The Charles Simeon Trust

We exist to promote the growth of the gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world by training up the next generation of Biblical expositors.

About Us

It is our conviction that the health of the Church depends on the proclamation of God’s Word. It depends on the proclamation of preachers and teachers who believe the Bible to be the very Word of God, and the expositional ministry that flows from that proclamation.
Doctrinal Statement
Brief History



David R. Helm

Chairman, Board of Directors

David serves as the lead pastor of Christ Church in Chicago and Chairman of the Board of the Charles Simeon Trust, an organization dedicated to the sound preaching of God’s Word. Before that, he served as Lead Pastor in the Hyde Park congregation of Holy Trinity Church. A graduate of Wheaton College, and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, David is ordained in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) and serves on the council of The Gospel Coalition. For Crossway, he authored 1 & 2 Peter and JudeThe Big Picture Story Bible, and contributed to Preach the Word: Essays on Expository Preaching in Honor of Kent Hughes. He also authored One-to-One Bible Reading for Matthias Media and the 9Marks volume Expositional Preaching. David is married to Lisa, and they have five children: Noah Helm (married to Julie), Joanna Panner (married to Ben), Baxter (married to Kelsie), Silas, and Mariah. They also have five grandchildren. David has served as Executive Director of the Charles Simeon Trust since its founding in 2001 and succeeded Kent Hughes as Chairman of the Board of Directors in 2008. He is responsible for all the work and initiatives of the Trust. He teaches in the training program, leads several Workshops per year, writes training materials, raises funds, and supervises the Director of Ministries.


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Robert S. Kinney

Director of Ministries

Robert began working at the Charles Simeon Trust in 2005. A native of Illinois, Robert earned a bachelor’s degree in Early Christian Literature at the University of Chicago. His BA thesis was on idolatry in Paul’s epistle to the church in Rome. In 2008, Robert earned an MS in Communications (Journalism) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, focusing his final project on issues of race, education, and Christianity on the South Side of Chicago. In 2015, Robert finished a PhD in New Testament at the University of Bristol in England. His dissertation explored aspects of Greco-Roman rhetoric in the Gospel of Matthew and was published by Mohr Siebeck in the WUNT II series as Hellenistic Dimensions of the Gospel of Matthew: Background and Rhetoric. He also served formally as a pastoral intern at Holy Trinity Church for six years (2002-2008) and later as University Minister (2012-2014), and is ordained in the Province of the Anglican Church of Rwanda (PEAR). He is a Fellow at the Center for Pastor Theologians and also serves on the Boards of the Charles Simeon Trust of Canada and Prédica Fiel in Cuba. Robert is married to Angela, a PhD candidate in Classics and Medieval Studies at the University of Vienna in Austria. He and Angela reside in Vienna and Chicago, and Robert currently serves in ministry at Christ Church Vienna, part of the Church of England’s Diocese in Europe. At the Charles Simeon Trust, Robert is primarily responsible for overseeing the ministry, specifically focusing on four areas: 1) strategic thinking and planning for executing the vision of the Trust, 2) management of the staff, 3) the implementation of the Trust’s institutional partnership strategies, and 4) oversight of the quality control of the various initiatives of the Trust. He reports to the Executive Director and the Board of Directors and he supervises the other staff members.


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CV [pdf, 52kb]

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Jeremy Meeks

Director of Chicago Course on Preaching

Jeremy is the Director of the Chicago Course on Preaching. He also serves as a Lead Instructor. Prior to taking on this role, he was the pastor of Hope Community Church in West Nashville, Tennessee. Previously, he served as a church planting missionary in Nicaragua. He earned a BS from Liberty University, an MA in Bioethics from Trinity Graduate School, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Theological Ethics from Trinity College Bristol. In addition to his pastoral duties at the church, Jeremy was the Director of Spanish-Language Initiatives of the Charles Simeon Trust until 2018.


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Business Card [pdf, 38kb]


K. Edward Copeland

Associate Director of the Chicago Course on Preaching

K. Edward Copeland serves as pastor of New Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Rockford, Illinois. He earned a BA from the University of Illinois, a JD from the University of California, an MDiv from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in Mill Valley, California, as well as a DMin from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He has taught for the National Baptist Convention of America, USA Inc. as well as district associations, conventions, and conferences throughout the nation and across denominational lines. He is author of Riding in the Second Chariot: A Guide for Associate Ministers, and a contributing author to Entrusted with the Gospel by Crossway. He also serves as a Council Member of the Gospel Coalition. In his role as Associate Director of the Chicago Course on Preaching, he and the Director are responsible for leading our residential training efforts in Chicago. He also serves as a Lead Instructor in the Course.


