Devin Maddox is the trade book publisher at B&H Publishing Group. He is also a PhD candidate in Applied Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (Wake Forest, NC), focusing his research on Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s early life and writing. C.S. Lewis’s The Abolition of Man and Bonhoeffer’s Discipleship changed Devin’s life forever, rekindling his love of reading as a teenager.
Taylor Combs is associate book publisher of Christian living and leadership books at B&H Publishing Group. He is passionate about serving the mission of books and the mission of the local church. After spending his high school years passionately refusing to read assigned books, Taylor was introduced to C.S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity, and his life has never been the same.
Mary Wiley is a wife, mom, and women’s books marketing strategist at B&H Publishing Group. She is passionate about helping women (and especially moms) know and love the truth of Scripture, allowing it to transform all of life. Mary’s shelves are full of great books, but one of her favorites (and on the list of most formative) is The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis.
Dave Schroeder leads marketing at B&H Publishing Group and co-hosts the Reading Writers podcast. He is an avid reader of history, biography, and fiction books that draw deep life lessons. The book that most impacted his life was To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
Barnabas Piper is an author, speaker, and podcast co-host. He writes and reads with curiosity and loves books that spark ideas, speak truth artfully, and are fun. One of the many books that has most impacted his life is Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissinger. He is the marketing manager for B&H Academic, is the father of two girls, and lives in the Nashville, Tennessee area.
Scarlet Hiltibidal is a very professional wife and mother. She is the author of Afraid of All the Things and He Numbered the Pores on My Face. She also writes a regular column for ParentLife Magazine. She loves sign language with her daughters, nachos by herself, writing for her friends, and learning how to be a pretend-farmer with her husband in Middle Tennessee. Follow her on Instagram at @scarlethiltibidal.
Andrew T. Walker
Andrew Walker serves as the director of Policy Studies for the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. In his role, he researches, speaks, and writes about human dignity, family stability, religious liberty, public theology, the relationship between church and state, and the moral principles that support civil society. He and his wife live with their two daughters in Franklin, Tennessee.
Bruce Riley Ashford
Bruce Riley Ashford is provost / dean of the faculty at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he also serves as professor of Theology and Culture. He is a fellow in theology at the St. George’s Center for Biblical and Public Theology (Ontario, Canada) and a research fellow at the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. He is the co-author of and author of multiple books addressing Christian culture. He, his wife, and their four children live in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina.
Jason G. Duesing
Jason G. Duesing serves in academic leadership at Midwestern Seminary and is the author of multiple books including his latest, Mere Hope: Life in an Age of Cynicism. He is married to Kalee and together they have two sons of Adam and two daughters of Eve, and live in Kansas City, Missouri.
Trevin Wax is the Bible and reference publisher for LifeWay Christian Resources. A former missionary to Romania, Trevin hosts a blog on faith and culture at The Gospel Coalition and regularly contributes to The Washington Post, Religion News Service, World, and Christianity Today, which named him one of thirty-three millennials shaping the next generation of evangelicals. He and his wife Corina have three children and live in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
Scott James serves as an Elder at The Church at Brook Hills. He and his wife, Jaime, have 4 children and live in Birmingham, AL, where he works as a pediatric physician. He is the author of two family worship books (The Expected One: Anticipating All of Jesus in the Advent and Mission Accomplished: A Two-Week Family Easter Devotional) as well as the illustrated children’s book, The Littlest Watchman. The book that has most impacted his life is Dominion and Dynasty, by Stephen Dempster.
Russell D. Moore
Russell Moore is president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. The ERLC is the moral and public policy entity of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination. Moore’s book Onward: Engaging the Culture Without Losing the Gospel was named Christianity Today’s Book of the Year in 2015. He has also written Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families and Churches and Tempted and Tried: Temptation and the Triumph of Christ. His book The Storm-Tossed Family: How the Cross Reshapes the Home will be published in September 2018. The book that most impacted his life was Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis.
Singer/Songwriter Ellie Holcomb, a Nashville native, began her musical career by
touring the country with her husband in Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors. After eight
years, and with the birth of their daughter, Ellie opted to step out of the role of heavy
touring. From that space came her debut solo album, As Sure As the Sun, and then later Red Sea Road. Her first book, Who Sang The First Song? releases in October of 2018. The book that has had the greatest impact on Ellie is Confessions by St Augustine.
Randall Payleitner is the Acquisitions and Editorial Director at Moody Publishers. In his nearly 15 years in book publishing, Randall has done editorial, acquisitions, and some marketing work. He lives outside of Chicago with his wife and two sons. Randall loves great books and he writes about them at RandallPayleitner.com and tweets sometimes @payleitner. The book that has had the greatest impact on his life (other than the Bible) is Adopted for Life by Russell Moore—he took it personally and it changed the trajectory of his life.
