Leadership Council

The ERLC Leadership Network Council is a collection of SBC pastors and leaders who serve as an advisory council for the Network and receive intentional investment from the ERLC team. During their annual term, these council members enjoy equipping through conference calls and events while providing direction for the Network and occasional content for erlc.com.

From coast to coast, from mega church to country church, and from a variety of backgrounds, these pastors and leaders represent a cross section of evangelicalism in general and the SBC in particular. All Leadership Council members either currently are or have previously served in pastoral ministry.

A list of the previous council members for 2014 can be found here and for 2015 can be found here.

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Robert Anderson

Robert Anderson

Dr. Robert J. Anderson, Jr. is in his 17th year of ministry at Colonial Baptist Church in Randallstown, MD. Dr. Anderson is originally from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. While being born on the banks of the Susquehanna River, he was “born again” by trusting Christ as his personal Lord and Savior at a revival meeting at New Hope Primitive Baptist Church in Steelton, Pennsylvania, on Friday, January 12, 1973. Several months after salvation, he attended Carver Bible College in Atlanta, Georgia, and received a B.B.E. degree. He then attended Grace Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana, and graduated with a Master of Divinity degree in 1982. Dr. Anderson has been faithfully preaching the gospel for thirty-nine years and shepherding the flock of God for thirty two years. Dr. Anderson has been married to Jacqueline Sullivan for thirty-three years. Together they have four children: Shani, Robert III, Nia, and Jamila.

Bart Box

Bart Box

Bart is an Alabama native and has lived in the Birmingham area since 2009. He and his wife Leslie met sometime during kindergarten (they guess), began dating during high school, and have been married since 1998. Before planting Christ Fellowship Church, Bart served as Pastor for Biblical Training at The Church at Brook Hills. During his spare time Bart enjoys reading, coffee, and coaching youth sports. He and Leslie have four children: Rachel, Jonathan, Abigail, and Isaac.

“I'm so grateful for the leadership and direction of the ERLC. Southern Baptists need a clear, consistent, Christ-centered voice speaking to the pressing ethical issues of our day, and we have that in the ERLC.”
Matt Capps

Matt Capps

Matt Capps came to Fairview as the Senior Pastor in June of 2015. Matt earned his M.Div. with Biblical Languages at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and is currently completing his D.Min. in pastoral ministry at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Prior to serving at Fairview, Matt served as one of the pastors at Calvary Baptist Church (Winston-Salem, NC), the brand manager for The Gospel Project at LifeWay Christian Resources, and a teaching pastor at The Fellowship (Nashville, TN). Matt has written one book, Hebrews: A 12-Week Study (Crossway, 2015), and various articles for websites like The Gospel Coalition, Gospel-centered Discipleship, The Gospel Project, Facts and Trends, Together for Adoption, Pastors Today, Church Leaders, and For the Church. Matt and his wife Laura have two children, Solomon and Ruby.

“The ERLC does well in standing for the SBC on biblical beliefs in culture. The SBC would do well to learn from the ERLC's posture in standing for those biblical beliefs in culture.”
Micah Carter

Micah Carter

Micah is the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church, Ripley, MS. Micah was formerly part of the B&H Publishing Group of LifeWay. He enjoys writing about topics including theology, gospel, church-related matters, cultural issues, food, humor, family, and more. Micah is married to Meredith and they have two sons, Benjamin and Jonathan.

“Our culture needs a clear, courageous, and compassionate voice in hostile times of ethical confusion toward God's design for human flourishing. I'm deeply thankful for the voice of the ERLC: biblically-grounded, gospel-saturated, neighbor-loving, and Christ-honoring.”
Matt Chandler

Matt Chandler

Matt Chandler has served as the lead pastor of teaching at The Village Church in Flower Mound, Texas, since 2002. He received a bachelor's degree in Bible from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. He previously served on staff at Beltway Park Church in Abilene. In 1999, he married his wife, Lauren. They have three children.

