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Leadership Faculty

Donald J. Brash

A native of western Pennsylvania, Dr. Brash is an ordained minister with an ecumenical history. Presently, he is Resident Theologian at Princeton United Methodist Church in Princeton, New Jersey. He has extensive experience as a pastor of American Baptist churches, and is a recipient of the American Baptist Churches of New Jersey's Executive Minister's Award for Excellence in Ministry.

In his 2010 book, The Indispensable Guide to God's Word (Pilgrim Press), Don introduces inquiring laypersons to a way of understanding the relationship between God's Word and the “books” of the Bible that will help readers interpret the biblical authors’ writings for the issues and questions of our time. Don’s current book project is Navigating Troubled Waters: The Churches of Yesterday Speak to the Churches Today.

Don believes the ministries of the churches should be instrumental in the transformation of society. As Faculty Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program at Palmer, he strives to create a culture where students cultivate a realistic idealism and the further skills necessary to lead churches to be transformed and transforming agents in our rapidly changing world.

Don is a member of Princeton United Methodist Church in Princeton, New Jersey, where his spouse, the Reverend Jana Purkis-Brash, is Senior Pastor. They have one grown daughter, a son-in-law and two grandchildren.

Francesca Debora Nuzzolese

Francesca Debora Nuzzolese is Associate Professor of Spiritual Formation and Pastoral Care at Palmer Seminary.  Dr. Nuzzolese's professional experience includes extensive experience in chaplaincy and pastoral psychotherapy, theological education, mission work, and (more recently) spiritual direction.  As an ordained clergy, she also leads spiritual retreats and lectures and teaches on psycho-social issues, here and overseas.  She teaches the course "Personal Transformation."

McKenzie Pier

Rev. Dr. McKenzie "Mac" Pier is President of The New York City Leadership Center (NYCLC), an independent non-profit organization planted by the group Concerts of Prayer Greater New York. The mission of the Center is to encourage, unify, and support faith leaders throughout the New York metropolitan area and beyond. He is the author of the book Spiritual Leadership in the Global City (New Hope Publishers) and co-author of The Power of a City at Prayer (Pier & Sweeting, InterVarsity Press). Dr. Pier teaches the course "Community Transformation."

Eduardo Ramirez

Eduardo M. Ramirez is Associate Professor of Youth Ministry at Eastern University. He teaches courses on Small Groups, Programming, Evangelism, and Preaching and Teaching for Youth. An ordained Christian and Missionary Alliance Pastor, Eduardo worked from 1979 until 2003 with Scripture Union, a Christian organization geared to reach and disciple un-churched children and teenagers. He first served as Director of Scripture Union Argentina and then became Regional Secretary for Scripture Union Americas Region (North, Central and South America and the Caribbean) where he provided leadership and training to national movements in the Americas Region. Dr. Ramirez teaches the course "Contexts, Perspectives and Ministries in the 21st Century."

Al Tizon

Al Tizon is Ronald J. Sider Associate Professor of Evangelism and Holistic Ministry.  Al is Co-Director of The Sider Center on Ministry and Public Policy and Co-President of Evangelicals for Social Action.  He is also a member of the American Society of Missiology; the Academy of Evangelism in Theological Education; and the Institute for the Studies in Asian Church and Culture.  A native of the Philippines, Dr. Tizon is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Covenant Church.  He teaches the course "Congregational Transformation."