Mar 30, 2018

Collegiate Collective

Episode 183: Meet Our 2018 Featured Writers

Today, Chase Abner introduces you to our Featured Writers team for 2018.

Rashard Barnes // Pastor of Connections, Mercy Church – Charlotte, NC

Tom Knight // Senior Consultant and Contextualist, No Campus Left

Cole Penick // Director of the Baptist Collegiate Ministry – University of Arkansas

Darrick Smith // Senior Consultant, No Campus Left


  • Intros for each writer
  • Why is college ministry important to you? (10:00)
  • Why did you want to be a part of Collective? (17:15)

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about the author

Chase Abner

Chase is a church planting leader for Send Network in Iowa.

about the author

Rashard Barnes

Rashard is from Texas, living in North Carolina. He is married to Meghan and they have two children Malachi and Eden. He is a graduate of Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science in Personal Financial Planning and Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Theology. Recently, Rashard worked at Redeemer Church in Lubbock, Texas. At Redeemer, he had oversight over the college ministry, their residency program, small groups, and church discipleship. Over the past months, he transitioned to Charlotte, North Carolina to work at a church-plant Mercy Church. At Mercy, he is the Connections Pastor.

about the author

Tom Knight

Tom is a collegiate strategist in North Carolina, specializing in international student work. He holds a law degree from Wake Forest and an Mdiv from Princeton. He is the author of No Passport Required: Collegiate Ministry as Global Missions.

about the author

Cole Penick

Cole is the Campus Minister for the Baptist Collegiate Ministry at the University of Arkansas. He and his wife, Caroline, live with their four adorable children right in the middle of campus, their mission field. They enjoy family walks on campus, watching and playing sports, making and eating good food, and oh so many books.

about the author

Darrick Smith

Darrick is a collegiate consultant with the NoCampusLeft team. He lives in North Carolina with his wife and two sons.