“It is a blessing to be a part of the ERLC Leadership Network Council. When I need help navigating the challenging ethical issues that exist in today's culture, the ERLC is a great resource for me.”
Matt Chewning

Matt Chewning

Matt is the Lead Pastor of Netcast Church. He grew up in New Jersey and became a Christian at a college just outside Boston, Mass. After working in the corporate world for six years, Matt and Beth, along with there 4 children were called to plant Netcast Church on the North Shore of Greater Boston. Since launching in 2011, Netcast has become one of the fastest growing churches in New England and has a vision of planting 100 churches in Greater Boston over the next 40 years.

“I love the mission that the ERLC has on equipping and training the next generation and I want to be a part of it. It would be an honor to serve and have others serve me by intentionally pouring into me as I grow as a pastor and a leader of leaders.”
Aaron Colyer

Aaron Colyer

Aaron is the Lead Pastor at First Baptist Church of Roswell, NM. Aaron Colyer and his wife, Krista, have been married since 2006.  They have three amazing kids and are in the process of growing their family through adoption. Aaron has a passion for equipping the saints for the work of ministry and a desire to see all believers take the gospel to the ends of the earth.  Born and raised in Texas, he earned a B.S. in Communication Studies from The University of Texas in Austin, and his M.Div. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  He plans to return to Southern this year to pursue a doctorate in leadership and discipleship. Outside of ministry you can find Aaron dating his wife, wrestling with his kids and spending as much time as possible outdoors.

“As Christ followers in a culture that is growing more and more hostile towards the gospel, balancing our message with both grace and truth is an increasing challenge. The ERLC, Russell Moore, and his team, continue to lead the way in equipping the SBC and our other brothers and sisters in the faith as we cultivate and preserve that priority in the Church for the sake of those in the world who desperately need the hope that we have to offer them.”
Brady Cooper

Brady Cooper

Brady Cooper is the Senior Pastor at New Vision Baptist Church in Murfreesboro, TN. Brady is responsible for giving overall vision and providing direction to New Vision. He also oversees their Church Leadership Council and Deacon teams. Brady has served as New Vision’s Senior Pastor since 2003. He and his wife, Amy, have two sons, Will and Clay.

Jed Coppenger

Jed Coppenger

Advisory Committee Member

Jed Coppenger serves as the lead pastor of Redemption City Church, a church plant in Franklin, Tenn. He has served in a number of pastoral roles in the past, both in the United States and around the world. He earned his B.S. in Business Administration from North Greenville University, his M.Div. from Southern Seminary, and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Southeastern Seminary. He’s married to Melanie and they have three children: Josiah, Susannah, and Judah.

“I love the ERLC because it is a courageous and winsome voice for the cause of Christ in a culture that is increasingly hostile to biblical truth. The cultural waters ahead show no sign of settling down, which is why I'm grateful for the ways the ERLC helps churches navigate these dangerous, ethical waters.”
Matt Crawford

Matt Crawford

Pastor Matt has served as Senior Pastor at First Baptist Sebring since July 2013.  He has been married to Christie since 2003, and they have four kids: Micah, Owen, Emma, and Jackson.  Pastor Matt is a Florida native, having grown up in Merritt Island on the East Coast.  He received a Business Management Bachelor’s degree from UCF in Orlando (2002).  At The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, he received an M.Div. in Theology (2007) and a Ph.D. in Philosophy (2015).  Pastor Matt is also an Adjunct Professor of Worldview and Apologetics at Southern Seminary.  He enjoys soccer (especially Liverpool FC!), basketball, piano, guitar, and reading - particularly C. S. Lewis.  In ministry, he loves it when people understand and trust God’s Word and personally experience how faithful Jesus really is!

