David Platt is pastor of McLean Bible Church in Washington, D.C., and founder of Radical (Inc), a global center for the unreached that serves churches in accomplishing the mission of Christ. He holds a doctorate degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and has previously served as the president of the International Mission Board. He has contributed to several volumes of the Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary series (Matthew, Galatians, 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus, James) and is the author of the books Radical, Follow Me, Counter Culture, and Something Needs to Change. He lives with his wife and four children in Washington D.C.
Deb Gorton is the Gary D. Chapman Chair of Marriage, Family Ministry and Counseling and also serves as head and associate professor of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. She has worked for more than 14 years as a change agent for individuals, organizations, and emerging leaders—helping them refine, embrace, and thrive in their purpose. Her core philosophy is collaboration in community, built on strong and genuine relationships, which produces radical transformation. Deborah earned a bachelor’s degree at Arizona State University and master’s and doctorate degrees from Fuller Theological Seminary in California. She resides in Chicago, is an avid Cubs fan, and loves to travel.
Rodney Maiden is a Moody alumnus and lead pastor at Providence Baptist Church, where he’s served for 39 years. An ordained minister since 1979, pastor Maiden contributes to a Christian radio show on WCRF FM 103.3 every Sunday evening at 8 p.m. and participates in the National Adopt-a-School initiative with Dr. Tony Evans. He has been married to Henrietta for 43 years. They have three adult daughters and one granddaughter.
Ben Wilson is an associate professor of biblical studies at Moody Bible Institute. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma, a master’s degree from Talbot School of Theology, and a doctorate degree from the University of Cambridge. He enjoys preaching and teaching and is passionate about helping pastors and church leaders pursue a vision for proclaiming the gospel. His writings have been published in numerous academic publications, and he is the author of The Saving Cross of the Suffering Christ: The Death of Jesus in Lukan Soteriology. Ben and his wife Rachael have four children.
Priscilla Shirer grew up well-acquainted with the Bible through the teaching of her father, Dr. Tony Evans, a Dallas pastor, author, and broadcaster. She holds a master’s degree in biblical studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. With her husband, Jerry, she co-founded Going Beyond Ministries, an organization that provides spiritual support and resources to the body of Christ. Shirer is also well-known around the world for her engaging teaching, speaking, and writing ministry.
Emanuel Padilla is an instructor of Bible and theology at Moody Bible Institute. He also serves as the head of the Integrated Ministry Studies and Theology and Cultural Engagement programs. Emanuel graduated from Moody with a bachelor’s degree in biblical studies. In addition to teaching at Moody, he also serves as president of World Outspoken, a ministry dedicated to preparing the mestizo church for cultural change through training, content, and partnership development. Emanuel is committed to drawing insights from the Latino/a church for the blessing of the wider church body. Emanuel is highly engaged in his local church and is an avid NBA fan.
Mark Jobe is the president of Moody Bible Institute. He has served as lead pastor of New Life Community Church, which meets in 27 locations. Mark earned a diploma from Moody Bible Institute in 1984, a master’s degree from Moody Theological Seminary, and a doctorate in transformational leadership from Bakke Graduate University. He is the author of What Now?: How to Move into Your Next Season (Moody Publishers) and can be heard on Bold Steps, a daily program on Moody Radio. He and his wife, Dee, have three adult children and one grandchild.