70 SPEAKERS

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Peter Adam is vicar emeritus at St. Jude’s Carlton in Melbourne, Australia. He previously served as principal of Ridley College Melbourne and the vicar of St. Jude’s. His publications include Speaking God’s Words: A Practical Theology of Preaching; Hearing God’s Words: Exploring Biblical Spirituality; Written for Us: Receiving God’s Words in the Bible; and The Message of Malachi. He is a founding member of TGC’s Australian council and a member of its executive committee.

Isaac Adams is an elder at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., and has worked to serve the efforts of The Front PorchTogether for the Gospel (T4G), and CROSS. He is currently a student at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and is happily married to Megan.

Danny Akin serves as president and professor of preaching and theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. He has traveled to Sudan, Turkey, Kenya, Asia, Central Asia, Thailand, India, Paraguay, and the Middle East serving students and missionaries, and sharing the gospel. He is married to Charlotte. They have four children, three daughters-in-law, and 11 grandchildren.

Sam Allberry is a pastor in Maidenhead, United Kingdom, a speaker for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, and an editor for The Gospel Coalition. He has been in full-time pastoral ministry within the Anglican Church since 2003. He is the author of Why Bother With Church?, James for You, and the bestselling Is God Anti-Gay? He is single and can speak on this issue both from personal experience and his experience as a pastor.

Gregg Allison is professor of Christian theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He is an elder of Sojourn Community Church and the theological strategist for Sojourn Network. He is the author of Historical Theology: An Introduction to Christian Doctrine, Sojourners and Strangers: The Doctrine of the Church, Roman Catholic Theology and Practice: An Evangelical Assessment, and a co-author of Is the Reformation Over? He and his wife, Nora, have three children and eight grandchildren.

Thabiti Anyabwile serves as a pastor at Anacostia River Church in Washington, D.C. Prior to planting Anacostia, he served as an elder and pastor in churches in North Carolina, Washington, D.C., and the Cayman Islands. He is the author of several books, including The Gospel for Muslims and The Decline of African American Theology. He blogs regularly at The Front Porch and Pure Church. Thabiti holds BS and MS degrees in psychology from North Carolina State University. He and his wife, Kristie, have three children.

Don Carson is a New Testament scholar and research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge and is co-founder and president of The Gospel Coalition. Carson and his wife, Joy, reside in Libertyville, Illinois, and have two children.

Matt Carter serves as pastor of preaching at the Austin Stone Community Church in Austin, Texas, which has grown since 2002 from a core team of 15 to more than 7,000 attending each Sunday. He has co-authored multiple books including The Real Win, a book on biblical manhood with NFL quarterback Colt McCoy. He holds an MDiv from Southwestern Seminary and a DMin in expositional preaching from Southeastern Seminary. He and his wife, Jennifer, have three children.

Richard Coekin is a director of Co-Mission (a church planting movement in London) and senior pastor of Dundonald Church in Wimbledon. He has been involved in launching numerous churches and other ministries, such as the London Mens’ and Womens’ Conventions, the 9:38Apprenticeship Scheme and the Passion for Life mission.  He is also involved in a Bible ministry to Members of Parliament in Westminster. He is married to Sian, a Doctor, and they have five children.

Cameron Cole is the director of children, youth, and family at the Cathedral Church of the Advent in Birmingham, Alabama, and the chairman of Rooted Ministry. He regularly writes for The Gospel Coalition, Youth Specialties, and Modern Reformation. He is also the co-editor of Gospel-Centered Youth Ministry: A Practical Guide. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Wake Forest University and is pursuing a degree from Reformed Theological Seminary.

Graham Cole is dean of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and professor of biblical and systematic theology. He is the author of four books: Engaging with the Holy Spirit: Real Questions, Practical Answers; He Who Gives Life: The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit; God the Peacemaker: How Atonement Brings Shalom; and The God Who Became Human: A Biblical Theology of Incarnation. He is an ordained Anglican minister and has taught theology on three continents.

Carlos Contreras serves as lead pastor of Iglesia Gracia Soberana in Cd. Juárez, México. In 1990 he left his business to serve in full time ministry and has served that church for 25 years. He is a founder of Fieles a Su Llamado, a ministry dedicated to equip pastors in Latin America and is a member of the Hispanic Council of TGĆ. Carlos is married to Kena and is a father of four and grandfather of three.

