The Worship Initiative Writers

Marshall Segal

Marshall Segal is the executive assistant to John Piper for, and writes regularly for their blog. he grew up in Cincinnati, OH, making him an avid and loyal Reds and Bengals enthusiast. he received a bachelor's degree from Wake Forest University and a master's of divinity from Bethlehem Seminary. Still not-yet-married, he lives in Minneapolis, MN, and serves and worships at Bethlehem Baptist Church.

Jonathan Parnell

Jonathan Parnell is a writer and content strategist at he and his wife, Melissa, live in the Twin Cities with their four children. He grew up in a rural community just outside of Raleigh, NC and studied at The College at Southeastern in Wake Forest, NC and Bethlehem Seminary in Minneapolis. He is the co-author of How to Stay Christian in Seminary and lives to help people see the glory of Jesus.

David Mathis

David Mathis (@davidcmathis) is executive editor for and an elder at Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis. He is editor with John Piper of several books, including Thinking. Loving. Doing. (2011) and Finish the Mission (2012), and author with Jonathan Parnell of How to Stay Christian in Seminary (2014). David writes regularly at, and he and his wife, Megan, have three children.