Tom Ascol has served as a Pastor of Grace Baptist Church since 1986. Prior to moving to Florida he served as pastor and associate pastor of churches in Texas. He has a BS degree in sociology from Texas A&M University (1979) and has also earned the MDiv and PhD degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas. He has served as an adjunct professor of theology for New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Reformed Theological Seminary, the Midwest Center for Theological Studies and Reformed Baptist Seminary. He is currently a Visiting Professor at the Nicole Institute for Baptist Studies at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida and adjunct professor for Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary through their Southwest Florida Equip Center. Tom serves as the Executive Director of Founders Ministries. He has edited the Founders Journal, a quarterly theological publication of Founders Ministries, and has written hundreds of articles for various journals and magazines. He has been a regular contributor to TableTalk, the monthly magazine of Ligonier Ministries. He has also edited and contributed to several books in addition to authoring From the Protestant Reformation to the Southern Baptist Convention and Traditional Theology and the SBC. Tom regularly preaches and lectures at various conferences throughout the United States and other countries. In addition to contributing to the Founders Blog he also blogs at tomascol.com. He and Donna have ten children, including 3 sons-in-law and a daughter-in-law. They also have three granddaughters, one of whom has preceded them into the land of the living, and five grandsons. All of their grandchildren, by the way, absolutely rock.
Jared Longshore currently serves as an Associate Pastor at Grace Baptist Church in Cape Coral, Florida. Having served in pastoral ministry since 2007, he has earned MDiv and PhD degrees from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He and his wife Heather have five children. Jared serves as the Administrative Director of Founders Ministries. He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and has contributed articles to the Founders Journal and A Noble Company (forthcoming).
Fred A. Malone
Fred A. Malone has served as pastor of First Baptist Church, Clinton, Louisiana, since 1993, having previously served eleven years as founding pastor of Heritage Baptist Church, Mansfield, Texas. He holds an M. Div. degree from Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi (1974), and a Ph. D. degree in New Testament from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas (1989). He is the blessed husband of Deborah, and the happy father of three grown children and six grandchildren. Pastor Malone serves as a founding Board Member of Founder’s Ministries. He has served as a Trustee for The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky, for the Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies, and for Louisiana College, Pineville, Louisiana. He has served on the Administrative Council of the Association of Reformed Baptist Churches in America and is Senior Fellow of the Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies at Westminster Theological Seminary in Escondido, California. He also serves on the Board of the Midwest Center for Theological Studies, Owensboro, Kentucky and is an Adjunct Professor. Pastor Malone has published two books, A String of Pearls Unstrung and The Baptism of Disciples Alone. He has contributed various articles to the Founder’s Journal as well as to the Reformed Baptist Theological Review. He contributed chapters in Letters to Timothy and to Why I am a Baptist.
Jeff Robinson is a senior editor for The Gospel Coalition. A native of Blairsville, Ga., Jeff holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from The University of Georgia, a Master of Divinity in biblical and theological studies and a Ph.D. in historical theology with an emphasis on Baptist history from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky, where he was mentored and supervised by noted Baptist historian Tom Nettles. He is pastor of New City Church in Louisville, KY. At Southern Seminary, he also served as public relations officer for 10 years and also served as adjunct professor of church history at Boyce College. Jeff also spent 11 years as an editor and writer with The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood in Louisville. Prior to entering ministry, he spent nearly 20 years as a newspaper journalist. Jeff and his wife Lisa have been married for 19 years and have four children: Jeffrey, 12, Hannah, 10, Lydia, 8, and Jacob, 6 He is the author of numerous articles and book chapters on theology, culture, gender issues, fatherhood/parenting, baseball history and church history and co-author with Michael Haykin of The Great Commission Vision of John Calvin from Crossway. He is a contributing writer for the online church history journal, Credo. He serves as senior research and teaching associate for the Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist History and Tradition and is an adjunct professor of church history at SBTS.
Phil A. Newton
Phil A. Newton planted South Woods Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee in 1987 and continues to serve as senior pastor of that congregation. He previously pastored churches in Mississippi and Alabama. He received his education at the University of Mobile (B.A.), New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.), Fuller Theological Seminary (D.Min.), and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (Ph.D.). Phil and his wife Karen married in 1975, and have five children and seven grandchildren. He is the author of Elders in Congregational Life: Rediscovering the Biblical Model for Church Leadership (Kregel, 2005); Conduct Gospel-Centered Funerals: Applying the Gospel at the Unique Challenges of Death (with Brian Croft; DayOne, 2011); Venture All for God: Piety in the Writings of John Bunyan (with Roger Duke and Drew Harris; Reformation Heritage, 2011); Elders in the Church (with Matt Schmucker; Kregel, forthcoming); The Way of Faith (Founders Press, 2002). In addition to publishing essays in a number of journals, he has also contributed chapters to Reforming Pastoral Ministry (John Armstrong, ed.); Dear Timothy (Tom Ascol, ed.); Ministry By His Grace and For His Glory: Essays in Honor of Thomas J. Nettles (Tom Ascol and Nathan Finn, eds.); and Reclaiming the Gospel and Reforming Churches (Tom Ascol, ed.). Phil is an adjunct professor at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary through their EQUIP Center Network. He loves to train young men for ministry and to involve his congregation in global missions.
Tom Hicks serves as the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church, Clinton, LA. He’s happily married to Joy, and they have three sweet little girls: Sophie, Karlie, and Rebekah. He received his MDiv and PhD degrees from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary with a major in Church History, emphasis on Baptists, and with a minor in Systematic Theology. Tom is the author of The Doctrine of Justification in the Theologies of Richard Baxter and Benjamin Keach (PhD diss, SBTS). He has also written chapters in Ministry By His Grace and For His Glory: Essays in Honor of Thomas J. Nettles, Whomever He Wills: A Surprising Display of Sovereign Mercy, Recovering a Covenantal Heritage: Essays in Baptist Covenant Theology, and By Common Confession: Essays in Honor of James M. Renihan. He has also contributed articles to various theological journals.
Jon English Lee
Jon English Lee and his wife, Rebekah, have three sons: Jonny, Jack, and Graham. The Lees live in Montgomery, Alabama where Jon English serves as a Pastor at Morningview Baptist Church and as Headmaster of Cornerstone Classical Christian Academy. He has earned an undergraduate degree in Microbiology from Auburn University Montgomery and a Masters of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Currently, he is pursuing a PhD in Systematic and Historical Theology from SBTS. Jon English is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and serves as an Editor for the Center for Ancient Christian Studies. He is the author of several journal articles for such publications as The Churchman, Puritan Reformed Journal, and the Founders Journal.
Tom Nettles is widely regarded as one of the foremost Baptist historians in America. He has most recently served as the Professor of Historical Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He previously taught at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School where he was Professor of Church History and Chair of the Department of Church History. Prior to that, he taught at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary. Along with numerous journal articles and scholarly papers, Dr. Nettles is the author and editor of nine books. Among his books are By His Grace and For His Glory; Baptists and the Bible, which he co-authored with L. Russ Bush; Why I Am a Baptist; James Petigru Boyce: A Southern Baptist Statesman; and Living by Revealed Truth: The Life and Pastoral Theology of Charles Spurgeon.