today, Interpretation, Liturgy, and Christianity Today. He is editor-at-large for The Christian Century.

Theological Leadership Conference participants will also enjoy time devoted to special presentations, breakout discussion groups, conversation and community meals.

Registration is now open at Olivet.edu/TLC. Cost per person is $59 before January 15, 2018, and $79 per person after January 15. For students, the cost is $29 per person.

For more information about Olivet's 2018 Theological Leadership Conference, contact Carlos Lonberger, director of church relations, at calonberger@olivet.edu or 800-648-1463.

Olivet Nazarene University is an accredited Christian, liberal arts university offering more than 140 areas of undergraduate and graduate study, including the Doctor of Education in ethical leadership. Olivet's 275-acre park-like main campus is in Bourbonnais, Illinois, 50 miles south of Chicago. Additional sites are in Rolling Meadows and Oak Brook, Illinois; Indianapolis, Indiana; Grand Rapids and Grand Ledge, Michigan; Hong Kong; and more than 100 School of Graduate and Continuing Studies learning locations throughout Chicagoland and the Midwest. From Oxford to Tokyo, hundreds of Olivet students also experience the global classroom each year through study abroad opportunities, internships and worldwide mission trips.


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Laura Warfel

Public Relations Specialist

Olivet Nazarene University

Bourbonnais, IL 60914