R. Albert Mohler Jr. is the president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is an esteemed authority on contemporary issues and has been recognized by such influential publications as Time and Christianity Today as a leader among American evangelicals.
In addition to his presidential duties, Dr. Mohler hosts two programs: “The Briefing,” a daily worldview analysis about the leading news headlines and cultural conversations; and “Thinking in Public,” an interview forum for intelligent conversation about frontline theological and cultural issues. He also writes a popular blog and a regular commentary on moral, cultural and theological issues.
Matthew J. Hall was appointed as dean of Boyce College in 2016 and also serves as senior vice president of academic strategy at Southern Seminary. His previous administrative service at the seminary includes serving as vice president of academic services (2013-2016) and chief of staff in the Office of the President (2009-2013). He has been a member of Southern’s Executive Cabinet since 2009. Dr. Hall also serves as assistant professor of church history. His academic and research interests focus on the intersection of theology and culture in American religion, and he regularly teaches courses in church history, American history, and American government at the graduate and undergraduate level.
He is co-editor of Essential Evangelicalism: The Enduring Legacy of Carl F.H. Henry (Crossway, 2015). He has contributed chapters to several volumes and has written articles for a range of popular outlets as well as scholarly journals.
Hall is active in denominational life and has served two terms on the SBC Resolutions Committee and is a research fellow with the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. He and his wife, Jeannie, have three children and are members of Clifton Baptist Church.
Micah Fries (pronounced Freeze) is the Senior Pastor of Brainerd Baptist Church in Chattanooga, TN. Prior to serving at Brainerd, he served as the Vice President of LifeWay Research in Nashville, TN and as a frequent speaker in churches and conferences. He has served as a Senior Pastor in Missouri and an international church planter in Burkina Faso, West Africa. He holds a Master of Divinity and the Bachelor of Arts in Theology. While in college, Micah met Tracy, and they married in May of 2000. Micah is currently a Ph.D. student, studying North American Missiology.
Micah is the author of a commentary volume on Haggai and Zephaniah in the Christ-Centered Commentary Series. You can pick up a copy of the commentary here. Micah, along with Dr. Keith Whitfield, is also contributing to & co-editing Islam & North America, an upcoming book on reaching North American Muslims with the gospel for B&H Academic. Micah is a Guest Lecturer in the Doctoral program at Anderson University. Micah is also a Fellow at the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College.
“Solid Faith on the Sports Field”
Payne joined the faculty of Boyce College and Southern Seminary in 2006. He also serves as senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Fisherville, Kentucky where he has served since 2010. Payne has also pastored in Lebanon, Ohio, served in several interim pastorates, as well as a three year pastoral internship under Dr. Al Jackson at Lakeview Baptist Church in Auburn, Alabama. Prior to his seminary training, Payne worked in the business world, served at Big Oak Ranch, a Christian children’s home, and taught and coached at Westbrook Christian School. Payne attended the University of Alabama where he played football for four years, and served as a Graduate Assistant Coach for two years. He is the author of the book, Encountering God Through Expository Preaching: Connecting God’s People to God’s Presence Through God’s Word, which he co-authored with Jim Orrick and Ryan Fullerton.
Payne is married to Heather and they have five children: Ella, Nate, Seth, Ava, and Seefen.
“How to Engage with my Muslims Friends”
John Klaassen was born in Colombia, South America, but grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. He married Shari in 1985 and they have two sons, Seth and Andy. Before moving overseas John pastored in the state of Kentucky.
John and Shari moved cross culturally to live first in Spain and then in North Africa from 1992 to 2010. John helped to direct their relief and development agency to national attention such that they were invited to work in communities all over their country of residence. In the end he supervised teams in three distinct regions of the country. That relief and development group worked in the areas of primary education, clean water and health education. Since moving back to the US, John and Shari have been working primarily with Iraqi refugees in the Louisville area.
John is the Department Coordinator for Global Studies at Boyce College. He also serves on staff at Highview Baptist Church where he is responsible for local missions efforts.
“Lone Ranger: How to Stay Faithful When You’re the Only One”
Jim came to Southern Seminary by way of pastoral ministry in Florida and California. Before joining the staff at Southern Seminary, Jim served as the planter and lead pastor of Grace Bible Church in Naples, Florida. He completed his M.Div at The Master’s Seminary in 2002, and served as the Pastor of Local Outreach & Evangelism at Grace Community Church in Los Angeles, CA. He has contributed to Rediscovering Biblical Evangelism in the John MacArthur Pastoral Library Series, edited the Grace Evangelism training curriculum and was an adjunct professor of evangelism for The Master’s Seminary. Since 2012, Jim has served with Southern Seminary, now as the Associate Vice President of Advancement and Director of the Bevin Center for Missions Mobilization. Jim and Sky have been married for over 15 years and have three daughters, Macy and Jessica (twins, 14) and Clancy (11).
“Solid Faith in Broken Classrooms”
Jones is a native of Louisville, Kentucky, and comes to Boyce with 10 years of varied experience in the public school system, collegiate level, and church life. He has taught in Fayette, Franklin, and Jefferson Counties and served as an assistant professor in the School of Education at Kentucky State University where he and his wife are both alumni.
Jones has served a youth pastor in several churches and served as a pastoral intern for pastor Kevin Smith and has served two years in the pastoral apprenticeship with pastor Ryan Fullerton. He is a research fellow for the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. Jones also serves as a board member of Love Thy Neighborhood.
Jones’s longing is to see Christian teachers and leaders impact the lives of students nationally and internationally, teaching, and leading to the glory of God. He and his high school sweetheart, Demica, have three children: Kennedi, Kevin Jr, and Karsynn.
“Worldview and Faith”
Baise has served in various capacities before coming to Boyce. He was a college pastor for an upstart church plant before moving to Louisville and has preached in various churches and revivals across Kentuckiana. Baise has served on an editorial staff, as a research assistant, teaching assistant, and currently as a research fellow with The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.
He also speaks at various conferences on philosophy, worldview, apologetics, and has participated in several debates on college campuses. His interests range from philosophy, politics, aesthetics, pop culture, and, most assuredly, sports. He is married with three children.