June 6th - Curtis Freeman
Curtis Freeman serves as the Director of the Baptist House of Studies and Research Professor of Theology at Duke Divinity. His most recent work has explored areas of free church theology. His two edited books, Ties That Bind and Baptist Roots, as well as numerous articles, seek to describe the development of a distinctly Baptist theological tradition. He is currently doing research on Baptists in the South from 1750-1850 and is writing a book tentatively titled Confessions of an Other Baptist. Freeman is also active in the Baptist World Alliance, serving on the Doctrine and InterChurch Cooperation Commission.
June 13th, 20th, & 27th - Tony and Jan Cartledge
Rev. Jan Rush Cartledge is a former youth minister and pastor, having served with four N.C. churches. In September 2010, she will begin a one-year chaplain residency at WakeMed Hospital in Raleigh. Cartledge is also a frequent seminar leader, covering topics ranging from grief and loss to practical ministry with people in poverty. She and her husband, Tony, have co-authored two books together entitled A Whole New World: Life after Bethany and Job: Into the Fire, Out of the Ashes. Jan, Tony and their thirteen-year-old son, Samuel, live in Apex.
Tony W. Cartledge is Associate Professor of Old Testament at Campbell University Divinity School and Contributing Editor for Baptists Today. Cartledge has written books on preaching and Old Testament studies, including his most recent work, Telling Stories: Tall Tales. For nearly nine years, Cartledge was Editor/President of the Biblical Recorder, a news journal related to the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. Prior to that, he served as pastor of five churches, with the last 10 years being at Woodhaven Baptist Church near Apex and Cary, N.C.
July 4th - W. Brent Jones
Rev. Brent Jones, a Ph.D. graduate in history at the University of Virginia, with his dissertation entitled “Moving Mountains: Antebellum Appalachia and the Faith of the Nation.” He is also working on a number of articles related to southern revivalism, evangelical theology, and the effects of political ideology on church politics in the nineteenth-century South. Jones earned an M.A. from the University of Georgia and an M.Div. from Mercer University’s McAfee School of Theology. He has served in various capacities on the staff of five churches. Jones received ordination to the Baptist ministry at Northwoods Baptist Church in Atlanta, where he directed a ministry to urban homeless men. He is married to the Rev. Andrea Dellinger Jones, pastor of Millbrook Baptist Church.
July 11th, 25th, August 1st - Alicia Davis Porterfield
A native of Atlanta, GA, Rev. Alicia Davis Porterfield is a writer, teacher and Board Certified Chaplain. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia and Duke University Divinity School and completed two years of chaplaincy training at Rex Healthcare in Raleigh, N.C. For six years, Alicia served as chaplain at Quail Haven Retirement Village in Pinehurst, N.C., before her family moved to Wilmington. Her husband Eric is senior pastor at Winter Park Baptist Church, and together they stay busy learning and growing with their three sons: Davis (8), Luke (6) and Thomas (4). In her rare spare moments, Alicia enjoys reading, singing and re-learning piano to make some use of those four years of lessons her parents funded long ago.
July 18th - Bill Leonard
Bill J. Leonard is the founding dean and Professor of Church History at the Wake Forest University Divinity School. A popular Baptist speaker, Leonard also authored or edited of some 15 books, including his most recent Baptist Questions, Baptist Answers and The Baptist Bible (co-authored), both published in 2009. As an ordained Baptist minister, Leonard has served as interim pastor of over 25 congregations in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Kentucky, Indiana and North Carolina. His spouse, Dr. Candyce Crew Leonard, is professor of Humanities at Wake Forest University with specialization in Spanish literature. They have one daughter, Stephanie.
August 15th, 22nd, & September 5th - Thea Portier-Young
Anathea Portier-Young serves as Assistant Professor of Old Testament at Duke Divinity School. Her scholarship has focused on theological themes of God’s mercy and justice, the alleviation of suffering, and traditions of violent and non-violent action. One of her books, entitled Theologies of Resistance: Jewish Responses to the Antiochian Persecution, examines the variety of ways Jews resisted the persecution by Antiochus Epiphanes. Another work, entitled The Theology of the Book of Daniel, is under contract with Cambridge Press. Portier-Young has also published articles on diverse scriptural texts, including Tobit, Joseph and Aseneth, and 1 Corinthians.
August 29th - Lydia Hoyle
Lydia H. Hoyle serves as Associate Professor of Church History and Baptist Heritage at Campbell Divinity School, where she teaches courses in Christian history, American religion, and Baptist history. Her research interests and publications have included work in the areas of women and missions, children and mission education, Baptist history, and women in ministry. Currently, she is working on a study of Baptists and children. Hoyle is married to Rick Hoyle, a social psychologist at Duke University. They are the parents of three children: Matthew, Michael, and Jessica.