“I am excited to learn how to more faithfully pastor and lead from close contact with Dr. Moore and the rest of the ERLC team.”
David Crosby

David Crosby

Dr. David Crosby is the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church, New Orleans, LA. David is a graduate of Baylor University, where he majored in both religion and journalism. While working on his master of divinity at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, he served as a general assignments reporter for the city desk at Times-Picayune in one of the roughest cities in the nation at the time. Following his MDiv, he earned a PhD at Baylor University in ethics and church-state studies. He is very passionate about having an impact on the New Orleans community and is involved in community affairs. He served on a clergy advisory group for New Orleans’ police chief, and has served on the Mayor’s Homeless Task force. David is married to his high school sweetheart, Janet Rose Crosby, they have 3 children and 8 grandchildren.

“I am eager to process the ethical challenges we face with people who follow Jesus.”
Jeff Dodge

Jeff Dodge

Jeff was privileged to jump into Cornerstone Church (Ames, Iowa) and The Salt Company (Iowa State University) beginning in 1996. Having come to Christ as a university student, Jeff’s passion is to reach next-generation leaders to establish churches in university communities throughout the Midwest.  Jeff received his MDiv from The Master’s Seminary, a DMin from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and is in pursuit of a PhD (MBTS). He and his wife, Teresa, have four grown children and are multiplying grandkids. Jeff has a shameless theological crush on Abraham Kuyper.

“I love the new pace being set by the ERLC! I look forward to learning alongside other leaders to see Christ exalted in every sphere!”
Ron Edmondson

Ron Edmondson

Ron is the Senior Pastor of Immanuel Baptist in Lexington, KY. Ron is passionate about planting churches, but also helping established churches thrive. He thrives on assisting pastors and those in ministry think through leadership, strategy, and life. He and his wife, Cheryl, have two sons, Jeremy and Nate. He and Cheryl both graduated from Austin Peay State University. Ron received advanced degrees from Luther Rice Seminary and Eastern University.

“I don't know of anyone who is doing a better job speaking into the issues of our day with grace and truth. I'm excited to be as close to this as possible.”
David Fleming

David Fleming

Dr. David Fleming is the Senior Pastor of Champion Forest Baptist Church in Houston, TX, where he has served since December 2006. David earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida, a Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministries, and a Ph.D. in Evangelism and Church Growth from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He was licensed to preach at the age of 17 at First Baptist Church, Winter Garden, Florida in 1982 and was ordained by New Zion Baptist Church, Covington, Louisiana in 1992. David is married to Beverly and they have three children: Jonathan, Hannah, and Rebekah.

Charles Fowler

Charles Fowler

Charles Fowler serves as the Senior Pastor of Germantown Baptist Church in Germantown, TN. He served for sixteen years at Union University in various capacities including Senior Vice President for University Relations, Executive Director of the Union University Foundation, LLC, and Professor of Christian Ministries and Education. While at Union, he also served as interim pastor in more than a dozen churches throughout the Mid-South. Dr. Fowler is originally from Corinth, MS. He is a graduate of Union University, Mississippi State University and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Charles and his wife Sandra have two daughters.

“While I am grateful for any ideas and ministry solutions that might surface through our conversations, I am primarily interested in discovering questions that I am not currently asking related to cultural and governmental trends. My desire is to use our time together to grow so that I can more effectively encourage and equip those I pastor to respond convictionally and compassionately for the purpose of developing a meaningful voice to speak to our community as changes occur.”
Bruce Frank

Bruce Frank

Dr. Bruce Frank, Lead Pastor of Biltmore Baptist Church in Arden, NC, is a gifted communicator with a creative teaching style relevant to today's culture. Bruce and his wife, Lori, along with their two sons, Tyler and Conner, moved from Humble, Texas in August 2008 to join the Biltmore Family. He attended Texas Tech University (BBA ’86) and was involved with Campus Crusade for Christ. He felt called to the ministry during that time and soon enrolled at Southwestern Seminary (MDIV. ’91) in Ft. Worth, Texas. There he began his first local church staff experience, and most importantly, met Lori Masters, whom he married in 1989. He continued his studies and received his D.Min. from Luther Rice Seminary in 2000. His hobbies include golf, running and reading. He loves dogs; cats…not so much.

