Having founded Center for Faith and Work in 2002, Katherine Leary Alsdorf served as its executive director until December 2012. In this role, she set the vision and strategy of the Center’s core programs, developed lay and staff leadership, and guided strategic partnerships. Prior to this ministry role, Katherine spent twenty years in the high tech industry in California and New York. She was CEO of Pensare, an online management education company; CEO of One Touch Systems, a hardware/software products company; and President of Private Satellite Network, a satellite services company. Katherine assisted Tim Keller in the writing of Every Good Endeavor, has been published in Comment magazine, and speaks frequently at conferences. She lives with her husband, John, in Washington Heights.
Josiah Bancroft is director of mission for World Harvest Mission. He graduated from Reformed Theological in Jackson, Mississippi, and was ordained in 1981. After planting churches in Louisiana and Alabama, Josiah and his wife, Barbara, worked overseas in Ireland and stateside with World Harvest from 1992 to 2004. They both look to God’s grace to unfold how their practical experience in pastoral partnerships, supporting leaders and marriages, training new pastors, and preaching and pioneering new ministries will best serve in WHM.
Bruce Baugus, who joined the RTS faculty in 2008 in Jackson, MS, serves as Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Theology and Dean of Chapel. Bruce was converted while studying at Penn State. He then enrolled at Southern Seminary. He served as pastor in Cumberland, Maryland, for four years before studying at Calvin Theological Seminary. He and his wife Tricia have two sons, Nathanael and Bryant. He is also a ruling elder in the PCA.
Alistair Begg has been the pastor of Parkside Church near Cleveland, Ohio, since 1983. He served eight years in Scotland at both Charlotte Chapel in Edinburgh and Hamilton Baptist Church. He has written several books and is heard daily and weekly on the radio program, Truth For Life. He and his wife, Susan, were married in 1975 and they have three grown children.
Megan Best is a Medical Doctor and a Bioethicist. She teaches medical ethics at university and seminary and is passionate about the value of human life. She is the author of Fearfully and Wonderfully Made (Matthias Media 2012), which is a study of the ethics at the beginning of human life from an evangelical perspective. Megan is married to John and they have two wonderful daughters.
Lydia Brownback is the author of several books, including A Woman's Wisdom: How the Book of Proverbs Speaks to Everything, and a speaker at women’s conferences. Lydia serves as the director of editorial at Crossway, and she blogs at The Purple Cellar. Previously she worked as the writer-in-residence for Alistair Begg and as the broadcast media manager for Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, where she produced The Bible Study Hour radio program with James Montgomery Boice. Lydia holds degrees from Syracuse University and Westminster Theological Seminary and resides in Wheaton, Illinois.
Mike Bullmore (PhD, Northwestern University) is the founding pastor of CrossWay Community Church in Bristol, Wisconsin. Mike served for 15 years as an associate professor of homiletics and pastoral theology, as well as chairman of the practical theology department at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. Bullmore, a Kenosha native, lives in his childhood home with his wife, Beverly, and their three children.
Justin Buzzard (MDiv, Fuller Theological Seminary) is founder and lead pastor of Garden City Church in Silicon Valley. Buzzard speaks widely, writes at JustinBuzzard.net, and is the author of Date Your Wife, Why Cities Matter, and Consider Jesus. He has been dating his wife for nine years and is the father of three young sons.
Don Carson (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) is research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He has served as assistant pastor and pastor and has done itinerant ministry in Canada and the United Kingdom. Carson is co-founder (with Tim Keller) and president of The Gospel Coalition. Carson and his wife, Joy, reside in Libertyville, Illinois. They have two children.
Matt Chandler serves as lead pastor for teaching at The Villiage Church in Dallas, Texas. He assumed this role in August 2002 after several years of serving on a local church staff and as an itinerant preacher. Since then, Chandler has led the congregation through uncompromised gospel-centered preaching and visionary leadership. Chandler is involved in church planting around Dallas and across the world through The Village Church and other partnerships such as Acts 29, which he serves as president. He and his wife, Lauren, live with their three children in Highland Village, Texas.
Lauren Chandler is a wife and mother of three. Her husband, Matt Chandler, serves as the lead teaching pastor at The Village Church in Dallas, Texas. Lauren is passionate about writing music and leading worship, not only at The Village Church, but also for groups across the country. The Lord has taken Matt and Lauren on a challenging journey, beginning with the November 2009 discovery of a malignant brain tumor in Matt. The Lord has been infinitely merciful to provide peace and comfort in uncertainty, and joy in times of victory and healing. Lauren and her family have been given a deeper trust in clinging to the Lord and his cross during this appointed season of valleys and storms.
