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.

Jay Adkins

Jay Adkins

Jay Adkins has served as Pastor of First Baptist Church of Westwego since 2002. He holds a Master’s of Divinity in Biblical Languages and a Master’s of Theology Degree both from NOBTS and is presently trying to finish a Ph.D in Theology. He currently serves on the Administrative Team of the New Orleans Baptist Association of Churches and on the Editorial Team of SBCVoices.com. Jay is married to Michelle and they have two sons. 

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.

Lauren Ashford

Lauren Ashford

Lauren Ashford serves on the leadership team for women’s discipleship at Summit RDU, where she is also a small group facilitator and a Bible teacher. She has an M.Div. in Biblical Counseling from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and specializes in counseling victims of abuse. She is married to Bruce, with whom she has three children. Bruce and Lauren have co-authored numerous articles about parenting for Fox News Opinion as well as “Every Holiday a Holy Day,” an e-book that explores how annual holidays are special moments to teach children about Christ and his gospel.

Cindy Asmussen

Cindy Asmussen

Cindy Asmussen is the Ethics & Religious Liberty Advisor for the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention and sits on the Texas Ethics and Religious Liberty Committee. She works with governmental leaders, conservative coalitions to build unity and strategy in public policy, and educates groups and churches on cultural and legislative issues. She has also worked for over a decade with Concerned Women for America of Texas serving as Legislative Director, Central Texas Area Director and Prayer/Action Leader. During the 2017 Texas legislative session, Cindy and two other Texas Grassroots leaders formed the "Mom Caucus" to bring the voice of moms who hold to traditional, Biblical values to the state Capitol. One of her most treasured roles is wife to her wonderful husband of 29 years, and a mother and grandmother. She has a 7 year old daughter, two grown sons, daughter-in-law, baby grandson, and adopted Chinese son whom she first met as an international college student. She has also fostered and adopted through the state foster care system, and now speaks and meets with state leaders to bring about reform.

Marshal Ausberry

Marshal Ausberry

Marshal Ausberry is married to the former Robyn Duke, they have three adult children and two grandchildren. Marshal serves as the Sr. Pastor of Antioch Baptist Church, Fairfax Station, VA. Marshal also serves as the President of the National African American Fellowship of the Southern Baptist Convention (NAAF). NAAF is a fellowship of approximately 4,000 predominately African-American churches that are affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention. Marshal holds a Doctorate in Ministry in Preaching and a THM in Preaching, both degrees were earned at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Marshal also holds a Master of Divinity from Virginia Union University and a Graduate Certificate in Biblical Studies from Capital Bible Seminary. He also holds a certificate in Apologetics from Biola University. In addition, Marshal earned a Master Degree in Accounting and a Bachelor of Business Administration with majors in Accounting and Management from James Madison University. He also holds the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) designation.

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. Connor has been married to Mary for 18 years and they have five children.

Joe Ball

Joe Ball

Joe Ball serves as the Director for Discipleship and Ministry at Union University in Jackson, Tenn. An East Tennessee native, he has received a Bachelor of Arts from Union University and a Master of Divinity from Southern Seminary. Before joining the team at Union, Joe served as a student pastor in Jackson, Tenn. Joe's passion is to see college students take their next step in their walk with Christ by being genuinely devoted followers of Jesus. 

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.

Boyd Bettis

Boyd Bettis

Boyd Bettis is married Brittanyand they have three children. He serves as the Lead Pastor of The District Church in Jacksonville, Fla.

Matt Boswell

Matt Boswell

Matt Boswell is the pastor of The Trails Church. Matt is a Native Texan who grew up the son of a Baptist pastor, and also grew to love the local church. Matt has been involved in pastoral ministry since 2002, and is also an author and hymnwriter. He and his wife Jamie have four children. Matt is a graduate of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.A. Christian Ministry), and is also a Ph.D candidate at Southern Seminary with an emphasis in Christian Worship and Biblical Spirituality.

