The ERLC Leadership Network is a collection of SBC pastors and leaders who receive intentional investment from the ERLC. During their annual term, these network 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 Network members currently serve in pastoral ministry. Others serve in various lay or parachurch settings.
While members of the Leadership Network are neither employees of the ERLC nor spokespersons for the organization, they are invaluable to the work of the ERLC and offer a practical way the ERLC can regularly hear from and make investments of time and counsel into the life of local churches across the country. Members of the Leadership Network often have several other institutional affiliations apart from their position on the Leadership Network. These affiliations, as well as any personal views expressed by Leadership Network members, are not intended to reflect the official views of the ERLC.
Brad Leake is the Director of Staff & Ministries at Grace Community Church in Nashville, Tennessee. His role is to serve as the organizational leader and manager of the church staff and ministries. Previously, he served as the Director of Accountability, Data, & Research at the South Carolina Department of Social Services, the state’s agency that oversees child protective services, foster care, adoption, and means-tested benefits. He started his career in politics and then worked for a US Congressman helping constituents navigate challenges with federal agencies. Originally from Arlington, Texas, he grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina and graduated from the University of South Carolina. He married Emily in 2009 and they have twin sons.
Joel Rainey has served as Lead Pastor at Covenant Church, Shepherdstown, West Virginia, since 2016. Prior to this he spent 11 years with the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware in several capacities, most recently as State Director of Evangelism. He is the author of four books, and has cultural engagement experience on five continents. He and his wife Amy have three children.
Andrew Arthur serves as the founding pastor of The Hallows Church. He and his wife, Kim, have three children. Andrew was first drawn to the Pacific Northwest through ministry opportunities in the region and in Canada like preaching, camp pastoring and missions. The Arthur family moved to Seattle in March of 2011 and soon after began the process of planting The Hallows Church. Andrew earned a PhD and a Masters of Theology from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Additionally, he earned a Masters of Divinity from Beeson Divinity School.
Justin Perry was graciously saved by God during the summer before he was a high school senior when a student pastor shared the gospel with him. Upon graduating from Union University, Justin served in the local church and then in an inner city sports ministry before marrying his wife, Jackey, in 2004. After completing his M.Div. from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2008, and the completion of a church planting residency in 2009, he and his family were commissioned out of North Wake Church praying and hoping that the Lord would plant a church in Tampa, Florida. Justin is the father to three daughters.
Josh Powell is a third generation Southern Baptist pastor. He is a graduate of North Greenville University and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Josh has served churches in both Kentucky and South Carolina. A heart for missions and theological education has led Josh to found a seminary in India. Most recently Josh has served as President of the South Carolina Baptist Convention. He and his wife Allison have four children.
Jason Nichols is the worship pastor at Tate Springs in Arlington, Texas. He and his wife are also classical singers who have performed across the U.S. and abroad.
Scott Bertrand serves as the Executive Assistant to the Provost at Houston Baptist University. He and his wife, Abby, have a daughter and a son. They have ministered in Texas, Turkey, and northern Iraq. Scott has a passion to see people encounter the Lord Jesus in his Word and in the community of the local church and to be freed to live to the glory of God through the transforming power of the gospel in all of life.
Dave currently serves as the Executive Director of Harbor Network, a network of like-minded churches across the U.S. helping pastors launch, lead, and multiply thriving, gospel-centered churches. Originally from Fayetteville, Georgia, Dave is a huge Atlanta Braves fan, studied classical percussion and drum set in college, and earned a Master of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2013. Dave serves as an elder at Sojourn Midtown in Louisville, Kentucky, where he lives with his wife, Anna, and two daughters.
Blake Rogers serves as a pastor at Christ Covenant in Atlanta, Georgia. He was born and raised in Georgia before attending Boyce College in Louisville, Kentucky, where he earned a degree in Biblical and Theological Studies. Blake went on to earn an M.Div from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and also served on staff in a variety of roles. He and his wife, Abbie, have three children.
Bryne Palmer was born and in Roswell, New Mexico before moving to Albuquerque at the age of 19 to attend the University of New Mexico.
He worked in a variety of ministries but spent the bulk of his time serving youth and growing in practical ministry before being hired as a “youth intern” at a small church in town. He received his ordination from several Baptist ministers and, in 2017 planted Rio Church under the guidance of Jared Bridge and Anchor Church. Bryne is married to Arianne and they have one daughter.
