Text-Driven Preaching Conference Speakers

Abraham Kuruvilla is Senior Research Professor of Preaching and Pastoral Ministries at Dallas Theological Seminary, where he teaches homiletics. He is Indian by ethnicity, but was born in Kuwait, where his father was working. He has a medical degree from the University of Kerala in India, a Ph.D. in immunology from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, and he took his dermatology residency at Boston University School of Medicine. He then moved on to theological education, obtaining a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from the University of Aberdeen.
Kuruvilla is a diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology, and he maintains an active clinical schedule, seeing patients and taking care of their skin, hair, and nails. Single by choice, he has a special interest in the theology of Christ-centered singleness and celibacy. He blogs regularly at www.homiletix.com.


david_allenDavid L. Allen serves as the dean of the School of Preaching, distinguished professor of preaching, and director of the Center for Expository Preaching at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He earned his Master of Divinity at Southwestern Seminary in 1981 and his Ph.D. in humanities with a major in linguistics from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1987.
Allen previously served as senior pastor of two churches for a total of 21 years, and he has served as interim pastor of a dozen churches. Allen has led or been a part of more than 400 revivals, Bible conferences, and lecture series, including study tours in the Philippines, Israel, Oxford, and Germany. He is the author of multiple books, including Hebrews in the New American Commentary Series, Lukan Authorship of Hebrews, and The Extent of the Atonement: History and Critique.


Alistair Begg is the senior minister of Parkside Church in suburban Cleveland, Ohio, where he has served since 1983. Following graduation from the London School of Theology, he served for two years as assistant to the Reverend Derek J. Prime and in 1976 was ordained to the Gospel ministry at Charlotte Chapel in Edinburgh. He has received honorary doctorates from Westminster Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania and Cedarville University in Ohio.
Begg enjoys the privilege of leading the Parkside pastoral team and seeing a succession of young men settled in pulpits throughout the country. His teaching is heard daily across the nation on over 1,650 radio stations that air the program “Truth For Life.” He has written a number of books, includ-ing The Hand of God, Pathway to Freedom, On Being a Pastor (with Derek Prime), and a revision of Spurgeon’s devotional, Morning and Evening.


hb_charles_jrH.B. Charles Jr. serves as the pastor-teacher of the Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Fla. Prior to joining the Shiloh Church, he led the Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church of Los Angeles for almost 18 years. Succeeding his late father, Charles began his pastorate at Mt. Sinai at the age of 17 as a senior in high school.
Outside of ministry with his congregation, Charles regularly speaks at churches, conferences, and conventions around the country. He is the author of several books, including It Happens After Prayer, The Difference Jesus Makes, On Preaching, and On Pastoring, and he is the host of the OnPreaching podcast. Charles will also serve as president of the 2018 Pastors’ Conference at the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Dallas.


Robby Gallaty serves as the senior pastor of Long Hollow Baptist Church and founder/president of Replicate Ministries. He completed his Master of Divinity degree in expository preaching (2007) and his Ph.D. in preaching (2011) at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Today, Gallaty’s Gospel conviction and evangelistic zeal drive him to passionately “make disciples who make disciples.”
In addition to his leadership at Long Hollow and Replicate Ministries, Gallaty is the author of several books, including Growing Up, Firmly Planted, Foundations, and Rediscovering Discipleship. Furthermore, he regularly speaks at conferences and workshops, including Southwestern’s 2017 Youth Ministry Lab.


Barry McCarty serves as professor of preaching and rhetoric at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He came to Southwestern after 22 years as a senior pastor, following 18 years in higher education. Since 1986, he has served as the chief parliamentarian of the Southern Baptist Convention, advising and assisting the SBC presidents as they preside over the annual meetings.
McCarty holds a master’s degree from Abilene Christian University and a Ph.D. in rhetoric and argumentation from the University of Pittsburgh. He is the author of Well Said and Worth Saying: A Public Speaking Guide for Church Leaders, Parables and Miracles, and Parliamentary Guide for Church Leaders, which has become the standard guidebook in the field of church business meetings.


Tony Merida is pastor for preaching and vision of Imago Dei Church in Raleigh, N.C. He’s also the content director for Acts 29, producing blogs, podcasts, and other resources on church planting. Merida has an extensive itinerant ministry, and he has written several books including The Christ-Centered Expositor, Ordinary, Orphanology, and eight volumes in the Christ-Centered Exposition commentary series. He is happily married to Kimberly, and they have five adopted children.


paige_pattersonPaige Patterson serves as president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He previously served for 18 years as president of Criswell College in Dallas and for 11 years as president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C. He earned his Th.M. and Ph.D. at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
An avid hunter, Patterson has spoken at Christian sportsman banquets throughout the United States, utilizing presentations about hunting dangerous game and emphasizing the critical importance of fathers in the role of building their sons from “the mischievous raw material of boys” into manhood. He has also authored multiple books, including commentaries on Song of Solomon, 1 Corinthians, 1 Peter, Titus, and Revelation. He and his wife Dorothy have two children and two grandchildren. The Pattersons’ ministry has taken them to 135 countries around the world.


Dante D. Wright has served as the senior pastor of Sweet Home—The Pinnacle of Praise in Round Rock, Texas, for almost 13 years. Previously, he was a college football coach for 12 years at several universities across the country. Wright holds both a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from Liberty University, a Master of Arts in Christian Leadership from Criswell College, and a Master of Theology from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is also currently pursuing a Ph.D. in biblical studies with an emphasis in homiletics at Midwestern. Wright has served as an adjunct professor and guest lecturer, teaching homiletics at Liberty University, Baylor University, Midwestern Seminary, and Criswell College.