Keynote Speakers

Don Carson

Don Carson

Don Carson is emeritus professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, and founder and theologian-at-large of The Gospel Coalition. He has edited and authored numerous books. He and his wife, Joy, have two children.

Bryan Chapell

Bryan Chapell

Bryan Chapell leads the administrative committee of the Presbyterian Church in America, and is also pastor emeritus of Grace Presbyterian Church in Peoria, Illinois, president emeritus of Covenant Theological Seminary, and a Council member of The Gospel Coalition. His preaching and teaching are broadcast in many nations through Unlimited Grace Media, and are also available at unlimitedgrace.com. He is the author of many books and holds a PhD from Southern Illinois University. He and his wife, Kathy, have four children, and a growing number of grandchildren.

Kevin DeYoung

Kevin DeYoung

Kevin DeYoung is senior pastor of Christ Covenant Church in Matthews, North Carolina, Board chairman of The Gospel Coalition, and assistant professor of systematic theology at Reformed Theological Seminary (Charlotte). He has authored numerous books, including Just Do Something, and he holds a PhD from the University of Leicester. Kevin and his wife, Trisha, have eight children: Ian, Jacob, Elizabeth, Paul, Mary, Benjamin, Tabitha, Andrew, and Susannah.

Julius Kim

Julius Kim

Julius J. Kim serves as the president of The Gospel Coalition. Prior to that he served for 20 years as the dean of students and professor of practical theology at Westminster Seminary California. He is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America and serves as an associate pastor at New Life PCA in Escondido, California. Julius holds a PhD from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and is the author of multiple books. He and his wife, Ji Hee, have two daughters.

Lloyd Kim

Lloyd Kim

Lloyd Kim was elected coordinator of Mission to the World (MTW) by the 2015 General Assembly. Prior to this he worked as an engineering consultant, associate pastor, and missionary with MTW in the Philippines and Cambodia. He holds an MDiv from Westminster Seminary in California and a PhD in New Testament Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary. Lloyd and his wife, Eda, have three children, Kaelyn, Christian, and Katy. They reside in Lilburn, Georgia.

John Onwuchekwa

John Onwuchekwa

John Onwuchekwa is a pastor at Cornerstone Church in Atlanta, Georgia, and a Council member of The Gospel Coalition. He is the author of Prayer: How Praying Together Shapes the Church. John holds an MA from Dallas Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Shawndra, are the proud parents of one daughter, Ava.

John Piper

John Piper

John Piper serves as founder and lead teacher at Desiring God and is chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. For 33 years, Piper served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church. He has authored more than 50 books, and more than 30 years of his preaching and writing are available free of charge at desiringGod.org. Piper resides in the Minneapolis area with his wife of 51 years, and has five children and 14 grandchildren.

David Platt

David Platt

David Platt is pastor of McLean Bible Church in Washington, D.C., and the founder of Radical. He holds a PhD from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and has previously served as the president of the International Mission Board. He has contributed to several volumes in the CCEC series (Matthew, Galatians, 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus, and James) and is the author of Radical, ​Radical Together​, ​Follow Me,​ ​Counter Culture​, and ​Something Needs to Change.

Main Stage Speakers

Jason Cook

Jason Cook

Jason Cook serves as the Germantown outpost pastor at Fellowship Memphis in Memphis, Tennessee. He holds an MDiv from Beeson Divinity School. Jason is married to Courtney, and they have three children, Charlie, Cager, and Boss. 

Andrew Davis

Andrew Davis

Andrew M. Davis is senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Durham, North Carolina, and the founder of Two Journeys Ministry. He is also a visiting professor of church history at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, a Council member of The Gospel Coalition, and a trustee of the International Mission Board. He holds a BSME from MIT, an MDiv from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and a PhD from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has authored numerous books, including The Power of Christian Contentment. He and his wife, Christi, reside in Bahama, North Carolina. 

Ligon Duncan

Ligon Duncan

Ligon Duncan is the chancellor and CEO, and professor of systematic and historical theology, at Reformed Theological Seminary. He is co-founder of Together for the Gospel, a senior fellow of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, and a Board member of The Gospel Coalition. He holds a BA from Furman University, an MDiv and MA from Covenant Theological Seminary, and a PhD from the University of Edinburgh. Duncan has edited, written, and contributed to numerous books. Ligon and his wife, Anne, have two children. 

