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Profiles in Goodwill

Tambi Swiney is the associate pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in Nashville, Tennessee. 1. Where did you grow up? I was born in Jackson, Tennessee, and my family relocated to the Nashville area when I was 10 years old. 2. What is your favorite verse, book or story in the Bible? Why? Luke 8:40-56. Jesus […] Read More

Corey Fields is senior pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Newark, Delaware. 1. Where did you grow up? Harrisonburg, Virginia, a county seat town in the Shenandoah Valley. 2. What is your favorite verse, book or story in the Bible? Why? The verse that probably guides my ministry and priorities more than any other is […] Read More

Mary Alice Birdwhistell is senior pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Waco, Texas. 1. Where did you grow up? Lawrenceburg in central Kentucky. 2. What is your favorite verse, book or story in the Bible? Why? I am especially drawn to Ephesians 3:20-21. It calls me to God-sized dreams that are so much bigger than […] Read More

Curtis Ramsey-Lucas is editor of The Christian Citizen, a publication of American Baptist Home Mission Societies. 1. Where did you grow up? Easton, Connecticut. 2. What is your favorite verse, book or story in the Bible? Why? 1 Corinthians 13. The vanity of all things if they are not rooted in and ordered by love, […] Read More

John Pierce is executive editor of Nurturing Faith Journal & Bible Studies (formerly Baptists Today). 1. Where did you grow up? In Boynton, an unincorporated community next to Chickamauga National Military Park in northwest Georgia, just over the state line from Chattanooga, Tennessee. 2. What is your favorite verse, book or story in the Bible? […] Read More

Michael Ruffin is curriculum editor with Smyth & Helwys Publishing in Macon, Georgia. 1. Where did you grow up? Barnesville, Georgia, which is about halfway between Atlanta and Macon on Highway 41. 2. What is your favorite verse, book or story in the Bible? Why? Philippians 2:4-11. When I think about what it really means […] Read More

Meredith Stone is assistant professor of Christian ministry and Scripture and director of ministry guidance at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. 1. Where did you grow up? Bryan, Texas. 2. What is your favorite verse, book or story in the Bible? Why? This changes regularly, but currently my favorite story is the healing of the […] Read More

Shauw Chin Capps is the moderator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. She has served since 2003 as executive director of Hope Haven, a children’s advocacy and rape crisis center in Beaufort, South Carolina. 1. Where did you grow up? I was born in Jakarta, Indonesia. Our family moved to Singapore when I was 5 years […] Read More

Joel Snider is a coach for the Center for Healthy Churches. 1. Where did you grow up? West Virginia and Alabama. 2. What is your favorite verse, book or story in the Bible? Why? The Sermon on the Mount. I find it the most challenging section in all of Scripture. 3. What is your favorite […] Read More

Merianna Harrelson is pastor of New Hope Christian Fellowship in West Columbia, South Carolina, and editor-in-chief of Harrelson Press Publishing. 1. Where did you grow up? Spartanburg, South Carolina. 2. What is your favorite verse, book or story in the Bible? Why? Colossians 3:17. This verse reminds me that any ability I might have comes […] Read More