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Ben Peays

Ben Peays
Executive Director

Ben Peays - Executive Director

Ben Peays (PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is executive director of The Gospel Coalition. He is the former managing director of the Carl F. H. Henry Center for Theological Understanding in Deerfield, Illinois. He and his wife and four children live in Austin, Texas. He earned an MDiv from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, a ThM from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a BA from Wheaton College.

Collin Hansen

Collin Hansen
Editorial Director

Collin Hansen - Editorial Director

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 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. He previously worked as an associate editor for Christianity Today magazine, edited Our Secular Age: Ten Years of Reading and Applying Charles Taylor, edited The New City Catechism Devotionalco-edited Four Views on the Spectrum of Evangelicalism, and co-edits the Cultural Renewal series with Tim Keller. He and his wife belong to Redeemer Community Church in Birmingham, Alabama, and he serves on the advisory board of Beeson Divinity School

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Matt Smethurst

Matt Smethurst
Managing Editor

Matt Smethurst - Managing Editor

Matt Smethurst is managing editor of The Gospel Coalition and author of 1–2 Thessalonians: A 12-Week Study (Crossway, 2017). He and his wife, Maghan, have three children and live in Louisville, Kentucky. They belong to Third Avenue Baptist Church, where Matt serves as an elder. You can follow him on Twitter.

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Jason Cook

Jason Cook
Editor

Jason Cook - Editor

Jason Cook is an editor for The Gospel Coalition, focusing on pastoral ministry and integrating faith and work. He is associate pastor of preaching at Fellowship Memphis. He earned his MDiv from Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama, where he helped to build Iron City Church, a multi-ethnic ministry in one of America's most segregated cities. He earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Mississippi on a football scholarship. He is married to Courtney, and they have two children, Charlie and Cager. You can follow him on Twitter.

Ivan Mesa

Ivan Mesa
Editor

Ivan Mesa - Editor

Ivan Mesa is an editor for The Gospel Coalition. He and his wife, Sarah, live in Louisville, Kentucky. You can follow him on Twitter.

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Joe Carter

Joe Carter
Editor

Joe Carter - Editor

Joe Carter is an editor for The Gospel Coalition, the editor of the NIV Lifehacks Bible, and the co-author of How to Argue Like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History’s Greatest Communicator. He serves as an elder at Grace Hill Church in Herndon, Virginia. You can follow him on Twitter.

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Betsy Childs Howard

Betsy Childs Howard
Editor

Betsy Childs Howard - Editor

Betsy Childs Howard is an editor for The Gospel Coalition. She previously worked at Beeson Divinity School and Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. She is the author of Seasons of Waiting: Walking by Faith When Dreams Are Delayed  (Crossway 2016). She and her husband, Bernard, live in Manhattan where they recently planted Good Shepherd Anglican Church. You can follow her on Twitter

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Kathleen Nielson

Kathleen Nielson
Senior Adviser and Book Editor

Kathleen Nielson - Senior Adviser and Book Editor

Kathleen Nielson (PhD, Vanderbilt University) serves as senior adviser and book editor for TGC, after directing women's initiatives from 2010 to 2017. An author and speaker, Kathleen has taught literature, directed women's Bible studies, and loves working with women in studying the Scriptures. She and her husband, Niel, make their home partly in Wheaton, Illinois, and partly in Jakarta, Indonesia, where Niel leads a network of Christian schools and universities. They have three sons, two daughters-in-law, and five granddaughters.

Jeff Robinson

Jeff Robinson
Senior Editor

Jeff Robinson - Senior Editor

Jeff Robinson (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is a senior editor for The Gospel Coalition. A native of Blairsville, Georgia, he also pastors Christ Fellowship Church in Louisville, Kentucky, and serves as senior research and teaching associate for the Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies and adjunct professor of church history at Southern Seminary. Prior to entering ministry, he spent nearly 20 years as a newspaper journalist in Georgia, North Carolina, and Kentucky, writing about various subjects from politics to Major League Baseball and SEC football. He is co-author with Michael Haykin of the book To the Ends of the Earth: Calvin’s Mission Vision and Legacy. Jeff and his wife, Lisa, have four children. You can follow him on Twitter.

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Gloria Furman

Gloria Furman
Book Editor

Gloria Furman - Book Editor

Gloria Furman (MACE, Dallas Theological Seminary) is a wife, mother of four, cross-cultural worker, editor, and writer. In 2010 her family moved to the Middle East to plant Redeemer Church of Dubai where her husband, Dave, serves as the pastor. She is the author of Glimpses of Grace: Treasuring the Gospel in Your Home (Crossway, 2013), Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full: Gospel Meditations for Busy Moms (Crossway, 2014), The Pastor’s Wife: Strengthened by Grace for a Life of Love (Crossway, 2015), and Missional Motherhood: The Everday Ministry of Motherhood in the Grand Plan of God (Crossway, 2016). You can read her blog at GloriaFurman.com and follow her on Twitter.

