We are a teaching fellowship of pastors helping pastors recapture the intimacy, simplicity, and dynamic of Spirit-led, first-century church life. Jesus empowered the ancient church with ways to overcome division, isolated individualism, and lack-luster obedience to His will. They can do the same for your church today.
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For over twenty-five years, we have provided church leaders in the Americas, Asia, Europe, Africa and Oceania with resources and training in how the early church met together in community. The essential tenets of the faith to which we subscribe are identical to those found in the doctrinal statements of any sound evangelical institution. Our favorite statement of faith is the First London Baptist Confession of 1646. In short, we advocate historic, orthodox Christianity poured into the wineskin of New Testament church practice as seen on the pages of Scripture. Our goal is to be Christ honoring and thoroughly biblical in every area concerning our church life.
Stephen E. Atkerson
Steve serves as pastor-teacher of the Southern Baptist church he started in Atlanta in 1991. While in college, he joined First Baptist Church of Atlanta (Charles Stanley, pastor). After graduation he moved to Birmingham where he led downtown First Baptist’s college department, ministering to students at Samford University (including then student Al Mohler). He has an M.Div. from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary and while there was part of Bellevue Baptist’s internship program (Adrian Rogers, pastor). He then ministered seven years on the pastoral staff of a mid-sized Baptist church. In the late 1980’s Steve began helping churches that desire to follow apostolic traditions of church practice. He has transitioned from mega churches to mid-sized churches to Roman villa sized churches. Married 34 years, he and his late wife Sandra have three grown children and a growing number of grandchildren. In 2019 he married Lixin Kang of China.
Ed holds an M. Div. from Biblical Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, served as an elder in Baptist and Missionary Alliance churches in New England and planted a church in central Connecticut. In 2001 he began hosting an annual conference on early church practice. Ed later moved to Georgia, where he served several years as an elder at a Southern Baptist church. He recently launched out to plant a new church in Athens. He also tutors pastors in New Testament Greek and travels extensively sharing the Gospel on college campuses with a ministry called The Great Exchange. He and his wife Linda have been married since 1979 and have four children (along with a good cache of grandchildren).
Once a worshiper of the Hindu deity Shirdi Sai Baba and on the way to becoming a criminal, Stephen now serves the Lord Jesus as an elder at a church he planted in Hyderabad, India. He has done his Bachelor of Theology, Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling, and Doctorate in Theology.
He is a blogger (MessageForOurAge.blogspot.com) and also the author of Signs of Salvation: Understanding Counterfeit and Authentic Conversion. He and his wife Chaitanya have been blessed with two boys.
Denton serves on the leadership team of a Southern Baptist church in Tucker, Georgia. He studied at Whitefield Theological Seminary and before moving to Tucker planted a church in Monroe, Georgia based on early church practice. His favorite statement of faith is the 1644 Baptist Confession. He and his wife Tamara have five children.
A former Hindu, Muralee planted and pastors a church in Trimcomalee, Sri Lanka that holds to both early church practice and the First London Baptist Confession. He also travels widely throughout the island evangelizing, planting churches and assisting existing congregations. A graduate of the Lanka Bible College and Seminary, he recently completed his D.Min degree. He and his wife have five children.
Dan has a law degree, a masters degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and a PhD in business. In addition to love for their three grown children and several grand-children, Dan and his wife Linda have great love for the people of China, where he taught at various universities from 1995 until his retirement in 2017. God used them there to not just lead many to Christ but also to actively make disciples. Before moving to the China, Dan served as deacon in a Southern Baptist church and was later involved in planting and pastoring a church that closely followed New Testament church practices. He is active in a church in South Carolina and has recently started a YouTube teaching ministry.
Gerald is one of the pastors at a Southern Baptist church in the Atlanta area. Prior to that he tired his hand at church planting and also served ten years on the staff of a Baptist church in McDonough. He and his wife Pamela have 3 home-schooled kids.
A full-time college campus evangelist with The Great Exchange, Nathaniel has also planted two churches, one of which was in the same Connecticut town where Johathan Edwards preached “Sinners In The Hand of An Angry God”. He currently is pastoring a church in Athens, Georgia. He and his wife Eden have five home-schooled children.