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Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr. is a leader within the Christian community with a storied resume. As president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Dr. Mohler has the chief responsibility of guiding one of the largest seminaries in the world. He also serves as president of the Evangelical Theological Society, hosting two programs: The Briefing and Thinking in Public. As a theologian, ordained minister, and Centennial Professor of Christian Theology at Southern Seminary, he has served several Southern Baptist Churches, is a sought-after author and speaker, and all-around expert within his field. Dr. Mohler and his wife Mary share two children and three grandchildren.
Bryan Carter, senior pastor of Concord Church in Dallas, Texas, is passionate about impacting his city. He is heavily involved in his local community, leading Harmony Community Development Corporation — an organization with the mission to “advance God’s presence by strengthening families and revitalizing neighborhoods….” Carter also leads the African American Pastors Coalition, working with 60 local churches to address needs within the Dallas community.
He serves on the boards of local establishments such as Frost Bank Dallas Advisory Board, Impact Dallas Capital, Bible Study Fellowship International, and the Dallas Police Department Community Advisory Board.
Carter graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in secondary education and is a graduate of the Dallas Theological Seminary. He is married to his college sweetheart Stephanie and has three children: Kaitlyn, Kennedy, and Carson.
As president of the North American Mission Board, Kevin Ezell has worked diligently since 2010 to assist Southern Baptist Churches in sharing the Gospel, providing strategic vision, direction, and leadership.
Ezell earned his bachelor’s degree from Union University in Jackson, Tenn. He received a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, and a Doctor of Ministry from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky.
Prior to coming to NAMB, Kevin served as senior pastor of Highview Baptist Church in Louisville, for 14 years.
He and his wife, Lynette, have six children: Anna, Shelly, Taylor, John Michael, Libby, and Micah Lyn. The Ezells are also blessed with six grandchildren.
Dr. Stephen Rummage is the senior pastor of Quail Springs Baptist Church. Dr. Rummage holds a Master of Divinity with a specialization in Biblical languages from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and completed the Ph.D. in preaching at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of several books and the founder of Moving Forward, a radio teaching ministry which airs daily nationwide.
He and his wife Michele have been married for 28 years and have one son and daughter-in-law: Joshua and Morgan.
President of the SBC of Virginia, Dr. Allen R. McFarland (D.D., D.Min.) officially began his ministry journey on Superbowl Sunday in 1973 (when the Redskins played Miami). Initially, he was hesitant to preach because of his life-long speech impediment — something God has used time and time again to humble Dr. McFarland as well as expand his ministry.
Dr. McFarland serves as senior pastor of Calvary Evangelical Baptist Church in Portsmouth and is a board member at various organizations and institutions, including: Trustee at Liberty University in Lynchburg; Association of Baptist for World Evangelism (ABWE) in Harrisburg, Pa.; Atlantic Shores Christian School in Virginia Beach; and Kids Across America (KAA) in Branson, Mo. Additionally, Dr. McFarland teaches theology to undergraduate and graduate students at Liberty University and was named by Black Christian News Network One as one of the 70 Most Influential Black Christian History Makers.
Married to his best friend Doris for more than 50 years, Dr. McFarland and his wife boast five children and 16 grandchildren.
Dr. Brian Autry is the Executive Director of the Southern Baptist Convention of Virginia (SBC of Virginia). He previously started Parkway Baptist Church in Moseley, Virginia in 2002 and served as senior pastor. Brian received his bachelor’s degree from James Madison University, his Master of Divinity degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and his Doctor of Ministry degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Brian and his wife, Jennifer, have three children, Melissa, Mark, and Jenna.
Currently a worship leader and teaching pastor at Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, Billingsley boasts a robust career within the music industry. He started his career as lead vocalist for Christian recording artist NewSong, and has headlined more than 3,200 concerts, and released 23 recordings as a solo artist. Billingsley is also an adjunct professor at Liberty University, teaching at the Center for Music and Worship — a program he helped develop nearly a decade ago.
Married to his wife Shae for 26 years, the couple share two sons: Caleb and Cooper.
Kentucky-born Jason Crabb has won a GRAMMY and 21 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, including Artist of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year and Song of the Year. Crabb released his first solo album in 2009 and has performed at many prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall, The Grand Ole Opry, the Brooklyn Tabernacle, and Billy Graham’s final crusade in New York City.
He has also shared the stage with artists such as Gloria Gaynor, Kari Jobe, Vince Gill, Mary Mary’s Erica Campbell, Donnie McClurkin, Wynonna, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Michael W. Smith, Jamie Grace, Sandi Patty, the Oak Ridge Boys and more. He has appeared on NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice” and alongside Duck Dynasty’s Willie Robertson. Crabb also has appeared on TV and within the media frequently.
LU Praise is a multi-ethnic Gospel choir at Liberty University. The ministry team is committed to leading worship and glorifying God through both testimony and song. LU Praise is a highly sought after worship team, performing at renowned events such as the National Prayer Service during the 58th Presidential Inauguration.
The ministry team also led worship during the National Worship Leader Conference and The American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). Additionally, the group represented the United States as part of the Hainan Festival in China in 2017.