Collin Hansen

Collin Hansen

Collin Hansen serves as editorial director for The Gospel Coalition and is the editor and author of many books, most recently Gospelbound: Living with Resolute Hope in an Anxious Age (with Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra). He hosts the Gospelbound podcast and co-hosts Life & Books & Everything. He earned an MDiv at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and an undergraduate degree from Northwestern University. He and his wife belong to Redeemer Community Church in Birmingham, Alabama, and he serves on the advisory board of Beeson Divinity School.

Michael Horton

Michael Horton

Michael S. Horton is professor of systematic theology and apologetics at Westminster Seminary California. Author of more than 30 books, including The Christian Faith and Justification, Vol. 1 & 2, he is founder and editor in chief of White Horse Inc, home to its namesake the White Horse Inn radio show and podcast, Modern Reformation magazine, Core Christianity, and the Global Theological Initiative. Horton holds a PhD from University of Coventry and Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. He lives with his wife, Lisa, and four children in Escondido, California.

Irwyn Ince

Irwyn Ince

Irwyn Ince serves as a pastor at Grace DC Presbyterian Church and director of the Grace DC Institute for Cross-Cultural Mission. Rev. Irwyn is a graduate of City College of NY, Reformed Theological Seminary, and Covenant Theological Seminary. After an 11-year engineering career, he began full-time ministry and helped plant City of Hope Presbyterian Church. He is the author of The Beautiful Community: Unity, Diversity, and the Church at Its Best. Irwyn and his wife, Kim, have four children.

Albert Mohler

Albert Mohler

R. Albert Mohler Jr. is the president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He 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. He has authored numerous books, his most recent being The Gathering Storm: Secularism, Culture, and the Church.

Russell Moore

Russell Moore

Russell Moore is president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention and a Council member of The Gospel Coalition. He has authored many books, including Onward: Engaging the Culture without Losing the Gospel and The Storm-Tossed Family: How the Cross Reshapes the Home. He holds an MDiv from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and a PhD from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Maria, are the parents of five sons.

Vermon Pierre

Vermon Pierre

Vermon Pierre is the lead pastor for preaching and mission at Roosevelt Community Church in Phoenix, Arizona, and a Council member of The Gospel Coalition. He is the author of Gospel Shaped Living, and holds an MDiv from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He and his wife, Dennae, have four children.

John Yates

John Yates

John Yates is former rector of The Falls Church Anglican in Northern Virginia, and a Council member of The Gospel Coalition. He has authored a number of books, including Raising Kids with Character Traits That Last (with Susan Yates). He holds an MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary and a DMin from Fuller Theological Seminary. John and his wife, Susan, have five children.

Afshin Ziafat

Afshin Ziafat

Afshin Ziafat is the lead pastor of Providence Church in Frisco, Texas. Before taking his current role in 2010, Afshin spent more than a decade traveling nationally and internationally proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ. Afshin helped launch Vertical Bible Study at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and has also traveled into the Middle East to train Iranian pastors. He and his wife, Meredith, currently reside in Frisco, Texas, along with their three children, Elyse, Ansley, and Isaac.

Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra

Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra

Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra is a senior writer for The Gospel Coalition and author of Gospelbound: Living with Resolute Hope in an Anxious Age (with Collin Hansen). She’s spent the past 14 years balancing motherhood and a variety of work—volunteering at church, cleaning the house, cooking meals, homeschooling, teaching at Trinity Christian College, freelancing for a local daily newspaper, and writing for Christianity Today. She lives with her husband and two sons just south of Chicago.

Breakout Speakers

Isaac Adams

Isaac Adams

Isaac Adams serves as a pastor at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. He is the founder of United? We Pray, a ministry devoted to praying about racial strife—especially between Christians. He received his MDiv from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. 

Michael Aitcheson

Michael Aitcheson

Michael Aitcheson is the co-host of As In Heaven and is the senior pastor and planter of Christ United Fellowship (PCA). He grew up in Miami, did his undergrad at University of Kentucky, and received his MDiv from Reformed Theological Seminary. Mike and his wife, Lucy, are Family Life Weekend to Remember retreat speakers. They live in Orlando with their four daughters.

Sam Allberry

Sam Allberry

Sam Allberry is a senior apologist for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries and an associate pastor at Immanuel Church in Nashville, Tennessee. He has been involved with TGC for five years, and is the author of 7 Myths About Singleness, Why Does God Care Who I Sleep With?, and the forthcoming What God Has to Say About Our Bodies.

