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Alistair Begg ― Alistair Begg has been in pastoral ministry since 1975. Following graduation from The London School of Theology, he served eight years in Scotland at both Charlotte Chapel in Edinburgh and Hamilton Baptist Church.
In 1983, he became the senior pastor at Parkside Church near Cleveland, Ohio. He has written several books and is heard daily and weekly on the radio program, Truth For Life. The teaching on Truth For Life stems from the week by week Bible teaching at Parkside Church. He and his wife, Susan, were married in 1975 and they have three grown children.
D.A. Carson ― Dr. Carson came to Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (where he is a Research Professor of New Testament) from the faculty of Northwest Baptist Theological Seminary in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he served for two years as academic dean. He also taught at Northwest Baptist Theological College, Richmond College, and Central Baptist Seminary in Toronto. He has served as assistant pastor and pastor and has done itinerant ministry in Canada and the United Kingdom. Additionally, he is the president of The Gospel Coalition.
Dr. Carson is an active guest lecturer in academic and church settings around the world. He and his wife, Joy, reside in Libertyville, Illinois. They have two children. In his spare time, Dr. Carson enjoys reading, hiking, and woodworking.
Dr. David Platt, President of the IMB, is deeply devoted to Christ and His Word. David’s first love in ministry is making disciples, sharing, showing, and teaching God’s Word in everyday life. He has traveled extensively to serve alongside church leaders throughout the United States and around the world.
A life-long learner, David has earned two undergraduate and three advanced degrees. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Arts in Journalism (A.B.J.) from the University of Georgia, and a Master of Divinity (M.Div.), Master of Theology (Th.M) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He previously served at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary as Dean of Chapel and Assistant Professor of Expository Preaching and Apologetics, Staff Evangelist at Edgewater Baptist Church in New Orleans, and eight years as the Senior Pastor of The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, AL. He is the founder of Radical, a resource ministry, dedicated to serving the church in making disciples of all nations.
David and his wife Heather have four children, Caleb, Joshua, Mara Ruth, and Isaiah.
Paul David Tripp is a pastor, author and conference speaker. He is the president of Paul Tripp Ministries and works to connect the transforming power of Jesus Christ to everyday life. This vision has led Paul to write 17 books on Christian living and travel around the world speaking at events.
Paul's driving passion is to help people understand how the gospel of Jesus Christ speaks with practical hope into all the things people experience in this broken world.
Joni Eareckson Tada, the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Joni and Friends International Disability Center, is an international advocate for people with disabilities. A diving accident in 1967 left Joni Eareckson, then 17, a quadriplegic in a wheelchair. After two years of rehabilitation, she emerged with new skill and a fresh determination to help others in similar situations. She founded Joni and Friends in 1979 to provide Christ-centered programs to special-needs families, as well as training to churches. Joni and Friends serves thousands of special-needs families through Family Retreat, and has delivered over 100,000 wheelchairs and Bibles to needy disabled persons in developing nations.
Joni survived stage III breast cancer in 2010, yet keeps a very active ministry schedule. Her new daily devotional, A Spectacle of Glory, contains fresh biblical insights from her battle with cancer, and chronic pain. Joni also serves as General Editor of the new Beyond Suffering Bible, a special edition published by Tyndale for those who suffer chronic conditions, and their caregivers. She and her husband, Ken, were married in 1982 and reside in Calabasas, California. You can learn more about Joni’s ministry at www.joniandfriends.org or can write her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keith & Kristyn Getty ― For nearly a decade, Keith and Kristyn Getty have occupied a unique space in the world of music as preeminent modern hymn writers. In re-inventing the traditional hymn form, the Gettys have created a distinguished catalogue of songs teaching Christian doctrine and crossing genres by connecting the world of traditional and classical composition with contemporary and globally-accessible melodies. “In Christ Alone” (penned by Keith and Stuart Townend, and recorded by Keith and Kristyn) anchors this canon of globally-sung hymns, holding the #1 position of most-frequently-sung in UK churches for nine consecutive years.
In 2017, the Gettys will release their newest book, SING! How and Why We Worship and will host their inaugural conference of the same name to help church leaders cultivate congregations that know and sing their faith. Keith and Kristyn Getty live between Northern Ireland and Nashville with their daughters Eliza Joy, Charlotte, and Grace.
