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.
Tim Akin serves as a Pastor at Family Church West in West Palm Beach, FL. In addition, Tim is pursuing a Masters of Divinity degree at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Tim is married to Anna and they have 2 sons (Levi, 2 and Judah, 8 months). They recently returned from Istanbul, Turkey where they lived for two years coaching American Football.
Bryan Barley is the Pastor of Preaching and Leadership at The Summit Church Denver. The Summit was started out of the Barleys’ living room in 2011 and now gathers in the heart of urban Denver. He has a Masters of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and a BA in History from the University of South Carolina, where he also met his wife, Megan.
Jedidiah Coppenger 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.
Nick Moore is the Lead Pastor at Redemption Hill Baptist Church in Fisherville, Kentucky. Nick has a BA in Biblical and Theological Studies from Boyce College, an M.Div from the School of Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary where he also hopes to finish his Ph.d in Old Testament Theology in 2014. Nick has been married to Kyndra for nearly 10 years and they have six children, Jacob, James, Elizabeth, Sophia, Katharine, and Juliet.
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 (9), Anna Kate (7), Hudson (6), Silas (5), Smith (2), and Scarlet (due August 2016).
Benjamin Quinn is an instructor in Theology and History of Ideas at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary/The College at Southeastern, and is a member of North Wake Church in Wake Forest. Benjamin grew up in Corinth, MS and received a BA in Biblical Studies from Union University in ’05, an MDiv in Christian Ministry at SEBTS in ’08, ThM in Christian Ethics at SEBTS in ’10, and is currently pursuing doctoral studies at the University of Bristol in conjuction with the Paideia Centre for Public Theology. Benjamin married his junior high sweetheart, Ashley, and has three children, Emma Claire, Campbell Schafers (“Camp”), and Dawson Alexander.
Walter Strickland II serves as Instructor of Theology and Special Advisor the President for Diversity at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Walter was born in Chicago and raised in Southern California, and his passion is for people from every culture to fully embody the gospel of Jesus Christ in their context. Walter holds a BA from Cedarville University, an MDiv and ThM from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and is pursuing a PhD in theology from the University of Aberdeen (Scotland). Walter and his lovely wife Stephanie live in Wake Forest, NC and have a daughter named Hope who is waiting to meet them in glory, and a second daughter named Kendra
Brandt Waggoner serves as the Small Groups and Missions Pastor at Foothills Church in Maryville, TN. Brandt has a Masters of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and a BS in English from Union University.
Scott Wilson is Lead Pastor of First Baptist Church in Melbourne, Florida. Scott has a BA in Music from Florida State University, a Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a PhD in Systematic Theology, also from Southeastern. Scott’s dissertation was on the Trinity and sanctification. Scott is committed to expository preaching and is passionate about calling the church to Gospel-centered living. Scott is married to Megan and they have two boys, Silas and Micah.
Paul Akin is the Senior Aid to the President of the IMB. Paul has a BA from Union University and an MDiv from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Paul is married to his high school sweetheart (Kari), and they have 3 children: a son (Micah) and two daughters (Jordan and Kai). Prior to serving at the IMB, Paul was on staff at Brook Hills and he and his family spent 2 years living and working in Africa and the Middle East.
Dean Inserra is the lead pastor of City Church Tallahassee, which he founded in 2007. Dean holds a MA in Theological Studies from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Ministry from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He serves as an advisor on the Leadership Council with the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and is a member of Baptist 21. Dean is married to Krissie, and they have three children. Dean loves all things Miami Hurricanes and accurately believes that Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback of all time.
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.”