Leadership Council

The ERLC Leadership Council is a collection of SBC pastors and leaders who receive intentional investment from the ERLC and serve as ambassadors for the organization. 

During their annual term, these council members enjoy equipping through conference calls and events while providing insights to the ERLC and occasional content for erlc.com.

From coast to coast, from mega church to country church, from men to women, and from various backgrounds, these leaders represent a cross section of evangelicalism in general and the SBC in particular. Many Leadership Council members currently serve in pastoral ministry. Others serve in various lay or parachurch settings.

 

Jose Abella

Jose Abella

Jose Abella serves as the Lead Pastor of Providence Road Church in Miami, Fla. Additionally, Jose serves as the 2nd Vice President of the Southern Baptist Convention. Prior to Providence Road Church, José served in different ministry capacities in Miami and in North Carolina. José attended Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary for his undergraduate studies and is currently pursuing a graduate degree. Jose is a proud husband to Nira and father to six children.

Marcus Allen

Marcus Allen

Marcus Allen serves as lead pastor of Faith Family Baptist Church in Kingwood, Texas. He was born and raised in Jacksonville, Fla. He married his high school sweetheart, Stacey, in 1991 and they have four daughters. He received his Bachelors degree from the University of North Florida and holds a Masters of Divinity degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has served in various churches including six years at First Baptist Church Jacksonville, Fla., where he served on the executive staff and was campus pastor of FBC's South Campus.

Connor Bales

Connor Bales

Connor Bales has served at New Beginnings Baptist church in Longview, Texas, since August of 2012. He currently serves as Lead Pastor and prior to that he served as the Spiritual Development Pastor. He graduated from Texas Tech University in 2000, with a degree in Landscape Architecture. He and his wife Mary served as volunteers in the student ministry at First Baptist Church, Coppell. It was during this season that God called Connor into vocational ministry. Connor enrolled in seminary, sold his business and began in full-time ministry. Connor was privileged to first serve as the Minister to Married Adults at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas. Connor has been married to Mary for 17 years and they have five children.

Matt Beasley

Matt Beasley

Matt Beasley serves as Pastor of Ridgecrest Baptist Church in Greenville, Texas. Prior to coming to Ridgecrest in 2012 he and his wife served with the IMB in Prague, CZ. working primarily among university students. He earned degrees from Sam Houston State University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and is currently in the dissertation phase of his Ph.D. at Southwestern. He and his wife, Valerie, have three sons.

Steve Bezner

Steve Bezner

Steve Bezner has been the Senior Pastor of Houston Northwest Church since 2013. Steve was born and raised in Gainesville, Texas. He is a graduate of Hardin-Simmons University (B.A. in Bible; M.A. in Religion) and Baylor University (Ph.D. in Religion). During his time at Hardin-Simmons, Steve met his wife, Joy. They have two sons, Ben and Andrew. They have served together in youth, college, and adult ministry at churches in Texas, and now enjoy serving together alongside the staff, elders, and leaders of Houston Northwest.

Chris Boggus

Chris Boggus

Chris Boggus has served as the Executive Pastor at Grace Church in Waco, Texas, for three years. Prior to joining this young church plant, Chris served as the Interim College Pastor at FBC Woodway for several years and in a wildly-unsuccessful church plant prior to that. Chris and his wife, Becky, have been married for nine years and have two daughters with a third child on the way. He holds a B.A. in Religion from Baylor University and an M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Chris has a passion for churches planting churches, adoption and foster care, and personal discipleship.

Jonathan Brooks

Jonathan Brooks

Jonathan Brooks serves as the Lead Pastor of Restoration Church Bryan. Jonathan and his wife, Stephani, moved to Bryan in the fall of 2013 to plant RCB. The vision had been birthed in North Houston to build a diverse church devoted to relational discipleship in the heart of Downtown Bryan. Jonathan's primary roles at RCB are preaching, leadership development and discipleship, outreach and keeping the vision in front of the church. Jonathan has been married to his highschool sweetheart, Stephani, for 13 years and they have four incredible little boys and baby girl.

Nathaniel T. Brooks

Nathaniel T. Brooks serves as the Senior Pastor of The Greater St. John Baptist Church in Birmingham, AL. Nathaniel is passionate about teaching, preaching, and spreading the Gospel of Christ. Nathaniel has preached and done missionary work domestically and in various developing countries such as Kenya, St. Croix, Haiti, Guyana and Liberia. Nathaniel is a graduate of The Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at VUU, and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. As an advocate for education and social justice, Nathaniel strives each day to empower God’s people to get the best education possible and to serve him diligently. Beyond weekly preaching and teaching, Nathaniel preaches and teaches at national conventions, conferences and churches. 

Nathaniel humbly welcomes beside him his wife, formerly Toccara Fenner, their daughter Morghan Rachel Brooks and son Mason Lee Brooks as they journey through ministry together.

