Dave Miller, Editor, serves as senior pastor of Southern Hills Baptist Church in Sioux City, Iowa. He served as President of the 2017 SBC Pastors’ Conference. He is a graduate of Palm Beach Atlantic College (now University) and SWBTS. He served churches in Florida and Virginia before returning to Iowa, where he grew up, in 1991, and has served two churches there. Twitter
Todd Benkert is pastor of Oak Creek Community Church (SBC) in Mishawaka, Indiana and adjunct professor for the John W. Rawlings Divinity School at Liberty University. He is passionate about building unity in the body of Christ, racial reconciliation, and advocacy for and ministry to survivors of sexual abuse. Todd has a PhD in missions from SBTS and encourages support for North American church planting, local church participation in global missions, and equipping indigenous leaders in the global South and East. Twitter
William Thornton is a lifelong Southern Baptist and semi-retired pastor who served churches in South Carolina and Georgia. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary and confesses to being educated beyond his intelligence. He hates the Yankees but in a biblically acceptable manner.
Alan Cross has pastored SBC churches in Alabama and California over the past two decades. He is the author of When Heaven and Earth Collide: Racism, Southern Evangelicals, and the Better Way of Jesus (NewSouth Books, 2014) and Joy Persevering: The Ray and Ruth Bozeman Story of Living in the Better Way of Jesus (2015). He is a graduate of Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary (now Gateway) with an M.Div. with an emphasis on Intercultural Studies, and Mississippi State University. Alan and his wife have four children.
William Dwight McKissic, Sr. is founder and senior pastor of the Cornerstone Baptist Church in Arlington, TX. Born in Pine Bluff, AR, he graduated from Ouachita Baptist University and SWBTS and was awarded an honorary Doctorate from Arkansas Baptist College. He’s the author of three books: Beyond Roots: In Search of Blacks in the Bible, Beyond Roots II: If Anybody Asks You Who I Am, and Moving from Fear to Faith. Cornerstone Baptist has started eight churches in the U.S. and one in South Africa. Dwight has spoken at churches and universities all over the country. His goal in ministry was to be a “country preacher”, just as his father was, the late Rev. J.E. McKissic. Dwight and his wife Vera have four children and twelve grandchildren. Website Twitter
Adam Blosser is pastor of Goshen Baptist Church in Spotsylvania, VA. He is a graduate of Liberty University (B.A.) & Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.). He is currently pursuing a D.Min. in Expository Preaching at SEBTS. Adam and his wife Ashley have three children. Adam is an avid fan of the Baltimore Orioles and passes the time in the baseball off-season by rooting for the Baltimore Ravens. Twitter
Mike Leake is the Lead Pastor at Calvary of Neosho, MO. He is married to Nikki, and is the father to Isaiah and Hannah. Mike is currently pursuing an M.Div at SBTS…and by “currently pursuing” he means hoping Jesus returns before he has to take that final Hebrew class. Mike is the author of Torn to Heal and Jesus is All You Need. Website Twitter
Doug Hibbard is pastor of East End Baptist Church in Hensley, Arkansas. He is married to Ann Hibbard, and is the father of Olivia, Angela, and Steven. Doug graduated from Ouachita Baptist University in the last century, then crammed his 3-year M.Div. into 12 years and 3 schools. He can be found at the local buffet by the pineapple-ham-bacon pizzas. Website Twitter
Scott Gordon serves as Pastor of Claycomo Baptist Church in Kansas City, MO. He is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University (BA) and has an MDiv. He has also served churches in Oklahoma (his home state) and Tennessee. Scott and his wife, Rhonda, have two boys. Twitter
Brent Hobbs is lead pastor of New Song Fellowship in Virginia Beach, VA, since July 2013. He graduated from SBTS (M.Div.) in 2006 and Dallas Baptist University in 2003. Brent is a fan of Virginia Tech football, Mr. T, and most Apple products. Twitter
Jay Adkins has been the Pastor of FBC Westwego (metro New Orleans) since 2002. He has an M.Div. & Th.M. (both from NOBTS) and is currently working on his Ph.D. Jay is a jazz drummer, drives a Jeep Wrangler, loves to boil and eat crawfish and loves New Orleans culture and history. He’s been married to Michelle since 1996 and is the proud dad of Quint and Canon, two award-winning NOLA musicians. Website Twitter
John Mark Terry is Emeritus Professor of Missions at Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Cordova, Tennessee. He earned a Ph.D. at SWBTS, served with the IMB in Southeast Asia for 24 years and later as Professor of Missions at SBTS. He is the author of eight books, many journal articles and curriculum materials for LifeWay. He is married, and he and his wife, Barbara, have two children and four granddaughters. For fun he reads murder mysteries and cheers for the Kentucky Wildcats basketball team. He does not watch Kentucky football because he is not a masochist.