Robby Gallaty

Robby Gallaty

Robby has served as Long Hollow’s Senior Pastor since October of 2015. His radical salvation in 2002 and a powerful journey since has led him to a passionate calling of “making disciples who make disciples.” Robby holds a Ph.D., has written several books, and also provides a wealth of discipleship resources through Replicate Ministries. When he’s not serving the church, you can find Robby working out at the gym, relaxing with his family, or watching UFC and College Football. He and his wife Kandi have two precious young sons, Rig and Ryder.

Mike Glenn

Mike Glenn

Mike Glenn serves as the Senior Pastor of Brentwood Baptist Church in Brentwood, TN. He is a graduate of Samford University and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. Dr. Glenn was part of the founding group for Kairos, a ministry focused on young adults. He has served on the Executive Board of the Tennessee Baptist Convention, Board of Trustees of Belmont University, and the Board of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Dr. Glenn has also authored two books: In Real Time and The Gospel of Yes. He is the husband to Jeannie, a father of two twin boys.

“Having the opportunity to look at the hard questions that challenge our churches in our postmodern, post belief culture is a treasured gift for me.”
Paul Gotthardt

Paul Gotthardt

Paul is the Lead Pastor of Life Baptist Church in Las Vegas, NV. He grew up in Savannah, Georgia where he met his wife, Brea, in the college and career class of their church. Paul and Brea have been married since 1996 and have two daughters, Shana and Kaylee). Paul graduated from the University of Georgia, in 1998 with a B.A. in world religion. While the degree gave him a working knowledge of many religions, Paul was able to focus most of his time on Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Since being in Vegas, God allowed Paul to finish his Ph.D in Christian Counseling, see Life grow into a vibrant church, join with Him in Kingdom activity around the world and learn the wonders of the Christ-life.

“It's an opportunity to join with other Christian leaders and discuss how the Gospel impacts culture.”
Jack Graham

Jack Graham

Dr. Jack Graham is the pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church, one of the nation’s largest, most dynamic congregations. Dr. Graham has served two terms as president of the Southern Baptist Convention and as president of the SBC Pastor’s Conference. He is a noted author of numerous books, including You Can Make a Difference, Lessons from the Heart, A Hope and a Future, Life According to Jesus, Man of God, Are You Fit for Life?, Powering Up and his latest book, Unseen. Courageous Parenting, co-authored by his wife, Deb, is based on their experiences as parents. Dr. Graham’s passionate, biblical teaching is also seen and heard across the country and throughout the world on PowerPoint Ministries. Through broadcasts, online sermons and e-mail messages, he addresses relevant, everyday issues that are prevalent in our culture and that strike a chord with audiences worldwide. Dr. Graham was ordained to the Gospel ministry in 1970, and has a master of divinity degree with honors and a doctor of ministry degree in Church and Proclamation from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and Deb have three married children and six grandchildren.

Peyton Hill

Peyton Hill

Peyton is the Lead Pastor at Highland Baptist Church in Grover City, OH. He has a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Mississippi State University and an M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Peyton is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Applied Theology from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is a Regular Contributor to For The Church, a website committed to providing gospel-centered resources for the church. Peyton is also a member of Baptist 21, a group of young pastors and leaders committed to promoting gospel-centrality among Southern Baptists in the 21st century. Peyton and his wife, Jordan Lee, have a daughter, Harper, and a son, Zane.

“The ERLC and Dr. Moore serve the church well because the gospel of the kingdom drives their cultural engagement. I look forward to working with such an outstanding team of leaders to discuss the gospel, ethics, and cultural issues.”
Pat Hood

Pat Hood

Pat is the Senior Pastor of LifePointe Church in Smyrna, TN. LifePointe has five campuses including ones in Bangkok, Thailand as well as Brussels, Belgium. Pat is the author of, The Sending Church, which is made up of examples from his own congregation, showing how a church isn't really a church until it leaves the building and expands God's Kingdom in the local neighborhood and around the world. Pat and his wife, Amy have five children, Seth, Zac, Jadyn, Alyza Kate and Isaiah.