Bob Cutillo teaches at Denver Seminary and is an assistant clinical professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He received his MD from Columbia University and has served in faith-based health care for underserved populations in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Denver, and Democratic Republic of Congo. He currently provides patient care at Colorado Coalition for the Homeless. He lives in Denver with his wife, Heather, and has two married children.

Andy Davis is the senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Durham, North Carolina, and a visiting professor of historical theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. A native of Boston, Massachusetts, he studied at MIT (BS), Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (MDiv), and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (PhD). He is the author of An Infinite Journey. He and his wife, Christi, have five children.

Kevin DeYoung is the senior pastor at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan. His three main responsibilities include preaching, leadership, and administration. He was born outside of Chicago in South Holland, Illinois, and attended Hope College and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Prior to serving at URC, he was the associate pastor at First Reformed Church in Orange City, Iowa. Kevin and his wife, Trisha, have six children.

Ligon Duncan is the chancellor and CEO of Reformed Theological Seminary, and the John E. Richards professor of systematic and historical theology. He attended Furman University (BA), Covenant Theological Seminary (MDiv, MA), and the University of Edinburgh (PhD). He has edited, written, and contributed to numerous books. He is co-founder of Together for the Gospel, senior fellow of the council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, and was president of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals. He and his wife, Anne, have two children.

Mika Edmondson is the pastor of New City Fellowship OPC, a church plant in Southeast Grand Rapids. He earned a PhD in systematic theology from Calvin Seminary, where he wrote a dissertation on Martin Luther King Jr.'s theology of suffering.

 

Gloria Furman is a cross-cultural worker and the author of several books: Glimpses of Grace, Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full, The Pastor's Wife, Missional Motherhood, and Alive With Him. She lives in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, with her family.

Timothy George has been the dean of Beeson Divinity School of Samford University since its inception in 1988. He is the author of more than 20 books, including Theology of the Reformers and Is the Father of Jesus the God of Muhammad? He also serves as the general editor of the Reformation Commentary on Scripture, a 28-volume series. He serves on the editorial advisory boards of First Things, Christianity Today, and Books & Culture.

Jonathan Gibson is assistant professor of Old Testament at Westminster Theological Seminary. Prior to that, he served at Cambridge Presbyterian Church in England. He is the author of Covenant Continuity and Fidelity: A Study of Inner-Biblical Allusion and Exegesis in Malachi, co-editor of From Heaven He Came and Sought Her, and author of numerous historical and biblical articles in Themelios, Journal of Biblical Literature, and Tyndale Bulletin. He received his PhD from Cambridge University.

Nancy Guthrie teaches the Bible at her home church, Cornerstone Presbyterian Church in Franklin, Tennessee, as well as at conferences nationally and internationally, and through books and DVDs such as the Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament series. She offers companionship and biblical insight to the grieving through Respite Retreats for couples who have faced the death of child, through the GriefShare video series, and through books such as Holding on to Hope and Hearing Jesus Speak into Your Sorrow.

Michael A. G. Haykin is professor of church history & biblical spirituality at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of a number of books dealing with Patristic and Baptist studies and is also the general editor of a forthcoming 16-volume edition of the works of Andrew Fuller. He splits his time between Louisville, Kentucky, and his home in Dundas, Ontario.

Jackie Hill Perry is a writer and artist whose work has been featured on the Washington Times, The 700 Club, DesiringGod.org, The Gospel Coalition, and other publications. Since being saved from a lifestyle of homosexuality, she has been compelled to share the light of gospel truth through poems that have reached more than 1 million views on YouTube. She is signed to Humble Beast Records and released her debut album, The Art of Joy, in 2014. She and her husband, Preston, have one daughter.

R. Kent Hughes is professor of practical theology at Westminster Theological Seminary. He has more than 40 years experience in pastoral ministry, including youth ministry, church planting, and 27 years as senior pastor of College Church in Wheaton, Illinois. He received his DMin from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and has authored more than 30 books, including Disciplines of a Godly Man and Liberating Ministry from the Success Syndrome. He is also senior editor of the acclaimed Preaching the Word commentary series.