Dr. Bryan Chapell is chancellor and professor of practical theology at CovenantTheological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, where he previously served as president from 1994 to 2012, and in other capacities since 1985. Dr. Chapell is an internationally renowned preacher, teacher, and speaker, and the author of many books, including Christ-CenteredWorship, Each for the Other, Holiness By Grace, Praying Backwards, The Hardest Sermons You’ll Ever Have to Preach, and Christ-Centered Preaching, a preaching textbook now in multipleeditions and many languages that has established him as one of the nation’s foremost teachers of homiletics. He and his wife, Kathy, have four children.
K. Edward Copeland serves as senior pastor of New Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Rockford, Illinois. He earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of California at Berkley, a Masters of Divinity from Golden Gate Theological Seminary in Mill Valley, CA, and a Bachelors of Arts in English/Rhetoric at the University of Illinois. He is currently working on his Doctorate of Ministry at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Copeland is the author of Riding in the Second Chariot, a guidebook for associate ministers and ministry leaders. He and his wife Starla have three children, William Jibri, Abeni, and Titus Omari.
Mike Cosper is the pastor of worship and arts at Sojourn Community Church in Louisville, Kentucky, where he’s served since its launch in 2000. He leads a team of worship leaders that serve at campuses around the city, and is one of the founders of the 930 Art Center, an art gallery and music venue located at Sojourn’s midtown campus. Mike has produced or executive produced several albums of re-tuned hymns and worship songs with Sojourn Music, featuring musicians and songwriters from within the church. Mike also serves as an executive elder, working to keep the mission moving forward and the vision clear within the team. Mike authored the recently released book Rhythms of Grace. He has a wife, Sarah, and two daughters.
Josh Cousineau was the youth pastor at EABC for 5 1/2 years, and worked within the youth ministry for over 8 years. Josh has spoken at youth retreats, youth conferences and blogs about youth ministry. A year ago Josh transitioned into the role of a Church planter in Auburn, Maine. Even as a church planter Josh still has a passion for youth ministry and is active in the youth ministry culture. Josh is married to his high-school sweetheart and has a growing family.
Dr. Currid has been part of the RTS Faculty for 15 years, serving as both Chair of the Biblical Studies Division in Jackson and Professor of Old Testament in Charlotte. Dr. Currid serves as Project Director of Bethsaida Excavations Project in Israel (1995-present). He lectures and preaches in many countries including Russia, Ukraine, Great Britain, Australia, and Brazil. He also continues a pastoral ministry in the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church.
Andy Davis is the senior pastor of the First Baptist Church, Durham, North Carolina. He earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from MIT, MDiv from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and PhD in church history from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has also worked as a mechanical engineer in Massachusetts and church planted in Tokushima, Japan, through the SBC International Mission Board.
Kevin DeYoung (MDiv, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) has been the senior pastor at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan, since August 2004. Prior to serving at URC, Kevin was the associate pastor at First Reformed Church in Orange City, Iowa. He is the author of several books, including The Hole in Our Holiness, The Good News We Almost Forgot, and Just Do Something. Kevin and his wife, Trisha, have five children.
Bob Doll is chief equity strategist and senior portfolio manager at Nuveen Asset Management. He recently served as BlackRock's chief equity strategist for fundamental equities. He and his wife, Leslie, live in Princeton, New Jersey, and have three children. He is choir director at his local church and holds leadership positions in the NYC Movement Project and in the Global Executive Leadership Forum within the Lausanne Movement. He serves on a number of boards, including the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, Word of Life Fellowship, New Canaan Society Advisory Board, Kingdom Advisors, Cairn University, and the Wharton Graduate Executive Board.
Brian Fikkert is the founder and executive director of the Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College, where he also serves as a professor of economics and community development. Brian received a PhD in economics with highest honors from Yale University. He has numerous academic and popular publications and is a co-author of the book When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty without Hurting the Poor . . . and Yourself. Prior to coming to Covenant College, he was a professor at the University of Maryland and a research fellow at the Center for Institutional Reform and the Informal Sector.
Elyse and her husband, Phil, have been married for nearly four decades and have three children and six grandchildren. She and Phil attend Valley Center Community Church in Valley City, California, where Phil is an elder. Elyse holds a master's degree in biblical counseling. She has written 16 books and frequently speaks at conferences.
Greg Forster (Ph.D., Yale University) is the author of five books and numerous scholarly and popular articles. He is a program director at the Kern Family Foundation and a senior fellow at the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice. He also the editor of the group blog Hang Together and a regular contributor to The Gospel Coalition, First Thoughts, and other online resources. His writing covers theology, economics, political philosophy, and education policy.
