Thrive Conference

SEP 23

Thrive is a one-day conference for the pastors and leaders of the Metro NY District to gather for growth and connection. The conference theme is Reconciliation: Our Wesleyan-Holiness Witness in Today’s World. This conference will explore the practice of reconciliation, considered as an expression of our lived and embodied doctrine of holiness.

You will have the opportunity to hear from three individuals who continue to make their mark within our denomination and their communities, particularly aligned to our call to reconciliation. You’ll hear from Olivia Metcalf (District Superintendent of Upstate New York), Tim Hahn (pastor and theology professor at Northwest Nazarene University), and Montague Williams (author and professor at Point Loma Nazarene University).

Registration is now open and space is limited, be sure to register early!


Meet our speakers:

Olivia Metcalf

Olivia Metcalf is a fourth generation elder in the Church of the Nazarene. She has co-pastored three churches with her husband Dustin, and served alongside him as one of the University Chaplains at Northwest Nazarene University. Currently she is theDistrict Superintendent of the Upstate New York District for the Church of the Nazarene. She serves as a trustee for Eastern Nazarene College and Nazarene Theological Seminary. Elected to the General Board in 2023, she is also a member of the USA/Canada Regional Advisory Council and District Superintendents Advisory Council. Outside of the denomination she is privileged to serve as the President of Wesleyan Holiness Women Clergy and Vice President of the Wesleyan Holiness Connection. Olivia has a deep passion for justice and successfully defended her dissertation “The Prison is our Parish: A Historical, Theological, and Praxis Based Exploration of Prison in the United States from a Wesleyan-Holiness Perspective” in 2022 receiving her Doctorate of Ministry from Nazarene Theological Seminary. She loves traveling the world with her husband and two sons, Andrew and Ethan. She enjoys a good cup of coffee, her Beagles Ruby and Daisy, and deep discussions about how to live a cruciform life.


Montague Williams, Ph.D.

The Rev. Dr. Montague Williams is Professor of Church, Culture, and Society at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, CA. He is the author of Church in Color: Youth Ministry, Race, and the Theology of Martin Luther King Jr. (Baylor University Press, 2020) and the Bible study curriculum entitled, Take Up Your Mat: And Other Miracles from the Gospel of John (Beacon Hill Press, 2013). Williams holds a PhD in Theological Studies from Boston University and is the recipient of awards for writing, teaching, and preaching. Some examples include the Wesleyan Theological Society’s Outstanding Dissertation Award, Eastern Nazarene College’s Teaching Excellence Award, and Nazarene Theological Seminary’s Good News Alumni Award for Proclamation. He is also the co-chair of the Theology of Martin Luther King, Jr. Unit of the American Academy of Religion. Dr. Montague Williams and his wife, Jennie, live in San Diego with their two children.


Tim Hahn

Tim Hahn is a theology professor at Northwest Nazarene University, a pastor, and an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene. Growing up in an educational and ministerial family in Kansas City, Tim learned early the great gift and responsibility of theological education. He earned a degree in History and Education at Southern Nazarene University, an M.A. in Theology and an M.Div from Nazarene Theological Seminary, and is finishing his dissertation for the PhD in Theology at Boston University. Churches in Kansas City, Philadelphia, and Boston have survived his ministry. Tim’s scholarship and teaching are in the area of systematic theology, focusing on Christian theology’s entanglement and complicity in political, social, and economic injustice–as well as on its stubborn potential to address those same injustices. His dissertation research–in which he is currently engaged–asks critical questions about theologies of holiness, systemic racism, and white supremacy. It also offers a constructive proposal for future holiness theology to take racial injustice seriously while yet confessing God’s work of sanctification. Tim’s teaching portfolio includes courses in Systematic Theology, Theological Ethics, Ecclesiology, and Social Justice in the Christian Traditions. He lives in Nampa, Idaho with his wife, Laura, and their two dogs, Chef and Morton. When he’s not teaching or reading, he can be found riding a bike on the roads and trails of Idaho’s mountains.

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Questions? Please contact:

Susan Magnuson