Jeffrey Jue is provost and executive vice president at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, where he also holds the Stephen Tong chair of Reformed theology and serves as associate professor of church history. His academic and teaching interests include modern church history and globalization. He received his PhD from the University of Aberdeen, where he wrote his dissertation, Heaven Upon Earth: Joseph Mede (1586–1638) and the Legacy of Millenarianism. He is also a contributor to These Last Days: A Christian View of History.

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Tim Keller is the senior pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan. He was educated at Bucknell University, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and Westminster Theological Seminary. In 1989, he started Redeemer Presbyterian Church with his wife, Kathy. Redeemer’s church-planting center has helped start more than 200 churches around the world. He is vice president of The Gospel Coalition and has also authored many books, including The Reason for God and Generous Justice. The Kellers have three sons.

Julius Kim is the dean of students and professor of practical theology at Westminster Seminary California. He is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) and serves as an associate pastor at New Life Presbyterian in Escondido, California. His latest book is Preaching the Whole Counsel of God. He and his family reside in Escondido, California.

Melissa Kruger serves on staff as women’s ministry coordinator at Uptown Church (PCA) in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is the author of The Envy of Eve: Finding Contentment in a Covetous World and Walking with God in the Season of Motherhood.  Her husband, Mike, is the president of Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina, and they have three children. She blogs for The Gospel Coalition at Wit’s End. You can follow her on Twitter.

Melanie Lacy is the dean of women and director of theology for the children’s and youth ministry course at Oakhill College, London. She is passionate about training and often spends her free time equipping local churches to establish biblically rich and theologically dynamic children and youth ministries. She also oversees youth ministry at the historic Keswick Convention and the under-18s ministries at Word Alive.

Jonathan Leeman is the editorial director for 9Marks. He edits the 9Marks series of books as well as the 9Marks Journal and has authored multiple books and articles on the local church. He began his career in journalism working as an editor for an international economics magazine. He has undergraduate and graduate degrees in political science, a master of divinity and a PhD in political theology. He has also served as an interim pastor. Jonathan lives with his wife and daughters in suburban Washington.

Scott Manetsch is a professor of church history and the history of Christian thought at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where he has taught for nearly 20 years. He has written extensively on the history of the Protestant Reformation, with special focus on John Calvin, Theodore Beza, and reformed Geneva; pastoral theology and practice among the reformers; and the history of early modern exegesis. Scott and his wife, Catherine, live in Libertyville, Illinois. They have two teenage daughters, Hannah and Melissa.

Sugel Michelén (MTS) has been part of the pastoral team of Iglesia Bíblica del Señor Jesucristo in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, for more than 30 years. He has authored several books, including Words to the Tired, Towards a True Christian Education, and The Most Extraordinary Story Ever Told. He is professor of philosophy at Logos Christian School and has taught Systematic Theology, Pastoral Theology and History of the Church in a Ministerial Academy. Sugel and his wife, Gloria, have three children and four grandchildren.

Sugel Michelén (MTS) es miembro del concilio de Coalición por el Evangelio. Ha sido por más 30 años uno de los pastores de Iglesia Bíblica del Señor Jesucristo, en República Dominicana, donde tiene la responsabilidad de predicar regularmente la Palabra de Dios en el día del Señor. Es autor de Palabras al Cansado, Hacia una Educación Auténticamente Cristiana y un libro ilustrado para niños titulado La más Extraordinaria Historia Jamás Contada. El pastor Michelén y su esposa Gloria tienen 3 hijos y 4 nietos. Puedes encontrarlo en twitter.

R. Albert Mohler Jr. is the president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He is an authority on contemporary issues and has been recognized by such publications as Time and Christianity Today as a leader among American evangelicals. He also blogs and hosts two programs, The Briefing, a daily analysis of news and events from a Christian worldview, and Thinking in Public, a series of conversations with the day’s leading thinkers.

Russell Moore serves as the eighth president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, the moral and public policy agency of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination. He is a widely sought cultural commentator, an ordained Southern Baptist minister, and the author of several books, including Onward: Engaging the Culture Without Losing the Gospel. He blogs frequently and hosts a program called Signposts. He and his wife, Maria, have five sons.

Tom Nelson is the senior pastor of Christ Community Church in Kansas City, Kansas. He graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary (ThM) and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (PhD). He is also on the leadership team of the Oikonomia Network and is the president of Made To Flourish. He is the author of Work Matters: Connecting Sunday Worship to Monday Work and a contributing writer to ESV Men's Devotional Bible, The Gospel for Life series, and Gospel Shaped Work. Tom and his wife, Liz, have two children.

Stephen Nichols is president of Reformation Bible College and chief academic officer for Ligonier Ministries. He is author of several books, including For Us and for Our Salvation: The Doctrine of Christ in the Early Church.

Jon Nielson serves as ministry director at Princeton University for Christian Union. Prior to that, he served as a pastor at College Church in Wheaton, Illinois; Holy Trinity Church in Chicago; and the director of training for the Charles Simeon Trust. He graduated from Wheaton College and is currently completing his DMin at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is ordained in the PCA, and has authored or co-edited three books: Bible Study: A Student's Guide; The Story: The Bible's Grand Narrative of Redemption; and Gospel-Centered Youth Ministry: A Practical Guide.

Kathleen Nielson is director of women’s initiatives for The Gospel Coalition. She has taught in the English departments at various collegiate institutions, directed and taught Bible studies at several churches, speaks and writes extensively, and holds a PhD from Vanderbilt University. Recent publications include Rebuild: A Study in Nehemiah (with D. A. Carson) and Word-Filled Women's Ministry (edited with Gloria Furman). Kathleen and her husband, Niel, have three sons, two daughters-in-law, and four granddaughters.

Miguel Núñez serves as the senior pastor of the International Baptist Church, and is the founding president of Wisdom & Integrity Ministries, which has a vision to influence today’s generation with God’s revelation in the Spanish-speaking world. He lives in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, where he serves as pastor, teacher, writer, TV co-host, apologist, and as a frequent speaker throughout Latin America and the United States. He also holds an MD, ThM, and DMin. He has been married for more than 30 years to Dr. Catherine Scheraldi.

Vermon Pierre is the lead pastor for preaching and mission at Roosevelt Community Church in Phoenix, Arizona. He is the author of Gospel Shaped Living, which is part of the Gospel Shaped Church curriculum published by The Good Book Company and TGC. He also serves as president of the Roosevelt Row Community Development Corporation and as a board member for TGC Arizona and The Surge Network. Vermon and his wife, Dennae, live in downtown Phoenix and have four children.

John Piper is founder of Desiring God and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. For more than 30 years, he served as senior pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He’s the author of more than 50 books. More than 30 years of his preaching and teaching is available for free at DesiringGod.org. John and his wife, Noël, have four sons, one daughter, and twelve grandchildren.

Kori Porter serves on staff at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan, as the associate director of campus ministry. She is pursuing an MA at Reformed Theology Seminary. Her joy is found in discipling college-aged women, evangelizing, and being discipled by older women in the body of Christ.

Zane Pratt is the vice president for global training at the International Mission Board. He previously served as a church planter and regional leader in Central Asia for 20 years before going to Southern Seminary where he was the dean of the Billy Graham School from 2011 to 2013. Pratt also has experience as a church planter and pastor in New England and as an Army Reserve chaplain. He is co-author of Introduction to Global Missions and a contributor to Theology and Practice of Mission.

Erik Raymond is the founder and preaching pastor of Emmaus Bible Church in Omaha, Nebraska. He is the author of Chasing Contentment: Trusting God in a Discontented Age. He also writes regularly at Ordinary Pastor, hosted by The Gospel Coalition. Erik and his wife, Christie, live in Omaha, with their six children.

Tony Reinke hosts the popular Ask Pastor John podcast with John Piper. He is the author of the new book 12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You.. He is a DesiringGod staffer, husband, and father of three living in Minneapolis.

Courtney Reissig is the author of The Accidental Feminist: Restoring Our Delight in God's Good Design and a book about how our faith intersects with the work of the home. She enjoys teaching women about the truths of God’s Word through any means provided to her, whether it is in a personal conversation, an article, or speaking publicly. Courtney and her husband, Daniel, live in Little Rock, Arkansas, and serve at Midtown Baptist Church. They have three children.

Sammy Rhodes is a campus minister with Reformed University Fellowship at the University of South Carolina. He speaks at conferences and churches on topics including anxiety and depression, approval, the internet, pop culture, humor, theology, and leadership.

Derek Rishmawy is a doctoral student in systematic theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He regularly contributes to The Gospel Coalition, Christ & Pop Culture, The Local Church, Christianity Today, and writes at derekzrishmawy.com. He also co-hosts a podcast called Mere Fidelity. You can follow him on Twitter.

Juan Sánchez serves as senior pastor of High Pointe Baptist Church in Austin, Texas and is a member of The Gospel Coalition Council. He holds a PhD in systematic theology from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and serves on the faculty of SBTS as assistant professor of Christian theology. Juan is the author of 1 Peter for You (The Good Book Company, 2016).

Juan Sánchez es pastor senior de High Pointe Baptist Church en Austin, Texas, y miembro del concilio de The Gospel Coalition. Además sirve como presidente del concilio de Coalición por el Evangelio. Él tiene un PhD en Teología Sistemática del Southern Baptist Theological Seminary y labora en la facultad del SBTS como profesor de teología cristiana. Es editor de Gracia sobre Gracia: La nueva reforma en el mundo hispano y autor de 1 de Pedro para ti.

Chris Sarver has served with CRU for 25 years developing staff and student leaders in a number of different roles and settings. He is an Ohio native and a graduate of Wright State University (BA) and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (MDiv). He resides in Indianapolis with his wife, Jodi; together, they have four children.

Claire Smith lives in Sydney, Australia, with her husband Rob. They attend St. Andrew’s Anglican Cathedral. Claire is a writer and women’s Bible teacher. She has a PhD in New Testament (Moore Theological College) and is author of God’s Good Design: What the Bible Really Says about Men and Women

Rob Smith has spent 25 years in pastoral, teaching and music ministry in the Anglican Diocese of Sydney. He lectures in theology, ethics and music ministry at Sydney Missionary & Bible College. Rob is a singer, songwriter and producer for Emu Music and the co-author of Songs of the Saints (Matthias Media, 2017). He is currently undertaking doctoral studies in the theology of gender. He is married to Claire, and they have an adult son.

Robert Smith, Jr. is the professor of Christian preaching at Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama. He has edited and authored a number of books, including Doctrine That Dances: Bringing Doctrinal Preaching and Teaching to Life. He has received degrees from God’s Bible College, Cincinnati Bible College, and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (MDiv, PhD). He received an honorary doctor of sacred theology from Temple Community Bible College, and a doctor of divinity honoris causa from Newburge Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Dr. Wanda Taylor-Smith, have four adult children (one in heaven).

Karen Swallow Prior is an award-winning professor of English at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. She is the author of Booked: Literature in the Soul of Me and Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More—Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist. Her writing appears at Christianity Today, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The Gospel Coalition, and other publications. She is a research fellow with the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and a senior fellow with Liberty University’s Center for Apologetics and Cultural Engagement.

Gregory Alan Thornbury serves as the sixth president of The King's College in New York City. Called “America’s first hipster college president” by The American Spectator, he is also a visiting professor at the Values and Capitalism Initiative of the American Enterprise Institute; a senior fellow for The Kairos Journal; a columnist for Townhall.com; and a member of the editorial board of the Salem Media Group. He is writing a biography of the 1970s Jesus Movement icon and rock pioneer Larry Norman.

Jemar Tisby serves as the first director of the African American Leadership Initiative (AALI) at RTS Jackson and special assistant to the chancellor. Jemar co-founded AALI while completing his MDiv at RTS Jackson. He is also president and co-founder of Reformed African American Network (RAAN), which seeks to promote a two-way exchange between the rich theological heritage of African Americans and the Reformed tradition. Jemar is married to Janee’, and they have one son, Jack. They are active members of Redeemer Church PCA in Jackson, Mississippi.

Paul David Tripp is a pastor, author, and conference speaker. He is the president of Paul Tripp Ministries and works to connect the transforming power of Jesus Christ to everyday life. He has written many books on Christian living and traveled around the world preaching and teaching. He is also the executive director of the Center for Pastoral Life and Care. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Luella, and they have four grown children.

Stephen Um is the senior minister of Citylife Presbyterian Church in Boston, Massachusetts; president of the Center for Gospel Culture; a Council member of TGC, and associate training director for Redeemer City to City. He is the author of Why Cities Matter, Preaching the Word: 1 Corinthians, Gospel Shaped Mercy and Micah for You. He and his wife reside in Boston with their children.

