Rev. Dr. Craig Sheppard is from Wichita, Kansas and a graduate of the University of Kansas with a B.A. degree in Communication Studies. He also holds an M.Div. degree in Missions and a Th.M. degree in Theology from Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, MS, and a Ph.D. degree in Theology from the University of Wales. He and his wife Lisa have been blessed with five children (four sons and a daughter).
After serving eight years in campus ministry, including four years in Jackson where Craig directed the college ministry of First Presbyterian Church, the Sheppards moved to the mission field. In June of 1996 they arrived in Sofia, Bulgaria to begin a church planting ministry with Mission to the World (MTW). There they planted a church, established a translation and publishing company, and, along with missionary colleagues and friends, started a Classical Christian school for missionary children (the Sofia Christian Academy). Craig led pastor training conferences and taught theology and Bible at the Bulgarian Evangelical Theological Institute. From 2002 to 2009 He also served as the MTW Regional Director for Eastern Europe.
In June of 2009, after 13 years in Bulgaria, the Sheppards returned to the United States where Craig accepted the call to serve as the Senior Pastor of Bethel Church PCA in Dallas, TX. In June of 2013 they began their ministry at Arden Presbyterian. Craig also teaches missions at RTS Charlotte and regularly travels back to Bulgaria to teach Bible, theology and ministry skills. He enjoys woodworking, sports, and especially Kansas basketball.
Rev. Dwight Basham, a native of Christiansburg, Virginia, graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.A. degree in Music and a M.A. degree in Music Education. He taught junior and senior high school choral music at public schools in Virginia and North Carolina before graduating with a M. Div. degree from Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, NC.
He also served pastorates in Virginia and Tennessee before joining the Arden staff in 2014. He and his wife Pepper have five children: Benjamin, Aaron, Lydia, Samuel, and Phoebe.
Dwight is grateful for the opportunity to combine his musical and pastoral gifts at Arden. In his spare time he enjoys reading, playing tennis, and hiking.
Gabe Malloy was born in Springfield, Massachusetts but grew up mostly in Tampa, Florida. He graduated from Florida Southern University with a B.S. in Biology. During college Gabe was actively involved in RUF. In 2014 he graduated from Westminster Seminary in Philadelphia with a Master of Divinity degree. Gabe has over fifteen years of experience teaching science and philosophy in the public school system. He has also spent many years coaching track, cross country, and soccer.
Gabe’s wife Jennifer is originally from Scotland. They have four children: Hannah, Abigail, Gabriel, and Lily. Gabe’s favorite living pastor/theologian is Dr. Sinclair Ferguson. Some of his interests include running, hiking, cycling, playing sports, reading, playing board games, eating chocolate and drinking coffee.
Rev. Ron Shaw is from central Illinois and is a graduate of both Bob Jones University with the BA degree and Westminster Theological Seminary with the M.Div. degree. Ron and his wife, Queta, married the summer after their college graduation. The Shaws have three grown children and 10 grandchildren.
From 1966 to 1993 Ron served as a pastor in Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Colorado and South Carolina. In April 1993 Ron accepted a call to Mission to the World to serve as the Pastor-at-Large and later as the Director of the Spiritual Life Department. In this ministry Ron, together with Queta, were primarily involved in the spiritual preparation and continuing care of our MTW missionaries and their families. At the end of 2008 Ron retired from MTW, but continued as an Independent Contractor as he and Queta have made pastoral visits abroad and provided teaching and counsel to MTW missionaries and national leaders.
The Shaws enjoy time with family and friends and outdoor activities in the mountains near their home in Waynesville.
Rev. Chad Watkins, from Douglasville, Georgia, graduated from Berry College with a bachelor's degree in music education. After college, Chad moved to Thailand to work in campus ministry for the next three years. He returned to Georgia and attended Reformed Theological Seminary in Atlanta, graduating with a Master of Divinity degree in May 2011. He previously served as Assistant Pastor for four years at Main Street Presbyterian Church in Columbus, MS.
Chad is married to Michelle and they have three children: Esther, Isabelle, & Molly Grace.