We are blessed to have a tremendous group of North Carolina Baptist writers and presenters for the Patterned curriculum. Below is a little more information about each.
Tim has served as a missionary in Africa, a seminary professor in the United States and a pastor in local churches. Tim specializes in curriculum development and implementation with an emphasis in story-centric teaching and learning, as well as leadership development. Tim teaches at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary as an adjunctprofessor of missions. He is also the director of international missions at Open Door Church in Raleigh, N.C.
Marty was born in Hickory, N.C., and graduated from Gardner Webb University and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He married Melissa Vaughan, and together with their two sons, they served for 27 years with the International Mission Board. They have lived in Costa Rica, Bolivia and Mexico. Marty’s passion is for missions and training people to reach the nations. Marty currently lives in Hillsborough, N.C. and serves as the Director of Missions for Yates Baptist Association.
Matt believes that the work of Jesus is worth awkward conversations with people who are far from God, and he prays that God can use clumsy words to change lives. He’s had the opportunity to see God change lives in places as far away as Central Asia and as close as the marginalized neighborhoods of Durham, N.C. Currently, Matt serves as the pastor of local outreach at The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, and he lives in Raleigh with his wife, Lauren, and their two kids, Joseph and Hadia.
Meredith is the director of women’s ministry & communications, and manager of adult small groups, at Green Street Baptist Church in High Point, N.C. Meredith’s love of Jesus and people encourages her to serve globally through disciple-making, teaching, speaking, leadership (Shepherd’s Heart Women’s Prison Ministry, Bible Study Fellowship, Journey Abuse Survivors Group, DivorceCare 4 Kids, Crisis Response trained Chaplain) and nonprofit consulting. She is the volunteer U.S. director of Starfish Designs Thailand, an organization that fights trafficking and poverty with hope and love. Meredith is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Caleb grew up as a child of a missionary working among animistic and Muslim people groups in Africa. God brought Caleb to faith at a young age and gave him a passion for seeing the peoples of the world praise the name of Jesus Christ. Caleb has a bachelor of arts degree in intercultural studies with an emphasis in global studies from Union University and holds a master of arts degree in Christian studies from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He currently works with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina assisting churches across the state to discover and engage unreached people groups God is bringing to North Carolina.
Dustin serves as the director of Piedmont International University’s local church initiative called e4-12 and teaches courses related to disciple-making and church planting. He, his wife and son live in Winston-Salem, N.C., and serve their city alongside their gospel family, One21 Church, where he is also a church planting resident.
Dave serves as the senior associate pastor at Providence BaptistChurch in Raleigh, N.C. He has been on staff for 20 years and oversees the discipleship and outreach efforts. He has been married to his best friend, Julie, for 19 years, and they have four children: Josh, Elizabeth, Julianna and Rachel.
Fayeson Tilley is a native North Carolinian and resides in Raleigh, NC. She trusted Jesus as her Savior at a very young age. The delight and priority of her day is to spend time with Jesus through prayer and study of His Word. “I never cease to be amazed when the living God of the universe speaks to me personally through His Word.” It is her greatest joy to encourage others to grow in their relationship with Jesus. Over the years Fayeson has taught various Bible studies for women in the Raleigh area, has led retreats and has taught Bible studies in her local church.
Matt serves as the senior pastor at Fairview Baptist Church in Apex, N.C. Matt earned his master of divinity degree at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and is currently completing his doctor of ministry degree at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Matt has published one book, Hebrews: A 12 Week Study, edited by J.I. Packer.
Keelan Cook is a senior church consultant with the Union Baptist Association in Houston, Texas. He is working on a PhD in missiology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. In previous years, he spent time as a church planter in West Africa and doing ethnographic research in Washington, DC.
Benjamin serves as Associate Dean for Institutional Effectiveness and Assistant Professor of Theology and History of Ideas at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and the College at Southeastern. He also serves as pastor of Holly Grove Baptist Church in Spring Hope, NC. Benjamin earned his doctorate of philosophy in theology from the University of Bristol, U.K., and lives with his wife and four children in Youngsville, NC.
Bonita served 23 years as a missionary with the International Mission Board. She began her service in Zambia working in a variety of areas including administration, relief projects, and women ministries. From Zambia she moved to Richmond, VA to work in the home office as a Personnel Candidate Consultant processing new missionaries for field service. Bonita’s last 12 years of service were in Southeast Asia where she focused on developing partnerships between churches and field workers. She currently contracts with the Peoples Next Door Team at the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina.
Katherine and her family served in Central Asia for more than a decade. They now reside in North Carolina, where Katherine works as a freelance writer and speaker. She enjoys equipping everyday believers and helping them discover how God has uniquely fitted each of them to fulfill the Great Commission.
Donna grew up in Siler City, the daughter of a chicken farmer and one of six children. She is Donna Kay and her twin is Sandra Fay. She received Christ as her Savior at 13 years old and some years later really surrendered her life to Christ. She resides in Greensboro with her husband, Harold. By her own words, she fails Christ many times over and He never fails her.
George serves as the associate professor of missions & evangelism and occupies the Headrick Chair of World Missions at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been an author/contributor to books, evangelism training materials and small group curricula. Prior to joining the faculty at Southeastern in 2008, George served as a missionary in South Asia and has also served as a pastor and high school history teacher in Georgia. George is married to Catherine, and they have three teenaged children: Aidan, Tori Beth and Caleb. In his free time, George enjoys riding his 1998 Harley Davidson Softail Custom motorcycle, boating on Kerr Lake, watching Georgia Bulldogs’ football and hunting wild game.