Please check back soon for information about the speakers for the 2015 9Marks Pastors Conference.
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.
Trip Lee is an author, teacher, hip-hop artist, and thought leader. A pastor-in-training in Washington, D.C., he regularly preaches and teaches at Christian conferences and events, and has performed his music for thousands of listeners around the world. Trip’s deepest desire in his writing, teaching, and performing is to declare the goodness and glory of Jesus Christ. Originally from Dallas, Texas, he now resides in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Jessica and their son, Q.
Dr. Thomas White
Thomas White became the 10th president of Cedarville University on July 1, 2013. Serving in a variety of leadership roles and responsibilities, White has more than a decade of administrative, teaching, and research experience and combines strong leadership with a pastoral heart for ministry while standing for biblical truth. As the son and grandson of Baptist ministers, White grew up with a firm spiritual foundation and was saved in September 1993. While White attended a Christian university, he also opened four karate schools and began to fight competitively, having been involved in the sport through high school. Still pursuing a call to ministry, White used his karate schools as his mission field, seeing students come to Christ and watching them go into ministry. From June 2006 to June 2013, he served as Vice President for Student Services and Communications at Southwestern Biblical Theological Seminary. During his tenure, White enjoyed the challenge of identifying problems, evaluating people, finding the right solution to move forward while minimizing harm, and casting a clear vision while building a successful team. White also served as Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Southwestern Seminary. In his faculty role, he taught in the Oxford University study program and was a visiting professor at Word of Life Bible Institute in New York. He has been active in research, writing, and contributing to the academy. He is married to Joy Martin White and together they have two children, Rachel and Samuel.
Jonathan Leeman is the editorial director for 9Marks. After doing undergraduate and graduate degrees in political science, Jonathan began his career in journalism where he worked as an editor for an international economics magazine in Washington, DC. Since his call to ministry, Jonathan has earned a master of divinity and a Ph.D. in theology and worked as an interim pastor.
Today he edits the 9Marks series of books as well as the 9Marks Journal. He has written for a number of publications and is the author or editor of five books: The Church and the Surprising Offense of God's Love (Crossway, 2010); Reverberation: How God's Word Gives Light, Affection, Freedom and Action to His Church (Moody, 2011); Church Membership: How the World Knows Who Represents Jesus (Crossway, 2012); Church Discipline: How the Church Protects the Name of Jesus (Crossway, 2012); Editor: The Underestimted Gospel (B&H, forthcoming)
Jonathan lives with his wife and four daughters in a suburb of Washington, and serves as an elder at Capitol Hill Baptist Church.