Recent Guests

July 2

David Hicks

First Baptist Cleveland (Cleveland, TN)

David Hicks is a deacon and longtime member of First Baptist Church. He currently serves as a host in our Loft venue and as a community group leader. David speaks frequently at local church- es, schools, and events. He is passionate about communicating the beauty, wisdom, truth, and hope of the gospel clearly and effec- tively. David is a partner at the law firm of Hudson Cook, LLP. He is a graduate of Lee University (’06) and the University of Virginia School of Law (’09). David and his wife, Tami, have been married for nearly ten years and have three children – Brooklynn, Jackson, and Madison.

July 9

Tim Whipple

Bridgepoint Church (St. Petersburg, FL)

Tim received a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services Management from The University of Tennessee and later earned a Master’s De- gree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville. After working for 20+ years as a Student Pastor, he and two others founded the non-denominational BridgePoint Church in 2006 in St. Petersburg, FL. In addition to being the Lead Pastor at BridgePoint, Tim has been a frequent speaker at conferences and leadership experiences, and sits on numerous boards throughout the St. Pe- tersburg area. Tim is married to his wife of 35 years, Donna, and is joined in ministry by their two adult children, Brennan and Bailee.

July 16

Jordan Easley

Englewood Baptist Church (Jackson, TN)

Jordan is the Senior Pastor of Englewood Baptist Church in Jack- son, TN; a multi-site church community that has quickly become one of the fastest growing churches in Tennessee. Jordan authored the book, ‘Life Change’ and is a contributor for Lifeway’s ‘Bible Study’s For Life’ curriculum. Jordan serves as the Chairman of the Young Leader Advisory Council for the SBC and has a passion for evangelism, making disciples, living on mission, investing in leaders and working to ensure our denomination is maximized for the Kingdom of God. Jordan received his Bachelors degree in Biblical Studies from Dallas Baptist University and attended Seminary at both Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Luther Rice Seminary. Jordan and his wife Audra have two children, Jailee and Asher.

July 23

Jim Henry

Formerly at First Baptist Orlando

Dr. Jim Henry, former senior pastor of First Baptist Orlando (1977-2006), speaks for conferences and conventions throughout the world, has authored several books, and serves on numerous boards and commissions throughout the United States. Dr. Henry
is eminently qualified in the area of deacon training. Dr. Henry is a graduate of Georgetown College and New Orleans Baptist Theo- logical Seminary. He and his wife, Jeanette, have three children, five grandsons, and one great-grandson.

July 30

Tony Nolan (Tulsa, OK)

The unusual touch of God is on Tony Nolan, as is manifested in multitudes of people getting saved, when He preaches. He’s been called a reaper of souls, a harvest evangelist. He’s also been called authentic and down-to-earth; animated, funny, real. Most of all he’s been called by God to preach the Gospel across the country. He is a Gospel Communicator, whose heart beats, to see people saved, believing that “life is short, and everyone needs to be prepared for eternity.” As a nationally, sought-after preacher, Tony’s ministry transforms hundreds of thousands of people each year through speaking events at churches, conferences, music festivals, concerts, and national tours with Winter Jam and Casting Crowns.

Tony’s love for Jesus fuels his pursuit of those, who are far from God; and his greatest joy comes from pouring into people, who desperately need hope. If there were ever a time for you to invite the people you love, whom you know are far from God, this is the time for them to find life in Christ.

August 6

Jimmy Draper

Former President of LifeWay Christian Resources and SBC

Jimmy Draper served 35 years as a pastor and 15 Years as President of LifeWay Christian Resources. He served as president of the Southern Baptist Convention for two years from 1982-84. He is now retired and remains active preaching and leading conferences and mentoring younger pastors. He loves people and has a deep heartfelt desire to reach people for Christ and to encourage, challenge and inspire them in their faith.

August 13

Kevin Ezell

President of the North American Mission Board

Dr. Kevin Ezell serves as the President of the North American Mission Board, providing strategic vision, direction, and leadership as NAMB works to reach North America through evangelism and church planting. Kevin most recently served as Senior Pastor of Highview Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky for 14 years. He and his wife, Lynette, have six children, Anna, Shelly, Taylor, John Michael, Libby, and Micah Lyn.

August 20

Chuck Allen

Sugar Hill Church (Sugar Hill, GA)

Chuck Allen is Lead Pastor at Sugar Hill Church in Sugar Hill, Georgia. Chuck is originally from Daytona Beach, Florida and has a lifelong history of church and faith-based leadership. Chuck is married to Jenny and they have six daughters (Amy 24, Sarah 23, Amelia 22, Julie 21, Abby 15, Samantha 15). He loves to read, write, fish, scuba and really loves Georgia Bulldog football. His favorite reading list includes anything by Tim Keller, 3 Seconds, Undaunted Courage, The Tale of Three Kings, The Wasabi Gospel, and Barefoot Church.