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Walter Carter, III

Practice Group Leader for the Chicago Course on Preaching

Walter serves as a Practice Group Leader for the Chicago Course on Preaching. He also serves as the Senior Pastor of Union Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago, Illinois.


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Kevin C. Walker

Director of Workshops

Kevin took on the role of Director of Workshops for the Charles Simeon Trust in 2022, after serving as the Director of Training since 2016. He also serves as an Associate Pastor at Cline Avenue Fellowship Church in Highland, Indiana. A native of western New York, Kevin came to a personal faith at a Youth for Christ event. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the Moody Bible Institute and completed an MDiv at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He has contributed to the Kairos Journal on 1 Timothy 3. During his time in Chicago, he completed three years of the pastoral training program at Holy Trinity Church. After seminary, Kevin served as lecturer in New Testament and Greek at the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Osijek, Croatia for three years. He then served as Assistant Preaching Pastor at the International Protestant Church and Principal of Kinshasa Christian School in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo from 2014-2016. He is married to Alyssa (who serves as Director of Advancement Operations at the Charles Simeon Trust). Kevin is primarily responsible to ensure our Workshops on Biblical Exposition provide high-quality training for pastors and Bible teachers around the world. Specifically he works to train instructors and small group leaders, as well as to coordinate logistics.


Job Description [pdf, 93kb]

CV [pdf, 100kb]

Business Card [pdf, 49kb]


Romell Williams, Jr.

Associate Director of Workshops

Romell’s primary calling is as the Pastor of Lilydale Progressive Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago, Illinois. He was educated at the historical Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois, and is a graduate of Trinity International University. He is a speaker affiliated with Cutting It Straight, the Barnabas Brotherhood Conference, the Issachar Conference, the Bible Exposition Conference, and the Moody Bible Institute. In his role as Associate Director of Workshops, he is primarily responsible for planning and executing a portion of our Workshops portfolio, particularly focused on training instructors and managing targeted Workshop locations.


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Aubrey Lindbergh

Workshops Administrator

Aubrey joined the Charles Simeon Trust in 2015. She is native of Michigan, but attended university in Illinois and earned a BA in Biblical and Theological Studies at Wheaton College. While at Wheaton, she was part of College Church in Wheaton. She later moved to Chicago, where she participated in the Chicago Plan at Holy Trinity Church and served as a vocational intern for the youth group in Hyde Park. Aubrey and her husband, Kent, currently live in Dearborn, Michigan and attend Christ Community Church. At the Trust, Aubrey is primarily responsible for coordinating the Workshops on Biblical Exposition and all other events. She coordinates the execution of these Workshops, working with the host churches, speakers, and participants. She also is responsible for supporting the work of the Trust in general and collaborates with the rest of the team on projects.


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Sara Kinney

Workshop Coordinator

Sara started volunteering her administrative skills to the Charles Simeon Trust in 2012. She came to the Trust from the world of public education, having worked as a junior high and elementary English, history, and physical education teacher for 38 years. She earned both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in education from Illinois State University. She is also one of the most successful girls basketball and volleyball coaches in Illinois history and has served as president of the National High School Athletic Coaches Association (NHSACA). She is an avid reader and enjoys studying the Bible one-to-one with other women. She and her husband, Dr. David E. Kinney, are members of Grace Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Peoria, Illinois. They have two sons: Robert and Joshua. At the Trust, Sara is primarily responsible for receiving workshop registrations and data collection and analysis for the Workshops. She also helps with some event coordinating.


Darrell Young

Associate Director of International Workshops (Asia)

Darrell began as the Associate Director of International Workshops at the Charles Simeon Trust in 2019, having previously served as the Director of International Workshops. Before that, he served as the Lead Pastor at Strathmore Alliance Church near Calgary, Alberta, for 18 years. He studied at Simpson University and Simpson Graduate School of Theology in San Francisco and completed an MABTS at Ambrose Seminary in Calgary. He also serves as the Pastor of Crossway Community Church in Canmore, Alberta. In his role as Associate Director of International Workshops, he is primarily responsible for the Workshop portfolio in Asia and collaborates on the rest of the international Workshops portfolio. He is also responsible for advancement and operations in our Canadian office, serving there as Chairman of the Board of Directors.


