Dr. Danny Akin is President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS). He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Humanities, University of Texas at Arlington. He holds a Master of Divinity, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies from The Criswell College. SEBTS has hosted numerous 9 Marks conference of which Danny has been host and presenter. This year’s 9 Marks conference with be the 5th annual conference at SBTS. Danny is married to his wife Charlotte and they have four adult sons who are serving in ministry.
Garrett Kell is the senior pastor of the Del Ray Baptist Church, Alexandria, VA. Garrett grew up in Berkeley Springs, WV. He attended Virginia Tech where he came to know the Lord through the witness of a friend and the ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ. Garrett served as the evangelism pastor at Denton Bible Church in Denton, TX. While there, Garrett earned his ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary. Garrett then served as the senior pastor at Graham Bible Church in Graham, TX for seven years. He later spent time on staff with Capitol Hill Baptist Church who helped place him with Del Ray Baptist Church. He is married to Carrie and together they have they have three children, Eden, Haddon and Phoebe. Garrett enjoys hanging out with his family, watching sports and occasionally doing some type of exercise.
Greg Gilbert is the senior pastor of the Third Avenue Baptist Church in Louisville, KY. He earned his B.A. from Yale University and his M.Div. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of What Is the Gospel? and the co-author of What Is the Mission of the Church? and Preach: Theology Meets Practice. He also often writes for 9Marks Ministries. Greg is married to Moriah and they have three children: Justin, Jack, and Juliet.
Jason Lee is the inaugural dean for the Cedarville University School of Biblical and Theological Studies effective August 1, 2013. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Aberdeen in Aberdeen, Scotland, a Master of Divinity, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Bachelor of Arts in Religion, University of Mobile, Mobile, AL. Jason comes to Cedarville from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, where he served as professor of historical theology and chair of the church history department. Jason received numerous scholarships and research awards throughout his academic career and he was also awarded multiple professional honors. Jason is married to his wife, Kimberly, and they have five children, McKayla, Hayden, Graham, Jackson and McKenzie.
Mike McKinley is the lead pastor of Guilford Baptist Church in Sterling, VA. Mike was raised in suburban Philadelphia. He received a B.A. in Religion and Classics from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and an M.Div., from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. In 2004, Mike was brought onto the pastoral staff at Capitol Hill Baptist Church as a church planter. In 2005, he brought a small group of people from CHBC to Guilford in order to help revitalize the church’s ministry. He has served as Guilford’s pastor since June of 2005. Mike has been married to Karen since 1997, and they have five beautiful children: Kendall, Knox, Phineas, Ebenezer, and Harper. In his free time, Mike loves to spend time with his family, reading all kinds of books, and daydreaming about the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Eagles. Mike blogs regularly at Church Matters, the 9Marks blog. He is the author of several books, including Am I Really a Christian? and Passion: How Christ's Last Day Transforms Your Everyday.