Ron Jackson - Institute Director
Ron Jackson serves as associate professor of youth ministry at MNU and director of the CALL. He holds degrees from Jefferson Davis College, The University of Alabama (Roll Tide Roll), Trevecca Nazarene University, Nazarene Theological Seminary and is currently a doctoral candidate in Ethical Leadership at Olivet Nazarene University (2018). Ron is available to speak in your local church for services and retreats, camps, community events, seminars and other special events. In addition, Ron leads several workshops for youth and youth leaders focusing on leadership, meetings and identity formation. Ron has been married to Sharon for 35 years, they have two married adult daughters Katie and Kristi and one grandchild.
Ed BeLzer - Host/MC/Institute Chaplain & resident associate pastor
Ed Belzer (one person calls him “Eddie”) comes from South Dakota, graduated from MNU and also Nazarene Theological Seminary. He has been a youth pastor for 26 years, not because he can’t do anything else, but because that is what God called him to do. Others have gone on to bigger and better things, but for Ed, The BEST “thing” are students! Ed has been knocked out 2 times while in youth ministry, has spoken at dozens of retreats and camps, led mission trip both domestically and internationally, has served as a District NYI President, Field President, Secretary of the USA/Canada Council and served on the Global NYI Council. Even with all of these experiences, what jazzes him up is his interaction with students! Ed has one wife, Lori, of 29 years; and one daughter, Robyn, who is a senior at PLNU.
The love of God is what gives Ed joy, the love of students is what gets him up in the morning!
See you soon!
Chris & Kristin Gilmore - Housing Directors & res Life Hosts
Chris and Kristin are a ministry team serving in Corbin, Kentucky where Chris is the senior pastor and Kristin oversees worship, women's ministry, and missions. They are both alumni of MidAmerica Nazarene University and are proud to support their school off region. Chris and Kristin have been married for nine years and have three cute-ish children. They enjoy good books, Philadelphia sports teams (Kristin married into that), dark coffee, and sweet tea.
Larry Page - Activity & Late night programing director
Larry Page (goes by LP) serves as Student Ministries Pastor at Wichita 1st Nazarene Church in Wichita, KS now for over 15 years. LP feels that God has called him to a lifetime of ministry to students and their families.
He holds a double major Bachelor's degree from MidAmerica Nazarene University and a Master¹s of Liberal Arts Degree from Baker University. He has been in youth ministry for almost 24 years. LP has served in many capacities in youth ministry alongside being a youth pastor from District NYI President, Vice President, Secretary, Global NYI Youth Ministry Trainer, District NYC Coordinator to weekly bouncer in the local student ministries. He has been married to Crystal for almost 22 years. They have 2 teenagers< a daughter, Lauren, a senior and will be a freshman at MNU in the Fall of 2017<and a son, Alex, a freshman in high school who is beginning to answer a call to youth ministry himself.
His ministry passion is to lead students to Christ, help them mature their faith, develop them as student/spiritual leaders and launch them to serve others in Jesus' name.
You can almost guarantee wherever LP is, there's a glass of sweet tea, coffee or a Mt. Dew nearby!
Ryan & Ashley Gage - Worship gathering directors
Ryan and Ashley Gage are excited to serve as worship leaders and coordinators for The Call!
The Gages serve at College Church of the Nazarene in Nampa Idaho.(Ryan as worship arts pastor and Ashley as office assistant and college class sponsor).
They have four children (aka the mocha babies) and enjoy singing together, decorating and design, laughter and good food!