Seth Brown

Seth Brown

Seth Brown is content editor for the Biblical Recorder, news journal of North Carolina Baptists, and lay pastor at Imago Dei Church in Raleigh, N.C. He and his wife, Lauren, are Mississippi natives who live in Wake Forest, N.C., with their three children. Seth is a graduate of William Carey University and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Nathan Carter

Nathan Carter

Nathan Carter grew up in rural Indiana, but since 2004 he has been a pastor at Immanuel Baptist Church in the city of Chicago. He went to Wheaton College for undergrad and also received a Master’s degree from there in Biblical Exegesis. He is currently studying towards another MA in Urban Ministry from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. In 2010 he helped to start GOSPEL for Chicago, a church-based collaborative effort to train more pastors for a movement of church planting in Chicago. Nathan and Andrea have been married for over 15 years and together they have 5 daughters (plus a dog, a cat, and two fish). Nathan's deep passion is to see the God of the gospel glorified through his Word being learned, loved, and lived in the city.

Teresa Chambers

Teresa Chambers

Teresa Chambers serves as the Interim Head of School at First Baptist Academy in Houston, Texas. She has been a part of First Baptist Academy since 2012 and has served as the Director of Finance and Operations prior to her current role. Teresa graduated from Texas A&M University with her Bachelor's in Business Administration and Master's in Finance, and is a CPA. Teresa and her husband have three sons.

Matt Chandler

Matt Chandler serves as Lead Pastor of Teaching at The Village Church in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. He came to The Village in December 2002 and describes his tenure as a replanting effort where he was involved in changing the theological and philosophical culture of the congregation. The church has witnessed a tremendous response growing from 160 people to over 11,000 with campuses in Flower Mound, Dallas, Plano, and Fort Worth. In 1999, he married his wife, Lauren. They have three children.

H.B. Charles, Jr.

H.B. Charles is the Pastor-Teacher at the Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church of Jacksonville and Orange Park, Fla.

Prior to joining the Shiloh Church, he led the Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church of Los Angeles for almost 18 years. Succeeding his late father, he began his pastorate at Mt. Sinai at the age of 17.

Outside of his ministry to and with his congregation, he regularly speaks at churches, conferences, and conventions around the country.

Blake Chilton

Blake Chilton

Blake Chilton serves as the Lead Pastor of Declaration Church in Bryan-College Station, Texas. He is a graduate of Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, and has served several churches across Texas since 1997 as a Youth Minister and Groups Minister prior to Declaration. Blake and a team of faithful people planted Declaration Church in his hometown of Bryan-College Station, Texas, in 2014. He is married to Sarah and they have four children.

Curtis Cook

Curtis Cook

Curtis Cook has served as the Senior Pastor of Hope Fellowship Church in Cambridge, Mass., since the church was planted in 2003. Curtis also serves as the Cooperative Program Catalyst for the Executive Committee in the Northeast United States. He and his wife, Brandy, have two children. He has a B.S. from Oklahoma State University and an M.Div from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Jed Coppenger

Jed Coppenger serves as the lead pastor of Redemption City Church, a church plant in Franklin, Tenn., and Director of Baptist 21. 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 a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Southeastern Seminary. He’s married to Melanie and they have three children.

Matt Crawford

Matt Crawford

Matt Crawford serves on the staff of City Church Tallahassee as the pastor for the church’s East Campus, which is launching Spring 2018. Matt also works for the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention as a Cooperative Program Catalyst. He has served as an associate and senior pastor for two other churches, and he edited the study notes revision of the recently updated Apologetics Study Bible. He received an MDiv and PhD from Southern Seminary, where he has been an Adjunct Professor. Matt has been married for Christie for 14 years, and they have five children.

Daryl Crouch

Daryl Crouch

Daryl Crouch serves as senior pastor of Green Hill Church in Mt. Juliet, Tenn. He completed a BS from UT Chattanooga, a MDiv. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a DMin. from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary. In addition to his pastoral ministry, Daryl writes for various websites and magazines, and he recently launched the For Our City podcast designed to equip churches to make disciples of Jesus and advance his kingdom by serving the common good. He is married to Deborah and they have four children.

Byron Day

Byron Day

Byron Day is the Senior Pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Laurel Maryland where he has served for over 26 years. He currently serves as president of the National African American Fellowship of the Southern Baptist Convention. Rev. Day believes in being on mission with God taking the gospel to the whole world. God has blessed his ministry, providing opportunities to minister nationally and internationally. He has ministered in Mexico, South America, several African nations and various places around the country. He formerly served as President of the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware and as President of the African American Advisory Council to the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware. He is graduate of the University of Maryland and Capital Bible Seminary. He has been married to his lovely wife Pamela for over 37 years. They have three children and eight grandchildren.