Rob Boyd

Rob Boyd

Rob Boyd has served as the Senior Pastor of Green Valley Baptist Church since 2003. Green Valley is a multicultural family of faith located in the heart of Las Vegas. He is the founder of College Park Mission Center which hosts mission teams from around the country to do ministry in the homeless corridor of the Las Vegas strip. He has been married to his wife Lisa for over 28 years and has two adult sons. He holds Masters and Doctorate degrees from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

Christy Britton

Christy Britton

Christy Britton is a wife and mom to four boys. She has a degree in Finance from Louisiana State University. She writes Bible study curriculum for Docent Research Group and contributes content regularly to many outlets. She serves as the Discipleship Classes Coordinator for Imago Dei Church in Raleigh, N.C. She is an orphan advocate with 127 Worldwide and contributes administratively to bring pastor training opportunities to Africa for Acts 29. 

Nathaniel T. Brooks

Nathaniel T. Brooks serves as the Senior Pastor of The Greater St. John Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala. 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 and his wife Toccara a daughter and a son.

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.

Jessica Burke

Jessica Burke

Jessica Burke is married to her high school sweetheart, and they have four children. The Burkes lived in Skopje, Macedonia as missionaries for 3 years before moving to N.C. where Jessica’s husband is a chaplain at a local jail and a pastor. A former public school teacher, Jessica home educates her children and teaches humanities to secondary students. Jessica has written for the Federalist, CiRCE, Story Warren, the Pillar Network, and elsewhere.

Lindsey Carlson

Lindsey Carlson

Lindsey Carlson is an author, the mother of five, and a native Texan serving in ministry alongside her husband Kyle in Baltimore, Maryland. In 2017 they planted Imprint Community Church in partnership with the North American Mission Board and the Baptist Convention of Maryland and Delaware. Lindsey enjoys teaching and discipling women through writing and public speaking, and in her local church as women’s ministry director. She is the author of Growing in Godliness: A Teen Girl's Guide to Maturing in Christ (Crossway 2019) and contributed to the book Identity Theft: Reclaiming the Truth of our Identity in Christ (TGC 2018).

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.

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.

Eric Costanzo

Eric Costanzo has served as Pastor of South Tulsa Baptist Church since May 2016. South Tulsa has developed a multi-faceted ministry to international and refugee families, and is active in global mission work all over the world. Before coming to South Tulsa, Eric served as an associate pastor and directed ministries to the homeless and impoverished. Eric has degrees in Biblical Languages (B.A., M.Div.) and Cross-Cultural Studies/Ethics (Ph.D.). Eric often speaks at events and conferences related to serving immigrants, refugees, or those facing the effects of situational or generation poverty. Eric and his wife Rebecca have four 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.

Erik Cummings

Erik Cummings

Erik Cummings serves as the lead pastor of the New Life Church of Carol City in Miami, Fla. Additionally, Erik serves as President of the Florida Baptist Convention. Erik has earned degrees from Gardner-Webb University and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Prior to serving as Lead Pastor, Erik served as a Youth/Young Adult Pastor for nine years and a local Christian radio host for 10 years in south Florida. Erik and his wife have two children.

Clint Darst

Clint Darst

Clint Darst is currently finishing up his M.Div from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC. He spent 7 years working for Campus Outreach as a Campus Director at Wingate University and as an Area Director over the Piedmont-Triad Region, in NC. Following his time with Campus Outreach he served as both a church planting intern and as the Evangelism Director at Imago Dei Church in Raleigh, NC. In 2013 he was called as the Lead Pastor of Freedom Church in Lincolnton, NC. After four fruitful years at Freedom Church, God called Freedom to send the Darsts and two other couples out to plant King’s Cross Church in Greensboro. King’s Cross launched in Novemember of 2017 and is now a growing multi-ethnic church in downtown Greensboro, NC. Clint and his wife have 3 children.

Terry Delaney

Terry Delaney

Terry Delaney has been in vocational ministry since July 2005 serving as a youth pastor, children's pastor, co-pastor of a church plant, and now as senior pastor of Union Baptist Church in Mexico, Missouri. Terry and his wife Krista have five children.

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

Having come to Christ as a university student, Jeff Dodge’s passion is to develop leaders to establish local churches in university communities. To that end, Jeff is a pastor at Veritas Church in Iowa City (near the U of Iowa) and also directs the Salt Network School of Theology, as part of The Salt Network church-planting initiative. Jeff received his MDiv from The Master’s Seminary, and a DMin and PhD from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (MBTS). He and his wife, Teresa, have four grown children and a small herd of grandkids.

