Russell Moore

Russell Moore is the Public Theologian and Director of the Public Theology Project at Christianity Today. The Wall Street Journal has called Moore “vigorous, cheerful, and fiercely articulate.” He was named in 2017 to Politico Magazine’s list of top fifty influence-makers in Washington, and has been profiled by such publications as the Washington Post and the New Yorker.

His latest book is The Courage to Stand: Facing Your Fear Without Losing Your SoulHis book, The Storm-Tossed Family: How the Cross Reshapes the Home, was named Christianity Today’s 2019 Book of the Year. This prestigious award was also conferred upon Moore’s previous book, Onward: Engaging the Culture Without Losing the Gospel, by Christianity Today in 2016. In addition to these titles, he has also written Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families and Churches and Tempted and Tried: Temptation and the Triumph of ChristPrior to his role at Christianity Today, Moore served as president of the ERLC, and provost and dean of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, where he also taught theology and ethics. A native Mississippian, Moore and his wife Maria are the parents of five sons.

Rebecca McLaughlin

Rebecca McLaughlin holds a PhD in renaissance literature from Cambridge University and a theology degree from Oak Hill College in London. She is the cofounder of Vocable Communications and the author of Confronting Christianity, named Christianity Today's 2020 Beautiful Orthodoxy Book of the Year.

Cameron Cole

Cameron Cole has been the Director of Youth Ministries at the Cathedral Church of the Advent since December of 2005, and in January of 2016 his duties expanded to include Children, Youth, and Families. He is the founding chairman of Rooted Ministry, an organization that promotes gospel-centered youth ministry. He is the co-editor of “Gospel-Centered Youth Ministry: A Practice Guide” (Crossway, 2016). Cameron is the author of Therefore, I Have Hope: 12 Truths that Comfort, Sustain, and Redeem in Tragedy (Crossway, 2018), which won World Magazine’s 2018 Book of the Year (Accessible Theology) and was runner up for The Gospel Coalition’s Book of the Year (First-Time Author). Cameron has a B.A. in Latin and English and an M.A. in Education, all from Wake Forest; he nearly done with his Masters in Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary.

Tish Harrison Warren

Tish Harrison Warren is a priest in the Anglican Church in North America. She is the author of Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life, which was Christianity Today’s 2018 Book of the Year, and the forthcoming Prayer in the Night: For Those Who Work, or Watch, or Weep (IVP, 2021). She has worked in ministry settings for over a decade as a campus minister with InterVarsity Graduate and Faculty Ministries, as an associate rector, with addicts and those in poverty through various churches and non-profit organizations, and, most recently, as the writer-in-residence at Church of the Ascension in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is a monthly columnist with Christianity Today, and her articles and essays have appeared in the New York Times, Religion News Service, Christianity Today, Comment Magazine, The Point Magazine, and elsewhere. She is a founding member of The Pelican Project and a Senior Fellow with the Trinity Forum. She lives with her husband and three children in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Sedrick Moore

Sedrick Moore has served as the Area Director for Birmingham Urban Young Life since 2013. His primary focus is leading adolescents to Jesus Christ and teaching them the Word of God through discipleship. Sedrick truly believes that relationships matter, no man or woman is an island, and it is impossible to have a relationship with God, whom we cannot see, if we cannot have great relationships with others around us. He also spends time training future leaders, coordinating Young Life camp trips each summer, and hosting weekly events as an avenue to share the Gospel. Sedrick graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. Currently, he is pursuing a Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership from Fuller Seminary.

Sedrick lives in Birmingham, AL with his amazing wife and daughter.

Owen Lee

Owen Lee serves as the Senior Pastor of Christ Central Presbyterian Church in Centreville, VA. He received his B.A. in Rhetoric at U.C. Berkeley and his M.Div. at Westminster Seminary, CA. Before his call to serve as the Senior Pastor of Christ Central in 2012, he served as the English Ministry Pastor of New Life Mission Church in Fullerton, CA from 2000 to 2002, and then as the church-planting pastor of New Life Mission Church in Burbank, CA from 2002 to 2011. He is married to Margaret, and they have 3 children together- Abby, Caleb, and Lizzy. He also serves as the Director of Operations for the Korean-American Leadership Initiative, a ministry of Mission to North America. 

Davis Lacey

A veteran of vocational student ministry, Davis Lacey now serves as the Lead Planter and Pastor of Autumn Ridge Community Church in Ellijay, GA. He is also a member of the Rooted Steering Committee. He holds the MTS and MDiv degrees from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, as well as an Engineering degree from Mercer University. He is married to his childhood sweetheart Charis, and the two of them love having adventures with their two children: Evelynn and Haddon.

Charlotte Getz

Charlotte Getz is Director of Publishing Projects for Rooted Ministry. She is also the co-author of Unmapped: The (Mostly) True Story of How Two Women Lost at Sea Found Their Way Home and a frequent contributor to the Mockingbird Blog. She received her B.A. in Creative Writing from Pepperdine University and her M.F.A. in Photography from SCAD. Before working for Rooted she served as an associate Youth Minister at the Cathedral Church of the Advent in Birmingham, AL. She currently resides in Birmingham with her husband and their two children.

Robby Holt

Robby Holt is an ordained Presbyterian Minister who has served the church in various ways since 1991. Prior to a recent move to Birmingham, USA, he served as Theological Dean for the Chattanooga Institute for Faith, Work and Culture and as an adjunct teacher in New Testament at Covenant College.  Robby has partnered with Craig Bartholomew, Aubrey Spears, Michael Rhodes, and Brian Fikkert to publish a few works. He is married to Chrissy. They have four adult children and four grandchildren – so far.

Shelby Abbott

Shelby Abbott is an author, radio host, campus minister, and conference speaker on staff with FamilyLife, a ministry of Cru. His passion for university students has led him to speak at college campuses all over the United States and author the books Pressure Points: A Guide to Navigating Student Stress, DoubtLess: Because Faith is Hard, and What's the Point?: Asking the Right Questions about Living Together and Marriage. He and his wife, Rachael, have two daughters and live in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. 

 

Andrew T. Walker, Ph.D.

Dr. Walker is Associate Professor of Christian Ethics and Apologetics at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. An Associate Dean in the School of Theology, he is also the Executive Director of the Carl F. H. Henry Institute for Evangelical Engagement. He is a Fellow in the Evangelical in Civics Life Program at The Ethics and Public Policy Center and serves as the Executive Editor of Eikon: A Journal for Biblical Anthropology, a publication of The Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. He is also a Contributing Editor at Public Discourse, the Journal of the Witherspoon Institute and serves as the Public Affairs Advisor to the Kentucky Baptist Convention.

A sought-after speaker and cultural commentator, Walker researches and writes about the intersection of Christian ethics, public theology, and the church’s social witness. His academic research interests include natural law theory, human dignity, family stability, church-state studies, and social conservatism. The author or editor of over ten books, he is passionate about helping Christians understand the moral demands of the gospel. His analysis has been quoted among such outlets as the New York TimesThe Los Angeles Times, and Vox. His scholarly publications include reviews and articles in the Oxford Journal of Church and State and The Southwestern Journal of Theology. He writes regularly for such outlets as National ReviewFirst Things, The Gospel Coalition, and Public Discourse. He is the author of the award-winning God and the Transgender DebateMarriage Is: How Marriage Transforms Society and Cultivates Human Flourishing, co-editor of The Gospel for Life series, and a forthcoming volume on religious liberty from Brazos Press titled Liberty for All: Defending Everyone’s Religious Freedom in a Secular Age. He is also an editor of the forthcoming volume Explorations in Baptist Political Theology. He previously served as a policy analyst at the Heritage Foundation and as a Senior Fellow in Ethics at the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, where he remains a Fellow in the ERLC’s Research Institute. He is currently at work on an edited volume with Zondervan Academic on perspectives on the natural law, a natural law evangelical ethics volume, and an edited volume on Protestant appropriations of legal philosopher Robert P. George’s work.

He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies from Southwest Baptist University. He received his Master of Divinity, Master of Theology, and Doctor of Philosophy in Christian Ethics from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. An avid long-distance runner, Andrew resides in Louisville, Kentucky with his wife and three daughters. He is an active member of a local Baptist church.

David Thomas

DAVID THOMAS, L.M.S.W., is the Director of Family Counseling at Daystar Counseling (daystarcounseling.com) in Nashville, TN, the co-author of eight books, including the best-selling Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys (Tyndale House Publishers) and Are My Kids on Track? The 12 Emotional, Social & Spiritual Milestones Your Child Needs to Reach. He is a frequent guest on national television and podcasts, including his own with Sissy Goff and Melissa Trevathan called Raising Boys and Girls, has been featured in publications like USA Today, and speaks across the country.

He and his wife, Connie, have a daughter, twin sons and a feisty yellow lab named Owen. You can follow him on social media at raisingboysandgirls and find the latest parenting resources at www.raisingboysandgirls.com.

Dr. Nicholas Reid

Dr. Nicholas Reid joined the faculty of RTS-Orlando in 2017 and serves as Associate Professor of Old Testament and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, as well as Director of the Hybrid M.Div. Program. He teaches core courses related to Old Testament and covenant theology and offers advanced electives in the languages and cultures of the Ancient Near East.

A native of Mississippi, Dr. Reid received the M.Div. and numerous academic awards at RTS Jackson. Post-graduate studies took him to the United Kingdom where he earned a Master of Theology at the University of Aberdeen in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, followed by a Master of Studies with distinction in cuneiform studies at the University of Oxford and, finally, the D.Phil. in Oriental Studies with an emphasis on cuneiform also at the University of Oxford. He has since lectured in university settings in the United Kingdom and North America, including serving as a visiting professor at RTS Orlando. Reid is also a current Research Affiliate and previously, a Visiting Research Scholar, at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University. He also formerly worked as an Associate Editor of Hebrew for BibleMesh and taught Old Testament at Reformation Bible College, Sanford, FL.

Dr. Reid’s research interests cover a broad range of topics, including social history, the biblical text, as well as unpublished epistolary, literary, and administrative cuneiform texts. He is presently coauthoring a textual edition of a group of unpublished Old Babylonian letters for Oxford University Press. Dr. Reid also contributes to the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative as a North American Partner.

During seminary, Dr. Reid served as an intern under Dr. Ligon Duncan at First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, MS, and is currently under care of the Presbyterian Church in America. While in seminary, he also collaborated on numerous publishing projects with Dr. Duncan.

Dr. Reid and his wife, Blair, live in the greater Orlando area with their four children.

Tal Prince

Tal is a nationally recognized speaker on a variety of topics throughout the United States and Canada.  Some of his programs and weekend conferences are on topics such entitled You Complicate Me for couples’ enrichment, Crossing Guards and Lifeguards for parents and caregivers to keep children safe from dangerous social media and apps, Pornollution on the pornography pandemic and its impact on couples’ relationships, along with other growth and enrichment, leadership, team-building and spiritual workshops at churches, college campuses and businesses. He hosted his own show, Tal Prince Live, which ran on Sirius Satellite Radio’s Family Net for over 5 years.  He created Tapestry of Hope , a ministry for people struggling with addiction within the church, and his private practice, Insights Counseling Center, in Birmingham, AL.  He has advanced degrees in Clinical Mental Health and Divinity from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Samford University (Beeson) respectively, and a Business Administration degree from Emory University. Tal is a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist, through the International Association of Trauma and Addiction Professionals and spent a significant amount of time with Dr. Patrick Carnes for further training in the treatment of trauma and addiction. He also maintains active and collaborative relationships with both Gentle Path at The Meadows and the Gratitude Program of Pine Grove. He is also skilled in providing EMDR and Brainspotting for trauma survivors. Tal has been married for 23 years and has two daughters. 

Alice Churnock

Alice Churnock is a Licensed Professional Counselor with more than 20 years of clinical experience helping adolescents at Covenant Counseling and Education Center in Birmingham, AL. As a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist, Alice is recognized in her field as an authority on the subject. She frequently speaks to both national and international audiences on eating disorder treatment and a variety of other topics relating to adolescence such as anxiety, relational aggression and parental relationships.

In an attempt to provide wholistic treatment options, Alice began her own neurofeedback practice in conjunction with her therapy office. BrainCore of Birmingham opened its doors in the summer of 2019 and since has helped hundreds of adults and children find relief for ADHD, anxiety, learning disorders, insomnia, emotion regulation and more. 

Alice is also the host of Rooted Ministry’s first ongoing podcast, Ask Alice, which answers questions from concerned parents on hot topics by offering practical advice and therapeutic techniques through the lens of the gospel.

When Alice and her husband are not cheering on their Auburn Tigers, you can find them at the ballpark or soccer field cheering on their two sons. To learn more about Alice’s practices, please visit her websites: www.covenantcounsel.com and www.braincorebham.com.

Clark Fobes

Clark is a pastor in his hometown of San Francisco, and has served in Youth Ministry in the Asian-American context for over a decade. He received his M.Div. from Talbot Theological School in Southern California, and is a Doctor of Missiology (D.Miss) candidate at Southern Seminary (SBTS). He is also an emeritus member of Rooted’s Steering Committee. He and his wife, Janet, have two daughters, Kara and Nora.

Soojin Park 

Soojin Park is the Youth Ministry Director at Christ Central Presbyterian Church in Centreville, VA. She has a bachelor's degree in Sociology from Cornell University and will be completing a Master of Divinity at Reformed Theological Seminary DC in May 2022. Soojin has contributed articles for The Gospel Coalition and SOLA Network, where she also serves as a member of the Editorial Board.

Huey Lee

Huey Lee serves as an Assistant Pastor of Family Life Ministry at Christ Central Presbyterian Church in Centreville, VA. He received his B.S. in Psychobiology at Binghamton University, NY and his M. Div. at Biblical Theological Seminary, PA. He has served in various youth and college ministry contexts for over a decade prior to his call as an Assistant Pastor of Christ Central in 2016. He is married to Alice, and they have 4 sons together - Matthes, Ethan, Christian, and Lucas.

Jason Williams 

A native of the Washington D.C. metro area or "DMV" as he calls it, Jason lived a sinful life in pursuit of power, pleasure, and possessions. He was arrested 6 times and faced 60 years in prison. After searching for identity & meaning in all the vain pursuits one could chase, he finally realized his separation from God was the reason his life had no substance or purpose. He repented of his sin and wickedness and placed his trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. God showed him immediately that salvation was not simply a gift of eternal life, it was also a call to be an ambassador for the King to promote His kingdom. 

Jason is a sought-after public speaker for many arenas including churches, conferences, campus ministries, youth groups and non-profit agencies. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Birmingham Southern College and a Master of Divinity from Birmingham Theological Seminary. He has over 15 years of ministry experience and connects with people from all walks of life. He is married to Dr. Jessica H. Williams and has 3 children, Raekwon (25), Jada (23), Kendall (12).

Jason is currently working on his Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Leadership. He is an elder and preaching pastor at Tapestry Church in Hoover. His hobbies include cycling, golfing and going to the beach. 

Skyler Flowers

Skyler was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi and attended the University of Mississippi. Skyler earned an M.Div. from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, FL, where he served as the Director of Student Ministries at Orlando Grace Church. His wife, Brianna, is originally from Memphis, TN and teaches 3rd grade at the Regents School of Oxford. Skyler also serves on the Rooted Steering Committee and contributes to the As in Heaven podcast. 

Anna Meade Harris 

Anna Meade Harris is a single mom of three almost-grown sons. She is the Rooted Blog Editor-in-Chief, a member of Brookwood Baptist Church, and the author of Fresh Faith: Topical Devotions and Scripture-Based Prayers for College Students. In her free time, Anna enjoys gardening, great books, running, hiking, hammocks, and ice cream. She cheers for the Crimson Tide and wants to live by a mountain stream in Idaho someday.

