Baptist House of Studies Board of Visitors

Rev. Todd M. Atkins

Rev. Todd M. Atkins became the senior pastor at Salem Institutional Baptist Church in Dallas in January 2010. He is an alumnus of SMU's Perkins School of Theology; a duly licensed chaplain; and co-founder / president of the South Dallas-Fair Park FAITH Coalition - all work that keeps Rev Atkins tirelessly in the fight for salvation, social justice and open access to Jesus Christ: to GOD be GLORY!

Mark A. Chancey

Mark A. Chancey is professor of Religious Studies in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences at SMU. His interests include New Testament studies, early Judaism, archaeology and the Bible, religion and public education, and church-state issues.

Pastor Larry T. Crudup

Pastor Larry T. Crudup serves as the senior pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church of Oklahoma City. Pastor Crudup received a B.A. in religion and the arts with a minor in secondary education from Belmont University, Nashville, TN in May 2010. He is also a graduate of Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology in Dallas where he earned a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in ethical and creative leadership from Union Institute & University in Cincinnati, OH. He is also an adjunct professor at Belmont University in the College of Theology and Christian Ministry.

Rev. Dr. Ferrell Foster

Ferrell Foster is content specialist for care and communication with Prosper Waco, a nonprofit focused on education, health, and financial security for the common good. Foster holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Hardin-Simmons University’s Logsdon Seminary, where he focused on Christian African American perspectives on justice. He holds a master’s degree in biblical studies from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and a bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science from East Texas State University in Commerce.
Steve Gooch

Stephen (Steve) Gooch

  • Professor Emeritus of History, Richland College
  • Cradle Roll Baptist, Sunday school teacher, church officer, deacon
  • Royal Lane, Park Cities, Ridgecrest Baptist Churches of Dallas
  • Baylor University, BA, MA
  • Organizing member of Alliance of Baptist, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
  • Baptist Heroes: Foy Valentine, James Dunn, Cecil Sherman, George Mason, Jaime Clark-Soles, Bill Leonard

Rev. Ray Jordan

Rev. Ray Jordan has worked in both the public and private sectors as a public-school educator, university professor, non-profit administrator, corporate trainer, clergyperson and consultant. Currently, Ray is the on staff at Cosmopolitan UCC in Carrolton, TX and is an adjunct professor at the University of Texas in Arlington’s Center for African Studies and Southern Methodist University’s Department of Graduate Liberal Studies. He also serves as a consultant in areas of diversity and inclusion and cultural intelligence.

Trent Juarez

Trent Juarez is a student at SMU Perkins School of Theology pursuing a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree. He graduated from Texas Christian University (TCU) with a Bachelor of Music Education (BME). Trent is a member of Royal Lane Baptist Church in Dallas and can’t wait to journey with friends of faith old and new to discover what being Baptist (or otherwise) can really mean.

Geri McKenzie

Geri McKenzie is the associate director for Pathways to Ministry at Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas. She oversees the day-to-day operations of the program, which includes the church’s Pastoral Residency program, college and seminary internships and the YourCall program for high school students. In addition, Geri provides coaching using Enneagram and Gallup’s StrengthsFinder. A native Texan, she earned a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Texas at Austin and a master’s in counseling from Texas A&M-Commerce. Before joining the Wilshire staff in 2005, Geri worked at SMU as an academic counselor.

Rev. Victoria Robb Powers

Rev. Victoria Robb Powers is the senior associate pastor at University Park United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas. She is a graduate of Baylor University where she earned a B.A. in religion and philosophy. In 2012, Victoria graduated from Brite Divinity School at TCU with her Master of Divinity. After finishing seminary, Victoria went on to complete a clinical pastoral education residency at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. In 2014, Victoria was ordained to the gospel ministry. For the four years following, Victoria served as an associate pastor at Highland Park United Methodist Church where she pastored a Sunday morning service of liturgy and sacrament. Victoria and her husband, Matt, have been married for nine years and have two children, Benjamin and Ruthie. Victoria is passionate about spiritual formation, community, and worship.

Edwin J. Robinson

Edwin J. Robinson is a graduate of Duke University, where he received a Master of Theological Studies degree and graduate certificate in African and African-American studies. Edwin is a consultant to a number of local, state and national organizations working with faith, community and civic leaders and building a faithful movement for social justice. His most recent endeavor, the Marathon Economic Development Group, seeks to make vertically integrated economic development popular to begin the full integration of economic resources that have long been segregated in our country.

Rev. Garrett Vickrey

Rev. Garrett Vickrey is the senior pastor at Woodland Baptist Church in San Antonio, TX. He is a graduate of Baylor University and the Wake Forest University School of Divinity.

Teri Walker

Teri Walker originally worked in technology management and left the field to work in nonprofit. After serving for six years as the executive director of Aberg Center for Literacy, she started her own company in 2014, CommonTeri Services, which provides technology management services to nonprofits. Teri currently serves as the board president of Literacy Texas. In her spare time, Teri plays banjo, hosts dinner parties, reads nonfiction and travels – not necessarily in that order.

Rev. Natalie Webb

Rev. Natalie Webb joined the ministerial staff of FBC Worcester in December of 2018 as Associate Pastor of Spiritual Formation and Outreach. Natalie holds a Master of Divinity from Truett Theological Seminary and is a doctoral candidate in Baylor University’s Religion department. Natalie is devoted to supporting and celebrating women in pastoral ministry and community leadership and is the co-founder and co-organizer of the grassroots organization, Nevertheless She Preached.

Rev. Dr. Jaime Clark-Soles is the director of the Baptist House of Studies and Professor of New Testament and Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor at Perkins School of Theology.

Rev. Dr. George A. Mason is lead advisor for the Baptist House of Studies and senior pastor at Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas.