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Daniel Akin

Daniel L. Akin is the President of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he teaches courses in theology, preaching, and hermeneutics. Danny was previously the senior vice president for academic administration and dean of the School of Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author or editor of a number of books, including most recently Ten Who Changed the World, Engaging Exposition, Text-Driven Preaching, and A Theology of the Church. He also one of the editors of the Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary. Danny is married to Charlotte, is the father of four boys, and is a proud grandfather of four. The Akins are members of Wake Cross Roads Baptist Church in Raleigh, North Carolina. Danny’s personal website can be found at DanielAkin.com.


Bruce Ashford



Bruce Riley Ashford is the Provost and Associate Professor of Theology and Culture at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is also a research fellow for the L. Russ Bush Center for Faith and Culture at Southeastern. Before coming to teach at Southeastern, Bruce lived and worked in the former Soviet Union. He has published articles with a number of academic journals including Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology, and Journal for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. He is the editor of Theology & Practice of Mission and has contributed chapters to The Community of JesusThe Great Commission Resurgence: Fulfilling God’s Mandate in Our Time, Those Who Must Give an Account, and other books. Bruce is an elder at The Summit Church and  is married to Lauren, with whom he has two daughters.


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Nathan A. Finn is Associate Professor of Historical Theology and Baptist Studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also serves as the Theological Advisor and Coordinator for Between the Times and is a fellow for the L. Russ Bush Center for Faith and Culture. He is the editor of Help to Zion’s Travellersco-editor of Ministry by His Grace and For His Glory, and has contributed chapters to many books, most recently Adoniram Judson: A Bicentennial Appreciation of the Pioneer American MissionaryThose Who Must Give an Account: A Study of Church Membership and Church Discipline, and Southern Baptists, Evangelicals, and the Future of Denominationalism. He has also published essays in numerous scholarly journals and popular periodicals. He serves as a book review editor for Themelios and is a series editor for the forthcoming Works of Andrew Fuller project. Nathan is married to Leah, is the father of four children, and is an elder at the First Baptist Church of Durham. His personal website can be found at Christian Thought & Tradition.


JD Greear

J.D. Greear is the pastor of The Summit Church, in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina. Before becoming the pastor of The Summit, J.D. served with the International Mission Board from 1997-1999 and, upon returning, earned his Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He frequently teaches courses in evangelism and church planting at the seminary. J.D. and The Summit Church are committed to local and international church planting, having undertaken the goal of planting 1,000 churches over the next 50 years. J.D. is the author of Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart: How To Know For Sure That You Are SavedGospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary, and Breaking the Islamic Code. He also contributed a chapter to The Great Commission Resurgence: Fulfilling God’s Mandate in Our Time. He is married to Veronica, with whom he has four children: Kharis, Alethia, Ryah, and Adon.


Ken Keathley

Kenneth Keathley is Director of the L. Russ Bush Center for Faith and Culture and Professor of Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has previously served on the faculties of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Ken has served as pastor and interim pastor of churches in Missouri, North Carolina, Louisiana, and Virginia. He is the author of Salvation & Sovereignty: A Molinist Perspective, the co-author of Biblical Authority: The Critical Issue for the Body of Christ, and has contributed to A Theology of the Church, Calvinism: A Southern Baptist Dialog, The Mission of Today’s Church: Baptist Leaders Look at Modern Faith Issues, and Whosoever Will: A Biblical-Theological Critique of Five Point Calvinism. Ken is married to Penny and is the father of two children. The Keathleys are members of Christ Baptist Church in Raleigh, North Carolina. Ken’s personal website can be found at Theology for the Church.


Alvin Reid



Alvin L. Reid is Professor of Evangelism and Student Ministry at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary,where he occupies the Bailey Smith Chair of Evangelism. Alvin is the author of numerous books, including As You Go: Creating a Missional Culture of Gospel-Centered StudentsRadically Unchurched, Raising the Bar, Join the Movement, and Evangelism Handbook: Biblical, Spiritual, Intentional, Missional. He is also co-author, with Southeastern ethicist Mark Liederbach, of The Convergent Church: Missional Worshipers in an Emerging Culture. He is a popular conference speaker and evangelist, and he plays a mean bass guitar. Alvin is married to Michelle and is the father of two children. The Reids are members of Richland Creek Community Church in Wake Forest, North Carolina. Alvin’s personal website can be found at AlvinReid.com.


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George Robinson serves as Richard and Gina Headrick Chair of World Missions and Assistant Professor of Missions and Evangelism at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Prior to joining faculty at SEBTS, George served as a church planter and trainer in South Asia and several Latin American countries with e3 Partners Ministries, an associate pastor and interim pastor in Georgia, an ISC missionary with the International Mission Board in South Asia, and a public school Social Studies teacher. He holds the D.Miss. from Western Seminary, M.Div. with International Church Planting from SEBTS, and the BA in Political Science from University of Georgia. George is the author of Striking the Match: How God is using Ordinary People to Change the World through Strategic Short-term Missions, Assistant Editor for www.globalmissiology.org, and contributor to several books and resources including www.viewthestory.com. George and his beautiful bride Catherine live in historic Wake Forest, NC with their three children and are members of North Wake Church.


Ed-Stetzer


Ed Stetzer is the President of LifeWay Research and serves as LifeWay’s Missiologist in Residence. He alsoserves as Visiting Research Professor at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Ed has planted churches in three different states and transitioned declining churches in two states. He is also the author of numerous books, including Breaking the Missional Code, Planting Missional Churches, Comeback Churches, and Compelled by Love. He also writes for several publications and is a frequent speaker at conferences all over evangelical life. Ed is married to Donna and is the father of three daughters. He is the lead pastor of Grace Church in Hendersonville, TN.