Gregory K. Beale

Gregory K. Beale

Gregory K. Beale (PhD, Cambridge) holds the J. Gresham Machen chair of New Testament and is research professor of New Testament and biblical interpretation at Westminster Theological Seminary. Dr. Beale’s academic interests include the New Testament’s use of the Old Testament, the book of Revelation, the biblical-theological theme of temple as the dwelling place of God, and the topic of inerrancy, among others. In June of 2021, he will join the faculty of Reformed Theological Seminary in Dallas, Texas.

Mike Bullmore

Mike Bullmore

Mike Bullmore serves as senior pastor at CrossWay Community Church in Bristol, Wisconsin. He earned a diploma at Moody Bible Institute, a BA in biblical studies from Wheaton College, an MDiv and ThM from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a PhD from Northwestern University. He serves as a founding Council member of The Gospel Coalition. Mike and his wife, Beverly, have three grown children. 

Matt Carter

Matt Carter

Matt Carter is lead pastor of Sagemont Church in Houston, Texas. He previously served as the preaching and vision pastor at Austin Stone Community Church in Austin, Texas. Matt has co- authored multiple books, including Steal Away Home, which tells the real-life story of Charles Spurgeon’s unlikely friendship with former slave-turned-missionary, Thomas Johnson. Matt holds an MDiv from Southwestern Seminary and a PhD from Southeastern Seminary. He and his wife, Jennifer, have three children. 

H.B. Charles

H.B. Charles

H.B. Charles Jr. is pastor of Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida, and a Council member of The Gospel Coalition. He is a graduate of Master’s Seminary and Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, and is the author (or contributing author) of several books, including It Happens After Prayer. He and his wife, Crystal, have three children.

Alisa Childers

Alisa Childers

Alisa Childers is a wife, mom, author, blogger, speaker, and worship leader. She was a member of the award-winning CCM recording group ZOEgirl. She is a popular speaker at apologetics and Christian worldview conferences, including reThink. She has been published at The Gospel Coalition, Crosswalk, the Stream, For Every Mom, Decision magazine, and The Christian Post. You can connect with Alisa online at alisachilders.com.  

Jim Davis

Jim Davis

Jim Davis is the host of As In Heaven and teaching pastor at Orlando Grace Church (Acts 29). Jim received his MDiv at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando. He and his wife, Angela, speak for Family Life’s Weekend to Remember marriage getaways. They have four kids. You can follow Jim on Twitter or his blog Grace Applied.

Courtney Doctor

Courtney Doctor

Courtney Doctor serves as coordinator of women’s initiatives for The Gospel Coalition, and is a Bible teacher, conference and retreat speaker, and author of Steadfast: A Devotional Bible Study on the Book of James and From Garden to Glory: A Bible Study on the Bible’s Story. She holds an MDiv from Covenant Theological Seminary. Courtney and her husband, Craig, have two sons, two daughters, two daughters-in-law, and four amazing grandsons. 

Dan Doriani

Dan Doriani

Dan Doriani is vice president at large and professor of theology at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, and a Council member of The Gospel Coalition. Dan also serves as the executive director of the Center for Faith & Work St. Louis. He has authored a number of books, including Work: Its Purpose, Dignity, and Transformation. Dan holds an MDiv and PhD from Westminster Theological Seminary and an STM from Yale Divinity School. He and his wife, Debbie, have three children.

Carl Ellis Jr.

Carl Ellis Jr.

Carl Ellis Jr. serves as the provost’s professor of theology and culture, assistant to the chancellor, and senior fellow of the African American Leadership Initiative at Reformed Theological Seminary. Ellis is the author of several books, including Free at Last? and Saving Our Sons. He holds a BA from Hampton University, an MAR from Westminster Theological Seminary, and a DPhil from Oxford Graduate School. 

Justin Giboney

Justin Giboney

Justin Giboney is an ordained minister, attorney and political strategist in Atlanta, GA. He is also the co-founder and president of the AND Campaign, a coalition of biblical Christians who are determined to address the sociopolitical arena with the compassion and conviction of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He served as the co-chair of Obama for America’s Gen44-Atlanta initiative, and in 2012 and 2016 Georgia’s 5th congressional district elected him as a delegate for the Democratic National Convention. Giboney also served on the Urban League of Greater Atlanta Board of Directors and has written op-eds for publications such as Christianity Today and The Hill.

Benjamin L. Gladd

Benjamin L. Gladd

Benjamin L. Gladd (PhD, Wheaton) is associate professor of New Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary and series editor for Essential Studies in Biblical Theology. His publications include Hidden But Now Revealed, Making All Things New, The Story Retold, and Handbook on the Gospels. Dr. Gladd also serves on the editorial board for Themelios.

