Jeremy Courtney is founder and CEO of Preemptive Love, a relief and job-creation community working to end war. Jeremy is the author of a new book called Love Anyway, and he speaks globally on the integration of activism, spirituality, leadership, and service. His work has been covered by CNN, the BBC, Al-Jazeera, and the New York Times. He lives in Iraq with his family.
Shannon Hopkins is the Founder and Creative Director of Matryoshka Haus, a collective of entrepreneurs, freelancers, creatives and friends all working to see hope, justice and restoration transform our world. An extreme networker and social entrepreneur, she lives in East London but is a Texas native. Shannon’s passion for community and individual transformation has launched or influenced the formation of fifteen campaigns, projects, and organizations.
Ahmad Washington is gifted in communicating God's truth and godly wisdom to aid listeners in their journey to God's purpose for their lives. Ahmad expresses this gift through mentoring, edutainment, and creative expression through hip hop music. Ahmad is passionate about serving God in genuine and authentic ways that transformatively impact the lives of those he has the opportunity to share with.
Robert Rueda is the Director of the Baptist Student Ministry at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. After earning a Master of Divinity degree from Truett Seminary in 2005, Robert arrived to the valley to mobilize students for global impact. For the past 15 years, he has served in this capacity, developing a strength-based ministry focused on empowering college students to succeed in life as Christ followers.
Dr. Fredricc Gerard Brock is one of the Lead Pastors and Co-Founders of The Message Church and Co-Founder/CEO of FGB Ministries, LLC, a preaching, teaching, and consulting ministry. Dr. Brock holds a bachelor's degree in healthcare administration from Texas Southern University, a master of divinity degree from Truett Seminary, and he completed post-graduate studies at the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio. His doctor of ministry dissertation was entitled, “I Became: Black Church Identity and Violence in the Community.”
Pastor Kan’Dace Len Brock is one of the Lead Pastors and Co-Founders of The Message Church and Co-Founder of FGB Ministries, LLC, a preaching, teaching, and consulting ministry. She is also the Founder/CEO of Honey Be YOU, a ministry empowering, encouraging, and equipping women. Pastor Kan’Dace holds bachelor's degrees in social work and sociology from the University of Texas at Arlington, a master of social work in clinical social work from Norfolk State University, and is currently a second-year doctor of ministry student at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.
Sarah Woolsey is the founder of The Impact Guild, a collaborative coworking community united around working with purpose. She is also the Executive Director of Mission City Renewal, an organization fostering an ecology of social impact organizations, projects, and initiatives in San Antonio and beyond. With a background in strategy, branding, and design, Sarah spent years working in the nonprofit, for-profit, and startup realms. This journey sparked a passion for social innovation and community-based enterprises in which creative business solutions help meet the needs of people and communities.
Kent McKeever serves as Managing Attorney Partner for Greater Waco Legal Services. For five years he worked in full-time ministry as a youth minister in Jackson, MS and as the Executive Director and Pastor of a nonprofit ministry and church in Longview, TX. These jobs gave him the opportunity to deepen his experience of the struggles of impoverished and underserved communities. He saw the need for legal advocacy on many levels, and it was those life-opening experiences that led him to attend Vanderbilt Law School (’12). Kent founded GWLS in 2017 to provide the Waco community with access to the justice system through affordable legal representation, advice and resources, as well as strategic, holistic, community-driven advocacy. Today he enjoys connecting with his clients, partners and others in the community through his work at GWLS.
Emily Mills is the founder and Chief Ideation Officer of Jesus Said Love, which is comprised of outreach, education, ACCESS, Lovely Enterprises, and Stop Demand School. Jesus Said Love was established in 2007 and exists to awaken hope and empower change through extending Christ’s love and belonging to those impacted by the commercial sex. Emily received her BA in Communications from Baylor University and loves writing words and music, singing, and leading worship alongside her husband Brett.
Jason Berryhill is the co-founder of Envisible, a for-profit business working to enable greater visibility and sustainability in global food systems. Currently, Envisible is working with the nation’s largest grocery coop (Topco) to develop traceable supply chains for their members, along with actively collaborating with groups such as BSR (Business for Social Responsibility), Fair Trade USA, Future of Fish, Google Food Labs, the Institute of Food Technologists, and the World Food Programme’s SDG2 Advocacy Hub.
