“We are neither to seek to preserve our holiness by escaping from the world nor to sacrifice our holiness by conforming to the world.” John Stott
Each year, the Stott Award is awarded to six churches and congregations who demonstrate pastoral wisdom in their ability to apply the deep and abiding truths of God’s word to bear on the pressings issues of ecclesial life.
Grace Valley Fellowship
Paul is the lead pastor of Grace Valley Fellowship. A graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary, Paul has over 15 years of pastoral experience. Paul is an incurable coffee drinker, avid reader, & dedicated treehouse-builder. He loves playing kickball with his kids, swing dancing with his wife, studying ancient Hebrew texts, and Jesus (not in that order).
J. Matthew Barnes (co-recipient, with Greg Waybright)
Lake Avenue Church
Matt Barnes serves as ministry curriculum coordinator at Lake Avenue. He also recently completed his PhD in New Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary.
Green Valley Church
Doug is the lead pastor of Green Valley Church. Doug Kyle received his DMin from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and is a licensed minister with the Evangelical Free Church of America.
Holy Trinity Church
Bing Nieh is Assistant Pastor of University and Missional Ministries at Holy Trinity Church, a non-denominational church located near the University of Chicago. He is a PhD student in Intercultural Studies at TEDS, and a licensed minister with the Evangelical Free Church of America. Bing also has years of experience as an engineer.
St John’s Perish
Rev. Snyder has served as Rector of St. John’s Perish Church since 2005. Prior to ministry, Snyder received his PhD in geochemistry from the Colorado School of Mines, and served as Research Professor of Planetary Geology and Geochemistry at the University of Tennessee. He received his MDiv from Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry.
Gregory Waybright (co-recipient, with Matt Barnes)
Lake Avenue Church
Greg Waybright is the Senior Pastor of Lake Avenue Church, where he has served since 2007. He received his PhD in New Testament Theology from Marquette University. Greg was also the President of Trinity Evangelical Divinity school prior to his current pastorate.
Calvary Memorial Church
Todd Wilson is the Senior Pastor at Calvary Memorial, where he has served since 2007. He received his PhD in New Testament from Cambridge University. Along with associate pastor Gerald Hiestand, Wilson also founded the Center for Pastor Theologians in 2006.