Cody Brumley serves as the Pastor of Ministries and Mission at Immanuel Baptist Church in Little Rock, AR. He and his wife, Breanna, have three children and love serving together in their church and at Immanuel’s City Center. He is a graduate of Northeastern State University and holds a Masters degree from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Cam Triggs serves as the Lead Pastor of Grace Alive. He began studies at University of Central Florida as a Religious Studies major and continued his education at Reformed Theological Seminary where he earned a Masters of Arts in Theological Studies. After three years of student ministry at Shiloh Church under the leadership of HB Charles Jr., he followed the call to start a gospel-centered multiethnic church. He completed a 9-month church planting residency at the Summit Church where JD Greear is the Lead Pastor. Cam and his wife Tymara have two children.
Tony Beam serves as the Director of Church and Community Engagement and Public Affairs at North Greenville University in Tigerville, S.C. He also serves as the Director of Public Policy for the South Carolina Baptist Convention. He is the co-host of Christian Worldview with Tony and Hannah, a Christian political talk show and Podcast. Tony is the Chairman of the Palmetto Family Council Board of Trustees and serves on the Board of the Carolina Pregnancy Center and the Greenville Christian Learning Center. He serves as Chairman of the Communications Committee of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. Tony and his wife Denise have three children and seven grandchildren.
Grant Gaines is the senior pastor of Belle Aire Baptist Church in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He is married to Melisa and has five children. He is a two time graduate of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he earned an M.Div. and Ph.D.
Vance Pitman is the Senior Pastor of Hope Church Las Vegasand the author of UNBURDENED: Stop Living for Jesus So Jesus Can Live Through You. As a seasoned church planter, commissioner of more than 75 churches in the western U.S., and a national mobilizer for NAMB, Vance seeks to inspire people to join in God’s eternal, redemptive mission of making disciples and multiplying the church among every tribe, tongue, people, and nation. Vance and his wife Kristie have four children and two grandchildren
Stephanie Little is a writer and a Bible teacher. For ten years, she taught women of all ages at First Baptist Jacksonville, Florida. 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.
Stephen Johnson serves as a pastor at Summit Church in Southwest Florida. He earned his B.S. in Finance and M.B.A. from Florida Gulf Coast University. Stephen is married to Ashley, and they have two children.
Taylor Rutland is senior pastor at First Baptist Dothan, Alabama. He holds a Master of Divinity, Master of Theology, and Ph.D. from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Taylor has a passion for helping the church to see the value in living a missional lifestyle. Taylor is married to Ashley, and they have three children.
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.
Ryan Rice Sr. is a native of New Orleans. He received his Bachelors of Arts Degree from Dillard University, where he studied Mass Communications graduating Magna Cum Laude. Ryan proceeded to utilize his skills for communications by working in Corporate Communications, as well as, Training and Development. After sensing a vocational call to ministry, Ryan went on as a children’s pastor at a large multi-campus church in Baton Rouge, La. In 2014, Ryan and his family moved back to New Orleans to plant Connect Church in the community of Algiers, where he grew up. Currently Ryan is pursuing an MA in Apologetics from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Ryan and his wife Seane’ have four children.
Raleigh Sadler speaks and writes on the topics of vulnerability and human trafficking. He has been published at The Gospel Coalition, The Huffington Post, and The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, among others. In 2013, he began a movement called Let My People Go, which grew into a nonprofit organization that comes alongside and empowers local churches to address the injustice of human trafficking in a holistic manner.
Raymond Johnson serves as Senior Pastor at Christ Church West Chester in West Chester, Pennsylvania. He holds a Ph.D. in New Testament from Southern Seminary. Raymond and his wife, Meghan, have five children. He is the author of I See Dead People: The Function of the Resurrection of the Saints in Matthew 27:51-54 (P&R).
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.
Rob Collingsworth is the Director of External Relations at Criswell College in Dallas. He previously worked at Criswell as the Director of Communications and as the Communications Specialist at Samford University, where he received his B.A. in Journalism. Prior to coming to Criswell he served in a variety of roles at Southwestern Seminary, where he earned an M.Div. with an emphasis in ethics. He writes freelance for various publications and is a member of TVC Fort Worth. Rob and his wife, Rebeccah, have one son.
Rob McCutcheon is a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State focusing on the Middle East. He currently serves as the Deputy Director of the Office of Arabian Peninsula Affairs in Washington, DC. He previously served as the 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. He has served in Pakistan, Lebanon, Cuba, Tunisia, and the UAE, and has also worked on foreign affairs issues related to Syria and Mexico. Prior to becoming a U.S. diplomat, Rob worked on public policy issues in 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 is currently a member of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., where he both came to faith and met his wife, Karen Race McCutcheon.
