Brian Croft is Senior Pastor of Auburndale Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky and is the Founder of Practical Shepherding. He is also Senior Fellow for the Mathena Center for Church Revitalization and an adjunct professor at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the husband of Cara and father of four children, son, Samuel and daughters, Abby, Isabelle, and Claire. He has served in pastoral ministry for over twenty years, while serving the last thirteen of those years as Pastor of Auburndale Baptist Church.
Brian has written or contributed to over a dozen books to help serve pastors and church leaders on the practicalities of pastoral ministry. Brian’s most recent book, Biblical Church Revitalization was a finalist for book of the year in 2016 with The Gospel Coalition. In addition to his writing, Brian travels all over the world preaching at local churches, speaking at conferences, and training pastors.
Chris is a sinner saved by God’s grace and seeks to glorify Christ by stewarding the gifts given to him so Christ is honored in all things. He is passionate about preaching God’s Word, training men and exercising leadership in the Church family to exalt Christ as the Head of His Church.
Chris’s roots go back to Grace Community Church from 1979 to 1989 where he functioning in many roles, among them, Junior High Pastor, College Pastor, and Executive Assistant to John MacArthur. Chris is thankful to call John his mentor and friend.
Chris has had the privilege of teaching at many marriage and men’s conferences, and been used of God as adjunct faculty at three seminaries; now exclusively at Masters Seminary.
Since 2006, Chris is blessed to be the teaching pastor of Faith Bible Church in Murrieta California. Chris also leads The Training Center, a 3 year training process for Church leaders and first steps for future pastors.
He and his wife, Jean Ann, have two married sons; Matthew John, his wife Danielle with two grandson’s, Ryker and Finn. They live in Oahu Hawaii. Marc Daniel and his wife Breanna, with one grandson, Maverick; they live in Murrieta California.
Manuel V Pereira III was born and raised in the Central Valley of California. He served the Roman Catholic Church as an altar boy (altar server) from the age of five to sixteen. God opened his heart to see the glory of Christ and the wickedness of his own sin under the preaching of the gospel in a Protestant church. God graciously granted him repentance and faith in Christ in the summer of 1992.
From a young age Manny has enjoyed and studied God's creation. He became a student of physics. With two applied science degrees, he entered IBM’s Almaden Research Center. After seven years of success at the Almaden laboratory, he gracefully departed from the science and technology profession to pursue training for ministry (see article).
Trinity Bible Church had been Manny’s home church for several years by the time that he was wrestling with the idea of entering ministry. Prior to moving his family to southern California for seminary, Trinity Bible Church called him to serve them in pastoral ministry. He and his wife gladly accepted. The church generously aided and supported Manny through seminary. Others from Grace Community Church in Sun Valley helped with transportation and lodging. He traveled weekly from San Jose to Burbank and back for three-years. Through it all, his wife proved to be the most remarkable supporter of all. Manny now holds a Master of Divinity degree from The Master's Seminary (listed in the TMS Alumni Directory).