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Jonathan Dodson

Jonathan Dodson is a former window washer from East Texas, happy husband to Robie, and proud father of two children, Owen and Ellie. He is also the lead pastor of Austin City Life church and directional leader for PlantR, an Austin-based church planting network. Jonathan holds a B.A. in Anthropology and M.Div and Th.M degrees in Theology, and has published articles in various journals and webzines such as The Journal of Biblical Counseling, Boundless, Next Wave, and The Resurgence. He blogs at www.jonathandodson.org.

Winfield Bevins

Dr. Winfield Bevins serves as lead pastor of Church of the Outer Banks, which he founded in 2005. His life’s passion in ministry is discipleship and helping start new churches. Winfield speaks at conferences and retreats throughout the United States on a variety of topics. He is the author of dozens of articles as well as several popular ebooks including Grow: Reproducing through Organic Discipleship. He recently wrote Creed: Connect to the Basic Essentials of the Christian Faith with Nav Press which will be available soon. Winfield has a doctorate from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. He lives in the beautiful beach community of the Outer Banks with his wife Kay and two daughters where he loves to surf and spend time at the beach with his family and friends.

Tony Merida

Dr. Tony Merida is the Lead Pastor of Imago Dei Church, Raleigh, NC. He also serves as Associate Professor of Preaching at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Merida previously served as Pastor of Temple Baptist Church in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, as well as Dean of the Chapel and Assistant Professor of Preaching at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

He is married to Kimberly, with whom he has five children. He is the author of Faithful Preaching and Orphanology. He travels all over the world speaking at various events to various groups, including student camps & conferences, orphan care events, and pastors' conferences.

Jeremy Carr

Jeremy Carr (M.Div, Th.M) is a pastor and church planter from Augusta, GA. Part of the Acts 29 Network since 2007, he has contributed to the Resurgence and Gospel-Centered Discipleship. Jeremy is husband to Melody and father to Emaline, Jude, Sadie, and Nora.


Luma Simms

Luma Simms is a wife and mother of five delightful children. She studied physics and law before Christ drew her to become a writer, blogger, and Bible study teacher. She is the author of Gospel Amnesia: Forgetting the Goodness of the News.