Joseph Bentz, PhD, is a professor of English at Azusa Pacific University in Southern California, where he teaches courses in writing and American literature. He has spoken and taught at churches, scholarly conferences, and writing conferences around the country. Bentz has written more than ten books and holds his PhD and MA from Purdue.
Robbie Cansler is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene. She pastors The Mission Church of the Nazarene in Hammond, Indiana, where she lives with her husband Mac. She believes radical hospitality can change the world, and tries to live that out as much as possible.
Scott Dermer serves as the pastor of the Webster Groves Church of the Nazarene in St. Louis, Missouri. He is also a Ph.D. candidate in Historical Theology at Saint Louis University, where he is writing his dissertation on St. Augustine’s doctrine of grace. Scott is passionate about preaching and equipping the church to be a missional community that is deeply rooted in the historic Christian faith. He loves running and spending time with his wife and three children.
Elizabeth Graham is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene who answered the call to full-time pastoral ministry after serving as a primary school teacher for six years. She holds her call to teach in tandem with her call to pastor in the form of ministry to entire families. Elizabeth and her husband, Jaron, co-pastor Crossroads Church of the Nazarene in Hamilton, New Zealand. They have one energetic son who is being formed daily by the body of believers. Together, they love to travel the globe, bike along the river path, eat homemade popcorn during family movie nights, and go on adventures. They blog at adventuregraham.com.
Christine is the campus pastor at Trinity Church of the Nazarene in Rowland Heights, California. Christine has a love for studying Scripture and helping others interact with God’s Word in a meaningful way. Her innovative approach to group inductive Bible study has been featured in the Table Magazine and the Teach 2016 SDMI conference in Ohio. She is passionate about seeing lives transformed by the love of Jesus Christ and finds it a privilege to walk alongside those experiencing seasons of difficulty. Some of her favorite things are superhero movies, donuts, walks with the family, and preaching.
Rev. Stephanie Lobdell, MDiv, is a pastor and writer. She served as co-lead pastor with her husband, Tommy, for ten years and is now the Campus Pastor at Mount Vernon Nazarene University in Ohio. She is the author of Signs of Life: Resurrecting Hope out of Ordinary Losses and co-author of Lenten Postcards. Stephanie and Tommy have two children, Josephine and Jack.
Dr. Jesse Middendorf
Dr. Jesse Middendorf currently serves as executive director for the Center for Pastoral Leadership at Nazarene Theological Seminary. He served for twenty-eight years as pastor in the Church of the Nazarene, ten of those years at Kansas City First Church. He served as district superintendent on the Northwest Oklahoma district for five years and spent twelve as a general superintendent, retiring in 2013.
Michael R. Palmer
Michael R. Palmer is a husband, father, ordained elder, and writer who serves as pastor (along with his wife, Elizabeth) of Living Vine Church of the Nazarene in Napa, California. He is an avid Cardinals fan, lover of blues and jazz, conversational instigator, and deeply passionate about issues of justice and spiritual formation. You can follow him on Twitter at @michaelrpalmer and Facebook at @mryanpalmer85.
Stuart Williams is the senior pastor of the Skyview Community Church of the Nazarene in Calgary, Alberta Canada. Born and raised in Cape Town South Africa, he immigrated to Canada in January 1998 following the tragic loss of both parents and two younger siblings in a car accident.
A featured speaker in various settings, Stuart continues to fulfill his call to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ across national, cultural and denominational lines. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies from Canadian Nazarene University College as well as a Master of Arts degree in Theology from Nazarene Theological College in Manchester UK. His primary area of research focusses on the problem of difference, highlighting the potential the church possesses to lead the way in matters of racial reconciliation and unity.
Roshanda Womack has worked for more than 20 years with children and families in her hometown of Flint, MI. She currently works as a Clinical Therapist for Genesee Health Systems and serves as an Associate Pastor of Community Connections, with her husband, at Flint Central Church of the Nazarene. In her spare time, she loves performing as a singer, poet and storyteller. Her artistic work focuses on racial and social justice themes. She also enjoys spending time with her family and gardening. Roshanda is a mother to three amazing sons and a loving wife of 22 years to Todd Womack.