Tommy Bailey is the Director of Worship at The Village Chapel in Nashville, TN. He is also co-founder of Collision Media, a web design and branding firm with a focus on churches and non-profits around the world. Tommy has served on multiple church leadership teams throughout the US and has a passion for serving the church pastorally through congregational singing and songwriting. Tommy is currently working toward a graduate degree at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO.
Tommy enjoys reading, food, art, antiques and spending time with his wife Emily. Tommy and Emily are in the process of adoption and look forward to welcoming a child into their home soon.
Dr. Jon Duncan serves as State Missionary in Music and Worship Ministries of the Georgia Baptist Convention, a position he has held since 2002. His primary responsibilities include directing the GBC choral organizations—Sons of Jubal and Jubalheirs—and assisting churches through consultation and leadership development, strengthening worship education and practice in local churches, enhancing music education through festivals and camps, and placement assistance for local churches.
He has a bachelor of music degree from the University of Oklahoma, a master of education from Phillips University in Oklahoma, and a master of music in musicology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also has a doctor of ministry degree in worship studies from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Chicago. In addition to serving numerous churches through interims, revivals, and leadership conferences, Duncan has served as adjunct faculty member at several seminaries and colleges across the country.
Duncan and his wife, Mary, have two daughters, Raechel and Jessica, and three grandchildren.
Bob Kauflin is the director of Sovereign Grace Music where his main tasks include equipping pastors and musicians in the theology and practice of congregational worship and overseeing albums produced by Sovereign Grace Music. He serves as a pastor at Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville and blogs at Worshipmatters.com.
Bob has written two books: Worship Matters: Leading Others to Encounter the Greatness of God and True Worshipers: Seeking What Matters to God. He and his wife, Julie, have six children and an ever growing number of grandchildren.
Jordan Kauflin ― Jordan Kauflin has been involved in leading and writing songs for corporate worship since he was 13 yrs old. His songs include All I Have is Christ and All Glory Be Forever. In 2010, he helped plant Redeemer Church of Arlington in Arlington, VA where he currently serves as a pastor and worship leader.
He is passionate about helping churches sing Christ exalting songs and develop healthy liturgies in their Sunday gatherings. He is married to Tali, and they have five children.
Matt Merker ― Matt grew up in Long Island, NY and believed the good news of Jesus at a young age. After completing a degree in religious studies and music at Vanderbilt University in 2006, Matt returned to NY to serve on the staff of Shelter Rock Church. He moved to DC to participate in the CHBC Pastoral Internship in 2009.
Following the internship, Matt worked as a music teacher until coming on staff at CHBC as a Pastoral Assistant in the summer of 2010. He enjoys reading, creating music, food, and especially spending time with his wife, Erica and their daughter, Lena. You can find Matt's congregational hymns, including lyrics, sheet music, and chord charts, at capitolhillbaptist.org/music.
Laura Story ― Laura Story is a Bible teacher, worship leader, GRAMMY award-winning singer/songwriter, and bestselling author. “Blessings” was certified GOLD in 2011 and inspired her first book What If Your Blessings Come Through Raindrops. Laura’s music and writing show God’s love and grace intersecting with real life, and serve as a reminder that despite questions or circumstances, He is the ultimate author of our story.
Laura recently released a new book When God Doesn’t Fix It; Lessons You Never Wanted to Learn, Truths You Can’t Live Without. She has a graduate degree from Covenant Theological Seminary and has served as a worship leader at Perimeter Church in Atlanta since 2005, but her greatest joy is being a wife to Martin and the mother to Ben, Griffin and Josie.
Stuart Townend ― Stuart is one of the leading worship songwriters of his generation: from “How Deep the Father’s Love” to “In Christ Alone”, “The Power of the Cross” to “Beautiful Saviour”, his songs are sung in churches and events around the world, and his lyrics acclaimed in the same breath as those of Watts and Wesley. His songs will feed the church for many years to come.
Stuart was brought up in West Yorkshire, and now lives in Brighton with his wife Caroline and three children – Joseph, Emma & Eden. He tours and leads worship at events around the UK and abroad, pioneering a distinctive style of acoustic folk that sets his music apart from the mainstream ‘rock worship’ style that dominates the scene.
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