Job Description [pdf, 95kb]

Business Card [pdf, 36kb]


Mervyn Eloff

Associate Director of International Workshops (Africa)

Mervyn is the Rector of St James Church, Kenilworth. Mervyn did his undergraduate studies at the Free State University and the Bible Institute of South Africa and before earning a DTh from the University of StellenboschHe was on staff at St Helen’s Bishopsgate in London for three years where he worked with Dick Lucas. Mervyn also served as Rector of St Paul’s Church in Stellenbosch and then as a lecturer and as Vice Principal of George Whitefield Theological College in Cape Town. He has contributed to Built upon the Rock: Studies in Matthew’s Gospel (Eerdmans), The Proclamation Bible, and he authored Teaching 1,2,3 John (PT Resources – Christian Focus). His doctoral thesis was titled From the Exile to the Christ: Exile, Restoration and the Theology of Matthew’s Gospel. In his role as Associate Director of International Workshops, he helps in the the design and implementation of the Workshop portfolio in Africa and focuses particularly on training instructors for the international Workshops.


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Randy Scheil

Associate Director of International Workshops (Portuguese-Language)

Randy began as the Associate Director of International Workshops at the Charles Simeon Trust in 2019. Before that, he served as the Lead Pastor of Stonebridge Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for 27 years. He has also served in churches in both South Dakota and Texas. He has earned both a ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary and a DMin from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. In his role as Associate Director of International Workshops, he is primarily responsible for the Workshop portfolio in Brazil and collaborates on the rest of the international Workshops portfolio. He is also responsible for some of the advancement efforts in the United States.


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Andrew McAlister

Workshops Manager (Portuguese-Language)

Andrew serves as Director of Communications for Igreja Cristã Nova Vida (ICNV), assisting the denomination’s college of bishops and presbytery. He also manages Instituto Bispo Roberto McAlister de Estudos Cristãos (IBRMEC), the denomination’s online seminary. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Portuguese language and literature from Pontifícia Universidade Católica and studied theology at IBRMEC. Andrew and his wife, Livia, are members of ICNV Catedral church, in Rio de Janeiro, where he is part of the worship team and oversees the local bookstore, having previously worked with the church’s youth. Andrew is primarily responsible for assisting in the design and implementation of the Workshop portfolio in Brazil, hosting the Rio de Janeiro Workshop, and assisting in the production of Portuguese resources.


Job Description [pdf, 74kb]

Business Card [pdf, 37kb]


Ethan Merck

Workshops Manager (Middle East)

Ethan serves in an evangelical church in the country of Jordan. He served previously on pastoral staff at several churches in the Middle East, including Redeemer Church of Al Ain in the UAE, which he helped plant. He has a BS and Bible minor from Cedarville University and an MS in Administration from Central Michigan University. Ethan is also Inter-Cultural Intelligence (ICI) and DiSC certified. Ethan joined CST as Workshops Manager (Middle East) in 2020 and is responsible for assisting in planning and executing Workshops, as well as Online Courses in Arabic.


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Alberto Puente

Director of Spanish-Language Initiatives

Alberto is one of the pastors at Iglesia Bautista Fe in Seville, Spain, where he has served since 2012. Since beginning there, Alberto has helped plant two more churches out of this church and is leading an initiative to help churches and planters receive assessment, training, and support to plant more churches across Spain. Alberto studied at The Crown College in Powell, Tennessee, and is currently pursuing an MDiv at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. In his role as Director of Spanish-Language Initiatives for the Charles Simeon Trust, he oversees the Spanish-language staff, the Spanish-language Workshops, and our Online Courses in Spanish.


Job Description [pdf, 76kb]

Business Card [pdf, 38kb]


Nicolás Osorio

Associate Director of Spanish-Language Initiatives (South America)

Nicolás serves as pastor of Iglesia Bautista Renacer en Bogotá, Colombia. He has a BS in Biblical Studies from Moody Bible Institute and is currently pursuing an MDiv at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also serves as the Assistant Director of Spanish-Language Initiatives for the Charles Simeon Trust. Nicolás joined the team in May 2018 and is responsible for assisting in planning and executing the Workshop in South America and assisting in the Online Courses.


