The Pastor in Residence program at Nazarene Theological Seminary (NTS) is designed to bring practitioners of excellence into dialogue with current students on the campus of NTS and through our distance learning platforms. The vision is that exemplary pastors in the church would have opportunity to inspire developing ministers toward a positive image of contemporary parish ministry and beyond. The Pastor in Residence will contribute to the life of the community during a period of time through writing, facilitating dialogue, academic presentations, and a ministry of presence.

2021 Pastor in Residence: Rev. Michaele LaVigne

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Rev. Michaele LaVigne is fourth-generation minister and an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene serving as Pastor of Spiritual Formation at 8th Street Church of the Nazarene in Oklahoma City. Throughout her years of pastoral ministry, Rev. LaVigne has served in a variety of ministry contexts.  While in seminary, she served as associate pastor in an under-resourced neighborhood Mt. Vernon, Ohio, where she began to learn of the tragic realities of American poverty. In 2009, Michaele and her husband Brent moved to a small nation in Southern Africa, eSwatini (then Swaziland) as volunteer missionaries. While there, she was deeply formed by the Swazi people and developed a love both for preaching through translation, and helping Americans navigate the beauties and complexities of Swazi culture.

Upon returning to the States, Rev. LaVigne joined the pastoral staff of Bethany First Church of the Nazarene just outside of Oklahoma City. Serving as discipleship pastor in this large suburban church in the Bible belt offered a very different landscape that served to further shape and deepen her philosophy of pastoral ministry. In 2014, Rev. LaVigne began working with fellow Bethany First staff colleague, Rev. Dr. Chris Pollock, in preparations for a new church in Midtown, Oklahoma City. Bethany First Church sent and blessed both pastors, their families, and a core group to launch this new congregation in November of 2015.  The process of beginning this new congregation of 8th Street has been both the greatest challenge and greatest gift of LaVigne’s ministry thus far.

Whether serving in a small town, city suburb, urban core, or overseas, Rev. LaVigne has always given her energy to guiding people into deeper relationship with Jesus to empower transformation and service. Her belief that what we do is a direct result of who we are has fueled her own journey of spiritual formation, and her work to aid the formation process for others. This conviction has also driven LaVigne’s passion for the work of racial justice in her congregation, city, and denomination.

In 2019 LaVigne published Living the Way of Jesus: Practicing the Christian Calendar One Week at a Time, a collection of practices she’s been writing for the 8th Street Church. She is also a contributing author to The City:Urban Churches in the Wesleyan Holiness Tradition  by Dr. David Busic, published this year, and is a regular voice on The Foundry Publishing’s The Community blog. LaVigne also teaches as an adjunct professor for pastoral ministry at Southern Nazarene University.

Rev. LaVigne is a graduate of Mt. Vernon Nazarene University, and has earned a Master of Divinity from Ashland Theological Seminary. As a mom to six-year-old son Austin and four-year-old daughter Galilee,  LaVigne finds joy in the congruence of life as a mother and pastor.

Past Pastors in Residence

steve-estep-pastor-in-residenceFall 2019 Pastor in Residence: Rev. Dr. Steve Estep

Dr. Steve Estep serves as Sr. Pastor at Marion (OH) 1st Church of the Nazarene. He attended Mt. Vernon Nazarene University, is a graduate of Nazarene Theological Seminary (M.Div) and McCormick Theological Seminary (D.Min in Preaching). Prior to going to Marion he served as Sr. Pastor of Clarksville (TN) Grace and Harrisonville, MO Churches of the Nazarene. Steve is an adjunct professor of preaching at Nazarene Theological Seminary (NTS). He was elected President of the NTS Alumni Association in 2014 and serves on Board of Trustees at NTS. Steve has authored one book, “The Call to Preach: The Art of Sermon Preparation” which was released in 2019.

Steve and Michelle have three kids – Brandon (26), Brooke (23) and Blake (21) and a boxer named Bo.

Dr. Victor Price

Spring 2020 Pastor in Residence: Rev. Dr. Victor Price

Dr. Victor A. Price (D.Min., DD, STM, MSW, LCSW) is an adjunct professor at Caribbean Nazarene College and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in the Masters in Counseling Programs. He is a pastor, mental health counselor, licensed clinical social worker, community organizer, and retired Child Protective Investigator of the Department of Children and Families in the state of Massachusetts, USA. He is a Certified Cultural Intelligence Facilitator. He also serves as a member of the Trauma Response Team in the city of Boston, MA.

Dr. Price graduated from Caribbean Nazarene Theological College with a Minister’s Diploma in 1981. He then graduated from Eastern Nazarene College with a Master’s in Religion in 1992. In 1994 he graduated from Boston University with a Master’s Degree in Sacred Theology and in the year 2000 earned a Post-Graduate Certificate in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy. In May 2002 he earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary with the emphasis on Spiritual Renewal.  In May 2004, Dr. Price graduated from Simmons College with a Masters in Social Work degree and a Certificate in Urban Leadership in Clinical Social Work. In 2013 an honorary Doctor of Divinity was conferred upon him by the Caribbean Nazarene College.   In 2019 he earned a Doctor of Ministry degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

Dr. Price is the founder of “Maximizing Manhood” and “Loving Without Limits.” He conducts psychoeducational therapeutic groups sessions for men and facilitates Couples’ Retreats. He is the founder and academic coordinator of the “Clinical Network Conference,” addressing mental health concerns both in the Caribbean and the United States. He is also the innovator of the “East Coast Holiness Summit,” providing a forum for spiritual and social action.

He is the senior pastor of the Second Church in Dorchester in the city of Boston which hosts multiple congregations of various denominations. He is passionate and intentional about collaboration and cooperation between churches and the community.

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