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Alan Bean is executive director of Friends of Justice, an alliance of community members to advocate for criminal justice reform. He lives in Arlington, Texas.
George Bullard is president of The Columbia Partnership, which provides consulting, coaching, learning communities and research and writing to empower the mission of congregations and denominations. Bullard is currently focusing on a four-year Ministry Legacy Season.
Amy Butler is senior pastor of The Riverside Church in New York City.
John Chandler is leader of the Spence Network, a network that helps to connect churches and church leaders with each other and with best ministry practices.
Jason Coker is field coordinator for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Mississippi and undergirds the work of Delta Hands for Hope, an advocacy group for school-aged children in the Delta region.
Jayne Hugo Davis is minister of spiritual formation at First Baptist Church in Wilmington, N.C.
Jonathan Davis is pastor of Urbanna (Va.) Baptist Church and serves on the Virginia Baptist Mission Council. He is a doctor of ministry candidate at Hardin-Simmons University’s Logdson Seminary, where his research focuses on equipping small-town churches for 21st-century ministry. He is the founder of the Small Town Churches Network (www.smalltownchurches.org), which is dedicated to sharing research, ideas and tools to help small-town churches. Follow him on Twitter @jonathandavis_.
Miguel De La Torre is professor of social ethics and Latino/a studies at Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colo.
Russ Dean is co-pastor of Park Road Baptist Church in Charlotte, N.C. A native of Clinton, S.C., and a graduate of Furman University and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, he earned a D.Min. degree from Beeson Divinity School. He and his wife, Amy, have been in church ministry for 30 years, and they have served as co-pastors of Park Road since 2000. He is active in social justice ministries and interfaith dialogue, and when he isn’t writing sermons or posts for Baptist News Global you’ll find Russ in his shed doing wood working, playing jazz music, slalom or barefoot water skiing, hiking and camping, or watching his two teenage boys on the baseball field.
Paula Clayton Dempsey serves as director of partnership relations for the Alliance of Baptists. To that position she brought more than 25 years of ministry experience as a pastor, campus minister, hospice chaplain and director of Advent Spirituality Center. Paula lives with her family in western North Carolina and travels from there to be with Alliance of Baptist congregations and ministry partners.
Scott Dickison is pastor of First Baptist Church of Christ in Macon, Georgia.
Corey Fields is senior pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Newark, Del.
Andrew Gardner is a student of American religion at Florida State University and a graduate of Wake Forest University School of Divinity. He is the author of “Reimagining Zion: A History of the Alliance of Baptists.”
Greg Jarrell spends his days playing, working, and conspiring with the family of disciples at QC Family Tree in Charlotte, N.C.
Aileen Lawrimore is minister with youth and children at First Baptist Church in Weaverville, North Carolina.
Bill Leonard is the James and Marilyn Dunn Professor of Baptist Studies and professor of church history at Wake Forest University School of Divinity.
Elizabeth Mangham Lott is senior pastor of St. Charles Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans. She shares her life on the Gulf Coast with husband, Nathan, and their two children, Turner and Julia.
Nora Lozano is professor of theological studies and co-director of the Latina Leadership Institute at Baptist University of the Américas in San Antonio, Texas.
Nora O. Lozano es profesora de estudios teológicos en la Universidad Bautista de las Américas (Baptist University of the Américas) y directora ejecutiva del Instituto de Liderazgo para Latinas (Latina Leadership Institute) en San Antonio, Texas.
Molly T. Marshall is president and professor of theology and spiritual formation at Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Shawnee, Kan.
Starlette McNeill is associate pastor at Village Baptist Church in Bowie, Md.
Julie Pennington-Russell is pastor of First Baptist Church in Washington.
Chuck Queen is pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in Frankfort, Ky., and author of several books, including “Being a Progressive Christian (is not) for Dummies (nor for know-it-alls): An Evolution of Faith.” Chuck blogs at A Fresh Perspective and is a regular contributor to the Unfundamentalist Christians blog.
Kyndall Rae Rothaus is pastor of Lake Shore Baptist Church in Waco, Texas, and author of “Preacher Breath” (Smyth and Helwys, 2015).
Doyle Sager is senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Jefferson City, Mo.
Cody J. Sanders is pastor of Old Cambridge Baptist Church in Harvard Square, Cambridge, Mass. He is author of “Queer Lessons for Churches on the Straight and Narrow” and coauthor of “Microaggressions in Ministry: Confronting the Hidden Violence of Everyday Church.”
Alan Sherouse is senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Greensboro, N.C.
Susan Sparks is a trial lawyer turned standup comedian and senior pastor of Madison Avenue Baptist Church in New York City. (www.susansparks.com)
Wesley Spears-Newsome is associate pastor of community and youth ministry at Greenwood Forest Baptist Church in Cary, N.C. He is a graduate of Duke Divinity School in Durham, N.C., and Samford University in Birmingham, Ala.
Bill Wilson is director of The Center for Healthy Churches in Winston-Salem, N.C., and a member of the Baptist News Global board of directors.
Mark Wingfield is associate pastor at Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas, and a member of the Baptist News Global board of directors.
Brett Younger is senior minister of Plymouth Church in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Elijah Zehyoue is director of programs and communication for the New Baptist Covenant.