Authors and Contributors

Amy AlbrechtAmy Albrecht

Dr. Amy Albrecht taught high school science for 1.5 years and worked as a chemist for North Dakota Department of Health for 4 years. She has a PhD in Biochemistry/Molecular biology from University of North Dakota, and he joined CSU in 2009. She has conducted prostate cancer research projects, and Amy’s current research project investigates the effects of alternative treatments on breast cancer and the link between spirituality and health of Charleston Southern University Students. She has been married to Mark Albrecht since 1997 and has 6 children.

Fostering the Unwanted by Dr. Amy Albrecht (Associate Professor of Biochemistry)
Amy HickmanAmy Hickman

Amy Hickman is the Lead Pastor’s Wife and Director of Elevate Women at LifeSong Church . She is a 1995 graduate of Charleston Southern University. Amy, her husband, Jeff and their four daughters live in Lyman,SC. You can e-mail Amy at amy@lifesongchurchonline.com, amychickman on Instagram, or follow her on Twitter at @amy_hickman.

The Unknown Amy Hickman
Ben PhillipsBen Phillips

Ben Phillips is the Dean of the College of Christian Studies at Charleston Southern University. He holds a Ph.D in Systematic Theology and Preaching from the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Ben has over 15 years experience as a pastor and interim pastor, and served on the faculty of Southwestern from 2005-2019 before coming to CSU in July 2019. His primary area of study is the theology of preaching.

The Loneliness Epidemic: Christians Know the Cure! Ben Phillips
Bobby HowardBobby Howard

Bobby Howard is an Associate Professor of Christian Studies and Student Ministry at Charleston Southern University. He has over 20 years of ministry experience focused in the areas of Student/Family Ministry and Special Needs Ministry. He and his wife Kim have two daughters. In addition to teaching fulltime, Bobby also serves as a consultant with the SC Baptist Convention focusing on Adult Discipleship and Family Ministry. You can follow him on twitter @bahoward.

Past Podcast — Discussion on Student Ministry Peter Link and Bobby Howard
Bryan AyerBryan Ayer

Bryan Ayer is the Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions at Charleston Southern University, and he serves as Community Pastor at Holmes Avenue Baptist Church. He is pursuing his M.Div. at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is married to Miranda and has two children, Adeline & Noah. You can follow him on twitter at @bryanayer.

Give It All Away Bryan Ayer
Charles McCallumCharles McCallum

Charles McCallum is the Discipleship Pastor at Old Fort Baptist Church in Summerville, SC. He is a graduate of the College of Charleston (BA in Communication) and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity in Christian Ministry) where he is currently working on a Doctorate of Education. Charles is happily married to Mary, with two sons (AJ and Micah).

Sanctification – Progressive, Definitive, or Both? Charles McCallum
Charlie WallaceCharlie Wallace

Dr. Charlie Wallace is the Senior Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Moncks Corner (SC). You can follow him on Twitter at @drcwallace.

Insights from Joshua Charlie Wallace
Cory SingletonCory Singleton

Cory Singleton is the Worship & Creative Pastor of Journey Church (https://journeychurchsc.org/). He is a graduate of Charleston Southern University and Southwestern Seminary. Cory, his wife, Allison, and their three kids live in Summerville. You can e-mail him at cory.singleton@journeyteam.org, corysing on Instagram, or follow him on Twitter at @corysingleton.

Sharing the Gospel through Christmas Carols Cory Singleton
David DyerDavid Dyer

As a recent CSU graduate (2019), David Dyer now works in the Christian Studies Department and Campus Ministries as their executive assistant. With his undergrad in Christian Studies and Foreign Language, he is also the Associate Pastor over discipleship and missions at Summit Baptist Church.

CSU at SCBC Annual Meeting
Dr. Peter LinkDr. Peter Link

Pete Link is Chair and Assistant Professor of Christian Studies at Charleston Southern University. He holds a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies with a focus in Old Testament and Biblical Hebrew from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. You can follow him on Twitter at @peterlinkjr.

PODCAST: 07.25.2017 Understanding the Book of Revelation
Ed GravelyEd Gravely

Ed Gravely is an Associate Professor of Christian Studies at Charleston Southern University. He holds a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies with a focus in Textual Criticism and has been teaching in higher education for almost fifteen years. You can follow him on Twitter at @edgravely.

Jesus’ Parable about the Messiah Ed Gravely
Jeff HickmanJeff Hickman

Jeff Hickman is the Lead Pastor of LifeSong Church . He is a graduate of Charleston Southern University and Southeastern Seminary. Jeff, his wife, Amy, and their four girls live in Lyman,SC. You can e-mail him at findhopeinhim@gmailcom, jeffwhickman on Instagram, or follow him on Twitter at @jeffwhickman.

I Surrender All Jeff Hickman
Jeff JohnsonJeff Johnson

Jeff Johnson is the pastor of First Baptist Church in Eutawville, SC and an adjunct professor of New Testament at Charleston Southern University.

Why It’s Good to Pastor a Small Church Jeff Johnson
John ChambersJohn Chambers

John Chambers is the Lead Pastor of Remedy Church (https://remedychurch.org/), and Adjunct Professor at Charleston Southern University. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. You can follow him on Twitter at @PhudChambers.

