OBU hosted a Baptist21 discussion panel June 10 during the Southern Baptist Convention’s 2019 annual meeting in Birmingham, Alabama. This panel featured speakers from Baptist 21 including
Baptist21 is a pastor-led network that seeks to be a positive voice for the future, promoting the centrality of the gospel, the primacy of the local church, a focus on all nations, and Southern Baptist
When asked what it means to pastor well, Parrott explained his personal story with his church.
Coppenger explained how he has loved on people who come to his church.
“Since it is so unusual to meet someone from our city [Nashville, Tennessee] in our city, we meet a lot of people who have moved here,” Coppenger said. “Through
Akin wanted to recognize why Baptist21 is focused on helping pastors.
“Baptist21 wants to be a group of pastors that has conversations with pastors in order to encourage them and help them,” he said. “It is important to use language that your congregation understands. It’s not about what you say, it’s how you say it. It takes a little bit more energy to not use theological language and explain things in a way that people will hear and want to learn more about.”
Akin serves as director of Baptist21 and lives in Raleigh, North Carolina. He also serves as director of church relations for the Pillar Network. He earned a Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Murray State University.
Coppenger is the lead pastor of Redemption City Church, a church plant in Franklin, Tennessee. He earned a Bachelor of Science from North Greenville University, Master of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and
Parrott is the lead pastor at Christ Community Church in Huntersville, North Carolina, a suburb of Charlotte. Prior to pastoring Christ Community, he led churches in Kentucky and Arkansas. He earned a Bachelor of Science in family ministry from Boyce