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Alexis Pérez Alfonso

Associate Director of Spanish-Language Initiatives (North America and Caribbean)

Alexis is the pastor of Nueva Vida Baptist Church in Havana, Cuba, and the Director of Ministries of Prédica Fiel. Through an organizational partnership, he officially joined the staff of the Charles Simeon Trust in 2016 to oversee our joint efforts with Prédica Fiel. A native of Cienfuegos in Cuba, Alexis became a follower of Jesus Christ while studying medicine. He earned a degree as Doctor of Medicine from the Central University of Las Villas in Cienfuegos, a BTh from Havana Baptist Theological Seminary in Havana, an MTh from Seminario Teológico Bautista in Santa Clara, and completed the Cornhill Training Course in London, England. He is presently working on a DMin in Expository Preaching at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He was cofounder of Prédica Fiel in 2009 and presently serves on its staff and Board. He was also a founding member of the Consejo (council) of the Coalición por el Evangelio. Before Planting Nueva Vida Baptist Church, Alexis served at I Iglesia Bautista La Trinidad in Santa Clara, I Iglesia Bautista “Getsemaní” in Placetas, and Almanderes Baptist Church in Havana. He has also served as Professor of Homiletics at Seminario Teológico Bautista. Alexis is primarily responsible for the joint workshops held by Prédica Fiel and the Charles Simeon Trust in Cuba each year as well as overseeing a residential pastoral training program based in his church in Havana. He is also involved with our wider Latin American strategy as well as working collaboratively with the rest of the team on projects.


Job Description [pdf, 78kb]

CV [pdf, 59kb]

Business Card [pdf, 36kb]


Colleen McFadden

Director of Women's Workshops

Colleen joined the Charles Simeon Trust in 2007 and serves as the Director of Women’s Workshops, where she is responsible for all activities related to the Workshops for women Bible teachers. Prior to working with the Trust, she was in the corporate world for several years in sales and marketing. Colleen earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the College of Business, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Colleen and her husband, Kevin, live in the Philadelphia area, where he teaches New Testament at Cairn University. She is on staff at their church, Trinity Community Church, serving as the Director of Women’s Ministries. She also serves on the board of Matthias Media Ministries. At the Trust, Colleen is primarily responsible for overseeing our women’s initiatives. She manages the vision and coordination of the women’s Workshops on Biblical Exposition, contributes to our online courses, and works on collaborative projects with the team.


Job Description [pdf, 98kb]

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Marjorie Meeks

Workshops Administrator (Women)

Marjorie joined the Charles Simeon Trust as the Women’s Workshop Administrator in 2022. She also serves as the Director of Women’s Ministries at Christ Church Chicago. Marjorie is a graduate of the Chicago Course on Preaching and serves on the board of Radstock Ministries. Previously, she and her husband were church planters in Nashville, Tennessee, and San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. In her role as Workshop Administrator, she works with Colleen and Gracie to organize all of our Workshops for women. She also frequently serves as an instructor.


Job Description [pdf, 72kb]

Business Card [pdf, 49]


Gracie Turner

Workshops Manager (Women)

Gracie joined the Charles Simeon Trust as the Women’s Workshops Manager in 2021. She also works full-time as the Pastoral Assistant to the Lead Pastor at Church on Mill in Tempe, Arizona. In addition to this, she serves on the worship team and is involved in discipleship training. Gracie has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Arizona State University. With her background and career, she writes and edits content for Church on Mill frequently.


Job Description [pdf, 72kb]

Business Card [pdf, 51]


Dave Cartwright

Online Course Manager

Dave serves as the Online Course Manager for the Charles Simeon Trust. He earned his MDiv and ThM in New Testament Studies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. After completing a pastoral residency in Richmond, Virginia, Dave moved across the country to serve and pastor a church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 2021, he relocated to Chicago to be a student at the Chicago Course on Preaching. In his role as Online Course Manager, Dave oversees all of our Online Courses, helping train churches and individuals to use them well. He also oversees many translation projects to the Courses in several languages.