Derek Devine

Derek Devine is the lead pastor of Apostles Church Brooklyn (brooklyn.apostles.nyc). After serving on staff with Apostles Church in Manhattan for five years, Derek and their team planted Apostles Brooklyn in September 2013. Over the last four years, they've seen God do far more than they ever asked or imagined. The gospel's gone out, saved New Yorkers, transformed lives, and reconciled people. Derek, his incredible wife, Megan, and their two beautiful kids call Brooklyn home.

Jeff Dodge

Jeff Dodge

Jeff Dodge 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 develop leaders to establish local churches in university communities. To that end, Jeff directs the Cornerstone School of Theology, as part of The Salt Network church-planting initiative. 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.

Nick Esch

Nick Esch

Nick Esch serves as the Lead Pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Terrell, Texas. Nick has been a part of Cornerstone since 2008, serving in many different capacities, but he has been the Lead Pastor since 2015. Nick is originally from Atlanta, Ga., however he and his wife moved to Texas shortly after getting married. He and his wife Rachel have been married since October of 2004, and they have two sons and one daughter.

Grant Ethridge

Grant Ethridge

Dr. Grant Ethridge is the Senior Pastor of Liberty Baptist Church in Hampton Roads, Va. He holds six academic degrees, including a Doctor of Ministry and a Doctor of Divinity. He served as President of the National SBC Pastors’ Conference, as President of the Arkansas Baptist Convention, as President of the SBC of Virginia, and on many other state and national boards and agencies. Dr. Ethridge and his wife, Tammy, have four children and eight grandchildren. They have one son, Christian, who went to be with the Lord June 4, 1992.

Noe Garcia

Noe Garcia

Noe Garcia is the Senior Pastor at North Phoenix Baptist Church beginning June 2016. Noe holds a Bachelor of Kinesiology and a minor in Religion from East Texas Baptist University, Masters of Divinity from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, and is currently attending Southern Baptist Theological Seminary pursuing his Doctorate of Ministry and Executive Leadership degree. He is serving as member of the Committee on Committee board for the Southern Baptist Convention, Board of Advisory for the Harvest Crusade, North American Mission Board Young Leader Initiative Council, SBC Young Leader Board, Board of Trustee for Union University, and recently on the SBC Evangelism Task Force. Noe has been married to Clancey for seven years and has three children with their fourth due in January 2018.

Mike Glenn

Mike Glenn

Mike Glenn serves as Lead Pastor of Brentwood Baptist Church in Brentwood, Tenn., where he has served since 1991. Mike graduated from Samford University in Birmingham and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville. Mike is married to Jeannie and they have twin sons.

Buddy Gray

Buddy Gray

Dr. Buddy Gray is the Senior Pastor of Hunter Street Baptist Church in Hoover, Ala. He has served in this role since 1986 and previously served the church as youth pastor while he was a student at Samford University. He earned his Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctorate from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2002.

Rechab Gray

Rechab Gray

Rechab Gray serves as Teaching Pastor at Cottage Grove Church in Des Moines, Iowa. Gray grew up as a military brat and has moved all over the country eventually landing in Maryland where he completed high-school and came to faith in Christ. Because of his enjoyment of Physics and Calculus and his love for Philadelphia, he attended Temple University and completed his Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering. At this time, he began attending Epiphany Fellowship where he'd remain for the next 10 years, eventually being hired on staff as a church plant resident--serving the church through preaching, block evangelism, and international missions. Rechab has been married to his wife for eight years and they have two children.

J.D. Greear

J.D. Greear

J.D. Greear is the pastor of The Summit Church, in Raleigh-Durham, N.C. He completed his Ph.D. in theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he is also a faculty member, writing on the correlations between early church presentations of the gospel and Islamic theology. Having lived and served among Muslims, he has a burden to see them, as well as every nation on earth, come to know and love the salvation of God in Christ. J.D and his wife Veronica live in Raleigh and are raising four ridiculously cute kids.

John D. Herring

John D. Herring

John D. Herring serves as the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Prosper in Prosper, Texas. John is a native Texan and a graduate of Texas A&M University and Southwestern Seminary. After serving churches in Texas, Colorado, and Nevada, John became the Teaching Pastor/Minister to Adults at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Marietta, Ga. Among the highlights of John's eleven year ministry there was the development of new partnership between NOBTS and Johnson Ferry, facilitating the North Georgia Hub's relocation to JFBC. John also greatly enjoyed assisting Senior Pastor Bryant Wright during his tenure as President of the SBC. While in Marietta, John completed a DMin in Spiritual Formation at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, Calif. He also served as a founding Board Member and President of Reasonable Faith, the apologetics ministry of Dr. William Lane Craig. John also serves the community of Prosper as a volunteer police chaplain and as member of the "first and ten" chain crew for Prosper High School football. John is currently enrolled at the Bush School of Government and Community Service at Texas A&M University, working toward a Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership. John and his wife Roni are the parents of three children. 

Peyton Hill

Peyton Hill is the Lead Pastor at Highland Baptist Church in Grove City, Ohio. He has a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Mississippi State University and an M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Peyton anticipates completing his Ph.D. in Applied Theology from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in May of 2018. He is 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 three children.

