Mark Dever

Mark Dever, President

Mark Dever serves as the senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC. A Duke graduate, Dr. Dever holds a M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, a Th.M. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Ecclesiastical History from Cambridge University. He is the president of 9Marks and has taught at a number of seminaries. Dr. Dever has also authored several books and articles. He and his wife Connie live and minister on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. See whole biography.

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Ryan Townsend

Ryan Townsend, Executive Director

Ryan gives oversight to the organization. Born and raised in Houston, he grew up attending a Unitarian church. Ryan moved to Washington, DC in 1993 to attend Georgetown University. After graduation he converted to Christ through the ministry of Capitol Hill Baptist Church, where Ryan later served as a pastoral assistant to Mark Dever. In 2005, Ryan began his master of divinity studies at The Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville. During his time in Louisville, Ryan served as the pastor for administration & children at Clifton Baptist Church. Ryan now lives with his wife and five children in Washington, D.C.

Jonathan Leeman, Editorial Director

Jonathan edits the 9Marks series of books as well as the 9Marks Journal. He is also the author of several books on the church. Since his call to ministry, Jonathan has earned a master of divinity from Southern Seminary, a Ph.D. in Ecclesiology from the University of Wales, and has worked as an interim pastor. He lives with his wife and four daughters in Cheverly, Maryland. See whole biography.

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Rick Denham, International Director

Rick oversees 9Marks’ International ministry. Raised in Brazil in a missionary family, Rick returned to the States for college and afterward started a merchandising company where he worked with many Christian bands like DC Talk and Michael W. Smith. But in 2005, after 17 years in the music industry, Rick and his wife Kimberlie sold their business and returned to Brazil to serve as missionaries. At this point, Rick began working with FIEL, a publishing and teaching ministry his parents started in 1966, and he continues to serve as their President. Rick is thrilled to partner with 9Marks to help pastors establish healthy churches among the nations. The Denhams live in Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil, with their children, James, Lilah, and Julieta.

Mary Beth Freeman, Operations Manager

Mary Beth spent the last 8.5 years serving as an administrator for Campus Outreach in Greenville, SC and Washington, DC. Mary Beth loves details, logistics and bringing order out of chaos. She’s currently serving as the Operations Manager for 9Marks overseeing the Weekender, events, and general operations of 9Marks. She spends her free time with her handsome Australian husband, Mathew and is enjoying life as a newlywed in Washington, DC.

James McNair, Development Manager

James develops and maintains ongoing relationships with donors. He does this in partnership with the Executive Director. Born in the U.S., he spent the majority of his childhood in Europe where he discovered and enjoyed a variety of delicious cuisines. His journey didn’t end there, as he relocated back the States, spending majority of his time in the upper midwest and east coast studying theology, history, building friendships, and eating Krispy Kreme donuts. He enjoys seeing men and women discover the surpassing worth of Jesus Christ over the fleeting pleasures of this world. James now lives in Washington, D.C., where he’s a member of Capitol Hill Baptist Church.

Alex Duke, Editorial Manager

Alex writes, edits, and plans much of the content for the 9Marks website. He graduated from Western Kentucky University in 2011 with a degree in Journalism and Creative Writing. He then moved back to his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky to begin classes at Southern Seminary. In the spring of 2013, he served as a pastoral intern at Capitol Hill Baptist Church. Before working for 9Marks, he worked as a part-time editor for The Gospel Coalition. He lives with his wife Melanie and his daughter Elliot in Louisville, where they are members of Third Avenue Baptist Church.

Karen Race McCutcheon, Event Coordinator

Originally from California, Karen spent the past 13 years living and working in Washington, D. C. She served as Director of White House Personnel for President George W. Bush, took a brief interlude to walk across Spain (literally), and then served as the General Manager at 9Marks for 5 years. In October 2014, she married Rob and moved to Dubai, UAE. She now serves 9Marks as a part-time Administrative Assistant and is attending Redeemer Church of Dubai.

Alberto Jaquez, Administrative Manager

Originally from the Dominican Republic, Alberto serves as the Administrative Manager for 9Marks. He’s married to a wonderful lady named Elisabeth, who grew up as a missionary kid. In Fall 2016, he did the CHBC internship. Before that, he served at Iglesia Bíblica del Señor Jesucristo, his home church in the Dominican Republic.

Simona Gorton, International Operations Manager

Simona Gorton oversees the international branch of 9Marks. After graduating from Reformation Bible College, she moved to Brazil as a photojournalist during the 2016 Olympics and interned with Ministério Fiel. She has authored a biography of Elaine Townsend and worked as a writer for Ligonier Ministries. She’s also traveled around the world as a photographer for several ministries. She lives in Seattle with her husband, and they enjoy hiking and biking together in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.