Job Description [pdf, 108kb]

Business Card [pdf, 37kb]


Paul Butler

Ebenim Media

Paul Butler is the founder of Ebenim Media. In high school, Paul’s parents went to the mission field for the first time. He spent two years on the Caribbean island of Bonaire, where he caught a vision for media ministry. Paul graduated from Moody Bible Institute in 1993 and earned his MA in Communications from Northern Illinois University in 2003. Paul served at the Moody Bible Institute for 17 years, both in the radio division and undergraduate school. Paul pastors a small church congregation in Arlington, Illinois. For the Charles Simeon Trust, he has handled all video production (in English) since 2004.


Nathan Diaz

Fish Studios

Nathan is the Founder and Owner of Fish Studios in Mexico City, Mexico. He studied radio production at the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, pastors a church in Mexico City, and has been producing a weekly radio program since 2007 for Latin America. He is a part of the council of the Coalición por el Evangelio. For the Charles Simeon Trust, he produces our Online Course videos in Spanish and Portuguese.


Claudio Augusto Vital Dos Santos

Mocha Films

Jeremy White

Media Manager

Jeremy joined the Charles Simeon Trust in 2021 and serves as the Media Manager. Along with this, he serves at Christ Church Chicago as Co-Youth Director alongside his brother Milton Taylor. Jeremy has a Bachelors of Arts in Motion Pictures from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, and recently graduated from the Chicago Course on Preaching.


Job Description [pdf, 95kb]

Business Card [pdf, 37kb]


Alyssa Walker

Director of Advancement Operations

Alyssa joined the Charles Simeon Trust as the Director of Advancement Operations in 2016. She also leads the women’s ministry at Cline Avenue Fellowship Church in Highland, Indiana. A native of Des Moines, Iowa, Alyssa grew up in a Christian home. She earned a BA from the Moody Bible Institute in Biblical Languages,an MA in Biblical Exegesis at Wheaton College, and a Certificate in Fundraising Management from the Lilly School of Philanthropy at Purdue University. Since doing her graduate work, Alyssa served as a Major Gifts and Grants Officer at the Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, as a Lecturer and Director of Development at the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Osijek, Croatia, and as an advancement consultant for several churches, ministries, and seminaries. She is married to Kevin (who serves as Director of Training at the Charles Simeon Trust). Alyssa is primarily responsible for coordinating the development efforts and helping our Executive Director to raise the operational budget each year. She is also involved with setting our communications strategy and works collaboratively with the rest of the team on projects.


Job Description [pdf, 97kb]

CV [pdf, 121kb]

Business Card [pdf, 44kb]


Christy Nieh

Advancement Operations Administrator

Christy joined the Charles Simeon Trust as the Advancement Operations Administrator in 2022. She worked previously as a Project Manager, consulting private sector and government clients in real estate. Christy has a BA in Political Science and History from the University of California San Diego as well as a Master of Public Administration, with an emphasis in Public Finance from the University of Southern California. Christy is married to Bing and they live in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago with their four children. They are members of Christ Church Chicago, where Bing is an Associate Pastor. She currently serves on the Women’s Ministry Team and volunteers in the Children’s Ministry.


Job Description [pdf, 84kb]

Business Card [pdf, 37kb]


Rhiannon Marche

Workshops Administrator and Bookkeeper (Canada)

Rhiannon Marche is the Workshop Administrator and Bookkeeper for Charles Simeon Trust in Canada. In 2013, she received an Advanced Diploma in Graphic Design from Humber College in Toronto. She then married her husband, Frank, and the two moved to Calgary, Alberta, where Frank attended school to obtain his Bachelor of Science in Construction Project Management. While in Calgary, Rhiannon was employed as the Graphic Designer at Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Association. Following that, she worked in marketing at World Vision in Ontario, generating funds through various direct mail campaigns.


Job Description [pdf, 73kb]

Business Card [pdf, 49kb]


We are privileged to work with some the best organizations in the world. Our partners include other ministries, seminaries, media companies, and host churches for Workshops and Courses (most of which are not listed here). We are grateful to each for the many ways they make our work better and more enjoyable.

9MarksProclamation TrustMatthias Media10 of ThoseRadius InternationalRTIMPillar NetworkGreat Commission CollectiveThe Souther Baptist Theological SeminaryTrinity Evangelical Divinity SchoolEbenim MediaFish StudiosPrédica FielRocket Republic