Jamus Edwards

Jamus Edwards

Jamus Edwards attended Murray State University where he earned a B.S. in Organizational Communication and a minor in Youth and Non-Profit Leadership. It was during his time at MSU where he met the love of his life, Annie Leigh. They were married in July of 2005 and have three children. Jamus and Annie moved to Owensboro in 2006 to re-plant Pleasant Valley Community Church. Jamus earned his M.Div. and Ph.D. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He serves as an adjunct professor at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Western Kentucky University.

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.

Sara Beth Fentress

Sara Beth Fentress

Sara Beth Fentress is the Founder and Executive Director of 127 Worldwide, a non profit that helps Christians tangibly live out James 1:27. God has grown a passion in her heart for orphan care, advocacy, education and discipleship. She lives in Raleigh, N.C., and is a covenant member of Imago Dei Church.

Scott Foshie

Scott Foshie

Scott Foshie has been married to Audra since 2001, and they have enjoyed serving three churches in Tennessee over fifteen years where Scott served as an Associate Pastor. In January 2015, God called Scott to begin serving as a Lead Pastor and He led the Foshie Family to Illinois, where Scott continues to serve as Pastor of Steeleville Baptist Church. In addition to serving his church, Scott has served as a ministry consultant for the Illinois Baptist State Association and as a writer for Lifeway Christian Resources. He currently serves as the part-time Associational Missionary for Nine Mile Baptist Association. Scott and Audra have three children.

Gary Frost

Gary Frost

For 18 years Gary Frost served as senior pastor of the Rising Star Baptist Church in Youngstown Ohio. He has served two terms as president of the State Convention of Baptists in Ohio and two terms as second vice-president of the Southern Baptist Convention. He's been a member of the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention in Nashville, Tennessee as well as twice serving as a vice-president at the North American Mission Board in Alpharetta, Georgia. While in New York City Gary served as executive director of the Metropolitan New York Baptist Association, president of Concerts of Prayer Greater New York and senior pastor at Evergreen Baptist Church in Brooklyn. Gary has been married 42 years to his wife Lynette, having 6 children and 6 grandchildren. The Frosts served as foster parents for over 40 children over an 18 year period and have recently founded a residential home for home-challenged pregnant women called Eagle's Nest Life Equipping Center in response to the high infant mortality rate in Ohio.

Donna Gaines

Donna Gaines

Donna Gaines is a Pastor’s wife, former educator (M.Ed. from Texas Woman’s University), Bible teacher, author of four books, and editor of A Daily Women’s Devotional. Donna is the Founder and President of ARISE2Read, a nonprofit focused on breaking the poverty cycle through the gospel and education. She is the wife of Dr. Steve Gaines, Sr. Pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church. Steve and Donna have four children and eleven grandchildren.

Thomas Gamble

Thomas Gamble

Thomas Gamble serves as the Pastor for Missions and College at St. Andrew Baptist Church in Panama City, Fl. He and his wife Chelsea have been married 5 years and have one child. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Theology from The University of Mobile and a Masters of Religious Education in Discipleship and Evangelism from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. Thomas’ devotion to Christ drives him to make His name known among the nations through mobilization to and church planting in unreached areas, as well as discipling Believers in Panama City to live lives worthy of the Gospel that has redeemed them.

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.

Scott Gilbert

Scott Gilbert

Scott Gilbert serves as the senior pastor of Frederick Boulevard Baptist Church in St. Joseph, Missouri. Originally from Somerset, Kentucky, he served two churches in his hometown before moving to his current role. His passion is preaching God's Word and making disciples of all the nations. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of the Cumberlands, as well as his MDiv and PhD in Christian Preaching from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Scott and his wife, Jenn, have two children.

Jason Gray

Jason Gray

Jason Gray was born and raised in Tampa. Fla. He serves as the Lead Pastor of Redeemer Church in Abilene, Texas, which he helped plant in 2011. Before Redeemer, he served churches in Kentucky, Colorado, and Florida. Jason has a BS in Economics from the University of Florida, a Master of Divinity, and a Doctor of Ministry in Applied Theology, both from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Kristin, have four children.

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.

