Who We Are


Nathan Akin is a New Testament and Old Testament teacher at Christian Academy of Louisville. He played basketball at Murray State University and competed in The NCAA Tournament twice as a Racer at Murray. Nathan received a degree in political science, and he is currently a student at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a basketball coach at Christian Academy. His father and three brothers (one is a contributor to this site) are devoted to full-time ministry, and Nathan happens to be the only Akin brother not married and so he gets the brunt of many jokes around the Akin family. His claim to fame is fouling Deron Williams of The Illinois Illini in the NCAA tournament.


Jedidiah Coppenger is a student at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. While he is working on his Masters of Divinity, he has a number of jobs that keep him busy and pay the bills. The responsibilities for these jobs deal with everything from biblical and historical research to preaching to selling cell phones. All of this serves as a path that he feels will lead to the pastorate. Currently, he is a member of 9th and O Baptist Church, where he serves as a Sunday School Director. His father and brother are also in the ministry. When he's not fulfilling his responsiblities, he's checking the internet for the latest Chicago Cub news. Unfortunately, he quietly notes, it's usually not good news.


Nathan Finn is Assistant Professor of Church History at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he teaches Baptist and church history classes at Southeastern College at Wake Forest. Nathan is a connoisseur of Reuben sandwiches, onion rings, and all the different flavors of Diet Coke. He is also a huge Georgia Bulldogs football fan. Nathan is married to the beautiful Leah and is the proud father of a little girl named Georgia Elisabeth. The Finn's are members of the First Baptist Church of Durham, North Carolina, where Nathan currently leads a Sunday evening home fellowship and will soon be teaching a Wednesday night class on hermeneutics. Nathan also frequently preaches and gives Baptist History presentations in local Southern Baptist churches.


Jason Fowler is the Archives and Special Collections Librarian at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He serves as a deacon and Sunday School Teacher at the First Baptist Church Fairdale, Kentucky. He is married to Michele. He is a self-proclaimed barbecuing genius, and he will argue until his death that pork barbecue (is there any other kind?) tastes best when served with a mustard-based sauce. When he's not working or smoking meat, you may find him trying to figure out how he can afford to use his University of South Carolina football season tickets this year with gas prices being so high.


Evan Lenow is the Director of Leadership Development at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is also a PhD candidate in Christian ethics at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. In the fall semester, Evan will begin teaching the course, The Christian Home, in the philosophy and ethics department at Southwestern. During his time in North Carolina, he served as a Sunday School teacher and deacon at his church in Raleigh. Evan and his wife Melanie currently reside in Crowley, TX with their two daughters, Molly and Elizabeth. They are members of Birchman Baptist Church in Fort Worth. Evan has long considered himself an expert in the field of dessert-eating. After traveling to 23 states and 11 foreign countries tasting desserts all along the way, he has reached the conclusion that pecan (properly pronounced “pi-‘kän”—that’s a short ‘e’ sound in the first syllable) pie is the world’s best dessert, and he is available to provide expert witness testimony for any court cases involving dessert disputes.


Josh Powell is the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Fairdale, Kentucky. He is a third-generation SBC pastor and a PhD student in Church History at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is married to Allison, and they have two sons, Wilds and Levi. When he's not preaching, studying, spending time with his family, or blogging, he spends his time following the education choices of 18 year-old college football recruits that he hopes will attend the University of South Carolina.


Tanner Turley is a PhD student at Southeastern Seminary who often serves as a supply preacher for churches and youth events. He and his wife Marsha live in Wake Forest, North Carolina. The Turley's are members of Open Door Baptist Church in Raleigh, NC. He helped develop Figure 8 Scripture Memory System, an effective method for memorizing large amounts of Scripture. Tanner attended and played basketball for Kentucky Wesleyan College, but he bleeds Kentucky blue. On fall Saturdays, he has been known to mutter the phrase, "just wait until basketball season."


Philip Tyre is the Student Pastor at North Peachtree Baptist in Atlanta, GA and also an extension center student at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary where he is working toward an M.Div. in Christian Education. Philip and his wife Emily are eagerly expecting their first child (a little girl) in July. They both love working with young people and have an intense desire to see all believers come to maturity in their faith. The perfect ministry setting for Philip would be one in which he could wear flip-flops, board shorts, and Hawaiian shirts all the time, even while preaching. He's pretty sure that's what everyone in Heaven wears, but he'll have to wait to see.


Charlie Wallace is the Children's Pastor at the First Baptist Church of Columbia, South Carolina. He and his wife, Emily, are both graduates of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary as well as the University of South Carolina (Go 'Cocks). His wife also has an excellent blog dedicated to motherhood, Biblical womanhood, and their young son, Jackson, who loves to hang out and goof off with his daddy. He also has a blog dedicated to parents of FirstKids ministries. He also loves reading about all sorts of topics as well as learning about how to influence the culture and reach as many people as possible for Christ.

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