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 Jude, The 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.
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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Romell Williams, Jr., serves as 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. Romell currently serves as the Associate Director of Workshops for the Charles Simeon Trust.
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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Darrell the Pastor of Crossway Community Church in Canmore, Alberta. 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 Associate Director of International Workshops at the Charles Simeon Trust, having previously served as the Director of International Workshops. He is also responsible for advancement and operations in our Canadian office, serving there as Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Mervyn Eloff 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 Stellenbosch. He 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.
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 2019.
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 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.
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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.
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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 BS in Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a MDiv from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Colleen and her husband 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.
Kristie joined the Charles Simeon Trust in 2017 and serves as the Associate Director of Women’s Workshops. Kristie is a pastor’s wife, mom, speaker, and Bible teacher. She has bachelor’s degrees from NC State University in History and African American Studies. She joyfully supports her husband, Thabiti, as he pastors Anacostia River Church in Washington D.C. She edited the volume His Testimonies, My Heritage: Women of Color on the Word of God and she has written or spoken at conferences for the Front Porch, the Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission (ERLC), The Gospel Coalition, Desiring God, Revive Our Hearts, and Christianity Today. You can follow her on Instagram at @kristieanyabwile or Twitter at @kanyabwile.
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.
Kevin joined the Charles Simeon Trust as the Director of Training in 2016. 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.
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.
Alyssa joined the Charles Simeon Trust as the Director of Advancement Operations in 2016. 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 and completed the MA in Biblical Exegesis at Wheaton College. She has contributed to the Kairos Journal and Pleroma. 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 theological education institutions. 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.
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Kristi Brockway is a native of Michigan, but resides with her family on the south side of Chicago. Kristi earned her BBA from Western Michigan University. Prior to taking a break from full-time employment to stay home and raise her children, Kristi worked for various organizations in the non-profit sector. Kristi is a member of Holy Trinity Church, where she serves as both a Deacon and a Community Group Leader alongside her husband, Brock.
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