Our Team


Mark Dever


Mark Dever (@MarkDever) 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.

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 (@JonathanLeeman) 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.

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.


Paul Passaro


Paul Passaro has served as the CFO of 9Marks since 2011 and is a partner at Brown-Locy Advisors. Paul’s career began on Wall Street in 1987. Since then, his management responsibilities have included leading finance, operations, strategic planning, human resources, and business development. In addition to three years of mission work in South Africa, Paul has helped plant churches and served on the boards of non-profits and privately-held businesses, including Thrive Farmers International. He is a cum laude graduate of Williams College with an MBA from UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. Paul and his wife, Dr. Kristi Passaro, are the parents of three children and reside in Chapel Hill, NC, where they are members of Christ Community Church.

Drew Allenspach

Development Manager

Drew helps the executive director develop ongoing relationships with 9Marks’ financial partners. His goal is to personally thank and concisely inform our generous team of investors helping build healthy churches. Drew is married to Katrina, whom he met at a 9Marks Weekender. They are members of Capitol Hill Baptist Church, where Drew serves as an elder. They have two children, Jackson and Katelyn.

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 graduated in 2017 with an MDiv from Southern Seminary. After spending two years doing youth ministry in Queens, New York, Alex and his family moved back to Louisville. He lives there with his wife Melanie and their three kids—Elliot, John, and Zoe. He also serves on staff at Third Avenue Baptist Church.

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 Louisville, KY along with their four children, Cyrus, Carson, Leighton, and Lincoln. Sam is an elder at Third Avenue Baptist Church in Louisville, KY.

Karen Race McCutcheon

Event Coordinator

Originally from California, Karen spent 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. She married Rob and moved to Dubai, UAE and then Tampa, FL before recently returning to D.C. They adopted Robbie in 2018, and she now serves as a full-time mom, professional photographer, and a part time Administrative Assistant at 9Marks, focusing on the Weekender. Karen attends Capitol Hill Baptist Church.

Alberto Jaquez


Originally from the Dominican Republic, Alberto serves as the Operations Manager for 9Marks. He is currently serving as an elder at Capitol Hill Baptist Church. He’s married to a wonderful lady named Elisabeth, who grew up as a missionary kid, and is father to Luna Mae. 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.

Katie Kobbs

International Operations Manager

Katie oversees the operations of the international branch of 9Marks. She grew up in Northeast Ohio and loves all things Cleveland. Katie graduated from Bowling Green State University in 2018 and moved to Washington, D.C. in May of 2019. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, spending time with her two cats, watching Netflix, and hiking. Katie is a member of Capitol Hill Baptist Church.

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.

Amber Hammond

Amber Hammond


Amber serves as the Office Manager for 9Marks. A native Texan and a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma, she spent the last three years in Memphis as the Office Manager at Harvest Church of Memphis. She recently moved to Alexandria, VA, after marrying her husband Alex. Amber loves details and completing tasks behind the scenes to make things run smoothly. She and her husband are both members at Capitol Hill Baptist Church. They enjoy reading and cooking together.

Mary Beth Freeman


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. After serving four years as 9Marks’ General Manager, she’s currently serving as the Major Events Coordinator. She spends her free time with her handsome Australian husband Mathew and her new daughter Katherine.