The Academy of Preachers is pleased to welcome two new bloggers to the website, Tommy Valentine and Heather Daugherty.

Tommy Valentine pastors the Lexington Avenue Baptist Church in Danville, Kentucky where he has served for over nine years.  He also serves as an adjunct professor at the Baptist Seminary of Kentucky and a trustee at Campbellsville University.  He did his undergraduate work at the University of Louisville and received both his M.Div. and Ph.D. degrees from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

One of Tommy’s passions is ministry and leadership coaching, and he will be posting blogs on this topic. Having done his coach training through Valwood at the Hollifield Center in North Carolina, he will fulfill the certification process as a Valwood Certified Christian Leadership Coach early this spring.  He will also serve as a coach at the Academy’s Summer Preaching Camp (June 1-7, 2009) in Louisville.

He is married to Jennifer and they have two children, David, 13, and Kate, 10, and a spoiled yellow lab named Casey. He enjoys spending time with his family, vacationing at Pawleys Island, playing golf and reading biographies and historical non-fiction works especially from the Revolutionary War and Civil War periods.

Heather Daugherty is a member of the Academy’s Board of Advisors.  She currently serves as the Director of Church Services and Director for the Center of Worship Arts at Trevecca Nazarene University where she has been since 2006.  Prior to her current assignment, she served as Associate Pastor at Wollaston Church of the Nazarene in Quincy, Massachusetts on the campus of Eastern Nazarene College.

An ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene, Heather is a graduate of Olivet Nazarene University and Boston University School of Theology.  Her passions in ministry include narrative preaching and pastoral care.  She lives in Nashville with her husband, Brad, and her daughter, Ella.

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