John Piper is founder and teacher of Desiring God and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. For 33 years, he served as senior pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, and studied at Wheaton College, Fuller Theological Seminary (B.D.), and the University of Munich (D.theol.). 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 50 books and more than 30 years of his preaching and teaching is available free at desiringGod.org. John and his wife, Noel, have four sons, one daughter, and twelve grandchildren.
R. Albert Mohler Jr. serves as the ninth president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. 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. Dr. Mohler is a member of Third Avenue Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky. He is author of The Conviction to Lead, He is Not Silent, and Culture Shift: Engaging Current Issues with Timeless Truth. He is married to Mary, and they have two children.
Mark Dever serves as the senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC. A Duke graduate, Mark holds a M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, a Th.M. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Ecclesiastical History from Cambridge University. He is the president of 9Marks and has taught at a number of seminaries. Mark has authored several books and articles, most recently, Compelling Community, Baptist Foundations, The Gospel and Personal Evangelism, What is a Healthy Church?, and Nine Marks of a Healthy Church. He and his wife Connie live and minister on Capitol Hill. They have two adult children.
C.J. Mahaney serves as the Senior Pastor for Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville and is the author of several books, including Living the Cross Centered Life, Humility: True Greatness, Don’t Waste Your Sports, and Sex, Romance and the Glory of God. C.J. and his wife, Carolyn, have three married daughters, one son, and twelve grandchildren. They reside in Louisville, Kentucky but C.J. cheers for his hometown teams the Washington Redskins, Nationals, Wizards, and University of Maryland basketball.
Matt Chandler serves as lead pastor for teaching at The Village 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. Matt is involved in church planting around Dallas and across the world through The Village Church and other partnerships such as Acts 29, at which he serves as president. He is the author of The Mingling of Souls, The Explicit Gospel, and Creature of the Word. He and his wife, Lauren, live with their three children in Highland Village, Texas.
David Platt is the president of the International Mission Board (IMB) and Founder of Radical. Prior to the IMB, he served as the senior pastor of The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Alabama for eight years. 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 is author of Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream and other books including Counter Culture, Radical Together, and Follow Me. David practices what he preaches through his travel nationally and internationally, teaching from God’s Word in churches, seminaries, the underground church, or even under a shade tree in Africa or Latin America. He married his wife, Heather, in 1999 and they are parents of four children.
Kevin DeYoung is the senior pastor at Christ Covenant Church (PCA) in Matthews, North Carolina and Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary (Charlotte). Prior to the summer of 2017, he pastored at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan (2004-2017). Kevin holds a Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and is a doctoral candidate in early modern history at the University of Leicester. He is the author of several books, including The Biggest Story, The Hole in Our Holiness, Crazy Busy, and Just Do Something. Kevin and his wife, Trisha, have seven children.
John MacArthur is the president of The Master’s College and Seminary and featured teacher with Grace to You. In 1969, after graduating from Talbot Theological Seminary, John took the pastorate at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California. The emphasis of his pulpit ministry is the careful study and verse-by-verse exposition of the Bible, with special attention devoted to the historical and grammatical background behind each passage. Since completing his first best-selling book, The Gospel According to Jesus, in 1988, John has written hundreds of other books and study guides, including Our Sufficiency in Christ and The MacArthur New Testament Commentary series. John and his wife, Patricia, live in Southern California and have four married children. They also enjoy the enthusiastic company of their fifteen grandchildren.
Thabiti Anyabwile is the pastor of Anacostia River Church in Washington, D.C. Prior to that, Thabiti served as the pastor of First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman for seven years. He is a native of Lexington, North Carolina. Thabiti holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in psychology from North Carolina State University. He is the author of Captivated: Beholding the Mystery of Jesus’ Death and Resurrection, The Gospel for Muslims: An Encouragement to Share Christ with Confidence, The Decline of African-American Theology, The Life of God in the soul of the Church, Finding Faithful Elders & Deacons, and What is a Healthy Church Member?. He is the happy husband of Kristie and the adoring father of three children. A former high school basketball coach and bookstore owner, he enjoys preaching, reading, sports, and watching sci-fi films.
Ligon Duncan is Chancellor/CEO of the Reformed Theological Seminary system and John E. Richards Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology. Born in Greenville, South Carolina, and reared in a Christian home, he did his studies at Furman University, Greenville, SC (BA); Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis (MDiv & MA); and the University of Edinburgh, Scotland (PhD). Ligon and his wife, Anne, have two children. Ligon has edited, written, and contributed to numerous books, most recently including: The Gospel As Center, Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, Preaching the Cross, Fear Not: Death and the Afterlife from a Christian Perspective, In My Place Condemned He Stood, and Does Grace Grow Best in Winter?.