Kelsey Hency

Kelsey Hency

Kelsey Hency is the founder and editor-in-chief of Fathom Magazine, a media company set out to compel people to seek out the depths of Christian faith. She graduated from The University of Arkansas with a bachelor’s degree in business and received a Master of Arts in Christian Education from Dallas Theological Seminary. She is married to Mat and they have two daughters, Faye and Elliott. Kelsey and her family attend the Dallas campus of The Village Church where she also teaches women’s Bible study.

Peyton Hill

Peyton Hill is the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church in Prattville, Alabama.  He is passionate about preaching Christ from the entire Bible and motivating believers for global missions.  He has a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Mississippi State University, and M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Applied Theology from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.  Peyton and his wife, Jordan Lee, have four children. 

Ken Holland

Ken Holland serves as Executive Pastor at University Heights Baptist Church in Huntsville, Texas. He graduated from Sam Houston State University with a degree in business and spent over 20 years in Restaurant Management and Supply Chain Operations before joining full time ministry at University Heights in 2011. He serves the Huntsville community as a Chamber of Commerce board member, on several City of Huntsville boards, and as volunteer Chaplain with the Huntsville Police Department. He was also recently elected to serve on the Huntsville Independent School District Board of Trustees. Ken is currently pursuing a Masters in Theological Studies from Midwestern Theological Baptist Seminary and is engaging University Heights with Midwestern through their church partnership program. Ken is married to Nicole and they have three children.

Stephanie Holmes

Stephanie Holmes is a lawyer who works as an in-house employment counsel for a company outside of Chicago, Illinois. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and American Studies from Illinois Wesleyan University, her Juris Doctor from the Columbus School of Law, and will begin pursuing a Master of Arts in Theological Studies in 2019. She is an active member of Redeemer Fellowship Church in St. Charles, Illinois. Stephanie is passionate about reclaiming womanhood and about engaging the culture on the topic of gender.

Christine Hoover

Christine Hoover

Christine Hoover is a pastor's wife, mom of three boys, host of the "By Faith" podcast, and author of several books. She has contributed to Christianity Today, The Gospel Coalition, For The Church, Desiring God, Send Network, and Incourage. Originally from Texas, she and her family live in Charlottesville, Virginia, where they planted a church in 2008. 

Elicia Horton

Elicia Horton

Elicia Horton travels the nation teaching and encouraging others by using rap and poetry. Her first book, co-authored with her husband, Enter the Ring is a plea to fight for gospel-saturated marriages in the midst of an anti-God culture. She holds an MS in religious studies and an MS in organizational development from Calvary Theological Seminary. She and D. A. Horton have been married for 14 years and have three wonderful children.

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.

DJ Jenkins

DJ Jenkins

DJ Jenkins grew up east of Los Angeles in Redlands, California. During his college years at Cal Poly Pomona, DJ met a great group of students & staff of the local Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ) chapter. It was through this organization DJ placed his faith in Jesus and started following Him. After graduating with a BS in biology, DJ spent 9 years working with Cru, including one year overseas in São Paulo, Brazil. He met his wife Alisha through Cru and, before moving to Studio City, they worked together at the University of Arizona for 5 years. In 2012, DJ and Alisha and their team moved to Studio City, an influential neighborhood of Los Angeles, to start Anthology Church. DJ and Alisha have two children. DJ is currently in the final semesters of receiving his Masters of Divinity from Gateway Seminary.

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.

Nathan Knight

Nathan Knight

Nathan Knight is a pastor in Washington, D. C. He and his wife are parents to two boys. He is a graduate of Southeastern Theological Seminary. 

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.  

Stephanie Little

Stephanie Little

Stephanie Little is a writer and a Bible teacher. For ten years, she taught women of all ages at First Baptist Jacksonville, Fla. During her time in Florida, God also called her to lead other churches to establish and grow their own women's ministry. In the midst of launching their first daughter to college and adopting a son, God moved her family to Missouri. Stephanie now leads women's ministry at Fellowship of Wildwood Baptist church. Stephanie is married to Dan, and together they have six amazing children and one incredible son-in-law.

Jennifer Lyell

Jennifer Lyell

Jennifer Lyell serves as Vice President of Book Publishing & Merchandising at LifeWay Christian Resources where she leads the second largest business segment of Lifeway's ten Ministry Areas. The hundreds of titles that the Books business team has acquired, developed, or managed under Jennifer’s leadership include more than a dozen New York Times bestsellers, as well as CT Book of the Year Winners The Storm Tossed Family and Onward, and key brands such as She Reads Truth. Jennifer is an often (off the path) hiker who loves teaching the Old Testament to three year olds and reading books that have stood the test of time.

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.

Lauren Green McAfee

Lauren Green McAfee is a speaker, writer, connector and coffee enthusiast with a heart to engage others in the Bible. While pursuing her graduate degrees in pastoral counseling and theology, Lauren worked at Museum of the Bible from its founding days, until its opening in Washington DC. Today, she works at Hobby Lobby corporate and is also pursuing a Ph.D. in Ethics and Public Policy from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Lauren and her husband Michael live in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. 

Dana Hall McCain

Dana Hall McCain

Dana Hall McCain is a columnist for Alabama Media Group, focusing on topics of faith and politics. Her work appears on the AL.com website, as well as in the Huntsville Times, the Birmingham News, and the Mobile Press-Register. She has previously written for a variety of faith-based platforms about issues affecting women’s ministry, marriage and parenting. Dana has served her home church and numerous parachurch ministries as a Bible study leader, Women’s Ministry Director, and small group leader. One of her greatest joys is serving as a mentor to pregnant women at her local Christian pregnancy resource center, Wiregrass Hope Group. Dana and her husband, Greg “Scooter” McCain are parents to two children.

Carolyn McCulley

Carolyn McCulley

Carolyn McCulley is the author of three books and a contributor to the ESV Women’s Devotional Bible, as well as a frequent speaker at women’s ministry events in the U.S. and abroad. She is also the founder of Citygate Films, where she directs, produces, and edits a range of nonfiction films. She has been interviewed by numerous national media, including FamilyLife Today, Focus on the Family, the Washington Post, WORLD magazine, Revive Our Hearts with Nancy Leigh DeMoss, CBN's 700 Club Interactive, and many more. She regularly speaks at women’s conferences in the U.S. and abroad. Carolyn is also an award-winning producer/director/editor at Citygate Films, a nonfiction film company she founded in 2009. She is the proud aunt of six nieces and nephews and is a member of Redeemer Church of Arlington.

Rob McCutcheon

Rob McCutcheon

Rob McCutcheon is a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State focusing on the Middle East. He currently resides in Tampa, Fla., and serves as the Deputy Foreign Policy Advisor (POLAD) to the Commander of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), which oversees all U.S. military forces in the Middle East and Central Asia. Prior to becoming a U.S. diplomat, Rob worked on public policy issues in Washington, DC; he holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, and he is fluent in Spanish, Arabic, and Farsi. Rob came to faith at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., where he met his wife, Karen Race McCutcheon. They are now faithful members of Covenant Life Church in Tampa, Fla.

Tracy McElhattan

Tracy McElhattan

Dr. Tracy McElhattan serves as Director of Early Childhood Ministries at Blue Valley Baptist Church in Overland Park, Kan. She also writes and edits Sunday School curriculum for children with special needs for LifeWay Kids. Previously, Tracy worked in public education for 13 years, including teaching and research. She earned her doctorate in Inclusive Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Kansas in 2014. Tracy and her husband have two sons.

Dave Miller

Dave Miller

Dave Miller is the senior pastor of Southern Hills Baptist Church in Sioux City, Iowa, and editor of SBC Voices. He served as President of the 2017 SBC Pastors’ Conference. He is a graduate of Palm Beach Atlantic and SWBTS. He has pastored churches in Florida, Virginia, and Iowa.

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 Kentucky, Charles has shepherded congregations in California, Illinois, and North Carolina. Pastor Charles first sensed a call to 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 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, France, 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 an attorney with a passion for religious freedom. In addition to their commitment to religious liberty, Charles and Eileen are committed to their wonderful son, who is a college student. The Moore Family seeks to love each other, and their church family, for the glory of Christ.

Courtney L. Moore

Courtney L. Moore

Courtney L. Moore founded Women & Work: Stepping into Kingdom Productivity in May of 2018. A former IMB missionary and classical educator, Courtney writes content for several publications of LifeWay Christian Resources as well as for Pinelake Church in Jackson, Mississippi. She holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Mobile and an M.A. in Biblical Counseling from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. She and her husband, Brent, have two boys and a girl.