Christian Engagement in Culture – Acts 17:16-34 John Chambers
Jonathan DentonJonathan Denton

Jonathan Denton has been serving in student ministry for over 20 years and is currently serving as Assistant Professor of Christians Studies/Student Ministry at Charleston Southern University. His desire is to train up the next generation of student ministry leaders who will be disciplemakers and leaders of healthy ministries that see students and their families brought into relationship with God, built up in their faith, and sent out to make Him known. Jonathan was able to see this as a reality by serving over ten years in a South Mississippi church before his current position at CSU.

Working the Roots to Produce the Fruit Jonathan Denton
Jonathan WatsonJonathan Watson

Jonathan D. Watson is an Assistant Professor of Christian Studies and Director of the MA in Christian Studies at Charleston Southern University. He and his wife Karen have four children. You can follow him on Twitter at @jonathandwatson.

Sermons You Could Be Preaching in Your Sleep Jonathan Watson
Justin DeeterJustin Deeter

Justin Deeter is the Senior Pastor at Forest Hills Baptist Church in Wilson, NC (www.foresthillsbaptist.org). He is also a Ph.D. student studying Historical Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC. He is married to Kaitlyn, and they live with their two children in Wilson, NC. Justin blogs at justindeeter.com.

On the Stewardship of Books Justin Deeter
Michael BryantMichael Bryant

Dr. Michael L. Bryant serves as Executive Vice President and Professor of Christian Studies at CSU. Dr. Bryant received a BS in history (1995) from Charleston Southern University and an MDiv with Languages (1998) and PhD in Biblical Studies (2008) from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. He served as a pastor near Edenton, North Carolina (2000-2008) and has taught short-term in Christian institutions in Uganda, Cameroon, Ethiopia and Moldova. Dr. Bryant and his wife, Amy, have four children.

Vocation Michael Bryant
Michael WhiteMichael White

Dr. Michael White is the Associate Pastor and Worship Leader of Freedom Church (freedomchurchnc.com), and he holds a PhD in Systematic Theology from Wheaton College. He teaches adjunctively at Charleston Southern University and the Graduate School of North Greenville University. Michael is married to Jana, and they are the parents of two exuberant children. You can follow him on Twitter @_michaeldwhite.

Regret and the Cross Michael D. White
Nick BallengerNick Ballenger

Nick Ballenger is Director of Enrollment Services at Charleston Southern University, and he serves as Executive Pastor at Summit Church. He has an MDiv from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Masters in Theological Studies from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. Nick and his wife Brandie are CSU alumni.

Christ Will Be Honored Nick Ballenger
Peter BeckPeter Beck

Peter Beck serves as professor of Christian Studies and director of the Honors Program at Charleston Southern University. In addition to his book The Voice of Faith: Jonathan Edwards’ Theology of Prayer, he has published numerous articles on Jonathan Edwards, the Puritans and Baptist studies. Additionally, Peter has more than twelve years of pastoral experience and currently serves as Lead Pastor of Doorway Baptist Church in North Charleston, SC. You can follow him on Twitter at @DrPeterBeck.

“But” Nothing or Everything Peter Beck
Philip PinckneyPhilip Pinckney

Philip Pinckney is the Lead Pastor of Radiant Church (RadiantCharleston.com) in North Charleston, SC. He earned a BA from The Citadel and is currently finishing a Master's degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Philip is also the Director for 1Charleston (1Charleston.org), an organization started in 2014 to help the Church understand and embrace the multi-ethnic gospel. He is the grateful husband to Jenny and they have a wonderful son.

Resolutions for Pastors and Church Planters Philip Pinckney
Ross ParkerRoss Parker

Ross Parker is an Assistant Professor of Christian Studies at Charleston Southern University, and he serves as the content editor here at ChurchandGospel.com. He has an MDiv from SEBTS and a PhD in Philosophy from Baylor.

Who am I? Part 1: The Flawed Worldview of Naturalism Ross Parker
Ryan GimpleRyan Gimple

Ryan Gimple serves as an Assistant Professor of Christian Studies teaching missions and church-planting courses at Charleston Southern University. Ryan actively seeks to help students connect theology with practice in ministry. He and his wife Cheryl lived in Asia for nineteen years planting churches and sharing the good news of Jesus. Ryan earned an M.A. in Intercultural Studies from Wheaton College in 1996, and successfully defended his dissertation in Applied Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2018.

Recognizing God’s Call Ryan Gimple
Sonny HolmesSonny Holmes

Dr. Sonny Holmes is a retired Southern Baptist pastor. He is a blogger, ministry coach, and author of Finish. Period. Going the Distance in Ministry. Sonny was President of the South Carolina Baptist Convention in 2011. He and Harriet have been married for 43 years and are the parents of Liz Carpenter, husband Scott, and grandparents of John Lewis and Laura.

To Advent or Not to Advent, That is the Question Sonny Holmes
Tommy MeadorTommy Meador

Tommy Meador serves as the lead pastor of Northwood Baptist Church in North Charleston. He holds a Ph.D. in preaching from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He is married to Staci, and they have two boys: Luke and Hudson. You can email Tommy at tommy@northwoodbaptist.com

When Life is Hard Tommy Meador
Walter BrigmanWalter Brigman

Walter Brigman is an Enrollment Counselor at Charleston Southern and is a Pastor at Holmes Avenue Baptist Church in North Charleston. He is pursuing an M.Div in Preaching and Pastoral Ministries from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is married to Kelly and has two children.

How to Love Your Pastor Walter Brigman