Susie Hawkins lives in Dallas and has been actively involved in women’s ministry as a pastor’s wife, teacher and volunteer. She served as the Director of Women’s Ministry at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Dallas and has taught a weekly Bible study for business women in downtown Dallas. She speaks at women’s events and is also a contributor to various publications, such as Voices Behind the Veil and the “Old Testament Commentary of the Women’s Evangelical Library”. She is the author of From One Ministry Wife to Another”. She has also taught courses for the Certificate Program at Southwestern Theological Seminary. Susie has an MA in Christian Leadership from Criswell College as well as an MA in Theology. She is married to O. S. Hawkins, president of GuideStone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention and is the mother of two married daughters, Wendy and Holly, as well as a grandmother of six.
After graduating from Mississippi College, Cox received the master's degree from Southern Baptist Seminary and Mississippi State University. He received a PhD from the University of Mississippi. Married to Cheryl Keathley Cox, they have four children and 13 grandchildren. During 23 years with the International Mission Board they lived in six counties in Europe, Africa, and Asia. He led IMB missionaries in Eastern Europe and the Middle East and Northern Africa and served as a Vice President in the home office. Cox served on the Mississippi College staff and faculty for six years. During the past 12 years, he has been a leader with the philanthropic organizations of Chick-fil-A. Currently, he is President/CEO of Lifeshape.
Scott is a graduate of Carson-Newman College (B.A.), Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div. with Languages), and Regent University (Ph.D.). He serves as Director of Lifeshape International in Mount Berry, GA. Scott is married to Janie, and they have three sons and three grandsons.
Chuck McAlister, Promise of Hope Ministries, is an effective communicator, hosting the Promise of Hope broadcast and Adventure Bound Outdoors, a national award-winning outdoor television program. Chuck has been the pastor of churches in five states, and for seventeen years he served as the senior pastor of The Church at Crossgate Center, formerly Second Baptist Church, in Hot Springs, Arkansas. He was a charter board member of Baptist Global Response. Chuck is a graduate of Clemson University, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He is married to Janice, his wife and ministry partner of over 40 years. They are the parents of Chris and Jeff, and the proud grandparents of Ashlynn, Madilynn, and Braelynn.
Kathy is passionate about children’s ministry. She has served as volunteer children’s director at every church her husband, Mike, has served as pastor, including the congregation they have served since 2002, Circle Drive Baptist Church in Colorado Springs, Colo. She has led children’s choirs, written and directed children’s music/dramas, planned and directed church camp for kids, and overseen every aspect of the ministry. She also is passionate about the global hunger crisis and has actively led families at Circle Drive Baptist Church to set an example for their children in caring for the hungry. A graduate of Western Kentucky University, Kathy has been a full-time mom for most of her married life. She has thoroughly enjoyed being a “stay at home mom” and investing her life into the lives of her three daughters.
Chuck grew up outside Baton Rouge and attended Comite Baptist Church where he met his future wife, Tracy. Soon after they were married, Chuck surrendered to God’s call to vocational ministry. That decision resulted in much formal education. He is a graduate of Mississippi College (B.A.), Biola University (M.A.), and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div. and Ph.D). That decision also resulted in much informal education as Chuck has served churches in Mississippi and Louisiana since 1981. Since 1999, he has served as the lead pastor of Broadmoor Baptist Church in Shreveport, Louisiana. He and Tracy have two daughters and two grandsons.
Jeff Long grew up outside of Hickory, NC. He came to faith in Christ as a teenager and was called to ministry while a senior in high school. After graduating from college, six days later he married his lovely wife, Celeste. In 1992, he was called to serve as the Youth Pastor at Parkwood. After the retirement of Dr. Ned Mathews in 1999, he was called as the Senior Pastor. The Lord has blessed Jeff and Celeste with four wonderful children; Jacob, Anna, Mary Claire, and Andrew.
J.D. Greear is the pastor The Summit Church, in Raleigh-Durham, NC, and author of multiple books. He holds a Ph. D. from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. J.D. is married to Veronica and has four children.