ANSR Conference 2018
Tuesday May 15 - Thursday May 17

ANSR Conference 2018
Tuesday May 15 - Thursday May 17

One Body, One Spirit, One Hope: What Unifies the Church and Builds Bridges to Reach a Polarized Society?


Dr. George Yancey
Keynote Speaker

George Yancey earned a doctorate in Sociology in 1995 from the University of Texas at Austin. He first began to study interracial romance, and then studied multiracial churches with Michael Emerson. A few years ago, Dr. Yancey began to study academic bias and he has now conducted research on anti-Christian attitudes in the United States. He began teaching at the University of North Texas (UNT) in 1999, and today he is working to establish a program for Christian Studies at UNT. It will be the first center that concentrates on conducting critical, but non-hostile, research that helps Christians better serve their communities and the larger society. His web site is

Dr. John Hawthorne
2018 Recipient ANSR Founder's Award

John Hawthorne is professor of sociology at Spring Arbor University in Michigan. He earned a PhD in sociology at Purdue University, specializing in the sociology of religion and social psychology. John has two active research projects. One involves a fresh approach to explaining Christian higher education beginning with students and building from there. The second related project is the changing frames of American Evangelicalism, especially as experienced by the millennial generation. You can follow his blog at

Dr. Dale Jones
Director, Research Services
Church of the Nazarene

This will be Dale’s final year of leading the ANSR Conference. He will be retiring next year from the Nazarene Global Ministry Center, where he has served as denominational Director of Research Services.

Join us, as we recognize Dale’s accomplishments in and service to the fields of sociology and research. Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate together!

Presenters and Facilitators

Ron Benefiel
Dr. Ron Benefiel

Lead Consultant for Mission Resources & Pastoral Relations
Professor of Sociology & Theology,
Point Loma Nazarene University

Dr. Joseph Dagostino
Dr. Jospeh Dagostino III

Lead Pastor of the Nacogdoches
First Church of the Nazarene in Texas

Kevin Modesto
Dr. Kevin ModestO

Chair, Department of Sociology &
Social Work Professor of Social Work
Point Loma Nazarene University

Josh Broward

Director of Missional Development
for the Northern California District

Dr. Rich Houseal
Dr. Rich Houseal

Senior Program Manager, Research Services
Nazarene Global Ministry Center

Dr. Joel Thiessen

Professor, Sociology
Director, Flourishing Congregations Institute
Ambrose University

Conference Details

Location: The conference sessions will be held at the Bell Cultural Events Center on the Campus of MidAmerica Nazarene University, Olathe KS.

Housing will be in the dorms at MidAmerica Nazarene University. All beds are twin size. Cost is $30 per night. Linens and towels are included in the cost. Click Register Now for more details.

Meals are available for an additional cost. Click Register Now for more details.

Schedule information is available via PDF by clicking here.

Cost: Attendance is Free, but we ask that you Register so we can have adequate seating.


Association of Nazarene Sociologists and Researchers (ANSR)

ANSR is an organization of sociologists, researchers, educators, pastors, lay-ministers, and other professionals interested in understanding the structure, function, and processes of the church, as well as its role in society. We are a close-knit group that values fellowship, mutual encouragement, and prayer support. Participation in ANSR is open to anyone interested in furthering informed ministry, through sociology and research. The goal of the association is to generate sociological research which will assist the Nazarene denomination in its God-ordained mission.

ANSR is sponsored by Research Services, Church of the Nazarene Global Ministry Center Dr. Dale E. Jones, Director

ANSR Founder: Dr. Bill M. Sullivan; Chair Emeritus: Dr. Jon Johnston

Executive Board: Dr. Ron Benefiel, Professor Bo Cassell, Dr. Kenneth Crow, Dr. Jamie Gates, Dr. Rich Houseal, Dr. Dale Jones, Deb Sullivan King, Dr. Adrianne Showalter Matlock, and Dr. Joel Thiessen

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