Our Authors


Kie Bowman

Kie Bowman is the senior pastor of Hyde Park Baptist and The Quarries Church—one church in two locations—in Austin, Texas. In addition to an active writing and preaching ministry, Dr. Bowman works with a team of Austin pastors leading city-wide unceasing prayer for spiritual awakening. He and Tina have three adult children.




Ken Hemphill

Ken has pastored churches throughout the Southeast and served as a denominational leader within the Southern Baptist Convention for twenty years as president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and National Strategist for Empowering Kingdom Growth. He is presently the Special Assistant to the President for Denominational Relations at North Greenville University.  He is the founder and president of Auxano Press.



Johnny Hunt

Johnny M. Hunt is an evangelical Christian pastor, author, and former President of the Southern Baptist Convention. Johnny is Senior Pastor of the 19,000 member First Baptist Woodstock. He is known as a pastor to pastors.  He is author of several books including: From the Poolroom to the Pulpit and  and Shoe Leather Christianity




Steve Gaines

A man of prayer and a preacher of God’s Word, Dr. Steve Gaines has served as the senior pastor of the historic Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee since 2005. Prior to that, he pastored churches in Texas, Tennessee, and Alabama since 1983. Pastor Gaines earned a bachelor’s degreeat Union University and a Master of Divinity (MDiv) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. In 2016 he was elected as president of the Southern Baptist Convention. Steve and his wife, Donna, have four children and nine grandchildren.



Ryan Pack

Ryan is Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church, North Augusta.  He is a native of Spartanburg, South Carolina.  He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.  He completed his Doctor of Ministry degree in pastoral leadership at Columbia International University.
He spent his college years at Clemson University.  There he took part in ministry with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). 
Ryan has been married to his wife, Heather, for 20 years. They have four children: Bailey, Ginny, Victoria, and Micah.




Greg Wilton

Greg is from New Orleans and now resides and ministers in Southeast Asia.


Mike James is Minister to Adults and Assimilation at Judson Baptist Church in Nashville.

Paula Hemphill is Ken’s bride and ministry partner for 48 years.

Kenneth Priest is Director of Convention Strategies for Southern Baptist of Texas Convention.