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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
Garrett Kell is a pastor at Del Ray Baptist Church in Alexandria, Virginia, and a Council member of The Gospel Coalition. Garrett holds a ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary. He is married to Carrie, and together they have five wonderfully crazy children.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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 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. 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.
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, 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 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 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 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 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.
Alexander Jun is professor of higher education at Azusa Pacific University and a ruling elder at New Life Presbyterian Church of Orange Country in Fullerton, California. Alex was elected moderator of the 45th General Assembly for the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). Alexander holds a PhD from the University of Southern California. He is married to Jeany, and they have three children.
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.
Harold Kim is the founding pastor of Christ Central of Southern California (CCSC) in Artesia, California. He serves on the board for Christ Central Network (CCN) and as president for SOLA. He received his MDiv from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and ThM from Princeton Theological Seminary. Harold is married to Sun Hi and is the father of two teenage daughters, Taylor and Elizabeth. His great passion is to see lives changed, as Jesus Christ becomes central to everything.
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 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.
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 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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
Derek Rishmawy is the Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) campus minister at University of California, Irvine, and a PhD candidate at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He writes a column for Christianity Today and co-hosts the Mere Fidelity podcast.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
Harvey Turner is the lead pastor of Redeemer Burbank Church, a historic church in the Los Angeles area. Before Redeemer, he planted Living Stones Churches, a network of churches in northern Nevada. Harvey has served in various leadership capacities for the Acts 29 church-planting network, and he currently serves on their U.S. West leadership team. He is the author of Friend of Sinners: An Approach to Evangelism. Harvey has been married to Rachael for 20 years, and they have three children.
Stephen Um is the senior pastor of Citylife Presbyterian Church in Boston, Massachusetts. He also serves as a Council member and director of Asia and Asian American Ministries for The Gospel Coalition. He is the co-author of Why Cities Matter, and the author of Gospel Shaped Mercy and Micah for You. He holds a PhD from the University of St. Andrews.
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.
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.
Russ Whitfield serves as pastor of Grace Mosaic, a cross-cultural church that he helped to plant in Northeast Washington, D.C. He is also the director of cross-cultural advancement for Reformed University Fellowship and a guest lecturer in practical theology at Reformed Theological Seminary’s Washington, D.C., campus. He has made contributions to Heal Us, Emmanuel: A Call for Racial Reconciliation, Representation and Unity in the Church and All Are Welcome: Toward a Multi-Everything Church. Russ and his wife, Vanessa, have four children.
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. 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. She currently serves as the director of classes and curriculum for The Village Church Institute. You can find her at jenwilkin.net.
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 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.