Dave Furman moved to the Arabian Peninsula to help pastor Redeemer Church of Dubai. Dave has previously served in various churches in the United States and has ministered to university students in Mexico, Spain, Kenya, and China. Dave enjoys reading, playing, with his daughters and watching the airplanes that fly by his office window. He is married to Gloria and they have three children.
Dr. Mark Futato joined RTS Orlando in 1999 and serves as the Robert L. Maclellan Professor of Old Testament. He teaches core classes on Hebrew and Old Testament books. Dr. Futato served as Academic Dean of RTS Orlando from 2004 to 2012. Dr. Futato's research interests include biblical Hebrew, the Book of Psalms and the role that elements of creation such as climate and geography play in scripture. Dr. Futato and his wife, Adele, have four children: William, Evan, Mark Jr. and Annie.
Best known for “In Christ Alone” (penned by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend) and writers of an acclaimed repertoire of 21st century hymns revered both for their theologically astute lyrics and universally beloved melodies, Keith & Kristyn Getty’s popular U.S. recordings include In Christ Alone, Awaken the Dawn, Joy – An Irish Christmas and most recently, Hymns for the Christian Life.
J.D. Greear is the lead pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. Under his leadership, The Summit Church has planted 11 churches and has several church planting teams stationed around the world. Greear completed his doctorate in theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. Prior to studying Christian and Islamic theology at Southeastern, he worked for two years among Muslims in Southeast Asia. Greear has authored Breaking the Islam Code and GOSPEL: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary. He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with his wife, Veronica, and four kids.
Nancy Guthrie is a Bible teacher and author of seven books, including Holding on to Hope, Hearing Jesus Speak into Your Sorrow, and Discovering Jesus in the Old Testament. Nancy and her husband, David, are hosts of the GriefShare video series used in more than 6,000 churches nationwide for small group ministry to grieving people. They also host Respite Retreat, a retreat ministry for couples who have experienced the death of a child. Along with their son, Matt, the Guthries are members of Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee.
Collin Hansen is editorial director for The Gospel Coalition. Formerly an associate editor for Christianity Today magazine, Hansen is the author of Young, Restless, Reformed: A Journalist’s Journey With the New Calvinists and co-author with John Woodbridge of A God-Sized Vision: Revival Stories That Stretch and Stir. He earned an MDiv at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and an undergraduate degree in journalism and history from Northwestern University.
Tim Hawkins is one of the most experienced Christian youth pastors in Australia. He has been a full-time youth pastor in a local church for over 30 years, and is author of the highly influential book, Fruit that Will Last. He is currently the Youth Pastor Emeritus at St. Pauls Anglican Church, Castle Hill, in Sydney Australia where he oversees a large and flourishing youth ministry. Tim is a passionate trainer and a regular speaker at youth events around the globe. He has written dozens of books and resources for youth ministers.
David Helm (MDiv, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) serves as lead pastor of the South Side congregation of Holy Trinity Church in Chicago and director of ministry training at Holy Trinity Church. Helm is also chairman of The Charles Simeon Trust, a ministry devoted to equipping men in expository preaching. David is ordained in the PCA and serves on the council of The Gospel Coalition. He authored I, II Peter and Jude in Crossway’s Preaching the Word series, and contributed to Preach the Word: Essays in Expository Preaching in Honor of Kent Hughes. In addition, David has written The Big Picture Story Bible.
Dr. Hill, Professor of New Testament, received his Ph.D. in Divinity from Cambridge University. His undergraduate training was in Fine Art and he worked for a time as a commercial artist before entering theological study. He is the author or editor of several books and many articles on New Testament and Patristic topics. In 2003 he was elected to Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas and is member of several other professional societies. Dr. Hill and his wife, Marcy, have three adult children and two grandchildren.
Dr. Horton has taught apologetics and theology at Westminster Seminary California since 1998. Also host of the White Horse Inn (a weekly broadcast) and editor-in-chief of Modern Reformation magazine, he has written many books, including The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way. Receiving degrees from Biola University, Westminster California, and Wycliffe Hall, Oxford and the University of Coventry, he completed a two-year post-doctoral research fellowship at Yale University before joining the faculty.
R. Kent Hughes (DD, Biola University) is senior pastor emeritus of College Church in Wheaton, Illinois, and the series editor for the projected 50-volume Preaching the Word series, to which he has contributed numerous volumes. He has also served as a senior editor for Christianity Today and served on the board of Americans United for Life, the board of trustees of World Radio Missionary Fellowship (HCJB), and the board of Operation Mobilization. Hughes is presently a member of the board of Crossway Books.
