Contributing Scholars

Dr. Mark DeVine

Mark DeVine is an Associate Professor of Divinity at Beeson Divinity School. He is the author of multiple books and has written extensively for theological journals. Mark also writes on the intersection of faith, work, culture, and politics for national online magazines and has served as pastor for churches in Indiana, South Carolina, Kentucky, Missouri, and Alabama.

Dr. Marvin Jones

Marvin Jones is the President of Montana Christian College. Marvin holds multiple degrees including two Masters and two Doctorates in theology, one in Church History and the other in Philosophy in Systematic Theology. He has written 5 books, served on committees at the Louisiana and Southern Baptist Conventions as well as consulted for another Baptist College.

Dr. Scott Colter

Scott Colter is a Partner with Colter & Co. and Chairman and CEO of The Danbury Institute. He helped found the Conservative Baptist Network, where he continues to serve in a leadership role and on the organization’s steering council.  Additionally, Scott holds a position on the faculty of Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, Tennessee.

Jason Gray

Jason Gray is the Lead Pastor at Redeemer Church of Abilene. Jason holds a Master of Divinity as well as a Doctor of Ministry in Applied Theology from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. His writing has been published at Christ Over All.

Ryan Helfenbein

Ryan Helfenbein is the Executive Director of the Standing for Freedom Center and the Vice President of Communications and Public Engagement at Liberty University. Ryan has also worked in various political capacities advancing conservative values, including in the office of former Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin. He holds an M.Div. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Michael Clary

Michael Clary is the Lead Pastor of Christ the King Church in Cincinnati, OH, co-founder of King’s Domain ministries, and author of God’s Good Design: A Biblical, Theological, and Practical Guide to Human Sexuality. He graduated from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2008 with a Master of Divinity.

Dr. Jared Moore

Jared Moore is the Lead Pastor of Cumberland Homesteads Baptist Church in Crossville, TN. Jared has served in pastoral ministry in the SBC since 2000. He is the author of The Lust of the Flesh: Thinking Biblically About “Sexual Orientation,” Attraction, and Temptation and served as 2nd Vice President of the SBC from 2013-2014.

Dr. Chris Bolt

Chris Bolt is the Director of Theology and Apologetics at the Village Church in Richmond, VA. Chris is a lifelong Southern Baptist, two-time graduate of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and has served as a pastor and professor for a decade. He is author of The World In His Hands: A Christian Account of Scientific Law and its Antithetical Competitors, host of the Christ or Chaos podcast, and has written for Founders Ministries, American Reformer, and Christ Over All.

Dr. Mark Coppenger

Mark Coppenger has taught in a full-time or adjunct capacity at Vanderbilt, Wheaton, Elmhurst, TIU, MBTS, and SBTS. He retired from Southern in 2019 as a Professor of Christian Philosophy and Ethics. He’s pastored in Arkansas, planted a church in Illinois, and served as an interim in Kentucky—a total of 17 years as senior pastor—and led SBC student ministry groups at Wheaton and Northwestern. He served in denominational posts in Indianapolis and Nashville, and he chaired the SBC Resolutions Committee in 1989.

Dr. Joe Wooddell

Joe Wooddell is the Vice President of Advancement and a Professor of Philosophy at Montana Christian College. Joe served as a professor and in the administration at Criswell College from 2004 – 2022. He is the co-editor of The Baptist Faith and Message 2000: Critical Issues in America’s Largest Protestant Denomination.

Dr. Ron Rothenberg

Ron Rothenberg is a systematic theologian and ethicist currently serving as an independent scholar. He is the former associate editor of the Ethics and Political Economy Center. Before that, he served in local Asian immigrant churches for nearly a decade. He is the author of two books and peer-reviewed articles. He has taught as a scholar and a pastor globally. He received his Ph.D. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Dr. Eli Mitchell

Eli Mitchell is th L.C. Kelly Professor of Biblical Interpretation and Director of Graduate Studies at Clear Creek Baptist Bible College in Pineville, Kentucky. For twenty-one years, he served as a professor of Old Testament and Biblical Backgrounds at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Eli’s research and writing focus on Old Testament narrative and Biblical Archaeology.  He is the author/co-author/editor of several books and co-directed / served as the lead researcher for the Tel Gezer Regional Survey an archaeological project in Israel.

Dr. Kevin Kennedy

Kevin Kennedy served as an Associate Professor of Theology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX from 2002 until 2015. He now lives in Louisville, KY where he is a research scholar and writer.

Chase Davis

Chase Davis is the Lead Pastor of Ministry of The Well Church in Boulder, CO. A two-time graduate of Denver Seminary (M.Div., Th.M.), Chase is also a Ph.D. candidate at the Free University Amsterdam studying historical theology. He is the author of Trinitarian Formation: A Theology of Discipleship in Light of the Father, Son, and Spirit and hosts the Full Proof Theology podcast.

Josh Abbotoy

Josh Abbotoy is the Executive Director of American Reformer. A seasoned private equity lawyer by background, Josh is a lifelong Southern Baptist with an M.A. in Medieval and Byzantine Studies from the Catholic University of America and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. His writing has appeared in American Reformer, The American Mind, The Federalist, and more.