Brian Hobbs

Brian Hobbs

Brian Hobbs serves as editor of the Baptist Messenger, the statewide newsjournal of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO). Hobbs also serves as BGCO Communications Director and as staff liaison for the BGCO's ERLC Committee. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma City University, Hobbs is an ordained deacon. He and his wife Jennifer have five children and are members of Quail Springs Baptist Church in Oklahoma City.

Casey Hough

Casey Hough serves as the senior pastor of the First Baptist Church of Camden, Ark. He holds a B.G.S. in Computer Applications from Louisiana Tech University, a M.Div. in Biblical Languages and a Th.M. in Biblical Interpretation from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (NOBTS). Presently, he is pursuing a Ph.D. in Biblical Interpretation from NOBTS with minors in theology and in ethics. In addition to his everyday work, Casey is passionate about writing and teaching the church at large. He writes a monthly church history column for a regional newspaper, frequently provides book reviews to various publications, and regularly contributes research essays and articles to several evangelical outlets. Currently, he is writing his first book for Rainer Publishing on Paul’s pastoral priorities from 1 and 2 Timothy. Casey and his wife, Hannah, have three sons and two daughters.

Beau Hughes

Beau Hughes

Beau Hughes is the Lead Pastor of The Village Church in Denton, Texas. He received his bachelor's degree from George Fox University in Newberg, Ore., and his M.A. and D.Ed.Min. degrees from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. Beau married Kimberly in 2007. They have four children, two sons and two daughters, and live just a few blocks away from where their church gathers each week. 

Dean Inserra

Dean Inserra is the lead pastor of City Church in his hometown of Tallahassee, Fla. He has a passion to bring gospel clarity to the under-reached realm of cultural Christianity which still consists in much of the south. Dean also is committed to healthy church planting and reaching college campuses for Christ. He is married to his wife Krissie and they have three children. Dean loves baseball and the New England Patriots.

Chad Keck

Chad Keck

Chad Keck serves as the Senior Pastor of FBC Kettering in Dayton, Ohio. He is married to Candace Keck and they have been blessed with four children (a biological daughter who was born premature and weighed less than one pound at birth and three boys they adopted from China). Chad served is an alum of Oklahoma Baptist University, holds a D.Ed.Min from MBTS, and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Leadership from University of the Cumberlands. He is an adjunct professor in the Masters of Ministry Program at Cedarville University. He is the SBC Executive Committee's Cooperative Program Catalyst for the Midwest Region and served as the 2nd Vice-President of the SBC in 2015-2016.

Garrett Kell

Garrett Kell has served as Lead Pastor of Del Ray Baptist Church since 2012. Garrett grew up in Berkeley Springs, W.V. He attended Virginia Tech where he came to know the Lord through the witness of a friend and the ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ. Garrett served as the evangelism pastor at Denton Bible Church in Denton, Texas, while working toward his ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary. Garrett then served as the senior pastor at Graham Bible Church in Graham, Texas, for seven years. He later spent time on staff with Capitol Hill Baptist Church who helped place him with Del Ray Baptist Church. He is married to Carrie and together they have five children.

Averri T. LeMalle

Averri T. LeMalle

Averri T. LeMalle is the Associate Pastor of CFBC. He is a graduate of Caskey School of Divinity, Louisiana College and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Averri is committed to excellence in Bible study, preaching, teaching, and Christ-like living. Averri and his wife, Kionna, have been married 20 years and have four beautiful children, three sons and a daughter.  

Jeff Long

Jeff Long

Jeff Long serves as Senior Pastor at Parkwood Baptist Church in Gastonia, N.C. Jeff grew up outside of Hickory, N.C. He came to faith in Christ as a teenager and was called to ministry while a senior in high school. After graduating from college, six days later he married his lovely wife, Celeste. In 1992, he was called to serve as the Youth Pastor at Parkwood. After the retirement of Dr. Ned Mathews in 1999, he was called as the Senior Pastor. The Lord has blessed Jeff and Celeste with four wonderful children.

Noel Lozano

Noel Lozano

Noel Lozano serves as Senior Pastor at Turning Point  in Miami, Fla. Noel came to the Lord when he was nine years old and was called to ministry in 1999 as a pastor. He’s been married for 22 years and has two boys. Noel’s passions are preaching and people, and he loves to see people be transformed by the power of the gospel.  

Taryn Mays

Taryn Mays

Taryn Mays serves as the Lead Groups Minister at The Village Church in Plano, Texas. She received her B.S. in Leadership Studies from Texas A&M University and her Masters of Liberal Arts with a focus on Human Rights and Social Justice from Southern Methodist University. Prior to full-time ministry, she worked with sexually abused, exploited, and trafficked women and their children at a Dallas-based non-profit organization. Taryn is passionate about sound biblical literacy informing how the Church can properly care for the hurting and oppressed. She is married to her best friend, Bobby.

