The High Pointe July Preaching Series 2018
July 1 
Ben Wright
Jesus Cursed Warped Religion
Mark 11:12-25
Ben grew up in a believing family and made a profession of faith as a young child, but really only understood the gospel and trusted Christ much later. He spent the next 14 years working in Christian educational organizations, studying at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and training in a pastoral apprenticeship. In 2009 he joined the staff of High Pointe Baptist Church in Austin as an Associate Pastor. After several years there, High Pointe commissioned him to pastor its Cedar Park church plant. Ben and his wife, Meredith, have three sons and one daughter.

July 8
Dr. Jim Richards
Entrusted: A Gospel Legacy for the Coming Generations
2 Timothy 3:10-17

Jim Richards was saved and answered the call to preach at age seventeen. He pastored for twenty-one years in Louisiana, later serving as Director of Missions in Bentonville, Arkansas. Dr. Richards has served the SBC on various committees and boards, including being elected First Vice President of the Southern Baptist Convention in 2007. Dr. Richards’ education includes two undergraduate degrees, a Master of Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis. He is a Distinguished Alumnus of both seminaries. The Criswell College in Dallas awarded Dr. Richards the Doctor of Divinity in 2013. When the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention was formed in November of 1998, Dr. Richards became the first Executive Director. The Convention has become an important partner for churches in Texas and with the Southern Baptist Convention. Dr. Richards and his wife, June, have three children and three grandchildren.


July 15
Shai Linne
Jesus’ Desire for the Church
John 17:20-26

Shai Linne is a church planter who had the privilege of helping to plant Risen Christ Fellowship in September 2015 in his hometown of Philadelphia, PA. Before that, Shai did a pastoral internship at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington D.C., after which he served for two years as an elder at Del Ray Baptist Church in Alexandria, VA. Shai is also a recording artist with Lamp Mode Recordings, where he has released seven Christian hip-hop albums. He is happily married to Blair and they have three children- Sage, Maya and Ezra.

July 22
Dr. Curtis Woods
Triple Work of Grace
Titus 2:11-14
Dr. Woods is associate executive director for the Kentucky Baptist Convention. He holds undergraduate and graduate level degrees in social work, urban studies, and pastoral theology. He earned a PhD in biblical spirituality at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. His research interests are in African-American intellectual history.