Noe Garcia is the Senior Pastor at North Phoenix Baptist Church in Phoenix, Az. He and his wife have four children. He holds a Doctorate of Ministry and Executive Leadership degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Masters of Divinity from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary and a Bachelors of Kinesiology and a minor in Religion from East Texas Baptist University. serves as 2nd Vice President of the Southern Baptist Convention, Adjunct Professor for Gateway Seminary, Board of Trustees member for Union University, an ERLC Leadership Council member, a member of the Evangelism Committee for NAMB, a member of the Young Leaders Committee for NAMB, and a member on the Committee of Convention Advancement Advisory Council.
P. J. Tibayan is a member and pastor-theologian of Bethany Baptist Church in Bellflower, California, shepherding the church to share their lives so neighbors know God in order to live with his joy, hope, and love. He also helps lead The Gospel Coalition L.A. and the Shepherd LA Initiative to connect and resource like-minded pastors for healthier churches in L.A. He blogs at gospelize.me. 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., a master’s degree in missional leadership from The Resurgence Training Center, and a doctorate in biblical theology from Southern Seminary (DMin). He and his wife, Frances, have five children.
Peyton Hill is the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church in Prattville, Ala. 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, an 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 five children.
Phillip Bethancourt is Lead Pastor at Central Church in Bryan-College Station, Texas. After serving as the Executive Vice President at the ERLC for seven years, Bethancourt returned to his home church to become pastor in April 2021. He married Cami in 2005, and they are raising four boys.
Nathaniel Williams (M.Div, Southeastern Seminary) is the Editor of IntersectProject.org at Southeastern Seminary and the pastor of Cedar Rock First Baptist Church. His work has appeared at The Gospel Coalition, Fathom Mag, the ERLC and BRNow.org. He and his family live in rural North Carolina.
Matt Henslee is the pastor of Mayhill Baptist Church in Mayhill, New Mexico. In addition to his ministry at MBC, Matt co-hosts Not Another Baptist and The Potluck Podcasts, as well as serves as the 1st Vice President of The Baptist Convention of New Mexico and as a church revitalization consultant at The Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, which is where he is soon to graduate with his D.Min. in Church Revitalization. In his spare time, he writes books and music, runs, and encourages pastors in the trenches of gospel ministry. Matt and his wife Rebecca have four daughters they adopted in 2015.
Mary Wiley is the author of Everyday Theology, an eight-week Bible study exploring essential doctrines and why they matter in our everyday lives. She holds an MA in theological studies from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. She and her husband, John, have two children and live in the Nashville area. She works in publishing and hosts the Questions Kids Ask podcast.
Matt Sliger serves as Co–Pastor at South Woods Baptist Church in Memphis, Tenn. He earned a PhD in Applied Theology from Southeastern Seminary and currently serves as an adjunct professor at Bethlehem College and Seminary’s Memphis extension. He’s married to Julie and they have three children.
Ken Holland most recently served as Executive Pastor at University Heights Baptist Church in Huntsville, Texas. He is currently transitioning back into the marketplace as a financial advisor and will continue to serve at University Heights. 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 member, on several City of Huntsville boards, and as volunteer Chaplain with the Huntsville Police Department and is in his first term on the Huntsville Independent School District Board of Trustees. Ken is married to Nicole and they have a son and two daughters, one that was adopted from Uganda in 2014.
Lauren McAfee serves as corporate ambassador for Hobby Lobby, the country’s largest arts and crafts retailer. She also works on special projects for Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C. Lauren earned her B.A. in Classics from the University of Oklahoma, an M.A. in Counseling from Liberty University, an M.A. in Theology from Southern Seminary, and is currently a Ph.D. student studying Ethics and Public Policy, emphasis in Leadership, at Southern Seminary. Lauren is married to Michael McAfee, the director of Bible engagement for Museum of the Bible, and teaching/leadership development pastor at Council Road Church.
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 University 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.
Jesse Pawley serves as the Worship and Discipleship Pastor at Ridgecrest Baptist Church in Greenville, Texas. He and his wife, Anna, met while in college at Samford University while doing campus ministry. They moved to Colorado after graduation where Jesse attended Denver Seminary. Jesse and his wife have four children.
