Inspiring you because we know there are great things ahead. We pray for you all the time— that God will make you fit for what he’s called you to be, that he’ll fill your good ideas and acts of faith with his own energy so it all amounts to something.


Encouraging you to see how inventive you can be in loving and helping one another, not avoiding meeting together as some do but spurring each other on; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.


Equipping you with resources not by our word but from Gods word; for we are not competent in ourselves to claim anything, but our competence comes from God.

Dr. Stan Toler 2017 - Founding, Executive Director of the Resource Center for Pastoral Leadership at Southern Nazarene University.

The Resource Center for Pastoral Leadership at SNU was founded in 2013 under the auspices of then-president, Dr. Loren P. Gresham, who named Dr. Stan Toler its Founding, Executive Director. Dr. Toler led the RCPL until his untimely passing in November 2017.

Today, the mission of the RCPL remains unchanged:

The RCPL is created to be a place where pastors find:

  • Inspiration for their Calling
  • Encouragement for their Character
  • Equipping resources to grow in their Competencies

We seek to fulfill this mission through:

  • On campus, off campus and live streaming of lifelong learning events
  • Quality ministry resources at low or no cost to pastors and congregations
  • Utilization of the outstanding resident faculty at SNU complemented by top tier presenters/instructors from around the world

About Our Founding, Executive Director:

Dr. Stan Toler served as Founding, Executive Director from 2013-2017. Under his leadership, and with his sphere of influence attracting top-tier presenters, the RCPL at SNU quickly became a trusted source for lifelong learning resources for pastors around the world.

Dr. Toler was a best-selling author, leadership expert and successful pastor with 53 years of ministry experience. For more than a decade he served as vice president for John C. Maxwell’s INJOY Leadership Institute. He was a proven leader having served the Church of the Nazarene as General Superintendent, and in 2013 was elected to general superintendent emeritus status.

Stan wrote over 100 books with over 3 million copies sold to date. His books are enduring works that remain valuable resources to Christians around the world. For the last several years of his life, he pursued his passion for training leaders through his non-profit ministry, Toler Leadership International. Stan was quoted as saying, “My greatest joy comes from watching people unwrap their spiritual gifts and grow and develop as leaders.”

Stan Toler – A Legacy of Leadership



June 2-5, 2024
Southern Nazarene University

The Equip Experience is a 3-day residential conference hosted on the SNU campus intended to equip students as they explore and answer the Call of God to embrace the “live last” posture of Jesus in the world. Registration is open to students who will complete their sophomore, junior, or senior year in May 2024. Meals, snacks, lodging, t-shirts, and training costs are all included.


SNU’s TRCPL Ministers Forum
hosted by Bethany First Church of the Nazarene

Sept. 16-17, 2024
6789 NW 39th Expressway, Bethany OK 73008

Guest Speakers Kevin Myers, Founding Pastors, 12 Stone Church

Be Inspired. Be Encouraged. Be Equipped.
Partnered with BFC, South Central NYI, Wesleyan Investment Foundation, and The Foundation for Evangelism.

"Nobody succeeds alone. Even the lonely marathon runner has a coach. There are times of concentrated running and times of intense listening. The runner’s counsel directly affects his or her reaching the goal."

Dr. Stan Toler



Contact Info

Southern Nazarene University,
Attn: RCPL
6729 NW 39th Expressway,
Bethany OK 73008
Phone: 405-491-6314 ~ Email: