Dr. Michael Horton
Dr. Michael Scott Horton is the J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics at Westminster Seminary California and is heard regularly on the White Horse Inn radio program. He was formerly the president of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, a society of in the Reformation Tradition which “exists to call the twenty-first century church to a reformation that recovers clarity and conviction about the great evangelical truths of the gospel and that then seeks to proclaim these truths powerfully in our contemporary context.” He is also the editor-in-chief of Modern Reformation magazine. Horton received an M.A. from Westminster Seminary California, a Ph.D. from Wycliffe Hall, Oxford and the Coventry University, and completed a Research Fellowship at Yale Divinity School. He is also an ordained minister in the United Reformed Churches of North America in which denomination he has served two churches in southern California.
Jessica Thompson grew up in Southern California, the second child of Phil and Elyse Fitzpatrick. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology and is the author or co-author of several books including “Give them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus.” Her heart is to see women, families, and children freed from the bondage of moralism. Jessica and her husband, Cody serve at Westview Church in San Diego country, and the Lord has blessed them with three children: Wesley, Hayden and Allie.
Benjamin C. Shin
Benjamin C. Shin has served in the ministry as a pastor, parachurch leader, and professor for more than 20 years. He is a graduate of UCLA, Talbot School of Theology, and Dallas Theological Seminary. He enjoys reading, music, sports (especially the UCLA Bruins), and spending time with people. His vision and passion includes mentoring leaders, re-building churches, and teaching the Word of God. He is married to his bride, Jen and has 2 wonderful boys named Adam and Zachary. He currently serves as Associate Professor of Bible Exposition and Director of the Asian-American Ministry track for the Doctor of Ministry at Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, CA.
Cameron has a B.A. in Latin and English and an M.A. in Education, all from Wake Forest; and he is currently pursuing a Masters in Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary. He is the founding chairman of Rooted Ministry and the co-editor of “Gospel-Centered Youth Ministry: A Practice Guide” (Crossway, 2016). He has been the Director of Youth Ministries at the Cathedral Church of the Advent since December of 2005, and in January of 2016 his duties expanded to include Children, Youth, and Families.
Liz served as a youth minister for six years in Charlottesville, VA before heading to Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, FL to get her Masters in Counseling. She is currently on staff at North Shore Fellowship and is the Assistant Director of the Fellows Program in Chattanooga, TN. She is also a counselor at Summit Counseling Center. She has served on the Rooted Ministry Steering Committee since 2010 and authored a chapter in Gospel Centered Youth Ministry: A Practical Guide.
Clark is a member of the Rooted Ministry steering committee and has been a youth pastor in the Asian-American context for the last 6 years. He and his wife currently reside in San Francisco, CA, where he serves as the Youth Pastor at Sunset Church. Clark received his M.Div. from Talbot School of Theology and blogs at www.clarkfobes.com.
Kristen is the author of the teen devotional Get Your Story Straight with a book for teen girls on identity and worth scheduled for release in 2017. Kristen discovered her passion for teaching and writing about grace and growth in the gospel through her years of leading a teen girls Bible study. She resides in Edmond, Oklahoma with her pastor husband and their three teenagers. To learn more visit www.kristenhatton.com.
Mark Howard was a youth pastor for five years before joining Elam Ministries, an organization that seeks to strengthen and expand the church in Iran and surrounding areas. As the Director of Development he’s had the opportunity to work with Iranians as well as share with American churches about God’s work in Iran. Mark has his M.A. in Theological Studies from Wheaton College Graduate School and serves on Rooted’s advisory board.
Richard is the Lead Pastor of Gospel Life Mission Church, which he planted in 2006. He is also the Director of Korean American Campus Mission, a college campus ministry based in Southern California. He is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara and Talbot School of Theology, and is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Ministry at RTS Orlando.
Mike has served as the Pastor of Youth & Families at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Norfolk, MA since 2005. He married his best friend Tracy and they have two crazy kids at home. Mike received his M.Div. and D.Min. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and wrote his doctoral thesis on “Youth Ministry as Bridge Between Church & Home.” He is a lifelong New Englander and loves Patriots football, strong coffee, and good theology. He blogs at www.crosswalking.net.
Cooper works for the Student Outreach, a ministry of Harvest USA that exists to equip the Church to disciple students in biblical, Christ-centered sexuality. He loves student ministry and served as Junior High Director at Briarwood Presbyterian Church (AL) before coming to study at Westminster Theological Seminary. Having volunteered, interned, and been on staff, he has served in various capacities in youth ministry and has a passion to help students live with sexual integrity and to walk with them as they follow Jesus. Cooper, a Georgia native, graduated from Samford University (AL) with a degree in History and a minor in Religion. He and his wife, Katie, have one, beautiful daughter.
James Sutton is City Coordinator for the DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative and is planting a new urban, multiethnic church in the city of Birmingham called Vanguard Church. He has a B.S. degree in Communications from Mississippi College and a Master of Divinity degree from Beeson Divinity School at Samford University. He and his wife Marie have been married for 11 years. They have two children, Simone and Stephen.
Dr. Tiffany Whitworth, PsyD
Dr. Whitworth is a licensed psychologist specializing in Clinical Child Psychology with additional training in treating very young children, autism spectrum disorders, trauma, attachment disruptions, and children with medical problems. Tiffany utilizes a family-based approach, encouraging high levels of parental involvement and providing families with information about diagnosis and treatment. Her goal is to not only target specific behavioral concerns, but also support the child and the family’s overall health and development. She has her B.A. in psychology from Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL and a PsyD from the Georgia School of Professional Psychology.
Dan leads the Student Outreach, a ministry of Harvest USA that exists to equip the Church to disciple students in biblical, Christ-centered sexuality. Before moving to the national office in Philadelphia, Dan served for nine years with Harvest USA’s Chattanooga regional office. He is also an ordained minister in the PCA and has served as a youth minister, education minister, pastor with para-church ministries, and taught New Testament at Bryan College (TN). Dan, a Tennessee native, has a B.A. in History from the University of Memphis, a M.Div. and a Ph.D. in New Testament and Greek from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary (TN). Dan is married to Heather, his lovely wife, and they have four children.
Dave is the Coordinator for Youth Ministries in the Diocese of South Carolina (Anglican) where he trains, mentors, and consults with youth ministers and churches seeking to develop youth ministry. Having been in full time youth ministry for 30 years, he previously served in churches in Cheshire, England and in the Chicago suburbs. Dave is married to Jane, a middle school teacher, and together they raised 3 children who are now young adults.