b21 Panel Bio: Ed Stetzer


Dr. Ed Stetzer is known around the world for his expertise in church planting and missiology. He is an exemplary husband, father, church planter, pastor, missiologist, and leader. Dr. Stetzer has planted churches in New York, Pennsylvania, and Georgia and transitioned declining churches in Indiana and Georgia. He has trained pastors and church planters on five continents, holds two masters degrees and two doctorates, and has written dozens of articles and books. Ed is a columnist for Outreach Magazine and Catalyst Monthly, serves on the advisory council of Sermon Central and Christianity Today’s Building Church Leaders, and is frequently cited or interviewed in news outlets such as USA Today and CNN.

Ed is Visiting Professor of Research and Missiology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Visiting Research Professor at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and has taught at fifteen other colleges and seminaries. He also serves on the Church Services Team at the International Mission Board.

Ed is currently interim teaching pastor of First Baptist Church of Hendersonville, TN.

Ed’s primary role is President of LifeWay Research and LifeWay’s Missiologist in Residence.

He has written the following books:

Dr. Stetzer spends much of his time traveling the globe speaking at conferences and churches about church growth, church planting, and missiology. Baptist21 is grateful for the contribution Dr. Stetzer has made and continues to make on the Kingdom in the 21st Century. We are excited about what he will bring to the b21 panel on June 23rd. You can find more information about this event here.

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Ronnie Parrott

Ronnie Parrott serves as one of the pastors at Cross Church in Northwest Arkansas. He is the Pastor of Discipleship at the Fayetteville Campus of Cross Church. Ronnie has a BS in Student Ministry from Boyce College and is completing a Master's of Divinity in the Billy Graham School of Missions and Evangelism at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Ronnie is married to Marci and they have 5 children, Jack (6), Anna Kate (4), Hudson (3), Silas (2), and Smith (due February 2014).

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