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 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.
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.
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 two daughters, Harper and Elliot, and a son, Zane.
Stephen Lorance serves as the Senior Pastor of St. Paul Community Church in Nashville, TN. Stephen is a Nashville native and a graduate from the University of Tennessee. He received his M.Div. from SBTS and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. from SEBTS. He and his wife Rachel have one child, Crosby, and are thankful to be serving God in the greatest city in the greatest state in the world.
Dr. Ronnie Parrott is the Lead Pastor at Christ Community Church in Huntersville, NC, a suburb of Charlotte. He and his wife have six children. Ronnie’s deep love for Christ drives his commitment to disciple-making in the local church. He has pastored at churches in Kentucky and Arkansas.
Ronnie is a three time graduate of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, including a Bachelors degree in Family Ministry, a Masters of Divinity in Evangelism, Missions, and Church Growth, and a Doctorate in Executive Leadership.
Ronnie is committed to making gospel-centered disciples inside the local church, equipping the Church to live on mission, and raising up men and women to take the gospel to the ends of the earth, 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.”