Justin Peters was born and reared in Vicksburg, Mississippi. He graduated from Mississippi State University in 1995 and then earned two degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2000 and 2002. It was not until he was a preacher, though, that God brought him to genuine faith in Christ. Though his first commitment is to expository preaching (verse by verse expounding of the biblical text), he is most known for his seminar entitled Clouds Without Water which is a biblical critique of the Word-Faith movement. As a full-time evangelist, Justin has preached in churches and seminaries in 42 states and 23 countries. In addition to his preaching ministry, Justin hosts a daily radio program and is the author of Do Not Hinder Them: A Biblical Examination of Childhood Conversion. Justin married his wife, Kathy, in 2010 and they along with their little dog, Mia, make their home near Sandpoint, Idaho.
Collin Hansen serves as editorial director for The Gospel Coalition. He is the author of Blind Spots: Becoming a Courageous, Compassionate, and Commissioned Church, Young, Restless, Reformed: A Journalist’s Journey With the New Calvinists, and co-author of A God-Sized Vision: Revival Stories That Stretch and Stir. He is an elder at Redeemer Community Church in Birmingham, Alabama, and he serves on the advisory board of Beeson Divinity School.
David Helm serves as the lead pastor of the Hyde Park congregation of Holy Trinity Church in Chicago and as Chairman of the Board of the Charles Simeon Trust, an organization dedicated to the sound preaching of God's Word. A graduate of Wheaton College, and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, David is ordained in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) and serves on the council of The Gospel Coalition. For Crossway, he authored 1 & 2 Peter and Jude, The Big Picture Story Bible, and contributed to Preach the Word: Essays on Expository Preaching in Honor of Kent Hughes. He also authored One-to-One Bible Reading for Matthias Media and the 9Marks volume Expositional Preaching. David is married to Lisa, and they have five children: Noah Helm (married to Julie), Joanna Panner (married to Ben), Baxter, Silas, and Mariah. They also have two grandchildren.
Ian serves as Lead Pastor at Covenant Community Church (Philadelphia, PA). One of Ian’s main shepherding responsibilities at Covenant is the proclamation of the Word. He also serves as Director of Church Planting & Mission for Sovereign Grace Churches promoting and coordinating church planting domestically by working with our Regional Leaders and Regional Church Planting Committees as they assess, equip, and deploy church planters.
Jeff serves as a pastor at Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville. As Director of Theology and Training for Sovereign Grace Churches, Jeff is dean of the Pastors College, leads pastoral and theological training, and is responsible for seeing that ordination standards and testing are in place to serve Regional Ordination Committees.
Rich serves as a pastor at Sovereign Grace Church in Gilbert, AZ. As the Director of Global Missions for Sovereign Grace Churches Rich leads, promotes, coordinates, and helps execute our global church planting and missions work by casting vision and exercising theological discernment.
Mark is Executive Director of Sovereign Grace Churches ensuring the successful operation of the Leadership Team through leadership, strategic planning, support, evaluation, and communication. Mark has served as an elder at Covenant Fellowship Church since 2002. In 1996, he helped plant a church where he served as senior pastor until 2002.
Trip Lee is an author, teacher, hip-hop artist, and thought leader. A pastor in Atlanta, he regularly preaches and teaches at Christian conferences and events, and has performed his music for thousands of listeners around the world. In his first book, The Good Life, Lee points to the abundant life available only in Christ – a life beyond anything the world can offer. His second book, Rise, calls a younger generation not to wait to follow God, but to get up and live now. As a hip-hop artist, Lee’s music has received critical acclaim, while reaching a large and growing audience. He’s won a Stellar award and been nominated for several Dove Awards. His last three albums have debuted at #1 on the Billboard Gospel charts, and his most recent album, Rise, debuted at #2 on the Billboard Rap charts and #16 on the Billboard 200. Trip’s deepest desire in his writing, teaching, and performing is to declare the goodness and glory of Jesus Christ.
Mez McConnell, is the Senior Pastor of Niddrie Community Church (Edinburgh, Scotland) and the co-founder and Ministry Director of 20schemes. He has been involved in full time pastoral ministry, both church planting and revitalisation since 1999. He has worked in inner city areas in England, Scotland and Brazil and has a passion for training men and women for ministry in this context. He has written: Preparing for Baptism: A Personal Diary (Grace Publications Trust), Is There Anybody Out There? (Christian Focus), What’s The Point Of Life? (CF4Kids), and Church In Hard Places (Crossway). Mez studied Missiology at Moorland Bible College, England and Pastoral Theology at Bryntirion Bible College, Wales. He has been married to Miriam since 1998 and has two lovely daughters, Keziah and Lydia.