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Alex Duke

Alex Duke
Assistant Editor

Alex Duke - Assistant Editor

Alex Duke is an assistant editor for The Gospel Coalition, where he oversees the Arts and Culture channel and writes for TGC International Outreach. He also works as the editorial manager for 9Marks. He lives in Louisville, Kentucky, with his wife, Melanie. You can follow him on Twitter.

Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra

Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra
Senior Writer

Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra - Senior Writer

Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra is senior writer for The Gospel Coalition and contributing editor at Christianity Today. She earned her master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University.

Anna Smith

Anna Smith
Assistant Editor

Anna Smith - Assistant Editor


Anna Smith (MABS, Westminster Seminary California) is an assistant editor for The Gospel Coalition. She lives with her husband, Andy, in Coral Springs, Florida. She blogs with her sisters at The Beautiful Place. 

Bethany Jenkins

Bethany Jenkins
Director of Every Square Inch

Bethany Jenkins - Director of Every Square Inch

Bethany L. Jenkins is Vice President of Forums at The Veritas Forum, a contributor at The Gospel Coalition, and a Senior Fellow at The King's College. Prior to working with faith-based non-profits, Bethany worked in Congress, at the State Department, on Wall Street, and in Big Law. She received her BA from Baylor University and her JD from Columbia Law School. Bethany splits her time between New York and Boston and loves to run in Central Park and along the Charles River. She is an active member of Redeemer Presbyterian Church. You can connect with her on Twitter: @bethanyjenkins.

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Seth Magnuson

Seth Magnuson
Director of Operations

Seth Magnuson - Director of Operations

Seth Magnuson serves as director of operations for the Gospel Coalition. He oversees the planning of our events, management of our web properties, and expansion of our international initiatives. Seth previously served 6 years as a content strategist at Desiring God. He lives in Austin, Texas with his wife Rachel and their two children. You can follow him on Twitter.

Bill Walsh

Bill Walsh
Director of International Outreach

Bill Walsh - Director of International Outreach

Bill Walsh is director of International Outreach for The Gospel Coalition. He worked for Desiring God Ministries for 13 years. Starting in 2006, he and a small team built a global network of partners for the cause of Theological Famine Relief for the Global Church. This initiative joined TGC in 2012. He lives with his wife, Cindi, in Minneapolis and has two adult children, Beau and Regan. Bill photoblogs at billwalsh.photography. You can follow him on Twitter.

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Emily Boyer

Emily Boyer
International Outreach Operations Manager

Emily Boyer - International Outreach Operations Manager

Emily Boyer works on the International Outreach team as Operations Manager with the Theological Famine Relief effort. Prior to TGC she worked in Minnesota politics. Emily received her B.A. from Bethel University. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with her husband, Geoff, two young sons and a daughter.

Ben Krueger

Ben Krueger
Director of Partnerships

Ben Krueger - Director of Partnerships

Ben Krueger serves as director of partnerships for The Gospel Coalition where he oversees external partnerships, regional chapters, and other strategic growth initiatives. Prior to TGC Ben spent the last ten years in various business settings, including the last five years in Christian publishing. He received his MBA from Concordia University of Chicago and his undergraduate degree from Wartburg College. He and his wife, Angie, and their four children live in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Nick Bal

Nick Bal
Sr. Regional Director of Donor Ministries

Nick Bal - Sr. Regional Director of Donor Ministries

Nick Bal serves in Donor Ministries for The Gospel Coalition, where he helps connect supporters of TGC's mission to the gospel projects they are passionate about. Prior to TGC, Nick has served as an associate pastor at Soteria Church in Des Moines, Iowa, a development officer at Iowa State University and as a campus missionary at Drake University, also in Des Moines. He received his BA from Iowa State University, holds an MPA from Drake University and has studied at Faith Baptist Bible College. He is married to his lovely wife Carol and has two wonderful daughters.

Margaret Gibson

Margaret Gibson
Regional Director of Donor Ministries

Margaret Gibson - Regional Director of Donor Ministries

Margaret Gibson is regional director of donor ministries for The Gospel Coalition, where she loves serving the generous donors who promote gospel-centered ministry through partnership with TGC. She received her BA from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, and worked in public accounting in Houston before serving as director of development at Living Water International. Margaret now lives in Austin with her husband, Mark, where they are partners at The Austin Stone Community Church.
 