“I am excited about the ERLC because we live in rapidly changing world with even more rapidly changing ethics and morality and I would love the opportunity to learn and influence the ethical and moral climate of the culture.”
Josh Howerton

Josh Howerton

Josh has been with The Bridge since 2008. He graduated from Union University with an undergrad in Biblical Theology and is currently engaged in continued theological education at Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY. Josh and his wife, Jana, have adopted 2 beautiful daughters, Eliana and Felicity.

“The ERLC is leading a resurgence of applying the whole gospel to the whole range of societal issues right now. Where Christians have historically veered into either cultural retreat or cultural combat, the ERLC is leading a gospel-centered redemptive approach to culture. Any way I can be a part of that is worthwhile.”
Beau Hughes

Beau Hughes

Beau is the Lead Pastor of The Village Church Denton, TX. Beau moved to Highland Village, Texas, to serve as a pastor of The Village Church in January 2007. That summer, Beau married, Kimberly, and shortly after their wedding, he began serving as the campus pastor of The Village's Denton Campus. He and Kimberly have a son, Haddon, and two daughters, CJ and Elliot.

“Every pastor needs ongoing equipping to minister faithfully and winsomely in our ever changing culture. The Leadership Council that the ERLC has created is a simple and timely way for pastors to be led and poured into as they continue leading their churches through these days.”
Dean Inserra

Dean Inserra

Advisory Committee Member

Dean Inserra is the founding and senior pastor of City Church in Tallahassee, Fla. Dean has served as a Youth Minister in Tallahassee and regularly speaks at campus organizations at Florida State University. He has a degree in Biblical Studies from Liberty University and also attended The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He married Krissie in December of 2003. They have three children.

“I am grateful to be included on the front lines of conversation on cultural engagement with a mission mindset and Christian worldview. The equipping is valuable and necessary for maximum impact.”
Curtis Jones

Curtis Jones

Curtis is the Senior Pastor of Bayou City Fellowship in Houston, TX. In 2011, He, his wife Amanda, and 60 friends joined together with a singular focus: to start a church that declares the unending greatness of Jesus in the city they love so much. Now with multiple services across multiple campuses, Bayou City is a growing family spending their days on what matters most. Curtis and Amanda have three children, Jackson, Annabeth and Willa, and live in northwest Houston. 

“What an honor to be invited to be a part of the council. I am very excited for a greater level of engagement and education for the pressing issues of these days.”
Dennis Kim

Dennis Kim

Dr. Dennis Manpoong Kim is the senior pastor of Global Mission Church of Greater Washington (GMC). He has been serving faithfully as the senior pastor of this church for 23 years with a great passion for evangelism, discipleship, and world missions. He has traveled to more than 40 different countries to witness the gospel, serve in various evangelistic ministries, and give lectures for local pastors and seminary students. He is fully bilingual in Korean and English with a keen understanding of multi-cultural worldviews. Under his leadership, the Global Mission Church has been faithfully partnering and collaborating with the Southern Baptist Convention in all areas of Christian ministry including cooperative program, world missions, local out-reach, relief efforts, community service, and pastors’ fellowship.

Nathan Lino

Nathan Lino

Advisory Committee Member

Nathan Lino founded Northeast Houston Baptist Church in 2002 and has served as the Senior Pastor since that time. He earned degrees from Texas A&M University and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC and is currently in the final stages of a doctor of ministry at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. He and his wife, Nicole, have one son, Colton, and three daughters, Campbell, Cassidy and Chloe. 

