2015 Speakers

9Marks Conference 2015

Daniel Akin

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Dr. Akin and his wife Charlotte were married 36 years ago, on May 27, 1978. Their family now includes their four sons, who all serve in ministry, three daughters-in-law, and eleven grandchildren. Dr. Akin and his wife Charlotte have traveled to Sudan, Turkey, the Middle East, Kenya, Asia, Central Asia, Thailand, India, and Paraguay, where they served students and missionaries, and helped share the gospel. He currently serves as the President of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and is a Professor of Preaching and Theology.



Kenneth Edward Copeland

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K. Edward Copeland is the lead pastor of New Zion Baptist Church of Rockford, IL. He is a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ who has been blessed with many talents and skills. Although he is a musician, composer, preacher, lecturer, author and attorney, he is most widely known for his unique gift to teach the Bible with supernatural clarity and simplicity. He has a passion for helping ministers and ministries develop to their maximum potential, and is the author of Riding in the Second Chariot, a guide for ministers and church leaders.



Garrett Kell

Garrett Kell

Garrett Kell is the lead pastor of the Del Ray Baptist Church, Alexandria, VA. Garrett grew up in Berkeley Springs, WV, and attended Virginia Tech, where he came to know the Lord, through the witness of a friend and the ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ. Later, 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. Garrett and his wife Carrie have four children, Eden, Haddon, Phoebe and Graham. Garrett enjoys hanging out with his family, watching sports and occasionally doing some type of exercise.

Jason Lee

Jason Lee

Jason K. Lee (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen) is the Dean of the School of Biblical and Theological Studies at Cedarville University. He has previously served both as a professor and in pastoral ministry; and has published works regarding historical theology and theological interpretation. Currently he preaches regularly and has served as an interim pastor.

Jason and his wife, Kimberly have been married for nearly twenty years and have five children: McKayla (15), Hayden (13), Graham (9), Jackson (4) and McKenzie (2). They moved to Cedarville, OH in June 2013.

Outside of university life, Jason loves being involved in church activities, youth sports, and spending time with his children. He is a lifelong fan of Alabama football, so he is living large after a run of national championships.

Mark Vroegop

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Mark Vroegop is the Lead Pastor of College Park Church in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is a graduate of Cedarville University and Grand Rapids Theological Seminary and has written articles that are published in Leadership Journal, the 9Marks Journals as well as many other publications. In addition to his responsibilities of preaching and leadership at College Park, Mark serves as a Trustee at Cedarville University, and is on the Board of Directors for Life Action Ministries.

Thomas White

Dr. Thomas White - President of Cedarville University

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.