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Laura Thigpen is an administrative assistant, a freelance writer, and a pastor’s wife. She holds a BA in English and sociology from the University of Mobile, and she is currently pursuing a MA in professional writing. Laura and her husband are adoptive parents, and they live in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Sam Allberry is an apologist for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, and a consulting editor for The Gospel Coalition. His can never have enough bookcases and takes particular care over his C S Lewis collection.
Jaclyn S. Parrish
Bill Delvaux is a graduate of Duke University and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He has been a church planter, a high school Bible teacher, and a running coach. Six years ago, he pioneered Landmark Journey Ministries to help men connect their stories to God’s story through retreats and spiritual direction. His greatest claim to fame is being married to Heidi for 32 years and having two amazing daughters, Abigail and Rachel. He and his wife currently reside in Franklin, Tennessee. His forthcoming book, Heroic: The Surprising Path to True Manhood releases in April 2019. You can follow him at landmarkjourneyministries.com. The book that has most impacted his life is The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Bekah Stoneking serves as content editor for Explore the Bible: Kids at LifeWay Christian Resources, where she develops resources for Preschool and Kids Worship. With experience as a children’s minister and elementary school teacher, Bekah is passionate about teaching, learning, making disciples, and equipping others to do the same. She holds a MA from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and is currently completing her doctoral dissertation, also at SEBTS. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where she is a serves with the ERLC’s 2018 Leadership Council and is a member of The Church at Avenue South.
The book that most impacted her life was Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein, which she read for the first time as a second grader. Shel’s wacky way with words made her fall in love with reading and stirred in her a zeal for inviting people into her world through writing. Words became her paints, and paper, her canvas. She wrote her first short story the following year and hasn’t been the same since.
Jamie George is the marketing strategist for B&H Kids. She has been a part of the B&H family since 2013, but has been primarily in the kids world since 2015. She is passionate about all things books and Bibles for kids and is excited to see what’s next for the brand. When she’s not busy marketing, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends and exploring new places. She and her husband currently reside in Columbus, Ohio, with two of the best little product testers we have. The books that most impacted her life are The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe and Redeeming Love. Both books were “ah-ha moments” when the gospel connected for her in a new way.
Rob Tims is a Christ-follower, husband, and father of four living in Nashville, TN. With more than 20 years of ministry experience in the local church, Rob currently manages the editorial team at Lifeway Christian Resources that provides trustworthy, customized Bible studies for individual churches through personal relationships and smallgroup.com. He also is an Associate Professor for Liberty University Online, a researcher, and enjoys preaching and teaching in various venues throughout the year. His first book, Southern Fried Faith: Confusing Christ and Culture in the Bible Belt is available exclusively on Amazon for Kindle or in print.
Aaron Armstrong is the Brand Manager of The Gospel Project, and the author of several books including Awaiting a Savior and Devotional Doctrine, and the screenwriter of the documentary Luther: the Life and Legacy of the German Reformer. Follow him on Twitter. One of the books that most impacted his life is Knowing God by J. I. Packer.
Daniel Darling is the Vice President for Communications at the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. He is a columnist for Homelife and is a regular contributor to In Touch and a contributing editor for Christianity Today’s CT Pastors. Dan’s work has appeared in USA Today, CNN, The Washington Times, Huffington Post, and The Gospel Coalition. Daniel is the host of The Way Home podcast and an associate pastor at Green Hill Church in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee. He is the author of several books, including his latest, The Dignity Revolution. The book that has most impacted his life is The Reason for God by Tim Keller. He personally blogs at danieldarling.com.
Michael Kelley is an author, editor, and communicator whose previous works include Growing Down: Unlearning the Patterns of Adulthood that Keep Us from Jesus, Boring: Finding an Extraordinary God in an Ordinary Life, and Wednesdays Were Pretty Normal: A Boy, Cancer, And God. Born in Texas, Michael holds a master of divinity degree from Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama. Michael and his wife have three children and live in Nashville, Tennessee. Abba’s Child by Brennan Manning is the book that has most influenced Michael’s life.
Brandon D. Smith
Brandon D. Smith works with the Christian Standard Bible, serves as editorial director for the Center for Baptist Renewal, and co-hosts the Word Matters podcast. He’s also written a few books and blogs at Biblical Reasoning. The book that most influenced his life is On the Incarnation by Athanasius.
Chaselynn Bowser is the Marketing Specialist at B&H Publishing Group. She loves drinking peppermint coffee (all year long) while snuggling up with a good book—good thing that’s her job! She also enjoys teaching group fitness classes with her friends at the Y, quoting Gilmore Girls, living off of chips and salsa, and watching YouTube videos with her husband John.
Jackie Hill Perry
Jackie Hill Perry is a writer, poet, and artist whose work has been featured on the Washington Times, The 700 Club, Desiring God, The Gospel Coalition, and other publications. Since becoming a Christian in 2008, she has been compelled to use her speaking and teaching gifts to share the light of the gospel of God as authentically as she can. At home she is a wife to Preston and Mommy to Eden and Autumn.
Francis Chan is a California-based pastor and author of many bestselling books including his newest, Letters to the Church (David C Cook, September 2018).