Matt Steen has served the local church for over two decades as a youth pastor, church planter, and executive pastor. Originally from Baltimore, Matt currently lives in the Orlando area with his wife Theresa and has a BS in Youth Ministry from Nyack College and an MDiv and MBA from Baylor University. Certified as an Urban Church Planter Coach by Redeemer City to City and as a StratOp facilitator by the Paterson Center, Matt has made a career of helping churches thrive through intentionality, clarity, and creating healthy cultures. He is convinced that a healthy church is led by a healthy team with great chemistry, and loves partnering with Chemistry’s churches to do great things for the Kingdom.
Dr. Kerry L. Burkley is the Pastor of the Greater Ebenezer Baptist Church Waco, TX. He also serves as the Program Director for the Children’s Advocacy Center which covers 5 counties. His role is to facilitate teams of law enforcement, child protection investigators, district attorney staff, medical professionals, case managers, and advocates along with a team of forensic interviewers regarding the investigation of child abuse cases. He is a trained professional Forensic Interviewer and is at the front line of response to cases alleging abuse of children. Dr. Burkley is a graduate of Baylor University and Truett Seminary.
Dustin Payne is the Church Starting Strategist for Texas Baptists and Lead Pastor of Forum Church. He planted a new church with a core team of “nones” and currently works with church planters for Texas Baptists in Houston, San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle.
Jack Bodenhamer serves as the Assistant Director of Ministry Connections, assisting students in discerning their call to ministry and helping them discover ways to serve the church. Jack, who received his BA from Howard Payne University and his MDiv from Logsdon Seminary, joined the Truett staff in August 2017. Before coming to Truett, he served as the Pastor at First Baptist Church Elm Mott.
Shannon Crow is the Financial Wellness Coordinator for the Economic Challenges for Future Ministers Lilly grant at Baylor's Truett Seminary. She graduated from Truett in 2015 with her MDiv and is also a CPA. She has been on the ground floor of non-profits, including the original Habitat for Humanity Restore in Austin which is now an international organization.
Michael W. Stroope
Dr. Michael W. Stroope serves as Professor and Holder of the M.C. Shook Chair of Missions at Baylor's Truett Seminary. He joined the Truett faculty after 21 years of missionary experience. He was appointed as a missionary in 1977 by the International Mission Board and has served in Sri Lanka, England, Germany and Hong Kong. Dr. Stroope has taught as Adjunct Professor at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Dr. Gaynor Yancey serves as Professor and Holder of the Lake Family Endowed Chair in Congregational and Community Health at Baylor's Truett Seminary in addition to Director of the Center for Church and Community Impact at Baylor's Garland School of Social Work. Her area of expertise is social welfare policy, congregational and community-based organization and development, poverty, and congregation-based delivery of social services to those populations who are marginalized and at-risk. In 2016, Dr. Yancey was named a Baylor Master Teacher, and in 2017, she was appointed as a Faculty Regent on Baylor's Board of Regents.
Dr. Ryan Richardson has been involved with the various ministries of Baylor University since the Fall of 2001. After earning a Master of Divinity degree from Truett Theological Seminary in 2004, Ryan became the Director of Worship & Chapel in the Office of Spiritual Life. His research interests include college student retention and success, faith-based higher education, religious diversity, the role of curiosity in student success, and pathways to college student thriving. Ryan was ordained by Calvary Baptist Church of Waco, Texas in 2008.
Elizabeth Coffee believes that through healthy conversations and healthy relationships, societal change will take place and the world can be changed. Through her role as the South Texas Regional Coordinator for the Baptist General Convention of Texas, she is able to live out her passions through her vocation (and she feels extremely fortunate to have that opportunity). Her work with Baptist institutions in South Texas around collective impact, with emerging Baptist leaders regarding the intersection of church and social enterprise, and San Antonio churches and non-profits around community development all contribute to the joy she experiences in the work she does.