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.
Nathan Akin serves as Director of Baptist21 and lives in Raleigh, NC. Nathan also serves at Director of Church Relations for the Pillar Network. Nathan has a masters of divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and a bachelors degree in political science from Murray State University.
Dr. Jedidiah Coppenger is the lead pastor of Redemption City Church, a church plant in Franklin, TN. Jedidiah earned his B.S. from North Greenville University, Masters of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Ph.D. from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
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.
He holds a B.S. in Family Ministry from Boyce College, a Masters of Divinity in Evangelism, Missions, and Church Growth and a Doctorate in Executive Leadership from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He serves as an advisor on the Leadership Council for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.
Ronnie is married to Marci, and they have six children. He is committed to making gospel-centered disciples through the local church for the glory of God.
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.”