March 2020 Luncheon & Business Expo
Luncheon & Business Expo
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Dan Boone, D. Min.
President, Trevecca Nazarene University
Dan Boone, president of Trevecca Nazarene University, a well-respected speaker and lecturer, is also a prolific writer. He is the author of more than a dozen books on a wide range of theological topics, from worship and unity to hard questions and hot-button issues. Dan has pastored churches in Illinois, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee. He lives in Nashville with his wife Denise.
DAN WRITES: As a child, we sang a song titled “Deep and Wide.” My life has been graced in both directions—roots that go deep into God, grace that expands widely to others.
God found me as a boy in McComb, Miss. At age 12, I was called to preach with a certainty that I have never questioned. The choice of college was never a question for me. A generation of Boones had attended Trevecca Nazarene University before me. The Trevecca experience changed my life. I was shaped by a rigorous education, chapel services, great mentors, student government leadership, and the beginning of lifelong friendships. I met my wife, Denise, at Trevecca, and we established friendships that are the core of our relational wealth today.
Following our years at Trevecca, I attended Nazarene Theological Seminary and completed a Master of Divinity degree. We have pastored wonderful congregations in Raleigh, NC; Nashville, TN; and Bourbonnais, IL. For 20 years, I served as pastor to a university congregation. In 1996, I completed a Doctorate of Ministry through McCormick Theological Seminary. In 2005, I was elected the eleventh president of Trevecca Nazarene University. The passion of my heart is to think clearly and to live vibrantly the kind of life that empowers future generations to champion Christ-likeness as a way of life.
One of God’s greatest gifts is my wife, Denise. She is an unapologetic extrovert with a relational capacity that dwarfs most small villages. As a stay-at-home mom, she invested her life in our three daughters. Their maturity, poise, faith, and beauty can be credited to her choice to make family a top priority. Her vibrant faith, humor, and spunk have made her a mentor and friend of university students.
Now in my late 60s, I find myself reflecting on the intersection of Christian faith and the world we live in. I have a deep peace about the person God has called me to be and about the work God has given me to do. My deepest desire at this stage of life is to give enduring gifts to the next generation through acts of leadership, devotion, vision, and compassion.