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

Raised in Brazil by a missionary family who pioneered Portuguese-language publishing in Brazil, Rick started a merchandising company in the States, working with many Christian bands like DC Talk and Michael W. Smith. In 2005, after 17 years in the music industry, Rick and his wife Kimberlie sold their business and returned to Brazil to lead Editora Fiel, the publishing and teaching ministry his parents started in 1966. He continues to serve as the President. His extensive international experience has given him a unique vision for 9Marks’ work to help pastors establish healthy churches among the nations. Rick and Kimberlie live in Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil, with their children, James, Lilah, and Julieta.

Mary Beth Freeman, General Manager

Mary Beth spent 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 General 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.

Drew Allenspach, Development Manager

Drew helps the executive director develop ongoing relationships with 9Marks’ financial partners. A graduate from Indiana University and former Wall Street investment banker, Drew discovered the surpassing value of the church while serving as a member of Apostles Church in New York City. Since, he has served on staff at Apostles, discipled student-athletes with College Golf Fellowship, earned his M.Div. from Southern Seminary, and, most recently, completed the pastoral internship at Capitol Hill Baptist Church. Drew married his wife, Katrina, in June 2017 after meeting her at a 9Marks Weekender. They are members of CHBC and enjoy Nerf gun fights, salsa dancing in the kitchen, as well as, Drew’s favorite recreation, competitive amateur golf.

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. He lives with his wife Melanie and his daughter Elliot in Queens, NY, where they are members of North Shore Baptist Church. Alex also serves as the youth pastor there.

Sam Emadi, Senior Editor

Sam writes, edits, and manages special publishing projects for 9Marks. He graduated from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary with an M.Div in 2012 and with a PhD in Biblical Studies in 2016. He and his wife Corrie Ann live in Washington D. C. along with their three children, Cyrus, Carson, and Leighton. Sam is a member at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington D. C.

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 Project Manager

Simona Gorton oversees the operations of 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.

Jaime Arora, Financial Manager

When she is not literally running after her two small children, Jaime works part-time as the financial manager for 9Marks. She received her bachelor’s degree in business from American University and her law degree from George Washington University. Between jobs at an accounting firm, a law firm, and a tax magazine, Jaime spent time serving as the director of an orphanage in Zambia and traveling to all seven continents. She lives with her husband and family in Washington, D.C., where they are members of Capitol Hill Baptist Church. Jaime enjoys leading a small group, running, baking, and watching too much reality TV.