Matt Redmond is a full-time theology teacher to eighth through tenth graders, a part-time pastor, and sometimes writer. He lives in his beloved hometown of Birmingham, AL with his wife, Bethany and their three children, Emma, Knox, and Dylan. He was probably listening to Bach or Billie Holiday while writing this. The book that has most influenced his life was Where the Sidewalk Ends.
Karen Swallow Prior
Karen Swallow Prior is an award-winning Professor of English at Liberty University. She earned her Ph.D. in English at SUNY Buffalo. Her writing has appeared at The Atlantic, Christianity Today, Washington Post, Vox, First Things, Sojourners, Relevant, Think Christian, and other places. She is a Senior Fellow at the Trinity Forum, a Research Fellow with the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, a Senior Fellow at Liberty University’s Center for Apologetics and Cultural Engagement, and a member of the Faith Advisory Council of the Humane Society of the United States. She and her husband live on a 100-year old homestead in central Virginia with sundry horses, dogs, and chickens. And lots of books.
Brent Crowe is Vice President of Student Leadership University in Orlando, Florida. He is married to Christina and has three children: Gabriel, Charis, and Mercy. He holds a Doctorate in Philosophy and two Master’s degrees—a Master of Divinity in Evangelism and a Master of Arts in Ethics—from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Rush Witt (DMin, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) is lead pastor of Paramount Church in Bexley, Ohio, and author of Diehard Sins: Fighting Wisely against Destructive Daily Habits. The book that has most influenced his life is The Gospel Mystery of Sanctification by Walter Marshall.
Becky Kiser is intent that women would fall in love with God’s Word, then feel equipped and empowered to live it out. She believes that women can live out their own wild story, just like the ones we see of God’s chosen in His Word, as they love Jesus and love people. She is the founder and CEO of Sacred Holidays—a ministry dedicated to helping women find less chaos and more Jesus during holidays through Bible study, community, resources, and lots of fun! She is determined to help women keep all the whimsy of the holidays, but help make them sacred—holy and set apart.
Becky has a background in marketing and ministry, and is a certified Myers-Briggs life coach, bringing each of those experiences into her writing. Becky recently published her first book, Sacred Holidays. Becky and her husband, Chris, live in Houston, TX with their three girls. The book that has impacted her the most is Radical by David Platt (although she finds it nearly impossible to narrow it down).
Sarah Mackenzie is an author, speaker, and podcast host. She created the Read-Aloud Revival podcast in 2014. That fateful decision resulted in a highly rated show with millions of downloads. Sarah helps families all over the world fall in love with books. She lives in the Northwest with her husband, Andrew. She homeschools their six kids and considers it her high calling to make sure they are well stocked in the best books she can find.
Scott Sauls is senior pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee and author of Jesus Outside the Lines, Befriend, and From Weakness to Strength. His latest release is Irresistible Faith. Prior to Nashville, Scott served at New York City’s Redeemer Presbyterian Church as a lead and preaching pastor and planted two churches. Scott’s work has been featured in publications including Christianity Today, Relevant, Qideas, Catalyst, Leadership Magazine, aholyexperience, Table Talk, The Gospel Coalition, Key Life, as well as other publications. Scott can be found on Facebook and Twitter/Instagram at @scottsauls, and he blogs weekly at scottsauls.com. The book that most influenced his life is Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis.
Ryan Frederick is passionate about helping men treasure Christ most and love their families well. He and his wife, Selena, founded their blog, Fierce Marriage, with one simple mission: to point couples to Christ and commission marriages for the gospel. They live in the Pacific Northwest with their daughters Dela and Clementine. The book that has most influenced his life is God in the Dock, by C.S. Lewis.
Rosaria Butterfield (PhD, Ohio State University) is an author, speaker, pastor’s wife, homeschool mom, and former professor of English and women’s studies at Syracuse University. She is the author of The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert; Openness Unhindered; and The Gospel Comes with a House Key.
Jenaye White is the senior publicist at B&H Publishing Group. She enjoys playing music, fueling her coffee addiction, and feels strangely satisfied when her books are organized by color. One of the books that has most impacted her spiritual journey is Radical by David Platt.
Gina Detwiler was planning to be a teacher but switched to writing so she wouldn’t have to get up so early in the morning. She is the co-author of The Prince Warriors books with Priscilla Shirer and is currently working on the Ultimate Bible Character Guide. She has also written the Forlorn series, which deals with the subject of spiritual battle for older teens.
When asked what book has most impacted her life, Gina replies, “Besides Charlotte’s Web? I’d have to say the Bible. I didn’t read it until I was an adult, and it truly blew my mind. Who knew all those fantastic stories were in the Bible? Difficult stories, too—stories that made me question, ponder, go much deeper in my faith. Many dismiss the Bible because it’s too hard to understand or archaic or boring or irrelevant to their lives. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Bible is not an easy book, to be sure, but it is, indeed, a good book, the Good Book.”