Holiness as an incarnational representation of God’s love:

A fusion of divinity and humanity addressing human needs in community.

As a holiness people, the overall goal for this Holiness Summit is to invite and challenge all participants to consider significant and specific topics/issues in light of God’s calling of his people to be holy. What does holiness have to say about how we enter into, interact with, “fix”, and talk about these things? While talking is necessary, we have a particular desire to provide Word-meets-flesh opportunities to actually go home and go beyond thinking and talking, to holy action.

We have no goal to “solve” these things for people at the Summit. In fact, this is at the heart of what we’re trying to do: While many have positions or conclusions about doctrinal stances regarding sexuality, immigration, incarceration, and racial harmony, it is our hope to create an atmosphere of exploration and conversation. It’s likely - and our hope - that participants at the Summit will be diverse in many ways in the things of culture, race, gender, generation, and theology. As such, we are attempting to frame these things in grace-full ways by which people are able to think openly instead of being dismissed categorically. We've asked our workshop leaders to present a lot of questions, prompts for further consideration and action, including tangible opportunities by which churches can return home and begin the work of ministry even while they may not “have it all figured out.”

We hope to receive teaching as from Jesus himself: in the form of questions, stories, and in the lives of real people.


Carla Sunberg

Rev. Dr. Carla Sunberg is a General Superintendent for the Church of the Nazarene. She will be speaking on holiness in the context of the Church.

Sam Vassel

Rev. Dr. Sam Vassel is the District Superintendent of the Metro New York District Church of the Nazarene. He will be speaking on holiness in the context of the Community.


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Restorative Justice:

Wavny Toussaint

Justice of the New York State Supreme Court


Jong Chul Kim

Founder, APIL

Visiting Fellow, Harvard Law School

Racial Harmony:

Rose Percy &

Dave Capozzi

Pastors, Brockton Covenant Church

Human Sexuality:

Tara Brooke Watkins

Professor, Theatre for Social Justice, Eastern Nazarene College


9:00 - 9:45 AM - Registration/Check-in

10:00 - 11:15 AM - Opening Session - Rev. Dr. Carla Sunberg

11:30 - 12:30 PM - Workshops

12:30 - 1:30 PM - Lunch

1:30 - 2:30 PM - Workshops

2:45 - 4:00 PM - Closing Session - Rev. Dr. Sam Vassel


Registration costs do not include meals. A variety of local restaurants and vendors will be on-site for lunch purchase. More information will be shared as June 1 comes closer.

Location, Transportation, & Parking

We are proud to have the East Coast Holiness Summit deep in the city of Boston at Second Church in Dorchester, in the midst of Codman Square, a busy and historic part of Dorchester. There is very limited parking. We strongly encourage the use of public transportation and carpooling. The church is a 0.3 mile walk from Shawmut station on the Red Line (Ashmont) of the MBTA.

The address is 44 Moultrie Street and 600 Washington Street, Dorchester, MA.


There is a limited number of four-person suites available for $70/night on the campus of Eastern Nazarene College for those coming from out of town. Send a message to Robert Benjamin for more information and to book.

The East Coast Holiness Summit is a grassroots effort spurred out of an initial vision by the Rev. Dr. Victor Price. The steering committee has included planning and vision from Robert Benjamin, Rev. Dr. Cliff Hersey, Rev. Eustace MacDonald, Rev. Kyung Lyul Yu, Rev. Jeremy D. Scott, and Rev. Mat Thomas. We're thankful to our hosts: Second Church in Dorchester and to our sponsors: North Street Community Church of the Nazarene and The Anchor of Hull. Contact us if you would like to sponsor the Summit (or you may do so with the Donate button below).

Holiness Summit Flyer (8.5x11).pdf


Holiness Summit half sheet (5.5x8).pdf