Timothy Keller serves as senior pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan. He was born and raised in Pennsylvania and educated at Bucknell University, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and Westminster Theological Seminary. In 1989, Keller started Redeemer Presbyterian Church with his wife, Kathy, and their three sons. Redeemer started a church-planting center in 2001, which has helped start more than 200 churches around the world. Keller is co-founder and vice president of The Gospel Coalition. He is the author of many books, including The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism, The Prodigal God, and Generous Justice.
Dr. Kruger received his B.S. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, his M.Div. from Westminster Theological Seminary in California, and his Ph.D. from New College, The University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He serves as the President of the Charlotte RTS campus. Most recently he has published in the areas of NT canon and textual criticism, including Canon Revisited: Establishing the Origins and Authority of the New Testament Books (Crossway, 2012), and The Early Text of the New Testament (Oxford, 2012; edited with Charles Hill).
Rupert Leary came to Christ as a college student on the football team at Georgia Southern University and has worked with college students for over 20 years. He has been apart of leading college ministry teams around the southeast and is now currently serving Raleigh-Durham area campuses in North Carolina as apart of The Summit Church. His ministry specializes in reaching the demographic on campus who do not know Christ, discipling these new converts into laborers on campus who will reproduce this process with others. His passion and primary role at The Summit Church is mobilizing teams of graduates who will serve both Stateside and around the world as apart of church planting teams. He and his beautiful wife Lisa have 4 children, Payton, Jordan, Blake, and Madison.
Jonathan Leeman serves as editorial director for 9Marks and edits the 9Marks series of books as well as the 9Marks Journal. He is the author most recently of the companion volumes Church Membership: How the World Knows Who Represents Jesus and Church Discipline: How the Church Protects the Name of Jesus. Since his call to ministry, Jonathan has earned a master of divinity from Southern Seminary and worked as an interim pastor. Jonathan lives with his wife and three daughters in Cheverly, Maryland and is a member of Capitol Hill Baptist Church.
D. Michael Lindsay is the eighth president of Gordon College. He recently completed the largest-ever interview-based examination of senior organizational leaders—including two former presidents and hundreds of CEOs at the nation’s largest corporations and nonprofits. Out of this line of research, Lindsay previously published Faith in the Halls of Power: How Evangelicals Joined the American Elite (Oxford, 2007). Lindsay was formerly a faculty member at Rice University, where he directed the Program for the Study of Leadership.
Shai Linne is a recording artist with Lamp Mode Recordings, an independent Christian hip-hop record label whose mission is to highlight the character of God while presenting the gospel of Jesus Christ and a biblical worldview through hip-hop culture. Shai is a theologian, poet, and pastor-in-training, having recently completed a pastoral internship at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington D.C., where he is a member. Shai has appeared on numerous independent and national Christian hip-hop releases and has released four solo projects of his own: The Solus Christus Project (2005), The Atonement (2008), Storiez (2008) and The Attributes of God (2011) Shai lives in Washington D.C. with his wife Blair and their newborn son, Sage.
Nate is a youth evangelist who worked at the All Souls' Clubhouse in central London - an outreach ministry into deprived areas. Nate wrote and presented Soul, the youth edition of Christianity Explored. He now lives and works in Bath, UK, where he is the Youth Minister at a thriving church in the center of this ancient British city.
Augustus Nicodemus Lopes is a minister of the Presbyterian Church of Brazil (IPB). He holds degrees in theology from Potchefstroom University, South Africa (Th.M), Westminster Theological Seminary (Ph.D) and courses in New Testament at Kampen Theological School, Netherlands. Author of many articles and books on theological and practical themes, Dr. Lopes is professor of New Testament at Andrew Jumper Graduate Center at São Paulo, Brazil and Chancellor of Mackenzie Presbyterian University, also in São Paulo, where he ministers as assistant pastor of a Presbyterian local church. He is married to Hendrika Schalkwijk and they have four children.
Crawford Loritts (DD, Biola University) is the senior pastor of Fellowship Bible Church in Roswell, Georgia. In 1978, he joined the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru) serving as a traveling speaker, ministering to both college students and the lay community. Currently Crawford serves as associate director for Cru-USA. In this capacity he gives input to the overall direction of Cru in the United States, mentors younger leaders, and serves as a representative of the organization through his speaking and writing ministry. Crawford has written six books: A Passionate Commitment, Never Walk Away, Make It Home Before Dark, Lessons From a Life Coach, Developing Character In Your Child (co-authored with his wife), and For a Time We Cannot See.
Jennifer Lyell serves as executive editor at B&H Publishing Group, the trade publishing division of LifeWay Christian Resources. A graduate of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (MDiv), Jennifer has also worked at Moody Publishers and edited more than 70 books. She is passionate about biblical fidelity, substantive content, and missions. She serves on the board of directors of Reaching & Teaching International Ministries.
