NAPCE 2014 Annual Conference

October 16-18, 2014

Hilton Crystal City, Washington, D.C.
2399 Jefferson Davis Hwy.
Arlington, VA 22202
Daryl Busby, Conference VP

Exploring Connections: Christian Education & Neuroscience


Warren Brown & Brad Strawn (Fuller Seminary)

Conference Description

The last several years have seen a profound increase in understanding in the field of neuroscinece and its relationship to education. In the past, most work has focused on macro-level subjects such as pedagogy and cognition. While these subjects are vital, even more basic inquiry into the physiological aspects of how the human brain learns have produced some profound pathways for understanding how learning occurs and what we can do as Christian educators to leverage the power of this new field of knowledge to make education more effective.

What are the latest findings in the field of neuroscience, and what implications do they have for higher education? More specifically, how can Christian educators harness this new field of knowledge to better equip the people in our churches and classrooms? What key elements of these new findings can be applied directly to our work as Christian educators to better teach and disciple? Join us for the SPCE-NAPCE 2014 conference in Washington, D.C. as we connect neuroscience and education and hear from some of the best nationally known experts in this field.

Daryl Busby, 2014 Conference V.P.

Conference Registration

Conference Speakers

Warren Brown Warren Brown has been at Fuller since 1982 and serves as director of the Travis Research Institute and professor of psychology. Currently, he is most actively involved in neuroscience research related to the cognitive and psychosocial disabilities in a congenital brain malformation called agenesis of the corpus callosum. Most recently, Brown and colleagues from other institutions have been involved in research into the psychology and neuroscience of exemplars of the virtues of compassion and generosity. This research has resulted in a $1.2 million grant from the Templeton Foundation (Love, Compassion, and Care: Virtue Science and Exemplarity in Real Life and in the Laboratory).

Brown has authored or coauthored over 75 scholarly articles in such peer-reviewed scientific journals as Neuropsychologia,Psychophysiology, Biological Psychiatry, Developmental Neuropsychology, Cortex, Nature Review Neuroscience, and Science; 15 chapters in edited scholarly books; and over 150 presentations at scientific meetings. Brown has also written and lectured on the integration of neuroscience and Christian faith, and was principal editor and contributor to Whatever Happened to the Soul? Scientific and Theological Portraits of Human Nature (1998). He was also editor and contributor to Understanding Wisdom: Sources, Science and Society (2000), and wrote (with Nancey Murphy) Did My Neurons Make Me Do It?: Philosophical and Neurobiological Perspectives on Moral Responsibility and Free Will (2007).He is also coauthor of Neuroscience, Psychology and Religion: Illusions, Delusions, and Realities of Human Nature (with Malcolm Jeeves, 2009) and The Physical Nature of Christian Life: Neuroscience, Psychology and the Church (with Brad Strawn, 2012).

He is a past recipient of a prestigious National Institute of Mental Health Research Career Development Award, and a National Science Foundation Exchange of Scientists and Engineers Grant, as well as National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), and U.S. Public Health Service research contracts and grants. He is a member of the International Neuropsychological Society, the New York Academy of Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Scientific Affiliation, and a fellow of Divisions 6 and 40 of the American Psychological Association.

Brad Strawn Prior to joining the faculty of Fuller’s Graduate School of Psychology in 2012, Dr. Strawn was Professor of Psychology at Point Loma Nazarene University and also practiced as a clinical psychologist and served as Vice President for Spiritual Development and Dean of the Chapel at Southern Nazarene University.

Strawn recently published, with W. S. Brown, The Physical Nature of Christian Life: Neuroscience, Psychology, and the Church (Cambridge University Press, 2012) and is currently writing, with E. Bland, Christianity & Psychoanalysis: New Dialogues (InterVarsity Press). His numerous articles in journals, collections, and dictionaries include, most recently, with B. A. Strawn, “Prophecy and Psychology,” in Dictionary of the Old Testament Prophets (InterVarsity Press, 2012), and “Human Bodies and Church Bodies: Spiritual Flourishing and Formation,” in Pastoralpsychologie und Religionspsychologie im Dialog (Kohlhammer, 2011).

Strawn is a member of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies; Society for the Study of Psychology and Wesleyan Studies (founding member and officer); Society for the Exploration of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapies and Theology (founding member and associate director); and the Brookhaven Institute for Psychoanalysis and Christian Theology (faculty member).

He is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene..

Join us for great conversations with new friends and enjoy catching up with long time colleagues. We will be in Washington, D.C. this year so make plans early to reconnect!

Call for Papers

Please consider sharing your research projects or special studies at this year’s conference.
We invite proposals that address the conference theme and its strands, but also other topics of general interest to NAPCE members. The research can be empirical in nature or fit more of a historical/theological model. A high quality of research workmanship is expected.

Questions may be directed to:

Jonathan Kim, Ph.D.,
Associate Professor of CE, Talbot School of Theology,
Biola University,
13800 Biola Avenue,
La Mirada, CA, 90639
Phone: 562.903.4818 ext. 5519 or

Call for papers is coming soon. Click HERE. to get a copy of the official call and guidelines for submission at this year's conference. You will submit your proposals via email no later than June 15, 2014, and will be notified of acceptance no later than July 15, 2014.

Proposals should be 200 words or less and include the author's name, email address, and place of employment or college/seminary/university.

Call for Proposals - Professional Development Seminars

Please consider sharing your topic or proposal for a professional development seminar at this year’s conference. We invite proposals that address that will equip or facilitate skills in the classroom, curriculum development, professional development, or those of a general interest to NAPCE members. A high quality of professional development is expected

Proposals may be directed to:

Dr, Orbelina Eguizabal
Biola University
13800 Biola Avenue,
La Mirada, CA 90639
Phone: 562.944.0351 ext. 3513