Baptist21 is a pastor-led network that seeks to be a positive voice for the future, promoting the centrality of the gospel, the primacy of the local church, a focus on all nations, and Southern Baptist distinctives.
Jonathan Akin is the Pastor of Fairview Church in Lebanon, TN, a suburb of Nashville. Jonathan is passionate about equipping leaders for church planting and world missions. He has a BA from Boyce College, and an MDiv and PhD in Old Testament from Southern Seminary. He is authoring the forthcoming volumes of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes in the Christ-Centered Exposition Series. Jonathan is married to Ashley, and they have two daughters, Maddy and Emma Grace, and a son, Judson.
Nathan Akin is one of the planting pastors of Imago Dei Church in Raleigh and serves there as the pastor for Disciple-Making. In addition, Nathan serves at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in establishing church partnerships with the Seminary. Nathan has a masters of divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and a bachelors degree in political science from Murray State University.
JedidiahCoppenger is the lead pastor of Redemption City Church, a church plant in Franklin, TN. Jedidiah graduated from North Greenville University, where he played basketball and was radically saved. Since graduating from college, Jedidiah has preached to churches and youth groups all over the South and the Midwest. He has a passion to see lives changed by the gospel. Jedidiah graduated with an Masters of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. And he edited and/or contributed to Retreat or Risk: A Call for a Great Commission Resurgence and Theology and Practice of Mission: God, the Church, and the Nations. Jedidiah is married to Melanie and they have three kids: Josiah, Susannah, and Judah. Jedidiah also blogs at jedcoppenger.com.
Peyton Hill is the Lead Pastor at Highland Baptist Church in Grove City, OH, a suburb outside of Columbus. Peyton is passionate about preaching Christ from the entire Bible and motivating believers for global missions, especially among Muslim people groups. He has a B.S.in Biological Sciences from Mississippi State University and an M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Peyton is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Applied Theology from Southeastern. He is a regular contributor to For The Church, a website committed to providing gospel-centered resources for the church. Peyton and his wife, Jordan Lee, have a daughter, Harper, and a son, Zane.
Ronnie Parrott serves as a Pastor at Cross Church in Northwest Arkansas. Ronnie is a three time graduate of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary including a BS from Boyce College, a M.Div in Great Commission Studies, and a Doctorate in Leadership. Ronnie is a dedicated disciple-maker and loves the local church. Ronnie is married to Marci and they have six children, Jack, Anna Kate, Hudson, Silas, Smith, and Scarlet.
We provide the following doctrinal affirmations as a summary of our convictions. However, in keeping with the introduction to the BF&M 2000 we affirm that “the sole authority for faith and practice among Baptists is the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. Confessions are only guides in interpretation, having no authority over the conscience.”