Sarah Walton is a writer and speaker. She contributes regularly to Unlocking the Bible, and her writing has been featured on TGC, Revive Our Hearts, Challies.com and she blogs at SetApart.net. Sarah and her husband, Jeff, are active members of The Orchard in Arlington Heights, Illinois, and are busy parents to four young children.

Eric Washington is assistant professor of history at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he specializes in the history of Africa and Africans in the Western Hemisphere. He is also the director of the African and African diaspora studies minor. A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Washington received his BA in sociology with a minor in Afro-American history from Loyola University, an MA in history from Miami University, and a PhD from Michigan State University specializing in African history.

Trevin Wax is Bible and Reference Publisher for LifeWay Christian Resources and managing editor of The Gospel Project, a gospel-centered curriculum for all ages published by LifeWay Christian Resources. A former missionary to Romania, Trevin is the author of several books, including This is Our TimeGospel-Centered Teaching and Counterfeit Gospels. He has a PhD from Southeastern Seminary, and an MDiv from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He contributes to numerous publications, including The Washington Post, Religion News Service, Christianity Today, and World. His blog, Kingdom People, is hosted by The Gospel Coalition. He and his wife, Corina, have three children.

Kristen Wetherell is a writer, Bible teacher, and the content manager of Unlocking the Bible. Her writing has been published on TGC, Crosswalk, For the Church, and iBelieve. Kristen blogs at kristenwetherell.com. She and her husband, Brad, are members of The Orchard in Arlington Heights, Illinois.

Jen Wilkin is a speaker, author, and teacher of women’s Bible studies in Dallas, Texas. She has organized and led studies for women in home, church, and parachurch contexts. Her passion is to see women become articulate and committed followers of Christ, with a clear understanding of why they believe what they believe and grounded in the Word of God. You can find her at jenwilkin.net.

Jarvis Williams is associate professor of New Testament interpretation at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He has authored numerous books and articles and Sunday school material for The Gospel Project. He is a member of the American Academy of Religion, Evangelical Theological Society, the Institute for Biblical Research, and the Society of Biblical Literature. He has also served as an interim pastor of churches in Kentucky. He often preaches in churches and at conferences throughout the country.

Mary Willson serves as the associate director of women’s initiatives for The Gospel Coalition, and is presently engaged in doctoral studies on the Old Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. She also holds an MDiv and ThM from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Alongside her academic work, she enjoys teaching and training others to teach the Scriptures, especially in the context of the local church. She has ten nieces and nephews who make life all the more wonderful and rambunctious.

Sandy Willson is the senior minister of Second Presbyterian Church in Memphis, Tennessee. He is a co-founder of Memphis Center for Urban Theological Studies, chair of NEXUS, chair of the Memphis Shalom Project, and a founder of Reformed Ministries Network. He also serves on the board of directors for World Relief and ministers with international partners. Sandy attended the University of Virginia (BS), Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (MDiv), and Crichton College (DD). Sandy and his wife, Allison, have five children and ten grandchildren.

Jared Wilson is director of content strategy for Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, managing editor of For The Church, and author of more than 12 books, including Gospel Wakefulness, The Prodigal Church and Unparalleled: How Christianity’s Uniqueness Makes it Compelling. He is married to Becky. They live with their two daughters near Kansas City, Missouri.

Courtney Wisted serves as a campus staff member and women’s shepherd for Campus Outreach Birmingham, an interdenominational ministry that targets strategic college campuses in the United States and throughout the world. Courtney has been working on staff with Campus Outreach for four years, and lives in Rome, Georgia, where she shares the gospel, disciples women at Berry College, and shepherds younger staff women for Campus Outreach Birmingham.

Curtis Woods is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, where he majored in social work. He holds a master of theology in pastoral ministries from Dallas Theological Seminary. He is a PhD candidate in biblical spirituality and early American church history at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Curtis’s research and teaching interest conceptualize the contours of African diasporic evangelical thought from 1750 to 1865. He is a proud member of the African American Intellectual History Society and the Evangelical Theological Society.  

John Yates is senior pastor of The Falls Church in Falls Church, Virginia. He has served in that position for the last 35 years. He attended the University of North Carolina, Princeton Theological Seminary (MDiv), and Fuller Theological Seminary (DMin). He has written a number of books, and he and his wife are deeply involved with Family Life, based in Little Rock, Arkansas. John and his wife, Susan, have five children and 21 grandchildren.