Our Team

Leadership

Mark Dever

President

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.

Staff

Mary Beth Freeman

MAJOR EVENTS COORDINATOR

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.

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. 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.

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 a member at Third Avenue Baptist Church in Louisville, KY.

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 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.

Amber Hammond

Amber Hammond

OFFICE MANAGER

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.

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.

Daniel Shrift

Danny Shrift

INTERNATIONAL ADMINISTRATIVE MANAGER

Danny serves as the 9Marks International Administrative Manager. He supports our global partners and extends the reach of our practical resources through translation and publication. Danny grew up in Brazil as the son of long-term missionaries in the Amazon region. After studying Linguistics and Music at John Brown University, he worked as an au pair in France before moving to D.C. to work for the International Monetary Fund. He then became a member of Capitol Hill Baptist Church for several years prior to joining a church plant in Perth, Australia. While in Perth, Danny worked for the local Federal Member of Parliament. When not spending time with his many nieces and nephews scattered across North and South America, Danny enjoys hosting visitors, translating modern hymns into Portuguese, and planning adventures with friends.