District Assembly


Schedule of Events


Sunday, June 10 - Bentonville Community Church

7:00PM - Kickoff Service


Monday, June 11 - Rogers First Church

8:30AM - Essential Ministries Session 1

11:30AM - NMI President's Luncheon

1:00PM - Essential Ministries Session 2

7:00PM - Ordination Service


Tuesday, June 12 - Rogers First Church

8:30AM - District Assembly Session 1

11:30AM - SNU Pastor's Luncheon

1:00PM - District Assembly Session 2


IGNITE Kid's Registration

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About Our Speakers


Dr. David Drury

Known for his heart and humor, David Drury teaches in a way that is relevant to the next generation and faithful to Christian tradition. Starting as a night janitor for a church at the age of 19, David says he’s had similar jobs ever since, such as church planter, executive pastor, and chief of staff of the international headquarters of The Wesleyan Church. He is the author or co-author of ten books, including God is for Real, Transforming Presence, Being Dad, SoulShift, and Ageless Faith. Find him online at DavidDrury.com. David and his wife, Kathy, have three children: Maxim, Karina, and Lauren.



Rev. Andrew Tarrant

Andrew and Hayley Tarrant, who reside in El Paso Texas, are missionaries serving in two areas of ministry.

The first ministry involves developing a network of care for Missionary Kids (MKs) in the Church of the Nazarene, organizing Rendezvous and Rendezvous Plus events for MKs. Rendezvous is all about equipping Missionary Kids for cultural re-entry, cultural transitions, and preparing them for their transition to adulthood, inviting MKs to present themselves to God, allowing Him to shape their identity in in Him.

The second ministry is the Nazarene Border Initiative, equipping, empowering, and encouraging volunteers, local churches, and future missionaries. They work closely with the Church of the Nazarene districts on both sides of the Mexico/USA border to encourage and disciple young Hispanic/Latino leaders, training and mobilizing them for lives of service and missions.



Rev. Justin Pickard

Justin serves as the USA/Canada Youth Coordinator, a role he accepted in October 2013. Prior to this he served as a Youth Pastor for 18 years including 16 years at Dallas First Church of the Nazarene. He completed a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Education from Southern Nazarene University (1998), was Ordained Elder in the Church of the Nazarene in 2000, and earned a Masters in Church Leadership at Southern Nazarene University (2009). Justin is quick to note that he married up. He and his wife, Julie, have two wonderful children—Bailey (15) and Braden (11) and live in Olathe, Kansas. They love the outdoors, sharing a good laugh, and extra scoops of ice cream.



Dr. Carla Sunberg

Dr. Carla Sunberg was elected 43rd general superintendent of the Church of the Nazarene at the 29th General Assembly in Indianapolis, Indiana, in June 2017. At the time of her election, Dr. Sunberg was president of Nazarene Theological Seminary, where she had been serving since January 2014.

She was ordained on the Russia North District, where she and her husband, Chuck, served the Church of the Nazarene for 13 years as pioneer missionaries to the former Soviet Union. While in Moscow, Russia, she served as director of Compassionate Ministries and later as director of theological education for the field.

Sunberg is co-author with Gene Van Note of Faxes from Russia (Beacon Hill Press, 1996), as well as author of numerous articles for various church publications. She has also written Reclaiming Eve: The Identity and Calling of Women in the Kingdom of God (Beacon Hill Press, 2014) with co-authors Suzanne Burden and Jamie Wright, Reflecting the Image: Our Call to Mirror Christ in the World (Beacon Hill Press, 2015) written with Keri Mitchell, and The Cappadocian Mothers: Deification Exemplified in the Writings of Basil, Gregory and Gregory (Wipf & Stock, 2017).


Musical Guests


Wes Hampton

Wes has always loved music. He grew up with an admiration for the music of Steve Green, Larnelle Harris, Michael English and the iconic Gaither Vocal Band. Wes attended Trevecca Nazarene University from 1996 until 1998, where he sang lead for a gospel quartet.

He moved to Birmingham, Alabama, and married his wife, Andrea, in 1998. He was part of the worship staff at a local church in Birmingham for seven years, until he auditioned for the Gaither Vocal Band in May of 2005. After seven weeks of auditioning, Wes accepted the tenor position for the Gaither Vocal Band.

Wes has won numerous awards, including the 2006 Singing News Horizon Individual Fan Award for best new artist. The Vocal Band went on to win a Grammy and Dove Award in 2009 for the album, "Lovin' Life," and was also nominated with the Gaither Vocal Band for a Grammy in 2007 (“Give it Away”) and 2015 ("GVB Hymns"). Wes’s first project with the Gaither Vocal Band, “Give it Away,” won three GMA Dove Awards in 2007. The GVB album, “Reunited,” also received a Dove Award in 2010 for best southern gospel record of the year, as well as "Pure and Simple" in 2012. In October of 2015, the GVB won another Dove Award for Southern Gospel Group of the Year.



Remedy from Southern Nazarene University

Remedy is a student worship band that travels during the summer to South Central Region Nazarene churches, children's and youth camps. Current SNU students are selected through an interview/audition process each Spring. 2018 Band Members are:

Immanuel Brooks - Drums - Orange, TX

Trevor Meads - Bass Guitar - Piedmont, OK

Andrew Tycksen - Electric Guitar - Richland, WA

Zane Rader - Electric Guitar - Enid, OK

Leah Benn - Keys/Vocals - Arlington, TX

Makayla Shonamon - Vocals - Fort Worth, TX

Brittany Jenkins - Vocals - Wickes, AR

Marc Hernandez - Acoustic/Vocals - Austin, TX

Declan Weir - Sound Tech - Arlington, TX



Manual Amendments for Ratification

NYI Report 2018

NMI Report 2018

SDMI Report 2018