C. J. Mahaney leads Sovereign Grace Ministries in its mission to establish and support local churches. After 27 years of pastoring Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg, Maryland, C.J. transitioned his ministry focus to giving his full attention to Sovereign Grace Ministries. He is author of several books, including The Cross-Centered Life and Humility: True Greatness. C.J. and his wife, Carolyn, have three married daughters and one son.
David Mathis is executive editor for John Piper and Desiring God, and elder at Bethlehem Baptist Church in the Twin Cities. He and his wife Megan have twin sons (Carson and Coleman) and live in Minneapolis, Minnesota. David is editor of several books, including Thinking. Loving. Doing. and Finish the Mission.
Mike McKinley serves as pastor of Guilford Baptist Church in Sterling, Virginia. He received a BA in religion and classics from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and an MDiv from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. Mike served on the pastoral staff of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., and in 2005 was called to revitalize Guilford Baptist Church. Mike has been married to Karen, his college sweetheart, since 1997. Together, they have five children. He occasionally publishes guest posts for 9Marks when he isn’t writing sermons or books.
David and Sally Michael are serving together in the Family Discipleship Department at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, MN. David is Pastor for Parenting and Family Discipleship and Sally is Minister for Resources and Program Development. Together they labored in a ministry that has been marked by a strong commitment to equipping and partnering with parents to support the spiritual development of their children. They have been passionate about developing resources for the spiritual development of children in the home and at church that reflect the passion for truth and the theological and doctrinal commitments that has marked Bethlehem for almost three decades. This curriculum is now being used in hundreds of churches across the country and in various parts of the world through the ministry of Children Desiring God. David and Sally have two adult daughters Amy is married and mother of three children living in Louisville, KY where her husband Gary is pursuing a PhD in Church History at Southern Theological Seminary. Kristi is a nurse and living in Minneapolis.
Gary Millar is principal of Queensland Theological College in Brisbane, Australia, where he teaches Old Testament, biblical theology, and preaching. A Northern Irishman, Gary is married to Fiona, a Scot born in Peru of missionary parents, and they have three daughters. Before moving to Brisbane at the beginning of 2011, the Millars spent 12 years in Dublin, Ireland, where Gary pastored a pair of Presbyterian churches, as well as teaching at the Irish Bible Institute. He is the author of Now Choose Life: Theology and Ethics in Deuteronomy in the NSBT series, and is deeply passionate about equipping people to preach Christ from the whole Bible.
R. Albert Mohler Jr. serves as the ninth president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Mohler is a theologian and an ordained minister, having served as pastor and staff minister of several Southern Baptist churches. He came to the presidency of Southern Seminary from service as editor of The Christian Index, the oldest of the state papers serving the Southern Baptist Convention. Mohler is a member of Highview Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky. He is married to Mary, and they have two children.
Russell Moore (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is the dean of the School of Theology and senior vice president for academic administration at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also serves as a preaching pastor at Highview Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky. Moore is the author of The Kingdom of Christ and Adopted for Life.
Tom Nelson has served as senior pastor of Christ Community Church in Kansas City since 1988, when he launched the congregation. He graduated with a master of theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and received his doctorate from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Tom is the author most recently of Work Matters: Connecting Sunday Worship to Monday Work. He is also a conference speaker who calls the evangelical community to walk deeply and authentically with God. Tom and his wife, Liz, have two children.
Kathleen B. Nielson (PhD, Vanderbilt University) is director of women’s initiatives for The Gospel Coalition. She has taught in the English departments at Vanderbilt, Bethel College (MN), and Wheaton College. She authors the Living Word Bible studies (P&R), as well as various articles, poems, and a book—Bible Study: Following the Ways of the Word. Kathleen speaks extensively at women's conferences, and has directed and taught women's Bible studies at several churches. The Nielsons have three grown sons, two daughters-in-law, and two grandchildren.
Jon is the College Pastor at College Church in Wheaton, Illinois. He earned his undergraduate degree from Wheaton College and his MDiv from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, where he is currently working toward his Doctorate of Ministry. Before joining the staff at College Church, Jon worked as the Director of Training for the Charles Simeon Trust, a preaching training organization chaired by TGC Council member David Helm. He and his wife, Jeanne, live in Wheaton and have two daughters: Adelyn and Averie.
Dr. Núñez (MD, Th. M.) serves as senior pastor of the International Baptist Church, and is the president of Wisdom & Integrity Ministries. He is the author of two books: “¿Y quién es Jesús?” (So, Who is Jesus?) and “Una Iglesia Conforme al Corazón de Dios” (A Church After God’s Own Heart). Dr. Núñez’s and his ministry are responsible for the annual conference “Por Su Causa”, which gathers thousands of Latin Americans in the Dominican Republic, to embrace historical biblical Christianity.