Kendal Conner

After spending 10 years working in youth ministry, Kendal currently serves as a Groups Minister at Redeemer Fellowship in Kansas City, MO. Originally from Memphis, Tenn. Kendal received her BA from Union University. After graduation, she served 2 years overseas working with youth in Central Asia. After returning to America, she spent several years working for a parachurch youth ministry before moving to Oklahoma to serve as a Girls Minister in a local church. Kendal loves to travel, and dreams of one day being able to say she has drank coffee in every country.

Katie Polski

Katie is wife to Chris, a PCA pastor at Trinity church in Kirkwood, MO, and together they have three children, Ella, J-Rod, and Lily. Katie works as the music director at Trinity and serves on the Women’s Ministry Committee. She also spends much of her time writing, playing piano, leading women’s Bible studies, and speaking to women’s groups about the joy she has found in Christ. Katie graduated from Covenant College with a BA in English Education and has served on the board of Covenant. She is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Theology from Covenant Seminary in St. Louis. For more information, as well as various blog entries, you can visit her website at www.katiepolski.com

Josh Hussung

Josh Hussung is the Pastor of Youth and Families at Grace Community Church in Nashville, Tennessee, and has been in youth ministry for over 16 years. He holds an Mdiv in Pastor Studies from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. In addition to writing for Rooted, Josh has also been featured on ERLC.com. Follow him on Twitter @joshhussung.

Philip Walkley

Philip has lived his entire adult life (almost 20 years) in low-income communities of color, first as a youth pastor in a small town in Mississippi and since 2007 in Memphis, TN, serving as the Executive Director of Service Over Self (SOS), a Christian ministry providing home repair and leadership development in three of Memphis's most underserved neighborhoods. He is a contributor to the 2016 book, Gospel Centered Youth Ministry: A Practical Guide published by Crossway. Philip, his wife Kelsea and their three kids are residents of Binghampton, one of SOS's partner neighborhoods. He loves ice cream, running and riding his bike really early in the morning (so he can justify eating more ice cream), and he is an unashamed choir nerd.

Kerry Trunfio

Kerry Trunfio is the Director of Youth Education, Youth Ministry and Local Outreach at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Topsfield, MA. She graduated from Gordon College in 2012 with a degree in Christian Ministry with a Concentration in Youth Ministry. She is passionate about students knowing the relentless love of the Savior. Kerry lives in Havenhill, MA with her husband Joel and their two year old daughter Cora.  

Kable Cunningham

Kable Cunningham holds a M.A. of Educational Ministry from Covenant Theological Seminary and graduated from Covenant College with a B.A. in Biblical Theological Studies. She works in the front line as an educator and a youth leader teaching middle school students at Westminster Academy and at Chesterfield Presbyterian Church in St. Louis, MO. 

One of her most recent joys and challenges has been writing and developing the curriculum currently implemented by the Bible Department for 8th grade students. Along with ministering to middle schoolers, Kable delights in being outside and active with friends and her 5 year old boxer mix, Griffin. 

Ben Birdsong

Ben Birdsong is a church and para-church student ministry veteran and currently serves as the Minister of Missions at Christ Church Birmingham in Birmingham, Alabama. He is also an adjunct professor teaching children, youth, and family ministries at Birmingham Theological Seminary. 

Ben has bachelor’s degrees in Marketing and Human Resource Management from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, a Master of Divinity degree from Samford University’s Beeson Divinity School, and a Doctor of Ministry in Ministry to Emerging Generations from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. 

As an author, Ben has written the devotional books Words from the Cross: 7 Statements that Will Transform Your Life, journeying through Jesus’ final moments before His death, and James: Everyday Faith. He is also a monthly contributor for parenting and family ministry content for Birmingham Christian Family magazine. Ben also wrote the John study for Rooted Reservoir. 

Ben is married to Liz. He enjoys reading, writing, watching movies, and blogging at www.benbirdsong.com.

Connor Coskery

Connor serves as youth ministry director at Redeemer Community Church in Birmingham, AL, where he lives with his wife, Shelley, and son, Jacob. He holds an M.Div from Beeson Divinity School and loves to ride his bike and enjoy a good book.

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