Andrea Salik

Andrea Salik
Manager of Operations

Andrea Salik - Manager of Operations

Andrea Salik serves as the Manager of Operations at The Gospel Coalition. She is also part of both the event planning and translation teams at The Gospel Coalition. Before joining TGC, she worked in politics and most recently served at Desiring God. Andrea lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. You can follow her on Twitter

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Ruth Ostebo

Ruth Ostebo
Business Manager

Ruth Ostebo - Business Manager

Ruth Ostebo serves as the business manager for The Gospel Coalition.  In this role she oversees the accounting and human resources department. Prior to working for TGC she was a project manager for the administration team at Desiring God and a small business owner in Minnesota. Ruth currently lives in Austin, Texas with her daughter, son-in-law and two of her eight grandchildren. 

Mary Willson

Mary Willson
Director for Women's Initiatives

Mary Willson - Director for Women's Initiatives

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

Ann Westrate

Ann Westrate
Coordinator of Women's Initiatives

Ann Westrate - Coordinator of Women's Initiatives

Ann Westrate serves as the coordinator of women's initiatives for The Gospel Coalition. Ann earned a Masters of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where God grew in her a heart for discipleship and ministering God's Word faithfully to women.  Ann and her husband, Ben, live in Batavia, Illinois.

Sam Allberry

Sam Allberry
Editor

Sam Allberry - Editor

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. You can follow Sam on Twitter.

Melissa Kruger

Melissa Kruger
Editor

Melissa Kruger - Editor

Melissa Kruger serves as women’s ministry coordinator at Uptown Church (PCA) in Charlotte, North Carolina, and is the author of The Envy of Eve: Finding Contentment in a Covetous World (Christian Focus, 2012) and Walking with God in the Season of Motherhood (Waterbrook/Multnomah, 2015). Her husband, Mike, is the president of Reformed Theological Seminary, and they have three children. She writes at Wits End, hosted by The Gospel Coalition. You can follow her on Twitter.

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Jairo Namnún

Jairo Namnún
Director executive of Coalición por el Evangelio

Jairo Namnún - Director executive of Coalición por el Evangelio

​Jairo Namnún serves as executive director for The Gospel Coalition’s Spanish website, Coalición por el Evangelio, and is responsible for designing and overseeing its content. He was part of the International Baptist Church in Dominican Republic before moving to Louisville, Kentucky, for his master of divinity at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is married to Patricia. You can find him on Twitter.

Steven Morales

Steven Morales
Editor Asociado de Coalición por el Evangelio

Steven Morales - Editor Asociado de Coalición por el Evangelio

Steven Morales is the associate editor for The Gospel Coalition’s Spanish site, Coalición por el Evangelio. He works alongside Spanish-speaking contributors, editing and curating original Spanish articles, as well as translated content. Steven lives in Guatemala with his wife, where they are pursuing church planting in Guatemala City. You can follow him on Twitter.

Andy Naselli

Andy Naselli
Administrator of Themelios

Andy Naselli - Administrator of Themelios

Andy Naselli (PhD in Theology, Bob Jones University; PhD in New Testament exegesis and theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is associate professor of New Testament and theology at Bethlehem College & Seminary administrator of Themelios, and an elder of Bethlehem Baptist Church. You can follow him on Twitter.

Brian Tabb

Brian Tabb
Managing Editor of Themelios

Brian Tabb - Managing Editor of Themelios

​Brian Tabb (PhD, London School of Theology) is managing editor of Themelios. He is also academic dean and assistant professor of biblical studies at Bethlehem College & Seminary and an elder of Bethlehem Baptist Church. You can follow him on Twitter.

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Amelia Schumann

Amelia Schumann
Translation Coordinator

Amelia Schumann - Translation Coordinator

Amelia Schumann serves as translation coordinator for The Gospel Coalition. She received a Bachelor's degree in Theological Studies, with an emphasis in cross-cultural ministries, from Bethlehem College and Seminary in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Amelia and her husband, Mike, live in Roseville, Minnesota.

Brett McCracken

Brett McCracken
Senior Editor

Brett McCracken - Senior Editor

Brett McCracken is a senior editor at The Gospel Coalition and author of Uncomfortable: The Awkward and Essential Challenge of Christian CommunityGray Matters: Navigating the Space Between Legalism and Liberty, and Hipster Christianity: When Church and Cool Collide. Brett and his wife, Kira, live in Santa Ana, California. They belong to Southlands Church, where Brett serves as an elder. You can follow him on Twitter

Philip Thompson

Philip Thompson
Online Learning Coordinator

Philip Thompson - Online Learning Coordinator

Fred Zaspel

Fred Zaspel
Editor for Online Learning

Fred Zaspel - Editor for Online Learning

Fred G. Zaspel (PhD, Free University of Amsterdam) serves as a pastor at Reformed Baptist Church in Franconia, Pennsylvania, an adjunct professor of systematic theology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and the executive editor of Books At a Glance. He is the author of The Theology of B. B. Warfield (2010) and Warfield on the Christian Life (Crossway, 2014) and has published numerous booklets, articles, and book reviews.

Tony Cooper

Tony Cooper
Donor Services & Database Manager

Tony Cooper - Donor Services & Database Manager