Clint Humfrey is the Lead Pastor of Calvary Grace Church in Calgary, Alberta. Prior to planting Calvary Grace (2006), Clint was a professor of Greek at Toronto Baptist Seminary (2003-2006). Clint has studied at Toronto Baptist Seminary, Gordon-Conwell Seminary, Prairie Bible College and The Master’s College. Clint blogs regularly at TGC Canada. Born in Alberta, Clint grew up on the family farm and competed in rodeo. He is married to Christel and together they raise three sons. Clint is a Council Member for TGC Canada.
Ryan Fullerton was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and grew up all over western Canada. Throughout his teen years he pursued political causes to make him feel righteous and then drugs and sex to make him feel happy. Thankfully, when he was 21 he found his righteousness was a joke and his happiness had turned sour. Through the simple and intelligent witness of his step-mom he came to trust Jesus Christ late in the evening just before Good Friday in 1995. Shortly after his conversion he studied at Prairie Bible College in Three Hills Alberta, and then at Tyndale College in Toronto, Ontario. In Toronto, Ryan worked in an inner city church under the leadership of Dr. Stephen Beck. He also met the lovely Christy Joy Teal who became Christy Joy Fullerton shortly after their graduation from college. The next eight years were a whirlwind and included drilling for oil, pastoring a church in a town with a population of 311, having four children (Jordana, Luke, James, and Christopher), starting seminary, stopping seminary, and becoming (somewhere in there) the Lead Pastor of Immanuel.
Paul Martin is the senior pastor of Grace Fellowship Church in Toronto, Ontario. After leading the plant in 2000, he was involved in helping three other churches start in the city. He hopes to be involved in launching many more. His passion for training leaders has led him to teach at local seminaries, as well as oversee a long-standing mentoring program for potential future pastors. His love for the kind of Gospel cooperation modelled by his hero, George Whitefield, inspired his work with the Grace Connexion, the Hogtown Baptist Pastors’ Fellowship, the Toronto Gospel Alliance, 9Marks, and The Gospel Coalition Canada. His zeal for the preaching of God’s Word has led to work with The Charles Simeon Trust. His affection for the disabled community, especially after disability entered his family through his son, has given him opportunities to speak for The Elisha Foundation and the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. It also prompted his zeal to protect the unborn and work closely with a local pregnancy care centre. He has been married to Susan for more than twenty-seven years and loves to spend time with their four children. Sadly, he is a pathetically loyal fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs and remembers well the last time they won the Stanley Cup. He was 10 months old.
Aubrey Sequeira was born and raised in a Roman Catholic family in Chennai, South India. He was a rock musician playing bass for one of India’s largest rock bands when the Lord saved him through the faithful Bible teaching of a missionary at a local church in his city. He then worked as a software engineer while engaging in bi-vocational ministry and church-planting. Aubrey recently completed his PhD (double major in Biblical Theology and Old Testament) at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, where he also did his M.Div. While in Louisville, he served as an elder at Immanuel Baptist Church. After completing a pastoral internship in Vermont, Aubrey and his family moved to Abu Dhabi, UAE where Aubrey currently serves as Associate Pastor at the Evangelical Community Church. Aubrey is married to Nishika and they’ve been blessed with three beautiful daughters.
A native of Houston,TX, John was born into a Nigerian home where the gospel was cherished deeply and modeled excellently. After graduating from college, he studied at Dallas Theological Seminary. He’s served at churches in both Texas and Georgia and in 2015 moved into the Historic West End to help plant Cornerstone Church with his best friends. He and his wife, Shawndra, have been married since 2007. They’re eager to see the hope of the gospel restore a sense of family, dignity, and hope to their neighborhood through their local church of ordinary people.
Matt Boswell is a native Texan, who grew up the son of a pastor. He has been leading worship and involved in church planting since 1995. His passion is to see our congregation engaged in gospel-centered ministry, and in this environment live out the great commission. He writes songs for congregational worship and is also a graduate of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is head over heels for his bride, Jamie, and they have four small children.
Richard Mullen is a pastor at Cornerstone Church in Atlanta, Georgia. A graduate from Baylor University with a B.A. in Sociology, much of his professional experience has been in the social services field. In 2012, Richard completed a church-planting residency through the Rebuild Network and currently serves the local church as the Community Life Pastor. Richard is the husband to Amanda and father to four children: Micah, Jaeden, Amaya, and Aaliya.
