Meet The University Pastors


Office of University Pastors at Southern Nazarene University, Bethany Oklahoma

Our staff of pastors offers pastoral care and Christian leadership to the Southern Nazarene University. We simply try to build relationships with students, to pray and study scripture, to provide opportunities for missions and service, and to give students in the SNU community the opportunity to gather and worship here on campus and in local churches around the city. Students are encouraged to come by our offices (main floor of commons behind the bookstore). Come talk to us, hang out, eat candy, and drink coffee! Our doors are open for you.

University Pastor - Blair Spindle of SNUBlair Spindle University Pastor & Dean of the Chapel
Blair is a pastor who has given over 20 years to local church youth ministry and is passionate about urging students towards life long commitments to Christ and His church. He graduated from MidAmerica Nazarene University, earned his Masters from Nazarene Theological Seminary and his Doctorate from Nova Southeastern University. Blair served in ministry with his wife Tollya in Oklahoma, Florida, and Colorado. They have three beautiful daughters, Bethany, Bailey, and Brooklyn

University Pastor - Banning Dawson from SNUBanning Dawson University Pastor of Worship & Chapel
Banning is a graduate of SNU with a degree in Music Business. He is currently enrolled in a graduate program working towards a MDiv in Missional Leadership. Banning is also the worship pastor at Midtown Church OKC. He is passionate about the Church's understanding of holistic worship and discipleship.  Banning and his wife, Katie Beth, love serving in ministry with the SNU and OKC community.


University Pastor - Joel Mullen of SNUJoel Mullen University Pastor of Student Ministries
Joel is committed to facilitating mission and ministry opportunities for the SNU community.  He loves helping others engage the world for Christ, while being forever transformed in the process.  He graduated from SNU with a Theology/Business degree and from Nazarene Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity.  He is completing a D.Min from Bakke Graduate University.  Joel served in ministry with his wife Sara for 14 years in Italy and Eastern Europe.  They have three amazing kids, Levi, Lia, and Luca.


Liliana Reza - Multi-cultural Pastor

Liliana Reza is a graduate of SNU with a degree in International Studies and attained a Masters of Intercultural Studies from and Nazarene Theological Seminary. She is passionate about cross-cultural ministry and developing opportunities for college students to engage in missional service with their communities. Liliana has served throughout South America in various ministry capacities. She is currently pursuing ordination with the Church of the Nazarene and continuing to serve the local church in downtown OKC.


Deanna Thomason - Chapel Coordinator/Pastoral Assistant

Deanna is a graduate of SNU with a degree in Science Education. She has taught in the public school and homeschool community for the last 20 years.  Currently she is involved in youth and women’s ministries at her local church where she serves. She is passionate about students falling in love with Jesus.