DR. JERRY VINES (B.A., Mercer University; Th.D., Luther
Rice Seminary) retired as pastor of First Baptist Church in
Jacksonville, Florida in 2006, where he served for 40 years. He
served two terms as president of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Jerry is author of a number of books including Power in the
Pulpit: How to Prepare and Deliver Expository Sermons, and A
Practical Guide to Sermon Preparation. He and his wife, Janet,
have four adult children and five grandchildren.
JIM SHADDIX (BS, Jacksonville State University; M.Div.,
D.Min., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; Ph.D., New
Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary) serves as Professor of
Preaching at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake
Forest, NC, occupying the W. A. Criswell Chair of Expository
Preaching. He has pastored churches in Texas, Mississippi,
Louisiana and Colorado, and also served as Dean of the Chapel and
Professor of Preaching at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
in New Orleans, LA. Jim is the author of The Passion Driven
Sermon (Broadman & Holman, 2003) and co-author of Power
in the Pulpit with Jerry Vines (Moody, 1999). Jim and his wife,
Debra, focus much of their attention on discipling and mentoring
young leaders and spouses. They have three grown children.
R. ALBERT MOHLER, JR. is the ninth president of Southern
Baptist Theological Seminary, the flagship school of the Southern
Baptist Convention and one of the largest seminaries in the world.
Considered a leader among American evangelicals by Time and
Christianity Today magazines, Dr. Mohler hosts two programs: "The
Briefing," a daily analysis of news and events from a Christian
worldview; and "Thinking in Public," a series of conversations with
the day's leading thinkers. He also writes a popular blog and a
regular commentary on moral, cultural and theological issues.
Mohler is author of numerous books including He Is Not Silent:
Preaching in a Postmodern World, The Conviction to Lead: 25
Principles for Leadership That Matters, and The Prayer That
Turns the World Upside Down: The Lord's Prayer as a Manifesto for
Revolution, and has also appeared on such national news
programs as CNN, Larry King Live, NBC, Today Show, and
Dateline NBC. He and his wife Mary, reside in Louisville,
Kentucky and have two children.