Dr. Michael Oh is the newly appointed Executive Director / CEO of the Lausanne Movement (lausanne.org). He is also the founder and board chair of CBI Japan (cbijapan.org) in Nagoya, Japan which includes a graduate level theological seminary (Christ Bible Seminary), church planting efforts (All Nations Fellowship), and various outreach ministries (including the Heart & Soul Café). Michael received his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania where he also did his undergraduate degree and a master's degree. His theological training (Master of Divinity) was received at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and he also completed a master's degree in Japanese Studies at Harvard University. He and his wife Pearl have 5 children.
Ray Ortlund serves as pastor at Immanuel Church in Nashville, Tennessee (Acts 29) and as a Council member with The Gospel Coalition. He received a BA from Wheaton College, ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary, MA from The University of California, Berkeley, and PhD from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Ortlund served as associate professor of Old Testament and semitic languages at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois from 1989-1998. He was ordained by Lake Avenue Congregational Church in Pasadena, California, in 1975. He is married to Jan Giles Ortlund, and they have four delightful children.
Burk Parsons serves as associate pastor of Saint Andrew’s Chapel and the editor of Tabletalk, the monthly magazine of Ligonier Ministries. Parsons is the editor of Assured By God: Living in the Fullness of God’s Grace (P&R) and John Calvin: A Heart For Devotion, Doctrine, & Doxology (Reformation Trust), and author of the booklet “Why Do We Have Creeds?” (P&R). He and his wife, Amber, live in central Florida with their children.
Darrin Patrick is the vice president of the Acts 29 Church Planting Network and the founding pastor of the Journey Church in St. Louis. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Covenant Seminary and has served in ministry for 20 years and speaks regularly at pastor’s conferences and training events for church planters. He is also the author of Church Planter: The Man, the Message, and the Mission.
Amie Patrick is wife to Darrin, Lead Pastor of The Journey in St. Louis, MO. Married for 20 years, Darrin and Amie have 4 children, ages 3 to 12, and have served in a variety of ministry roles together. Amie holds a degree in music education, and is passionate about leadership, teaching women to practically apply the gospel to all areas of their lives, as well as helping pastors' and church planters’ wives thrive in their calling.
John Piper is pastor for preaching and vision at Bethlehem Baptist Church in the Twin Cities of Minnesota. He grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, and studied at Wheaton College, Fuller Theological Seminary (BD), and the University of Munich (DTh). For six years he taught Biblical Studies at Bethel College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and in 1980 accepted the call to serve as pastor at Bethlehem. John is the author of more than 40 books and more than 30 years of his preaching and teaching is available at DesiringGod.org. John and his wife, Noel, have four sons, one daughter, and twelve grandchildren.
Noel Piper is a speaker and the author of Treasuring God in Our Traditions and several other books. She has traveled extensively internationally for missions purposes and blogs at noelpiper.com. But her main calling is to her family. She and her husband, John, have ministered 31 years at Bethlehem Baptist in Minneapolis. They have four married sons and twelve grandchildren. Their daughter is a high schooler and is home schooled.
Joann Pittman is a consultant, trainer, researcher, and writer who helps people prepare for and navigate the challenges of cross-cultural living. She has lived in China since 1984, working as an English teacher, Chinese language program director, English language program director, and Cross-cultural trainer for organizations and businesses engaged in China. She has taught Chinese Language and Culture at Northwestern College (St. Paul, MN) and is a Guest Instructor at Wheaton College (Wheaton, IL), teaching Asian Culture and Communication. She has done extensive study and research in Chinese language, history, and contemporary society, and is a fluent speaker of Mandarin Chinese. She is the author of Survival Chinese Lessons, published by Dawson Media.
Platt is the senior pastor of The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Alabama and author of New York Times Best Seller Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism (A.B.J.) from the University of Georgia, and a Master of Divinity (M.Div.), Master of Theology (Th.M.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He has previously served at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary as Dean of Chapel and Assistant Professor of Expository Preaching and Apologetics, and as Staff Evangelist at Edgewater Baptist Church in New Orleans.
Hunter Powell serves as an associate pastor at Guilford Baptist Church in Sterling, Virginia. He received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, holds an M.Div from Westminster Theological Seminary, an M.Phil from the University of Cambridge, and a Ph.D in history from the University of Cambridge. Hunter has also worked at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington DC and as a pastoral intern at Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia. He is married to Laura, who he met in Washington DC, and they have three children, Whitefield, Hudson, and Kate.