Nathan Millican

Nathan Millican

Nathan Millican serves as the Lead Pastor at Foothills Baptist Church in Phoenix, Ariz. He is married to Lauren and they have four kids. Nathan earned a B.S. in Business Administration and an M.A. in Secondary Education from the University of Ky., an MDiv. from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a D.Min in Biblical Counseling from Southern Seminary.

Charles R. Moore, Jr.

Charles R. Moore, Jr.

Pastor Charles R. Moore, Jr. serves as the senior pastor of the First Baptist Church of Paducah, Ky. Beyond the state of Kentucky, Charles has shepherded congregations in California, Illinois, and North Carolina. Pastor Charles first sensed a call to pastoral ministry while a student at the University of Kentucky College of Law. In addition to his juris doctorate, he holds degrees from the University of Kentucky and from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Charles is passionate about preaching God's Word, and generally delivers expository sermons as he teaches through books of the Bible; he is committed to the relevant and practical application of Scripture to real life. Pastor Charles has enjoyed numerous opportunities to serve people through Christian mission and relief work in Armenia, Bosnia, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, England, Haiti, Mexico, Romania, Taiwan, and Uganda. He wants everything he does to be marked by grace and truth. Charles is married to Eileen, his best friend and partner in life and ministry. Eileen is a staff attorney for the United States District Court. In addition to their commitment to religious liberty, Charles and Eileen are committed to their wonderful son. The Moore Family seeks to love each other, and their church family, for the glory of Christ.

Nick Nye

Nick Nye

Nick Nye is the Lead Pastor for Apostles Church in New York City's Union Square. Nick is married to Brittany and has four kids.

Ender Palencia

Ender Palencia

Ender Palencia is the Multi-Site Pastor and Grand Prairie Campus Pastor at Fielder Church in Arlington, Texas. He holds a degree in Business Administration from Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City, Tenn., and a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Ender is native of Venezuela with a passion to proclaim the gospel and to equip others to do the same. He and his wife Andrea have been married since 2007 are the blessed parents of two daughters.

Jason Paredes

Jason Paredes

Jason is the Lead Pastor of Fielder Church in Arlington, Texas, a growing multi-ethnic church in the heart of the DFW area. As a third-generation Latino growing up in small town Texas, he began his ministry primarily in Anglo churches but after a two year missionary venture to Buenos Aires, Argentina, and inner-city ministry in Fort Worth, God has called him to bring the cultures of the city together in one church to display the power of the Gospel through the unity it brings. He is married to Virginia and has five beautiful daughters who aren’t allowed to date until they are 42 and a son who brings some much needed balance to the girl power in his house.

Ronnie Parrott

Ronnie Parrott

Dr. Ronnie Parrott is the Lead Pastor at Christ Community Church in Huntersville, N.C., a suburb of Charlotte. He and his wife have six children. Ronnie’s deep love for Christ drives his commitment to disciple-making in the local church. He has pastored at churches in Kentucky and Arkansas. Ronnie is a three time graduate of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., including a Bachelor's degree in Family Ministry, a Masters of Divinity in Evangelism, Missions, and Church Growth, and a Doctorate in Executive Leadership. Ronnie is committed to making gospel-centered disciples inside the local church, equipping the Church to live on mission, and raising up men and women to take the gospel to the ends of the earth, for the glory of God.

Stephen Partain

Stephen Partain

Stephen Partain is currently leading Kings Church, a church of missional communities committed to making good news tangible in the city of New Orleans. Prior to his work at Kings Church he worked in Operations Management for the better part of a decade. He is married to the love of his life, Morgan and together they are raising the three coolest daughters in the world. Stephen is also a graduate of LSU Shreveport, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing an MA in Intercultural Studies from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Coleman Philley

Coleman Philley

Coleman Philley is the Senior Pastor of Katy’s First Baptist Church. Born and raised on the eastside of Houston, he earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University. He earned an M.Div. and is a Ph.D. student in Systematic Theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Before entering full-time ministry, Coleman worked as an engineer at a private consulting firm in west Houston. He is passionate about text-driven preaching that shows God’s Word to be relevant among all cultures, ultimately leading to heart transformation. He and his wife, Jennifer, have been married since 2007, and have two sons and one daughter.

Greg Pickering

Greg Pickering served as a Student Pastor for several years before planting Brazos Pointe Fellowship in 2001, a “church for the unchurched,” in Lake Jackson, Texas. He currently serves as Lead Pastor. Since its inception BPF has been a church plant that plants other churches. Greg has served locally on city commissions and industry councils. He is actively involved in the Houston Church Planting Network and with the International Justice Mission. He serves as a Lead Partner with NAMB’s SEND City Initiative in Seattle and is currently writing a book about his experiences in church planting.

Greg married his college sweetheart, Kathy. They are the parents of two adult married sons, one grandson and another one on the way in 2018. Greg graduated from Texas A&M University with a BBA in Finance, and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a MA in Religious Education. Greg is passionate about music, missions, justice, church planters, baseball and all things Texas A&M.

