Work & Witness Conference set for Sept. 17-18

Southern Nazarene University will host the Fall Work & Witness Conference, Friday and Saturday, September 17-18, in the Webster Commons. The conference, which is co-sponsored by the Nazarene Work and Witness Office, will focus on short-term mission trips in which people go to another country to help with construction, evangelism or medical projects.

The conference opens with a dinner Friday evening featuring keynote speaker Philip McAlister, Nazarene field director for Northern Europe (Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom). McAlister’s responsibilities as field director include church planting, leadership development, compassionate ministries and outreach efforts.

“I just saw the advertising for this year’s Work & Witness conference at SNU and all I can say is WOW! I have been trying for the past five years to get Phil McAlister to Bethany First Church of the Nazarene for a revival or faith-promise. He is one of the better speakers I’ve heard and will be a tremendous addition to the event,” said Randy Willingham of this year’s conference keynote speaker.

Other conference participants include personnel from Nazarene Headquarters, missionaries from various world regions, and representatives from travel agencies.

“We had Philip McAlister on our district this past year and he is GREAT! He is one of the most gifted persons I’ve been in contact with,” said Kathy Pelley, North Central Ohio District Nazarene Missions International president.

The conference at SNU is only one of three such Work & Witness events being held this year in the U.S.A. and Canada. While most of the participants will be members of the Church of the Nazarene, the conference is open to anyone interested in short-term mission trips.

Conference cost is $45, which includes all sessions, take-home materials, a Friday banquet and Saturday luncheon. Participants are responsible for their own housing arrangements. To register online, go to

For further conference information, contact Dr. Howard Culbertson at 405.491.6693, email, or log on to