Join us for this one-day conference focused on multiplying leaders and ministries on the Chicago Central District


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Dr. Larry McKain

District Superintendent of the Chicago Central District


Dr. Larry McKain has been our district superintendent since October 2014, bringing with him over 35 years of pastoral leadership experience through the Church of the Nazarene. Prior to joining our district family, he had been the planting pastor of four Nazarene churches, taught church planting classes at Nazarene Theological Seminary, and most recently served as pastor of Lansing South Church of the Nazarene in Lansing, Michigan. From 1999–2010 he was the founder and executive director of New Church Specialties, a non-profit coaching and consulting organization. He is the author of two published books as well as numerous articles. He has also written and launched a training and coaching system for leadership development called New Church University in which over 5,000 pastors and church leaders have participated from 15 countries.

Larry and is his wife Denise have two grown children, Sarah & Wesley.


Brett Rickey

Lead Pastor at Highland Park ChurcH

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Brett Rickey has been the Lead Pastor of Highland Park Church since February of 2009. Brett’s ministry blends his experiences from eleven years in corporate life with his nine years as the founding pastor of FamilyChurch in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He also serves as a coach and mentor to pastors of churches across the country, and beginning this year he is launching a new Nazarene pastoral ministry cohort called Accelerate. (Find out more at www.Acceleratenaz.com )

Brett completed his undergrad at Southern Nazarene University receiving a BA in Management and earned an MA in Practical Theology from Oral Roberts University. He is also a published author whose credits include Chasing Cool: Examining the Pursuits of Your HeartStay in the Yardand Boomerang.


Althea Taylor

EXECUTIVE Pastor at Bronx Bethany Church

Rev. Althea C. Taylor is an ordained Elder in the Church of the Nazarene and serves as the Executive Pastor for Bronx Bethany Church of the Nazarene. In 2018-2019 she served as the Co-lead Interim Pastor while Bronx Bethany engaged in a pastoral search for a new Lead Pastor. Formerly as the Coordinator for Nazarene Compassionate Ministries USA/Canada, Rev. Taylor helped to equip and resources the operation of more than 194 Compassionate Ministry Centers and promote the tangible expression of compassion through Nazarene churches across the region.

Rev. Taylor gave leadership to the compassionate and practical response of Nazarene Disaster Response and Work & Witness ministries. She has served as a member of Nazarene Compassionate Ministries Inc., the Women Clergy Council, Urban Strategic Readiness Taskforce, Global Social Justice Committee, and Connecting a New Generation committee within the Church of the Nazarene.

Rev. Taylor also serves with several national organizations that seek to enhance the welfare of others and advocate for just practices. As a board member of Christian Community Development Association, CCDA, and a founding member of The Immigration Alliance, she works with others to equip community organizations in building capacity for transforming their communities and serving churches to equip them with providing trusted and affordable legal services for immigrants seeking to assimilate into the United States.

Rev. Althea Taylor holds a BA in Business Administration, a MS in Management of Technology, and a Masters of Divinity.


Kevin Donoho



Kevin Donoho is the Lead Pastor of Crossbridge Community Church of the Nazarene, a multi-site church located in Ottawa, IL. Crossbridge is experiencing great growth as it has stretched into their surrounding communities. He has a passion for leading people and seeing the mission of leading others into a growing relationship with Jesus move forward. Kevin is married to his wife Rachel and has two teenage children.



LEAD PASTOR AT casa de oracíon

Andres Marin serves as the founding pastor of Casa de Oracíon, a Hispanic Church of the Nazarene in Elgin, Illinois. Andres and his family came to the United States in April 2019 after serving as an Associate Pastor at the largest Nazarene Church in the world in Cali, Colombia for 14 years. Starting with just four people, over the last six months the church has grown to over 70 in attendance. He is married to Carolina, and they have two children - Isabella and Matias.