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J. Merritt Johnston

J. Merritt Johnston is Executive Director of Baptist World Alliance Women, which connects Baptist women in 145 countries. Associated with the Baptist World Alliance, BWAW aims to help women thrive through connections and resourcing like the Stand Against Domestic Violence initiative.    

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Mathew D. Staver

Mathew D. Staver is an American lawyer and former Seventh-day Adventist pastor. Formerly, he was dean of Liberty University’s Law School. He founded Liberty Counsel in 1989 and serves as chairman. He advocated for Harold Shurtleff in Shurtleff v. Boston.

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Malkhaz Songulashvili

Malkhaz Songulashvili is the metropolitan bishop of Tbilisi, Georgia. Songulashvili is the leader of the Evangelical Baptist Church of Georgia and a professor of comparative theology and religious ethics. As leader of the Peace Cathedral in Tbilisi, he has been outspoken on Russian aggression in post-Communist states.

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Jennifer Hawks

Jennifer Hawks is associate general counsel of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty in Washington, D.C. She provides legal analysis on church-state issues. In May 2020, her opinion piece titled “School voucher proponents are using the COVID-19 crisis to push for taxpayer money for religious education” was published by Baptist News Global.

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Taylor Rutland

Taylor Rutland is the senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Dothan, Alabama. He has spoken about the importance of addressing racism as a white pastor.

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Philip Pinckney

The Rev. Philip Pinckney is the lead pastor of Radiant Church in Charleston, South Carolina. He is also a church planting associate with the Charleston Baptist Association. In July 2020, Pinckney shared his experiences leading discussions on race in white churches with The Atlantic.

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Trillia Newbell

Trillia Newbell is the director of community outreach for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. She is the author of United: Captured by God’s Vision for Diversity. Contact Elizabeth Bristow to arrange an interview.

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Rick Armstrong

The Rev. Rick Armstrong is pastor of Great Redeemer Church in Arlington, Texas. In June 2020, he published an open letter to fellow Southern Baptist leaders calling on them to acknowledge and work to address systemic racism.

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Josh Ellis

The Rev. Josh Ellis is the executive director of the Union Baptist Association in Houston and an ordained Baptist pastor.

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