Mike McKinley was raised in suburban Philadelphia. He received a B.A. in Religion and Classics from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and an M.Div from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. In 2004, Mike was brought onto the pastoral staff at Capitol Hill Baptist Church as a church planter. In 2005, he brought a small group of people from CHBC to Guilford Baptist Church in order to help revitalize the church’s ministry. He served as Guilford’s pastor until 2013, when Guilford merged with Sterling Park Baptist Church, where he now serves as Senior Pastor. Mike has been married to Karen since 1997, and they have five beautiful children: Kendall, Knox, Phineas, Ebenezer, and Harper. In his free time, Mike loves to spend time with his family, reading all kinds of books, and daydreaming about the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Eagles.
Juan Sanchez has served as senior pastor of High Pointe Baptist Church in Austin, Texas since 2005. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and holds an MDiv, a ThM, and a PhD in systematic theology from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. In addition to training pastors in the United States, Latin America, South America, and Eastern Europe, Juan is also a council member of The Gospel Coalition and cofounder and president of Coalición. At the denominational level, Juan serves as recording secretary for The Southern Baptists of Texas Convention and in 2016 was appointed to the faculty of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary as assistant professor of Christian theology. Juan came to faith in Christ at the age of 17 out of a Roman Catholic background, and since 1990 has been married to Jeanine. They live in the Austin metro area and have five daughters, two sons-in-law, and one granddaughter.
Dr. Miguel Nuñez is the senior pastor of the International Baptist Church in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He is the author of two books: Jesus: the Man that Challenged the World and Confronts Your Life and A Church After God’s Own Heart.
Bob Kauflin is director of Sovereign Grace Music. He equips pastors and musicians in the theology and practice of congregational worship and serves as a pastor at Sovereign Grace Church in Louisville, Kentucky. He writes at worshipmatters.com and is author of True Worshipers: Seeking What Matters to God. Bob and his wife, Julie, have six children and a growing number of grandchildren.
Keith Getty occupies a unique space in the world of music today as a preeminent modern hymn writer. Keith and his wife Kristyn have written hymns that are used increasingly both in contemporary and traditional circles, being included in most modern hymnbooks (with a number of these now listing “Getty” as the most-featured composers), while in the more contemporary church, more than 60 of their songs are featured on top 2,000 CCLI charts between the UK and USA. Keith and Kristyn live between Northern Ireland and Nashville with their daughters, Eliza Joy, Charlotte, and Grace.
Sam Allberry is an editor for The Gospel Coalition, a global speaker for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, and a pastor based in Maidenhead, UK. He is the author of a number of books, including Is God Anti-Gay? (Good Book, 2013), James For You, and, most recently, Why Bother with Church. He is a founding editor of Living Out, a ministry for those struggling with same-sex attraction.
H.B. Charles is the Pastor-Teacher at the Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church of Jacksonville and Orange Park, Florida, where he has served since 2008. H.B. is the author (or contributing author) of several books including: On Preaching, On Pastoring, and Power in the Pulpit. H.B. is married to the girl of his dreams, Cystal, and they have three children: H.B. III, Natalie, and Hailey.
Simon Gathercole's first degree was in Classics and Theology in Cambridge, after which he pursued doctoral research under the supervision of James D.G. Dunn in Durham. He also studied for short periods at the University of Tübingen and the Jewish Theological Seminary, New York. He previously taught in the University of Aberdeen (2000-2007). He was editor of the Journal for the Study of the New Testament for a number of years and is now a co-editor of the journal Early Christianity.
Peter Williams received an M.A., M.Phil., and PH.D. from the University of Cambridge and is currently the Principal of Tyndale House. Dr. Williams is also the chair of the International Greek New Testament Project as well as a member of the Translation Committee of the English Standard Version of the Bible.
Dhati Lewis is the lead pastor of Blueprint Church in Atlanta, Georgia. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of North Texas and earned his Master’s degree from Dallas Theological Seminary. During his early years of ministry, Dhati became increasingly burdened to see healthy disciple-making churches in the city. This burden grew until the Lord gave Dhati a clear vision to plant a church-planting church in Atlanta. In 2009 Dhati, along with twenty-five others, moved to Atlanta with the goal of becoming the last generation of believers to abandon the urban context in search of sound discipleship. Dhati also serves as the BLVD Experience team director with the Send Network Team at the North American Mission Board. Dhati and his wife Angie have seven beautiful children.