David Powlison (PhD, University of Pennsylvania) is a faculty member at the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF) and previously served as the editor of The Journal of Biblical Counseling. David has been counseling for more than 30 years. He has written numerous articles on biblical counseling and on the relationship between faith and psychology. His books include Speaking Truth in Love, Seeing with New Eyes, Power Encounters: Reclaiming Spiritual Warfare, and The Biblical Counseling Movement: History and Context. David is an adjunct professor at Westminster Theological Seminary and has taught across the United States and in Korea, India, Brazil, Europe, and Sri Lanka. David and his wife, Nan, have a son, two daughters, and one granddaughter.
Zane Pratt is the dean of Billy Graham School of Missions and Evangelism and associate professor of Christian missions. Pratt served as a church planter and pastor in New England and as an Army Reserve chaplain before appointment for overseas service in 1991. He lived and worked in Central Asia until 2011, the last 10 years of which he had regional leadership responsibilities. He has written multiple articles in an upcoming volume on the theology of missions being published by Broadman and Holman in the fall of 2011.
Dr. Redd is the President and an Assistant Professor of Old Testament at the Washington campus of Reformed Theological Seminary. In addition to RTS Orlando, he has taught at Catholic University of America and the Augustine Theological Institute in Malta. Dr. Redd’s interests include literary approaches to the Bible, linguistics and the biblical languages, ancient Near Eastern backgrounds to Scripture, and Old Testament theology. He and his wife Jennifer have four daughters.
Jeramie Rinne serves as the senior pastor of South Shore Baptist Church outside of Boston, Massachusetts. He was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada and attended Wheaton College, where he earned a degree in Bible and Ancient Languages. While at Wheaton College, he met his wife, Jennifer. He received his Master’s of Divinity from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in 1996. Jeremy has been invited on several occasions to speak at 9Marks conferences in the New England area. He enjoys spending time with his wife and four children, reading, board games, and outdoor activities.
Philip Graham Ryken serves as the eighth president of Wheaton College. Ryken previously served as senior minister of Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia. He is Bible teacher for the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, speaking nationally on the radio program Every Last Word. Ryken was educated at Wheaton College (BA), Westminster Theological Seminary (MDiv) and the University of Oxford (DPhil).
Juan Sanchez (ThM, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is the preaching pastor at High Pointe Baptist Church in Austin, Texas, a multi-ethnic congregation with both a local and a global focus to see all peoples become whole-hearted followers of Jesus Christ. Juan has also served local churches in Florida, Georgia, and Indiana. He is also a PhD candidate in systematic theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Juan has been joyfully married to Jeanine since June 29, 1990, and they reside in Manor, Texas with their five daughters.
Thomas Schreiner has been professor of New Testament Interpretation at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary since 1997. He previously served 11 years on the faculty at Bethel Theological Seminary, and also taught New Testament at Azusa Pacific University. Schreiner received a B.S. from Western Oregon University, a M.Div. and Th.M. from Western Conservative Baptist Seminary, and his Ph.D. from Fuller Theological Seminary. Schreiner has written multiple commentaries and books on New Testament theology, including New Testament Theology. He lives in Louisville, Kentucky with his wife and is the preaching pastor of Clifton Baptist Church.
David Sitton served as a church planting missionary in some of the remotest regions of Papua New Guinea during the 1970’s and 80’s. The Lord enabled him to make first contact with several previously unreached tribes and the establishing of 34 churches. In 1994, David founded To Every Tribe and, the following year, The Center for Pioneer Church Planting on the south Texas / Mexico border where he lives with his wife Tommi. David serves to train and launch church planting teams to those still without access to the gospel of Christ. David is the author of two books, To Every Tribe With Jesus and Reckless Abandon.
Colin Smith (MPhil, London School of Theology) is the senior pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in Arlington Heights, Illinois. He and his wife, Karen, have two grown sons. Colin pastored the Enfield Evangelical Free Church in North London for 16 years and during that time served in various capacities in the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches, including a time as president. His primary focus is on preaching and his ministry is shared more widely through his radio program, Unlocking the Bible.
Claire Smith lives in Sydney, Australia, with her husband Rob, who is an Anglican minister, Bible college lecturer, and singer-songwriter. They attend St Andrew’s Cathedral, where Rob is on the ministry staff. They have an adult son, Nathanael. Claire trained and worked as a registered nurse before studying theology at undergraduate and postgraduate levels at Moore Theological College, Sydney, and holds a PhD in New Testament. She spends her time writing and teaching the Bible to women. Her book, God’s Good Design: What the Bible Really Says About Men and Women was published by Matthias Media in 2012.
Mack Stiles is CEO of Gulf Digital Solutions and general secretary for the Fellowship of Christian UAE Students (FOCUS) in the United Arab Emirates. He has worked for many years with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in the United States. He is the author of Marks of the Messenger and Speaking of Jesus.