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.

Lilly Park

Lilly Park

Lilly Park serves as Assistant Professor of Biblical Counseling at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. She holds a Ph.D. and M.Div. from Southern Seminary and an M.A. from Master’s University. Her research areas focus on gender and theology, family ministry, theological anthropology, and cross-cultural counseling. She enjoys teaching women theology and its relevance for life issues. Prior to pursuing her M.A., she worked as an organizational consultant in the Washington, D.C. area.

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.

Von Paxton

Von Paxton

Von Paxton serves as the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Cordele, Georgia. Prior to serving at FBC Cordele, Von pastored in North Texas for 6 years. He received his undergraduate degree in biblical studies from Criswell College and a Masters of Theological Studies from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife Sayla have been married since 2005 and have three daughters.

Matt Peek

Matt Peek

Matt Peek began serving as Pastor at First Baptist Church Pelham in June 2014. He is married to Leigh Anna, and they have four children. Matt grew up in Thomaston, GA and began preaching there at the age of 15. He later served in ministry in LaGrange, Ga., and Moultrie, Ga., before being called to Pelham. He earned a B.A. in History from LaGrange College and his M.Div. from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. 

Cesar Y. Perez

Cesar Y. Perez serves as the Director for Hispanic Ministry at FBC Richmond, Ky. Born and raised in Cuba, he received a B.S. in Linguistics from Eastern University. He earned a D.Min., and is a Ph.D. student in Systematic Theology from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has served in the pastoral ministry since 2000. Cesar and his wife Gretha have two kids.

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.

Wade Phillips

Wade Phillips

Wade serves as Associate Pastor at Northcrest Baptist Church in Meridian, Miss. Before coming on staff, he spent 20 years in the TV news business as an anchor, reporter, and producer. He and his wife Crystal have been married since 2002, and they have two children. He has degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He is currently a doctoral student at New Orleans.

Doug Phillips

Doug Phillips

Doug Phillips serves as the Executive Director of For the City, a national nonprofit helping individuals, churches, nonprofits and businesses bring justice and restoration to their cities. Through resources and courses, experiences and service opportunities, and networking and professional development, he and his team work to educate, equip and mobilize believers to meet the unique needs of their city. He is married to Becca and has three children. Doug also serves as the Local Missions Pastor of the Austin Stone Community Church in Austin, Texas.

Greg Pickering

Greg Pickering is Lead Pastor of Brazos Pointe Fellowship in Lake Jackson, TX; a church he planted in 2001. He actively supports and coaches church planters through the Houston Church Planting Network and NAMB’s SEND City Initiative in Seattle, WA.  He also serves as NAMB’s South Texas Ambassador. Greg married his college sweetheart, Kathy. They are the parents of two adult married sons, and three grandsons. Greg graduated from Texas A&M University with a BBA in Finance, and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a MA in Religious Education.

Philip Pinckney

Philip Pinckney

Philip Pinckney is the Lead Pastor of Radiant Church in North Charleston, S.C. He is a native of Charleston and received his Bachelor’s Degree from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. He began his seminary training at Westminster Seminary, and will complete his Master’s degree at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary Philip is also the Executive Director of 1Charleston and also served in the Marine Corps for 6 years. Philip and his wife Jenetta have one son. 

Brett Pitman

Brett Pitman

Brett Pitman currently serves as the Senior Pastor of Highland Park Baptist Church in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. In addition to serving at Highland Park, he also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Shoals Sav-a-Life, the International Director of the REAP pastor training conference in South Africa, and as a chaplain with the Muscle Shoals Police Department. Brett also serves on the Board of Directors for the Northwest Alabama Fellowship of Christian Athletes and on the Advisory Board of the Rescue Me Project, which is a ministry that works to bring hope to the lives of troubled teens. He and his wife Taryn have three children.

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.

Chad Poe

Chad Poe

Chad Poe is the Lead Teaching Pastor of Grace Bible Church in Clute, Texas. He holds a Bachelor of Science (Secondary Education)from UT Chattanooga and a Masters of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Chad and his wife, Hope, have three sons and a daughter.