“The decline of biblical values in our country has never been as rapid as it is now. Our pastors and churches need the SBC's ethics agency as much as ever so we can stay informed and equipped on the front lines of battle. God has raised Russell Moore and his team for this crucial time.”
Gregg Matte

Gregg Matte

Gregg Matte is the senior pastor of Houston’s First Baptist Church. Before coming to Houston in 2004, Gregg founded Breakaway Ministries at Texas A&M University — the largest college Bible study in the nation. What started with 12 participants in his apartment grew to a weekly gathering of more than 4,000 students each Tuesday night under his leadership. He continues to serve on Breakaway’s Board of Directors. Gregg holds a Bachelor’s degree in marketing from Texas A&M and a Master’s degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of the Bible study guide The Highest Education: Becoming a Godly Man and Finding God’s Will and I AM Changes Who i Am.  His most recent book Unstoppable Gospel was released in Fall 2015. In 2011, Gregg received the Outstanding Alumni Award from the Mays Business School at Texas A&M. He was the first pastor to receive the honor in the history of the award. Gregg married Kelly in 1997 and together they have a son and a daughter, Greyson (2001) and Valerie (2008).

Byron McWilliams

Byron McWilliams

Byron McWilliams is the lead pastor of First Baptist Church in Odessa, Texas.  He serves as a trustee of the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention and is a two-term past president of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention.  A lifelong learner, Byron has earned an undergraduate and two advanced degrees. Before being called to ministry, he worked as an accountant for one of the largest oil companies in the world in Houston, Texas.  He has been married to his high school sweetheart, Andi, for 31 years and they have three grown children.

Rich Perez

Rich Perez

Rich is the Pastor of Vision and Teaching at Christ Crucified Fellowship in New York City. Accepting the call of Jesus at a young age, Rich has always had a heart and deep love for the community of Washington Heights. It was in his early twenties that Rich felt the compelling desire and call to be a pastor and ultimately plant a church in the very place he was born and raised. In 2011, Christ Crucified Fellowship was born and Rich’s love for all forms of art, (music, literature, design) have been instruments of displaying the goodness and peace of God in the city. Jesus is the heartbeat of him and the congregation alike. Rich attended Elim Bible institute and trained in Biblical and Theological studies. He also studied under Redeemer's pastoral incubator program. He currently lives in Inwood, with his wife Anna and their two children, Josiah and Hayden.

John Powell

John Powell

Advisory Committee Member

John Powell is the senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Hamlin, Texas. Previously, he served as director of admissions at Southern Seminary and discipleship pastor at Carlisle Avenue Baptist Church in Louisville, Ky. After graduating from Southwest Baptist University, he earned a M.Div from Southern Seminary. John and his wife, Katherine, have four children. 

“The ERLC is speaking and equipping pastors on the most important social issues of the day. I can't think of a more relevant time for this crucial voice.”
Shane Russell

Shane Russell

Shane is the Lead Pastor of Shoal Creek Baptist Church in Deatsville, AL. After graduating from Auburn University with a degree in Forestry, Shane began working with Mid-State Wood. In May 2003 he earned a Master of Divinity Degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Upon graduation, the Lord called the couple to the First Baptist Church of Woodstock, Georgia where Shane served as the Young Married and Discipleship Pastor. Shane and his wife, Shannon, have been with Shoal Creek since May 2006. They have four sons and one daughter: Clayton, Canon, Carson, Caden, and Camryn.

Justin Sampler

Justin Sampler

Justin Sampler is pastor of First Baptist Church in Inola, Okla. He also currently serves as a chaplain in the Oklahoma Army National Guard. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Cameron University and his M.Div from Southern Seminary, where he is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Christian Preaching. Sampler is married to Jessica and they have five children.

“The ERLC equips pastors to engage their communities and shows how the gospel impacts the public square. I’m thrilled to partner with them in this endeavor.”
Juan Sanchez

Juan Sanchez

Juan Sanchez was converted to Christ in 1983 at the age of 17. In 2005, Juan joined the staff of High Pointe Baptist Church to serve as preaching pastor and elder. Juan earned an undergraduate degree in Music from the University of Florida as well as a Masters of Divinity and a Masters in Theology from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. He is currently completing his Doctorate of Philosophy degree from the same institution. In addition, he is a council member of The Gospel Coalition and trains pastors in Eastern Europe and Latin America. Juan and his wife have five daughters and one son-in-law.