Jared Wellman is the pastor of Tate Springs in Arlington, Texas. Jared also serves as an Executive Committee Member of the Southern Baptist Convention. Jared has earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies (2007) and a Master of Arts in Philosophy (2010) from the Criswell College, as well as a Ph.D. in Theology from South Africa Theological Seminary (2018). He is currently working on a Ph.D. in Apologetics at Southwestern Seminary, where he also serves as an Adjunct Professor. Jared has been married to Amanda since 2006 and they have four children.
Jason Dees is the pastor of Christ Covenant in Atlanta, Ga. He and his wife Paige have three children. Jason grew up in Alabama and earned a degree from Auburn University. He went on to earn an MDiv in Christian Ministry and PhD in Historical and Biblical Spirituality from Southern Seminary. Jason has served as an adjunct professor for Midwestern Seminary and Reformed Theological Seminary. His articles have been published in The Gospel Coalition, For the Church, and the other newspapers and publication, and he has also presented for the Evangelical Theological Society.
Jay Adkins has served as Pastor of First Baptist Church of Westwego since 2002. He holds a Master of Divinity in Biblical Languages and a Master of Theology Degree both from NOBTS and is pursuring 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.
Jay Strother is the Lead Campus Pastor of The Church at Station Hill, a regional campus of Brentwood (TN) Baptist Church. He’s a graduate of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and he’s currently pursuing a D.Ed.Min from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He’s the author of Loving Well: Healthy Relationships, a contributing author to Recalibrate: A New Measure for Family Ministry and Perspectives on Family Ministry. Jay and his wife have five daughters, one son adopted from Nepal, and serve as a host home for Safe Families.
Greg Pickering is Lead Pastor of Brazos Pointe Fellowship in Lake Jackson, Texas. He supports and coaches church planters through the Houston Church Planting Network and NAMB’s SEND City Initiative in Seattle, Washington. He also serves as NAMB’s South Texas Ambassador. Greg married his college sweetheart, Kathy. They have two adult 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.
Hanna is a public school teacher who is passionate about making disciples for Christ. She and her husband served as IMB missionaries for 3 years in West Africa. They have 3 children. Hanna is a member of New Plainview Baptist Church where she serves the local church in children’s ministry, and worship.
Hunter Melton serves at the Church at Avenue South, a regional campus of Brentwood Baptist Church, as the Discipleship Minister in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee. He and his wife Joy have one son. Hunter attended Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee, for his undergrad and received his M.Div from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
JT English is the Lead Pastor at Storyline Fellowship in Arvada, Colorado. Before joining Storyline, JT served as a Pastor at The Village Church, where he founded The Village Church Institute. He is married to Macy and they have two children. He received his ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary and his PhD in Systematic Theology from Southern Seminary.
Elizabeth Hyndman reads, writes, and tweets. Officially, she’s a Social Media Strategist at LifeWay. She earned her MA from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and her undergraduate degree from Union University. A Nashville native, Elizabeth still loves living in Music City where she serves as a member of The Church at Avenue South.
Faye Scott serves as Minister to Children at First Baptist New Orleans. She earned a Master of Christian Education and Doctor of Education degree at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Faye’s dissertation focused on the prevention of child sexual abuse in the local church. Since 1995, Faye has served as minister to children in four Louisiana churches. In addition, Faye is the Content Editor for Lifeway’s Bible Studies for Life Grades 1-2 curriculum. Faye is passionate about equipping church leaders, especially in the area of preventing child sexual abuse. Faye has three married children and six grandchildren.
Gary Shultz is the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Florida. Gary also teaches theology at Baptist Bible Theological Seminary and Liberty University, and serves as a Fellow for the Center of Pastor Theologians and a trustee for Hannibal-Lagrange University. 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. He is the author of A Multi-Intentioned View of the Extent of the Atonement (Wipf and Stock, 2014). Gary is married to Kristin, and they have three daughters.
DJ Jenkins grew up east of Los Angeles in Redlands, Calif. 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 nine 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 five 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 semester of receiving his Masters of Divinity from Gateway Seminary.
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.
Dana Hall McCain
Dana Hall McCain is a columnist covering faith, culture, and politics for a number of publications, including AL.com, The Birmingham News, The Mobile Press-Register, The Huntsville Times, and the Montgomery Advertiser. She is a former Resident Fellow of the Alabama Policy Institute and a graduate of Auburn University. Dana has previously served as a women’s ministry director and Sunday School teacher for her church, in a variety of para-church ministries, and as a member of the Board of Directors for Providence Christian School. She serves as a volunteer mentor at her local pregnancy resource center, Wiregrass Hope Group. Dana and her husband, Scooter, are members of First Baptist Church of Dothan, Alabama, and are parents to two college-aged children.
