In Essentials, UNITY! In Nonessentials, LIBERTY! In All Things, LOVE!
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On our board of directors is a mix of clergy and lay-persons who want to see more apologetics, theology and worldview training going on, and are working to try and make that happen.
Living in the midst of two cities.
Dr. Matthew Burford
Matthew Burford was born in Anniston, Alabama. He graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Arts in American History. He received both his Masters and Doctorate at Samford University’s Beeson Divinity School. Matthew’s dissertation and praxis was centered on the role of wisdom in evangelism and apologetics.
Matthew married his college sweetheart, Holly, who is a medical physician practicing in Birmingham Alabama. Along with his two children they attend Hunter Street Baptist church.
Matthew is an ordained Southern Baptist Minister and a teacher at Briarwood Theological Seminary, a ministry of Briarwood Presbyterian Church. He is one of the founders and president of Tactical Faith.
Matthew spends his time at Tactical Faith networking and helping apply the vision of the organization. He is working on a wisdom model for apologetic ministry that seeks to integrate character and virtue in the world of ideas and knowledge.
BA History – University of Alabama
MDIV/Doctorate – Samford University
Finding his Bernard Shaw.
He has been married to Sandi since 2004 and together they have two children.
Pushing back on Screwtape.
Born in Birmingham Alabama, Johnny was raised in central Alabama spending his childhood among Jefferson, Calhoun and St. Clair Counties. He graduated from Auburn University, with Magna Cum Laude and Beta Gamma Sigma honors, with a Business Administration degree in 2004. He received his Juris Doctor from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in 2007. While in law school, Johnny obtained his Masters of Business Administration from Samford University’s Brock School of Business.
Johnny is married to his high school sweetheart Lindsay, and they are the parents of three children. Together they attend, are members and serve in various capacities at Mountain Chapel United Methodist Church.
Johnny is a founding partner in the Birmingham/Atlanta law firm of “Gray Jenkins”. His practice areas are focused around the legal needs of entrepreneurs, business law, and complex litigation.
Advising churches and nonprofits
Multi-million dollar construction dispute
Shareholder derivative suits
Liability concern consulting
Business interest divorce
Alabama State Bar
Alabama State Bar Young Lawyers
Birmingham Bar Association
Birmingham Bar Association Young Lawyers
American Bar Association
U.S. District Court Northern District of AL
U.S. Bankruptcy Court Northern District of AL
Cumberland Alumni Association
Samford Business Network
Auburn Young Alumni
Calling to Apologetics:
Being raised in the Church, I was a life long Christian and never really fell away from God, but I certainly dozed off from time to time. Apologetics played a big role in my wake up call, and helped me deepen my faith and trust in God.
C.S. Lewis is probably the writer/author who has had the biggest influence on my faith.
As a lawyer, Church and Law is the arena I find myself most useful in applying my lay level Apologetics knowledge.
Picking up the philosophical crumbs.
Wm. Travis Coblentz is Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He also does handyman work to pay the bills. He attended Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.Div., Th.M.) and Baylor University (Ph.D. philosophy). His primary interests are in history of philosophy and ethics, with a particular love for Plato and Nietzsche. His interests in apologetics relate primarily to apologetic method, specifically how apologetics should arise out of and inspire virtue.
Travis is married to Chrissy (since 1997), and has three children: Trinity, Nathan, and Monica.
B.A. Biblical Studies/Ministry Bethel College (Indiana)
M.Div. Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Th.M. Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
M.A. (philosophy) Baylor University
Ph.D. (philosophy) Baylor University
Reforming ecclesiastical creativity.
Creative Director and big time fan of Johnny Cash and The Ramones. Go figure. Shannon has been born and raised in the Birmingham Metro area. He grew up in a Southern Baptist Church and was a bit of a prodigal until God began convicting him as a Sophomore in college at the University of Montevallo. Having recommitted his life to Christianity, he was propelled into many situations and conversations where he was asked for justification for his beliefs. Shannon graduated from Montevallo with a Ceramics, Painting, and Design degree from Montevallo.
Shannon lives in Columbiana, AL with his lovely wife and 3 kids. They are members of Columbiana First Baptist Church, and Shannon takes great pride in being able to walk to his church with his wife and kids.
Shannon is the principle of PoeCo, and is currently working full time as a graphic designer.
During his time in College, he had something of a revival within his heart and God awakened him in a Liberal Arts Environment. The more people asked about his faith, or pushed back against it, the more he wanted to learn and find out. Shannon is an intellectually curious person and is always wanting to dig into philosophical, theological, and beautiful conversations.
Probably one of his biggest influences outside of the Bible would be Bonhoeffer’s “ETHICS”. He sees the will of God as being preeminent in the Christians life and seeks for good fellowship that is rich in the reality of Jesus.