Alasdair Groves

Alasdair Groves

Alasdair Groves serves as the executive director of the Christan Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF). He also serves as a faculty member and counselor at CCEF. Alasdair holds an MDiv with a counseling emphasis from Westminster Theological Seminary. He was the co-founder of a biblical counseling center in northern New England, where he served as executive director for 10 years. He is the co-author of the book Untangling Emotions. Alasdair and his wife, Lauren, live in New England with their three children.

Nancy Guthrie

Nancy Guthrie

Nancy Guthrie, host of the Help Me Teach the Bible podcast at The Gospel Coalition, teaches the Bible through numerous Bible study books, at her home church—Cornerstone Presbyterian Church in Franklin, Tennessee—as well as at conferences around the country and internationally. She and her husband, David are the co-hosts of the GriefShare video series and host Respite Retreat for couples who have faced the death of a child.

Dave Harvey

Dave Harvey

Dave Harvey is the president of Great Commission Collective, a church planting ministry in the United States, Canada, and abroad. Dave pastored for 33 years, founded AmICalled.com, and travels as a popular conference speaker. He is the author of many books, including When Sinners Say ‘I Do’ and I Still Do! Growing Closer and Stronger Through Life’s Defining Moments. He holds a DMin from Westminster Theological Seminary. Dave and his wife, Kimm, live in southwest Florida. 

Vanessa Hawkins

Vanessa Hawkins

Vanessa Hawkins is the director of women’s ministry at First Presbyterian Church Augusta, Georgia. She holds an MDiv from Covenant Theological Seminary, where she is pursuing her DMin in cultural apologetics and communication. She also serves as the at-large diversity adviser for the PCA’s Women’s Ministry. She is honored to be the wife of her third-grade friend, Marcus, and together they are the parents of Kayla, Sydney, and Chelsey. 

David Helm

David Helm

David Helm is privileged to be a member of Christ Church Chicago, where he serves as senior pastor. He is also a Council member of The Gospel Coalition and chairs the Board of The Charles Simeon Trust, an organization that equips others to teach the Bible. His writings include The Big Picture Story Bible and Expositional Preaching. Dave and his wife, Lisa, enjoy spending time with their children: Noah (Julie), Joanna (Ben), Baxter (Kelsie), Silas, Mariah, and five grandchildren. 

Phillip Holmes

Phillip Holmes

Phillip Holmes is the vice president for institutional communications at Reformed Theological Seminary, editor in chief of Ministry & Leadership magazine, and owner of Highest Good, a digital marketing and strategy agency. He’s also co-founder and former vice president of the Reformed African American Network (now The Witness: Black Christian Collective). He’s written for The Gospel Coalition, Desiring God, and Lifeway Voices. He and his wife, Jasmine, have two sons, Walter Wynn and Ezra Langston. They are members of Redeemer Church in Jackson, Mississippi.

Tim Keller

Tim Keller

Timothy Keller is co-founder of The Gospel Coalition, chairman of Redeemer City to City, and pastor emeritus of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. For more than years Tim led a diverse congregation that grew to a weekly worshiping community of more than 6,000 people. Tim now focuses on ministry more broadly in New York City and other global cities through the work of City to City, which has helped start more than 490 churches in 54 global cities. He is the author of such New York Times bestselling books as The Reason for God and The Meaning of Marriage.

Melissa Kruger

Melissa Kruger

Melissa Kruger serves as director of women’s initiatives for The Gospel Coalition. She has authored multiple books, including The Envy of Eve: Finding Contentment in a Covetous World, Walking with God in the Season of Motherhood, and Growing Together: Taking Mentoring Beyond Small Talk and Prayer Requests. Her husband, Mike, is the president of Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, and they have three children.

Michael Kruger

Michael Kruger

Michael J. Kruger is president and professor of New Testament and early Christianity at Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is the author of numerous books, most recently Christianity at the Crossroads, and is a past president of the Evangelical Theological Society. He is married to Melissa Kruger, director of women’s content for The Gospel Coalition.

Mez McConnell

Mez McConnell

Mez McConnell is the senior pastor of Niddrie Community Church and director of 20schemes. He also co-leads Acts 29’s Church in Hard Places. He is the author of numerous books, including The Creaking on the Stairs: Finding Faith in God Through Childhood Abuse (Christian Focus) and Is There Anybody Out There?: A Journey from Despair to Hope (Christian Focus). He’s married to Miriam and has two daughters.