 

Philip Pinckney

Philip Pinckney

Philip Pinckney is the Lead Pastor or Radiant Church in North Charleston, S.C. Philip received his Bachelor’s Degree from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina and began his seminary training at Westminster Seminary. He is now completing his Master’s degree at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Philip is also the Executive Director of 1Charleston (an organization that helps the Church understand and embrace the "multi-ethnic" Gospel) and served in the United States Marine Corps Reserves for 6 years. Philip and his wife Jenetta have one son.  

Vance Pitman

Vance Pitman

Vance Pitman serves as the Senior/Founding Pastor of Hope Church in Las Vegas, Nev. Since its launch in 2001, Hope Church has sent hundreds out of its fellowship on mission, invested millions of dollars in God’s global activity, and has launched more than forty new churches in the Western United States. As a seasoned pastor and church planter, Vance speaks across the country and all over the world from the passion of his apostolic heart to inspire people to join in God’s eternal, redemptive mission of making disciples and multiplying the church. Vance holds a Bachelor’s Degree with a major in History and a minor in Business Management from the University of North Alabama, and a Master’s Degree in Divinity from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary. He resides in Henderson, Nev., with his wife Kristie, and has two sons, two daughters, a son-in-law, and one brand new granddaughter.

David E. Prince

David E. Prince is pastor of preaching and vision at Ashland Avenue Baptist Church in Lexington, Ky., and assistant professor of Christian preaching at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of In the Arena and Church with Jesus as the Hero

He received his M.Div from Southwestern Theological Seminary and his Ph.D from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

He is married to Judi and they have eight children (three boys and five girls). He is a baseball aficionado and an avid Atlanta Braves fan, but he also enjoys football (#rolltide) and basketball. When he isn’t spending time with his family, or playing sports with his kids, he can usually be found reading. His list of influential authors include: Edmund Clowney, Andrew Fuller, George Eldon Ladd, Graeme Goldsworthy, Irenaeus, John MacArthur, John Piper, Tom Schreiner, and Russell Moore.

Ben Reaoch

Ben Reaoch

Ben Reaoch serves as pastor of Three Rivers Grace Church in Pittsburgh, Penn., where he has been since 2006. He is married to Stacy, and they have four children. Ben received his M.Div. (2003) and Ph.D. (2009) from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of Women, Slaves, and the Gender Debate (Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 2012).

Courtney Reissig

Courtney Reissig

Courtney Reissig is a wife, mom, and writer. She is the author of The Accidental Feminist: Restoring Our Delight in God's Good Design (Crossway, 2015) and Glory in the Ordinary: Why Your Work in the Home Matters to God (Crossway, 2017). After graduating with a bachelor's degree in English from Northwestern College (St. Paul, Minn.), she did some graduate study at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. Courtney is married to Daniel, and together the serve at Midtown Baptist Church in Little Rock, Ark. They are the grateful parents of four sons.

Raleigh Sadler

Raleigh Sadler

Raleigh Sadler has served in Christian ministry since 2001. Currently, he is the founder and executive director of Let My People Go in NYC. As a speaker, his work has taken him to universities and churches across the country speaking on how the christian faith frees us to explore justice and mercy in our communities. With that said, he believes that the church should be leading the way in the fight against human trafficking.

Brittany Salmon

Brittany Salmon

Brittany Salmon is a freelance writer and advocate for adoption. She is currently a doctoral student at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and has an MA in intercultural studies from SEBTS and an MA in teaching from North Carolina State University. She writes on faith and family at www.brittanynsalmon.com, and has been published at Intersect Project and The Gospel Coalition. She spends her free time serving her local church, eating Chick-fil-A, and exploring her new home state of Texas with her husband, three kids, and their dog, Mr. Tom Hanks.

Danilo Santiago

Danilo Santiago

Danilo Santiago is the founding and lead pastor of the Covenant Christian Church since 2011. Dan migrated to Chicago, Ill., in 1998 and served as church planter/pastor of churches in the states of Illinois and Florida. Prior to this he served as a pastor in the Philippines for 13 years. He received his Master of Divinity from the Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary and is a Doctor of Ministry candidate at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. Dan currently serves as President of Filipino Southern Baptist Fellowship in North America. He is also coordinator of Filipino American Pastors Fellowship in Florida. Dan and his wife, Agnes has been married for 33 years and have three grown children and a granddaughter.

Jimmy Scroggins

Jimmy Scroggins is the Lead Pastor of Family Church, where he has served since July 2008. Under his leadership, Family Church has launched 11 campuses – 8 in English, 2 in Spanish and 1 in Portuguese. In addition to their campuses, Family Church has started seed churches in English, Creole, and Russian. Jimmy is passionate about reaching the millions of South Floridians who have yet to hear and respond to the gospel of Jesus. He is the coauthor of Turning Everyday Conversations into Gospel Conversations and hosts the Church for the Rest of Us podcast at familychurchnetwork.com. Jimmy is a member of the Board of Trustees at Palm Beach Atlantic University and on the Executive Council of Lifeway Christian Resources. He also teaches as a visiting professor at both Southern and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminaries. Jimmy and his wife, Kristin, have eight children.