Justin Taylor is vice president of the book division at Crossway and an elder at New Covenant Bible Church in St. Charles, Illinois. He blogs at Between Two Worlds, hosted by TGC. He is the co-editor (with Stephen Nichols) of the Theologians on the Christian Life series and the co-author (with Andreas Köstenberger) of the forthcoming book Jesus's Final Week: An Easter Chronology and Commentary.
William Graham Tullian Tchividjian (pronounced cha-vi-jin) is the senior pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. A Florida native, Tullian is also the grandson of Billy and Ruth Graham, a visiting professor of theology at Reformed Theological Seminary, and a contributing editor to Leadership Journal. Tullian has authored a number of books including Glorious Ruin and Jesus + Nothing = Everything. His sermons are broadcast daily on the radio program LIBERATE.
Originally from Wales, Derek Thomas is the Distinguished Visiting Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology at RTS Atlanta. After pastoring for 17 years in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Dr. Thomas returned to the USA in 1996 where he served the Jackson campus as the Professor of Systematic and Practical Theology. He has written or edited 15 books. Derek has been married to his wife, Rosemary, for more than 30 years. They have two adult children, Ellen and Owen and two grandchildren.
Paul Tripp is the president of Paul Tripp Ministries, a nonprofit organization, whose mission statement is "Connecting the transforming power of Jesus Christ to everyday life." This mission leads Paul to weekly speaking engagements around the world. In addition to being a gifted communicator and sought after conference speaker with Paul Tripp Ministries, Paul is Professor of Pastoral Life and Care at Redeemer Seminary in Dallas, Texas; he is the Executive Director of the Center for Pastoral Life and Care in Fort Worth, Texas, and has taught at respected institutions worldwide. As an author, Paul has written many books on Christian Living that are read and distributed internationally. He has been married for many years to Luella and they have four grown children.
Stephen Um (PhD, University of St. Andrews) is the senior pastor of Citylife Church in Boston, Massachusetts. He also teaches New Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and serves as Associate Training Director with Redeemer City to City. For the past 18 years, Stephen and his wife, Kathleen, have been involved in several Presbyterian churches throughout the Northeastern part of the country. He is the author of Why Cities Matter (Crossway). Stephen also serves as a Council member with The Gospel Coalition.
Miles Van Pelt is the Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Languages and Academic Dean for the RTS Jackson campus. He has a deep commitment to and passion for teaching students the Bible in its original languages. He is the co-author of Basics of Biblical Hebrew: Grammar (Zondervan, 2001), and has published extensively in the area of Hebrew and Aramaic language instruction. He and his wife Laurie have been married for over 20 years and they have four children at home.
Mary Willson, a native Tennessean, now serves as the director of women in ministry at First Presbyterian Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Upon graduating from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 2009 (MDiv and ThM), she joined the staff at First Presbyterian, where she focuses on biblical exposition, discipleship of women, and spiritual formation.
Sandy Willson (D.D., Crichton College) is the senior minister at Second Presbyterian Church in Memphis, TN. Sandy also serves on the boards of several ministries and organizations, including the Memphis Center for Urban Theological Studies, the Clayborn Council (a collaborative urban church planting ministry), and World Relief. He previously pastored Memorial Presbyterian Church in Elizabethton, TN, and Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church in Lookout Mountain, TN. Sandy and Allison were married in 1972 and have five children.
Jared C. Wilson serves as the pastor of Middletown Springs Community Church in Middletown Springs, Vermont. He is known for his passionate gospel-centered teaching, as well as his strong call for missional Christianity. Jared is the author of Gospel Deeps: Reveling in the Excellencies of Jesus, Gospel Wakefulness, Your Jesus Is Too Safe, and the Bible study resources Abide and Seven Daily Sins. Jared and his wife, Becky, have two daughters.
Dave is the Coordinator for Youth Ministries in the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina. He has 26 years experience of full-time youth ministry on two continents and has written on youth ministry in his own blog and guest posts for The Gospel Coalition. Dave is also involved in Rooted: A Theology Conference for Student Ministry
John Yates has been the rector of The Falls Church Anglican in Falls Church, Virginia, since 1979. The Falls Church was established by English settlers as an Anglican church, and its leaders were instrumental in the development of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States in the late 1700s. But in 2006, the members of the church voted overwhelmingly to leave the Episcopal Church and have been deeply involved in the establishment of the new Anglican Church of North America. John and his wife, Susan, have five adult children and 21 grandchildren. He and his wife are deeply involved in the ministry Family Life, and they speak regularly at Weekend to Remember conferences around the country.