Brett McCracken

Brett McCracken

Brett McCracken is a senior editor at The Gospel Coalition and the author of four books, including The Wisdom Pyramid: Feeding Your Soul in a Post-Truth World and Uncomfortable: The Awkward and Essential Challenge of Christian Community. He lives in Santa Ana, California, with his wife and two sons, and serves as an elder at Southlands Church.

Rebecca McLaughlin

Rebecca McLaughlin

Rebecca McLaughlin is co-founder of Vocable Communications, where her mission is to help leaders deliver messages that change minds, and formerly the vice president of content at The Veritas Forum. She holds a PhD in Renaissance literature from Cambridge University and a theology degree from Oak Hill Theological College in London. Rebecca is the author of Confronting Christianity: 12 Hard Questions for the World’s Largest Religion. She and her husband have three children. 

Tony Merida

Tony Merida

Tony Merida is pastor for preaching and vision at Imago Dei Church in Raleigh, North Carolina. He also serves as the dean of Grimké Seminary and director for theological training for Acts 29. Tony has written several books, including The Christ-Centered Expositor and multiple volumes in the Christ-Centered Exposition commentary series. He’s happily married to Kimberly, and they have five children.

Matt Merker

Matt Merker

Matt Merker is director of creative resources and training for Getty Music. Matt has contributed to several modern hymns, including “He Will Hold Me Fast.” He is the author of Corporate Worship: How the Church Gathers as God’s People. Matt and his wife, Erica, are members of Trinity Church and live in Nashville, Tennessee, with their two children. 

Hannah Nation

Hannah Nation

Hannah Nation is a graduate of Covenant College and received her master of arts in church history from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. She worked for many years in international student ministry, and is inspired by the new chapter in church history unfolding across China. Nation currently serves as the communications and content director for China Partnership and is a research associate at Gordon-Conwell’s Center for the Study of Global Christianity.

Trillia Newbell

Trillia Newbell

Trillia Newbell is the author of several books, including A Great Cloud of Witnesses, Sacred Endurance, If God Is for Us, Fear and Faith, and the children’s book God’s Very Good Idea. You can find her at trillianewbell.com

Dane Ortlund

Dane Ortlund

Dane C. Ortlund is the senior pastor at Naperville Presbyterian Church in Illinois and previously served as chief publishing officer and Bible publisher at Crossway. He is the author of several books, including Gentle and Lowly and Defiant Grace, and holds a PhD from Wheaton College. Dane lives with his wife, Stacey, and their five children in Wheaton, Illinois.

Gavin Ortlund

Gavin Ortlund

Gavin Ortlund is a husband, father, pastor, and writer. He serves as senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Ojai in Ojai, California. He is the author of several books, including Finding the Right Hills to Die on: The Case for Theological Triage. He holds a PhD from Fuller Theological Seminary. 

Ray Ortlund

Ray Ortlund

Ray Ortlund is president of Renewal Ministries, and an emeritus Council member of The Gospel Coalition. He founded Immanuel Church in Nashville, Tennessee, and now serves from Immanuel as pastor to pastors. Ray has authored a number of books, including Marriage and the Mystery of the Gospel. He holds a ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary, an MA from U.C. Berkeley and a PhD from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. He and his wife, Jani, have four children.

Preston Perry

Preston Perry

Preston Perry is a poet, performance artist, teacher, and apologist from Chicago. Preston’s writing and teaching has been featured on ministry platforms like The Gospel Coalition, Desiring God, the Poets in Autumn Tour, and Legacy Disciple. In 2017, Preston founded Bold TV and Bold Apparel as avenues to engage the public in theological discourse. Though Preston shares God’s desires for humanity publicly, he considers his family his primary ministry. Preston resides in Atlanta with his wife, Jackie, and their two beautiful daughters.

Kori Porter

Kori Porter

Kori Porter serves as a campus minister to the students at Princeton University. Her joy is found in evangelizing and discipling college-age women, and being discipled by older women in the body of Christ. She is pursuing an MA in theological studies at Princeton Theological Seminary.

Juan Sánchez

Juan Sánchez

Juan Sánchez is the senior pastor of High Pointe Baptist Church in Austin, Texas, and a Council member of The Gospel Coalition and Coalicion por el Evangelio. He is the author of Seven Dangers Facing Your Church. He holds an MDiv, ThM, and PhD from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Jeanine, have five children.