Daniel T. Porter

Daniel T. Porter

Daniel T. Porter serves as staff writer for the Baptist New Mexican. Originally from Oklahoma City, Daniel earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New Mexico, double-majoring in Religious Studies and English Studies, graduating Magma Cum Laude with an Honors College Designation in Interdisciplinary Studies. Daniel is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Theology at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and hopes to pursue doctoral studies upon matriculation. He and his wife, Morgan, live in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and are members of X Factor Church.

John Powell

John Powell

 John Powell is the planting pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in New Caney, Texas. John, his wife Katherine and their 4 children live in north Houston.

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. 

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.

JT Riley

JT Riley

JT Riley is a church planter in North Texas. He and his wife Allison have three children. 

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, an adjunct professor of Global Studies at Liberty University Online, and an editor for the ERLC. She is also an orphan care and prevention advocate, and a doctoral student at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. 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.

Aaron Sanders

Aaron Sanders

Aaron Sanders is the founding pastor of Coastal Community Church in Galveston, Texas. Under his leadership Coastal has become a hub for church planting, disaster recovery, and gospel saturation in the region. In addition to his pastoral roles, Aaron is a founding board member for the Pregnancy Help Center of Galveston.

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.

Nic Seaborn

Nic Seaborn

Nic Seaborn received his bachelor’s degree in Christian Studies from Union University in Jackson, Tenn. He then earned his M.Div. degree from Beeson Divinity School. He is the Senior Pastor of Raleigh Avenue Baptist Church in Homewood, Ala. Nic is married to Rachel and they have one daughter.

Felix L. Sermon, Jr.

Felix L. Sermon, Jr.

Felix L. Sermon, Jr. was born in Negros Occidental, Philippines. He served as a missionary of the North American Mission Board as Chaplain of the United States Army and recently retired after serving 20 years. Presently, Pastor Sermon serves Vice President of the Filipino Southern Baptist Fellowship of North America (FSBFNA); Coordinator of Tri-State Pastors Fellowship (Fil-Am Churches in VA, MD and DC); Church Planter and Catalytic Church Planter (Southeast Asian) of Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia (SBCV) and as Pastor of Grace International Christian Church, Springfield, Va. Pastor Sermon is married to the former Myra Lim Manalo of Davao City and they have a son.

Sarah Short

Sarah Short

Sarah Short is a freelance writer and photographer from Raleigh, N.C. She is currently a regular contributor to jdgreear.com and has been published in Christianity Today, FaithGateway, and The NIV Bible for Women. She holds a B.S. in Political Science from Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland and has freelanced as a writer, marketing consultant, and photographer for HarperCollins Christian Publishing. She is deeply passionate about hospitality, encouraging young mothers, and discipling teenagers. Sarah and her husband, Jason, call The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, N.C., home. They have four sons and one daughter.

Gary Shultz

Gary Shultz

Gary Shultz is the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Fla., where he has served since July, 2018. Before coming to FBC Tallahassee, he served as Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church in Fulton, Mo. Gary has a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and received his M.Div. and M.A. in Intercultural Studies from Baptist Bible Theological Seminary. In addition to pastoring, Gary also teaches theology at Baptist Bible Theological Seminary and Liberty University. He currently serves as a Fellow for the Center of Pastor Theologians and a trustee for Hannibal-Lagrange University. He is the author of 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 and the impact of the local church. Gary has been married to Kristin for 15 years, and they have three daughters.

Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith

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

Travis Southern

Travis Southern

Travis Southern is the Senior Pastor of Richland Baptist Church, Richland, Wash. He attended the University of Oklahoma with degrees in Chemistry and Business. While attending the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, he served as pastor of Newton Springs Baptist Church in Fordsville, Ky., and later served as pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Purcell, Okla. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Applied Theology (Preaching) at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife Mandy have three children.

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.

 

Wes Terry

Wes Terry

Wes Terry is the lead pastor at Broadview Baptist Church in Abilene, Texas. He recieved his MDiv from Southwestern Seminary in 2011 and plans to pursue his PhD in the coming years. Wes and his wife Audra have two children.

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.

Joseph Thigpen

Joseph Thigpen

Joseph Thigpen serves as Discipleship Pastor of City Church in Tallahassee, Fla. He is married to Laura, and they have one daughter. Joseph has earned an M.Div. and Th.M. from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Public Theology at Southeastern.