Jimmy Scroggins

Jimmy Scroggins

Jimmy Scroggins is the senior pastor at First Baptist Church of West Palm Beach in West Palm Beach, Fla. He previously served as dean of Boyce College and as Teaching Pastor at Highview Baptist Church. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Jacksonville University as well as an M.Div. and a Ph.D. from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. He is married to Kristin and they have eight children.

Steve Swofford

Steve Swofford

Steve is the Head Pastor at First Baptist Church Rockwall, TX. Steve has been the pastor of FBC Rockwall since 1989. He graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Steve is a past president and currently on the Executive Board of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention. Steve also serves as the Chaplain for the Police/Fire Departments for the city of Rockwall. He and his wife, Brenda, have two sons and three grandchildren.

Kevin Ueckert

Kevin Ueckert

Kevin Ueckert serves as the Lead Pastor of First Baptist in Georgetown, TX. He received a BBA from Texas A&M, a M.Div. at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and currently pursuing a D.Min. in Expository Preaching from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is married to Lynlee, and they have three children.

“I am excited about serving on the Leadership Council because I believe that this experience will equip me to be a better pastor and leader in my local church. I am also excited about this opportunity because it will enable me to be a better ambassador for this incredibly relevant and important SBC entity.”
JR Vassar

JR Vassar

JR Vassar is the Lead Pastor at Church at the Cross in Grapevine, TX. JR has a passion to help the local church grow in maturity and advance in its mission to help people and places experience renewal in Jesus. From 2005 – 2013 he served as founding and lead pastor of Apostles Church in New York City. At the end of 2013 he returned home to the Dallas/Fort Worth area to serve as the Lead Pastor of Church at the Cross. He is a graduate of Dallas Baptist University and holds a Th.M. from Dallas Seminary. He and his wife Ginger live with their three children in Grapevine, TX. He is the author of Glory Hunger: God, the Gospel and our Quest for Something More (Crossway, 2015).

“I'm encouraged by the irenic, humble and faithful posture of Gospel resilience and cultural intelligence I see present in the leadership of the ERLC.”
Bryant Wright

Bryant Wright

Bryant is the founding senior pastor of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Marietta, GA (johnsonferry.org), where he has served since 1981. He is also the founder and chairman of Right From The Heart Ministries. Using secular radio, television, print media and the internet, Bryant provides challenging, inspirational and insightful messages to encourage people in this hard-charging world in which we live. He has authored five books, One Minute of Your Time, Another Minute of Your Time, One Minute of Your Day, Seeds of Turmoil and Right from the Heart. You can find out more about Bryant's resources, listen or view his messages online and download podcasts at Right from The Heart Ministries (rightfromtheheart.org). Bryant graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts in English in 1974 and received a Master of Divinity in 1980 from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. In 2011 he received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the University of South Carolina. Bryant served as president of the Southern Baptist Convention from June 2010 - June 2012.

A native of Atlanta, Bryant and his wife, Anne, reside in Marietta, Georgia. They have three sons, three daughters-in-law, and five grandchildren.

Afshin Ziafat

Afshin Ziafat

Afshin Ziafat currently serves as the Lead Pastor of Providence Church in Frisco, TX. For twelve years, Afshin served as an evangelist and itinerant speaker based out of Dallas. He serves on the Board of Directors for Vertical Ministries at Baylor University in Waco, TX. Afshin graduated from The University of Texas with a Bachelors of Arts in History and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a M.Div. He has written many articles and is a contributor for The Gospel Project. He also travels into the Middle East regularly to train Iranian pastors. He is married to Meredith.

“I am honored to serve with such great church leaders as we think through addressing social issues of our time. I am excited to learn from Dr. Moore and these great leaders.”