Gary Shultz

Gary Shultz

Gary Shultz is the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church in Fulton, Mo., where he has served since 2009. Before coming to FBC Fulton, he earned a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, as well as an M.Div. in Biblical and Theological Studies and an M.A. in Intercultural Studies, both from Baptist Bible Theological Seminary. In addition to pastoring, Gary also serves as an Assistant Professor of Religion at Liberty University, an Adjunct Professor of Theology and Preaching at Baptist Bible Theological Seminary, a Fellow for the Center of Pastor Theologians, and a trustee for Hannibal-Lagrange University and Serve, INC. Gary writes a monthly column for The Pathway, the newspaper of the Missouri Baptist Convention, called "Worth the Read." He is the author of numerous reviews and journal articles, as well as the book A Multi-Intentioned View of the Extent of the Atonement (Wipf and Stock, 2014). His passion is helping others know, love, and follow Jesus through the ministry of God's Word. Gary has been married to Kristin for 14 years, and they have two daughters.  

Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith

Kevin L. Smith (Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is Executive Director of the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware and Assistant Professor of Christian Preaching at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Bekah Stoneking

Bekah Stoneking

Bekah Stoneking serves as Content Editor for Explore the Bible: Kids at LifeWay Christian Resources where she focuses on biblical and historical research and develops resources for Preschool and Kids Worship. With experience as a children’s minister and as an elementary school teacher, Bekah is especially interested in how a child’s brain development and cultural background affect the processes of teaching and learning at church and the process of lifelong discipleship. She holds a Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and plans to graduate from SEBTS later this year with a Doctorate in Education. She currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee where she loves drinking coffee, admiring city lights, and teaching preschoolers and Kindergarteners at The Church at Avenue South.

 

Matt Surber

Matt Surber

Matt Surber serves as Lead Pastor of Castle Hills church in San Antonio, Texas. Matt received a Bachelor’s Degree in Biblical Studies and Communications from East Texas Baptist University. He then went on to attend Southwestern Theological Seminary, pursuing his Master of Divinity and graduated with a Master of Biblical Studies from Trinity Theological Seminary. Matt did post graduate Ph.D. work at Trinity as well. Matt enjoys time with his family, all sports, and hunting. Matt and his wife, Becky, have been married for 20 years. God has blessed them with two sons.

Laura Thigpen

Laura Thigpen

Laura Thigpen is a pastor’s wife, adoptive mom, freelance writer, and an administrative assistant at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. She and her husband, Joseph, serve Imago Dei Church in Raleigh, N.C., where they were part of the team that planted the church in 2011. They also recently completed the adoption of their daughter from Ethiopia. Laura is passionate about discipleship, the intersection of faith and culture, politics, and social justice. She helped start a women’s discipleship initiative at Imago Dei, and she writes on these and other topics occasionally for various outlets.

JD Thorne

JD Thorne

JD Thorne has served as the lead pastor of Point Mallard Parkway Baptist Church in Decatur, Ala., since 2011. He is happily married to Corrie and together they have 3 young children. JD graduated college from Samford University in Birmingham, Ala., and received a Masters of Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

John Toone

John Toone

John Toone is the Associate Pastor of East Shore Baptist Church (Harrisburg, Penn.). He came to salvation, was baptized, and matured in his faith through the ministry of East Shore Baptist Church. After receiving a M.Div. from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, John began serving on staff at East Shore in June 2014. He has also partnered with the Baptist Resource Network of Pennsylvania/South Jersey and several local church plants. John’s passion is to glorify God and see His Word transform lives into the image of Christ, by the Holy Spirit’s power, in fulfillment of the Great Commission.

Caleb Turner

Caleb Turner

Caleb Turner serves as the Equipping Pastor for the Mesquite Friendship Baptist Church in Mesquite, Texas. In addition to ministry, he also serves as an Executive Board member for the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention. Caleb is a veteran of the United States Air Force, having been stationed at Air Force Special Operations Base, Hurlburt Field, Fla. He served a tour at Bagram Air Base, Bagram, Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom. Caleb has a master’s degree in Biblical Studies from Moody Bible Institute, and is currently pursuing his Doctor of Ministry in Apologetics from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Caleb’s passions include preaching, teaching and discipling men. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Tamera, and they have three boys. 