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.

PJ Tibayan

PJ Tibayan

P.J. Tibayan was born and raised in East Los Angeles County after his parents immigrated from the Philippines. He grew up in a devout Roman "Catholic" home. P.J. is now a member and pastor-theologian of Bethany Baptist Church in Bellflower, Calif. He is a Doctor of Ministry student in biblical theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. P.J. has completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in biblical studies with an emphasis on biblical languages from The Master’s University, a Master of Divinity degree from The Master's Seminary, and the pastoral internship at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. P.J. and his wife Frances have five children. He blogs at gospelize.me and helps lead The Gospel Coalition's Los Angeles regional chapter and Shepherd LA.

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.

Dan Trippie

Dan Trippie

Dan Trippie has been married to his wife Gina for 24 years and is the father of twin sons. After ministering in the Southern U.S., Dan returned to his hometown of Buffalo, N.Y., in 2008 to plant Restoration Church. Dan holds a bachelor’s degree in Biblical studies from Moody Bible Institute, a Master’s of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary where he is writing on the topic of religious liberty. Dan and Gina are co-authors of the book He Said, She Said, God Said: Biblical Answers to Marriage Questions.

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. 

Ashley Unzicker

Ashley Unzicker

Ashley Unzicker serves at The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, N.C. She uses her passions for the unborn, orphan, refugee, immigrant, and abused by leading volunteer teams through the ministries of the Summit. She earned a B.S. in Psychology from Eastern Connecticut State University and looks to continue her M.A. in Christian Ministry from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Josh Vaughn

Josh Vaughn

Josh Vaughn is the senior pastor of Columbus Avenue Baptist Church in Waco, Texas. Before coming to Waco, Josh served as Associate Pastor for Young Marrieds and Community Ministries at FBC San Antonio, Texas. Josh holds a Bachelor’s degree in Christianity and marketing from Houston Baptist University and an Advanced Master’s of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is married and the father of four children.

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.

Zachary Welch

Zachary Welch

Zachary Welch is an attorney, a logistics services consultant for the International Mission Board, an adjunct professor, and the outreach pastor at Providence Baptist Church in Tallapoosa, Ga. He is a graduate of Point University (B.S., Business Administration), and John Marshall Law School (J.D.). After taking the bar exam, Zach and his wife, Hanna, served for three years with the IMB in Sub-Saharan Africa. Zach spent four years after that as a staff attorney for the Tallapoosa Judicial Circuit. He is passionate about mobilizing small churches for God's big mission, here, there, and everywhere. This led him to be chairman of the Here+There Conference. He and his wife have been married for ten years and have two children.

Mary Wiley

Mary Wiley is the marketing strategist for women’s books at LifeWay Christian Resources. She hosts the Questions Kids Ask podcast and has written for multiple resources and websites. She also is part of the Women and Work team, seeking to help women confidently step into the marketplace and view their work as meaningful to the Kingdom of God. Mary holds a B.A. in English and Theology from the University of Mobile and is currently pursuing a M.A. in Theological Studies at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Mary and her husband have two kids.

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. 

James Williams

James Williams

James Williams has serve as Associate Pastor of First Baptist Church Atlanta, Texas, since 2013. He and his wife, Jenny, have three children and are actively involved in foster care. James has completed his M.Div and is currently in the dissertation stage of a PhD from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. 

Tedrick Woods

Tedrick Woods

Tedrick Woods is the senior pastor of Living Word Fellowship Church in Dallas, Texas. Rev. Woods is married to Latanya F. Woods (who is an elementary teacher) with one daughter and two sons. Rev. Woods graduated from Dallas Baptist University in 2004 with a degree in Business Management and a minor in Religion. He earned a Masters of Christian Leadership from Criswell College and a Masters of Theological Studies from Dallas Baptist University. 

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. 

Afshin Ziafat

Afshin Ziafat

Afshin Ziafat currently serves as the Lead Pastor of Providence Church in Frisco, Texas. Before taking his current role, Afshin served as an evangelist and itinerant speaker based out of Dallas, and also traveled into the Middle East to train Iranian pastors. 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 and his wife, Meredith, have three children.