Matthew Westerholm serves at Bethlehem Baptist Church as a pastor for worship and music. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and three sons.
Kevin L. Smith (Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is Executive Director of the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware and Assistant Professor of Christian Preaching at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Mika Edmondson is the pastor of New City Fellowship OPC, a church plant in Southeast Grand Rapids. He recently earned a PhD in systematic theology from Calvin Seminary, where he wrote a dissertation on Martin Luther King Jr.’s theology of suffering.
Curtis A. Woods is associate executive director for the Kentucky Baptist Convention. He holds undergraduate and graduate level degrees in social work, urban studies, and pastoral theology. He is a PhD student in biblical spirituality at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. His research interests are in African-American intellectual history.
Julius Kim is a professor at Westminster Seminary California where he teaches courses in homiletics, cross-cultural missions, pastoral ministry, and the history of preaching. He is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America and serves as an Associate Pastor at New Life Presbyterian Church in Escondido, CA. He is the author of several books and articles, including a new preaching textbook from Zondervan entitled, Preaching the Whole Counsel of God: Design and Deliver Gospel-Centered Sermons. He has also contributed to several study Bibles, including the Gospel Transformation Bible from Crossway. He and his wife Ji Hee, along with their two daughters, Emma and Phoebe, reside in Escondido, California.
Won has served both bi-vocationally and non-vocationally as a pastor in Flushing [Queens, NY], Somerset [NJ], Rutherford [NJ], and Park Slope [Brooklyn, NY]. In 2005, he was commissioned as a Nehemiah Church Planter with the North American Mission Board. He is a graduate of Rutgers University and Union University [TN], and he’s also received extensive church planting training with Redeemer City to City. He moved his family to the Greater Fort Lee, NJ area for the purpose of leading and loving this church planting mission.
Jeremy is the senior pastor of First Baptist Church Hacienda Heights in California where he serves with his wife Melanie and four children: Jeremiah, Elliana, Bethan, and Owen. Previously, Jeremy had served on the pastoral staffs of the United Christian Church of Dubai (Dubai, United Arab Emirates), Capitol Hill Baptist Church (Washington DC), and Third Avenue Baptist Church (Louisville, KY). Jeremy was awarded a Doctor of Ministry from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS), and holds a Master of Divinity (SBTS) and a Bachelor of Arts (Biola University). He also serves as Council Associate at The Gospel Coalition. Jeremy served, for a number of years, as adjunct theology professor at Biola University.
Geoff Chang serves as an associate pastor at Hinson Baptist Church in Portland, Oregon. Although he was raised in a Christian home, it was at a youth camp that Geoff finally understood the Gospel and repented and trusted in Christ. Geoff earned his BBA from The University of Texas at Austin and his M.Div. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Geoff serves as Executive Pastor, but is also engaged in member care, discipleship, and preaching. He and Stephanie are spending their time together learning how to be godly parents to their three kids.
James Choi was born in South Korea and moved to the U.S at age 7. He's lived in Florida, Oregon, and New Jersey, but grew up mostly in Coppell, TX, in a pastor’s home. At age 21, he was saved through the prayerful parenting of his aunt and uncle and his college ministry in Gainesville, FL. James moved to Maryland, after graduating from University of Florida and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, to serve at a Korean-American church as an associate pastor in 2008. In 2015, James participated in the pastoral internship and eventually transitioned to CHBC for further pastoral training. James testifies that every stage of his life is an evidence of God’s immeasurable grace! Currently, he teaches regularly through a Christian foundation, oversees Hope Christian Fellowship at George Washington University, and is finishing his Doctor of Ministry at Southern Seminary. James resides in Hyattsville, MD, with his wife Jeri, daughter Caidy, and son Micaiah. He desires to plant or revitalize a church in the greater DC area.
Brian Davis moved to Philadelphia from Detroit in 2006 and has since considered it home. Since conversion, he has desired to help establish a healthy church in an inner-city context which eventually led to his being a part of Risen Christ Fellowship. He has completed a church planting internship at Imago Dei Church in Raleigh, NC which he began at the conclusion of completing the pastoral internship at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in 2013. Brian is joyfully married to Sonia, and the Lord has given them two delightful sons: Spurgeon & Sibbes, and a lovely girl, Noelle.
Sam Alberry is an editor for The Gospel Coalition, a global speaker for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, and a pastor based in Maidenhead, UK. He is the author of a number of books, including Is God Anti-Gay? (Good Book, 2013), James For You, and, most recently, Why Bother with Church. He is a founding editor of Living Out, a ministry for those struggling with same-sex attraction.