Dane is the Student Pastor at Point Mallard Baptist Church in Decatur, Ala. He and his wife Amanda have two children. Dane is a proud UAB alum with a Master’s degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Daniel T. Porter
Daniel T. Porter is a Digital Content Manager based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Daniel and his wife, Morgan, are active members of Rio Church, a church plant in Albuquerque’s historic Old Town neighborhood. Daniel is a graduate of the University of New Mexico, where he double-majored in English and Religious Studies, graduating Magna Cum Laude. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Daniel is a member of the Baptist Communicators Association.
Courtney Reissig is the Managing Director for Risen Motherhood, as well as the author of three books (most recently, Teach Me to Feel Worshiping Through the Psalms in Every Season of Life). She is married to Daniel, mom to four boys, and member at Immanuel Baptist Church in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Carmen LaBerge is an author, speaker and host of the weekday Chrsitian talk radio show Mornings with Carmen LaBerge, airing live Monday-Friday through across the Faith Radio Network. She is author of Speak the Truth: Bring God back into the Conversation and blogs at ReconnectwithCarmen.com. Carmen is the founding Chairman of Common Ground Christian Network and a past member of the board of directors of the National Association of Evangelicals. She participates actively with the Christian Leadership Alliance and the National Religious Broadcasters. Carmen is a graduate of the University of Florida and Princeton Theological Seminary. She lives outside of Nashville, Tennessee, on an active farm with her husband Jim and family.
Chad Poe is originally from Chattanooga, Tennessee. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where he received a degree in Secondary Education. Following college, he attended Southwestern Seminary, where he received a Masters of Divinity. Chad and his wife, Hope, live in Lake Jackson, Texas, with their sons and daughter. He serves as Teaching Pastor at Grace Bible Church in Clute, Texas.
Chet Harvey is the discipleship pastor at Hebron Church in Dacula, Georgia. He has formerly pastored or been on staff at churches in North Carolina, Florida, Mississippi, and Louisiana. He has an M.Div. from NOBTS and a PhD in theology from SEBTS, where he focused on the doctrine of creation. Chet is married to Anna, who works as girls minister at Hebron Church, and they have two children.
Chris Lewis is the pastor of Foothill Church in Glendora, California. Foothill Church joined the Southern Baptist Convention in 2017. Chris received a B.A. from Evangel University, a J.D. from University of Minnesota Law School and a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary. Prior to ministry, Chris practiced law in both Kansas City, Missouri. and Dallas, Texas. Chris and wife Michelle have four children.
Brian Coates serves as an Associate Executive Pastor at Brentwood Baptist Church, Brentwood, Tennessee. He is a native of Springfield, Virginia. He holds M.Div. and Ph.D. degrees from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Brian is married to Christine and they have four children.
Brittany is a wife, mother, and writer living in Abilene, Texas. She is an adjunct professor in Global Studies, a doctoral student at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and has a forthcoming book with Moody Publishers (Spring 2022).
Beau Hughes is the Lead Pastor of TVC Denton. He received his bachelor’s degree from George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon, and his M.A. and D.Ed.Min. degrees from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Beau married Kimberly in 2007. They have four children, two sons and two daughters.
Aaron serves as the Campus and Teaching Pastor at the Church at Avenue South, a regional campus of Brentwood Baptist Church. He also serves as the Lead Pastor for three additional regional campuses of the church within the city of Nashville, Tenn. He is a graduate of Samford University and received his Master of Divinity at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
Afshin Ziafat is the lead pastor of Providence Church in Frisco, Texas. Before taking his current role in October 2010, Afshin spent over a decade traveling nationally and internationally proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ in churches, retreats, camps, conferences and missions. Afshin helped launch Vertical Bible Study at Baylor University in Waco, and has also traveled into the Middle East to train Iranian pastors. Afshin’s passion is to teach the Word of God as the authority and guide for life, to preach Jesus Christ as the only Savior and Redeemer of mankind and to proclaim the love of Christ as the greatest treasure and hope in life. He and his wife, Meredith, have three children.
Alan Brumback has served as the Lead Pastor at Central Sanford in Sanford, FL since 2010. He and his wife April have three children. He received his BA (2006) from the University of Kentucky and his MDiv (2009) and DMin (2013) from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Outside of Central, Alan currently serves as a trustee with the International Mission Board and is a board member of 1-4 Central Florida Church Planting.