Board of Directors

danny-akin Daniel L. Akin
Board Member
Daniel L. Akin

Dr. Akin is President of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. After earning a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies from Criswell College in 1980, he went on to earn an M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1983 and a Ph.D. in Humanities from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1989.

His experience includes serving 10 churches in Texas, Florida, Alabama and Virginia in both interim and full-time capacities.  He has also authored numerous articles and several books.

duesing Jason Duesing
Editor, JBMWBoard Member
Jason Duesing

Dr. Duesing is Provost of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He holds a B.A. in Speech Communication from Texas A&M University, an M.Div. from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Historical Theology and Baptist Studies from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

He is the author of Seven Summits in Church History (forthcoming, Rainer Publishing) and Adoniram Judson: A Bicentennial Appreciation of the Pioneer American Missionary and co-editor, with Malcolm Yarnell and Thomas White, of Upon this Rock, Restoring Integrity in Baptist Churches, and First Freedom: The Baptist Perspective on Religious Liberty.

Dr. Duesing is married to Kalee and they have four children: Gracyn, Ford, Lindsey, and George.

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Senior FellowBoard Member
J. Ligon Duncan, III

Dr. Duncan is Chancellor and CEO of Reformed Theological Seminary. For 17 years, he was Senior Minister of the historic First Presbyterian Church of Jackson, Mississippi and was President of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals from 2004-2012. He is also a past Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America (2004-2005).

He is a graduate of Furman University, Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis, (1986 M.Div.; 1987 M.A. Historical Theology). He studied Systematic Theology at the Free Church of Scotland College under Professor Donald Macleod (1988-1990) and earned the Ph.D. (Ecclesiastical History and Systematic Theology) at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland in 1995. He has written and edited several books including Give Praise to God and The Westminster Confession into the 21st Century (4 vols.).

grudem Wayne Grudem
FounderBoard Member
Wayne Grudem

Dr. Grudem is Research Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies at Phoenix Seminary in Phoenix, Arizona. He received a B.A. from Harvard University, an M.Div. and a D.D. from Westminster Seminary, Philadelphia, and a Ph.D. (in New Testament) from the University of Cambridge, England. He has published twenty books and was also the General Editor for the 2.1 million-word ESV Study Bible (Evangelical Christian Publishers Association Book of the Year and World Magazine book of the year, 2009).

purswell Jeff Purswell
Board Member
Jeff Purswell

Jeff is Dean of the Sovereign Grace Pastors College and leads pastoral and theological training for Sovereign Grace Ministries. He is the editor of Bible Doctrine and contributed a chapter to Worldliness: Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World. He serves on the advisory group of the Entrust Foundation. In addition to his role with Sovereign Grace Ministries, Jeff serves as an elder at Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville.

Jeff is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in New Testament Studies from The Catholic University of America. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois (M.Div., 1998), where he taught Greek as a teaching fellow in the New Testament department and worked as a teaching assistant in systematic theology for Wayne Grudem. Jeff’s pre-ministry experience combines a degree in Economics and English Literature with a decade in the corporate banking world.

Jeff lives in Louisville, Kentucky with his wife, Julie, and their two sons, Samuel and Benjamin.

thoennes K. Erik Thoennes
Board Member
K. Erik Thoennes

Dr. Thoennes is Chair of Biblical and Theological Studies and Professor of Theology at the Talbot School of Theology and is a pastor at Grace Evangelical Free Church in La Mirada, California. He holds degrees in philosophy, systematic theology, and evangelism from Central Connecticut State University (B.A.), Wheaton College Graduate School (M.A., M.A.), and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Ph.D.). He is also the author of Life’s Biggest Questions: What the Bible Says about the Things That Matter Most.

He and his wife, Donna, reside in La Mirada, California with their two daughters (Caroline and Paige) and son (Samuel).

thomas-white Thomas White
Board Member
Thomas White

Dr. White is President and Professor of Theology at Cedarville University. He holds an A.A. and a B.A. in English from Anderson University, and an M.Div. in Pastoral Ministry and Languages and a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

He has contributed chapters and articles to many books and publications, most notably co-authoringFranchising McChurch: Feeding Americas Obsession with Easy Christianity with John Mark Yeats, and co-editing Upon this Rock, Restoring Integrity in Baptist Churches, and First Freedom: The Baptist Perspective on Religious Liberty with Malcolm Yarnell and Jason Duesing.

Dr. White is married to Joy and they have one adopted daughter, Rachel, and one son, Samuel David. They also have two dogs that they treat like children—Princess, a German Shepherd and Shadow, a black Labrador Retriever.

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Denny Burk

Denny Burk is the President of CMBW. He also serves as a Professor of Biblical Studies at Boyce College, the undergraduate school of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He blogs at