Brad Walker

Brad Walker

Brad Walker serves as the senior pastor of FBC Sparta in Sparta, Tenn. Brad attended Tennessee Tech University, where he played basketball and majored in English Literature. It was during this time that Brad met his wife, Elicia, who was involved in Campus Outreach at Southeast Missouri State University. He and Elicia were married and then served on staff with Campus Outreach in Murray, Ky. After a season, they moved to Louisville in order to pursue a MDiv at SBTS. While pursuing his degree rapidly, in God’s kind providence, he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. As the Walker’s pursued the Lord and tried to discern what life and ministry with a chronic illness looks like, he put his formal education on hold. During this time, he served as Assistant Director of Admissions at SBTS, as Student Pastor and Associate Pastor at Carlisle Avenue Baptist Church, and continued to study vigorously. In 2009, they accepted God’s call to Trinity Baptist Church in Southaven, Miss., for Brad to serve as Family Equipping Pastor. In 2012, they returned back to Louisville for him to serve as a Lead Pastor at Carlisle Avenue, where he served in Louisville, until God called them to FBC Sparta. His most beloved hobby is spending time with his wife, Elicia their their four sons.

Tim Walker

Tim Walker

Tim Walker is the Pastoral Care and Communications Pastor at First Baptist Church Biloxi and an Adjunct Instructor at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He is married to Darla, and they have four children. He is a Ph.D. Candidate in Theology at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (NOBTS), writing a dissertation on Natural Law in the political theologies of Carl F. H. Henry and Oliver O’Donovan. He is a native of the MS Gulf Coast, holding a B.A from William Carey College, M.A. and Th.M. from NOBTS, and a M.A. in philosophy from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Keith Warden

Keith Warden

Keith Warden is Senior Pastor of Picayune's First Baptist Church in Picayune, Miss., where he has served since 2004. He holds a B.M. from Samford University, an M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a D.Min. from Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Ala. Keith and his wife, Kristi, have been married for 29 years and have two sons and one daughter.

Rachel White

Rachel White

Rachel White is a licensed counselor, an advocate for human trafficking survivors, and founder of Her Song Jacksonville. Rachel has led her team to address a great need in the NE Florida area: a safe healing home where trafficked women can find refuge and build a new life.

Rachel grew up in Texas, attended Baylor University receiving her BA in Psychology in 1990. After raising children, she went back to school and graduated with a MA in professional counseling with High Distinction from Liberty University in 2012. She received training in Pain Psychology from the Mayo Clinic Jacksonville in 2011-2012 and is an alumnus of the Mayo School of Health Sciences. Rachel has completed numerous hours of training in human trafficking, sexual abuse, and trauma. She is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. She received the FBI Director’s 2016 Community Leadership Award from Director James Comey at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C. for her work in human trafficking in Florida. Rachel has led Her Song to impact the Northeast Florida region with awareness and built strong alliances with the FBI, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and the State Attorney’s office to ensure victims have an opportunity to heal from the crimes committed against them.

Rachel’s vision of a city where every woman is free to live out her God-given purpose is being fulfilled as her team opened Freedom Cottage in October 2017, the first safe home for human trafficking survivors in the Northeast Florida area. While this is a great step, there is much more work to do in Florida, so she is leading Her Song to look to the future to build a safe home on 10-12 acres where provide life-saving care will be provided. Rachel is a mom of four young adult children who love Jesus and has been married to Dr. Paul White for 26 years. They reside happily in Jacksonville, Fla.

Jen Wilkin

Jen Wilkin is an author and Bible teacher from Dallas, Texas. She has organized and led studies for women in home, church, and parachurch contexts. She and her family call The Village Church home. Jen currently serves on the team of the Village Church Institute, with direct responsibility for adult classes at all campuses. Jen and her husband Jeff have four children and have been married for 23 years. 

Dante D. Wright, I

Dante D. Wright, I

Dr. Dante D. Wright has served as the Senior Pastor of Sweet Home Baptist Church of Round Rock for 13 years. He and his wife Tracy have five children. He is an advocate for social justice and racial reconciliation. He is an avid reader, enjoys traveling and sports, especially football. More importantly, he has a passion for preaching and teaching God’s Word. He lives and leads his parishioners by the motto “Developing Christian Disciples to Influence the World for the Cause of Christ.” He has an earned BS and Liberal Arts Degree from Southeast Missouri State University, a MA in Christian Leadership from Criswell College, a DMIN from Liberty Theological Seminary, a Master of Theology (ThM) from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (MBTS), and is currently pursuing a PhD in Biblical Studies with an emphasis in Homiletics from MBTS., Criswell College, Dallas, TX. in 2000. He has also earned a Master of Divinity Degree from Liberty Theological Seminary, Lynchburg, Va. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate Degree at Liberty University. 

George Wright

George Wright

George Wright serves as Senior Pastor of Shandon Baptist Church in Columbia, S.C. George is a graduate of the University of South Carolina (Business Administration) and Southwestern Seminary (Mdiv). He has been married to Megan for 16 years and they have four children.

Afshin Ziafat

Afshin Ziafat

Afshin Ziafat currently serves as the Lead Pastor of Providence Church in Frisco, Texas. For 12 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, Texas. 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.