Scott Sauls

Scott Sauls

Scott Sauls is husband to Patti, dad to Abby and Ellie, and serves as senior pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee. He was also a lead and preaching pastor at Redeemer Presbyterian in New York City after planting churches in Kansas City and Saint Louis, where he also taught homiletics at Covenant Theological Seminary. Scott has authored five books, including his most recent, A Gentle Answer. He writes weekly at scottsauls.com

Matt Smethurst

Matt Smethurst

Matt Smethurst is managing editor of The Gospel Coalition and author of Before You Open Your Bible: Nine Heart Postures for Approaching God’s Word, 1–2 Thessalonians: A 12-Week Study, and Deacons: How They Serve and Strengthen the Church (forthcoming). 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. 

Sam Storms

Sam Storms

Sam Storms is lead pastor for preaching and vision at Bridgeway Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and the author or editor of more than 34 books. He is also the president of Enjoying God Ministries and serves on the Council of The Gospel Coalition. Sam holds a BA from the University of Oklahoma, a ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary, and a PhD from the University of Texas at Dallas. Sam and his wife, Ann, have two daughters and four grandchildren. 

Walter Strickland

Walter Strickland

Walter Strickland serves as associate vice president for kingdom diversity initiatives and assistant professor of systematic and contextual theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. Born in Chicago and raised in Southern California, Walter’s passion is to equip people to flourish in their context from a deep commitment to God’s design. He has written and contributed to more than 10 books and holds a PhD in theology from the University of Aberdeen (Scotland). 

Jeremy Treat

Jeremy Treat

Jeremy Treat is pastor for preaching and vision at Reality LA in Los Angeles, California, adjunct professor of theology at Biola University, and a Council member of The Gospel Coalition. He is the author of Seek First: How the Kingdom of God Changes Everything and The Crucified King: Atonement and Kingdom in Biblical and Systematic Theology. He holds a PhD from Wheaton College. He and his wife, Tiffany, have four daughters.

A. Craig Troxel

A. Craig Troxel

A. Craig Troxel teaches practical theology at Westminster Seminary California. Prior to that he was a pastor for 24 years. He was born and raised in rural Nebraska and is a graduate of Anderson University, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and Westminster Theological Seminary. Craig is the author of With All Your Heart: Orienting Your Mind, Desires and Will Toward Christ. He and his wife, Carol, live in Escondido, California.

Mark Vroegop

Mark Vroegop

Mark Vroegop is lead pastor of College Park Church in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is author of Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy: Discovering the Grace of Lament, winner of the ECPA 2020 Christian book of the year award, and Weep with Me: How Lament Opens a Door for Racial Reconciliation. Mark is married to his wife, Sarah, and they have four children and a daughter-in-law.

S. E. Wang

S. E. Wang

S. E. Wang was born into a Christian family in China. He received a computer science degree from Beijing University and completed his doctorate at Michigan State. After working in telecom for many years, Wang pursued a Master of Arts in Religion from Westminster Theological Seminary. His passion is to see the gospel prevail in China and for China to become a sending country for the world. He is currently the president of China Partnership.

Trevin Wax

Trevin Wax

Trevin Wax is senior vice president for theology and communications at LifeWay Christian Resources. A former missionary to Romania, Trevin is a regular columnist at The Gospel Coalition and has contributed to The Washington Post, Religion News Service, World, and Christianity Today, which named him one of 33 millennials shaping the next generation of evangelicals. His most recent book is Rethink Your Self: The Power of Looking Up Before Looking In. He and his wife, Corina, have three children.

Jen Wilkin

Jen Wilkin

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

Darryl Williamson

Darryl Williamson

Darryl Williamson is the lead pastor of Living Faith Bible Fellowship in Tampa, Florida. Darryl serves on the Board and Council of The Gospel Coalition and often speaks on racial reconciliation, biblical justice, spiritual formation, ethics, and the relationship between faith and work. He has contributed to the books 12 Faithful Men and All Are Welcome. He has been married to his wife, Julie, for 33 years, and they have an adult daughter, and also a son who is now home with the Lord.

John Yates

John Yates

John Yates is former rector of The Falls Church Anglican in Northern Virginia, and a Council member of The Gospel Coalition. He has authored a number of books, including Raising Kids with Character Traits That Last (with Susan Yates). He holds an MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary and a DMin from Fuller Theological Seminary. John and his wife, Susan, have five children.

Ryan Zhang

Ryan Zhang

Ryan Zhang moved from Guangzhou, China, to Ohio at the age of 12. He holds a BA in government and American studies from Georgetown University and an MDiv from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is the pastor for neighborhood ministries in New City Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati, Ohio. He also serves as the translation manager for China Partnership.