The Decablog was launched in 2012 as a joint project between two friends named Nick, Pastors Nicolas Alford and Nick Kennicott. From the beginning, the purpose of the blog has been to provide Christ honoring content that edifies the Church from a Reformed Baptist perspective. Breathless outrage can build a quick online following, but contributing patiently and positively builds a more lasting foundation.

Eventually the Nicks began inviting friends to also contribute to the blog, building a collective of writers largely made up of pastors serving in churches that hold to the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith.

The Decabloggers

Nicolas Alford

nickNick is a great sinner, but Christ is a greater Savior.  He is married to the lovely Shelby and they have been blessed with three children.  Nick grew up in the construction industry, building homes with his Dad and brother in the Pacific Northwest.  He previously helped to plant Free Grace Baptist Church in Bremerton, WA and is now a pastor at Grace Baptist Church of Taylors, SC. He is a graduate of Reformed Baptist Seminary and now serves as Clerk of the Board of Overseers.  He enjoys writing, taking cars apart, spending time with his wife and kids, and despairing over the Seattle Mariners.  Unlike his much cooler blog partner, he has never been in the Army and is scared of bees.

Nicholas Kennicott

Nick is married to Felicia and is the grateful father of two girls, Eva and Abry and a boy, Nicholas. He has the great privilege of being the pastor of Redeemer Baptist Church in Rincon, Georgia. Nick is a golfer, gourmet home chef, organic gardener, standup paddleboarder, and a former United States Army Ranger (1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment). He also enjoys reading voraciously and writing as often as possible. He is a graduate of the Baptist College of Florida and Knox Theological Seminary and is currently a PhD student at Faulkner University. He is the founder and president of the Institute of Pastoral and Theological Training in Egbe, Nigeria and regularly travels to West Africa to teach and train pastors, preach in conferences, and assist in church planting and reformation. Unlike his highly esteemed blog partner, he is very unskilled with a hammer, and has lost all of his west coast is the best coast sensibilities after living in Georgia since 2003. You can follow Nick on Twitter @kennicon.

Guest Contributors

Matt Foreman

Matt-Foreman1-198x300Matt has been pastor of Faith Reformed Baptist Church in Media, PA since 2002. He has a degree in music from Furman University in Greenville, SC, and a masters from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. A native of Atlanta, he loves his wife MaryScott and is the proud father of Katy, Darsie, Liam and Molly. In the past, he has served as Chairman of Reformed Baptist Missions Services, and has been a lecturer in practical theology at Reformed Baptist Seminary. In his free time, Matt loves reading, writing and playing music, playing basketball, and spending time with his wife and kids. While he is a converted Philadelphia Eagles fan, he has held firm and fast to the Atlanta Braves.

Doug Van Dorn

Saved early, forgiven often. Doug celebrated 20 years of marriage to Janelle in 2014. They have four beautiful girls. Doug holds the MDiv from Denver Seminary and has pastored the Reformed Baptist Church of Northern Colorado since 2002. He currently serves on the Administrative Council of the Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America. He has authored two books: Waters of Creation: A Biblical-Theological Study of Baptism and Giants: Sons of the Gods (A Reformed guy writing on giants, really). Doug was among the first thousand people to have climbed all 54 14,000 ft. peaks in Colorado. He’s also climbed Mt. Rainier (WA) and Mt. Shasta (CA). Unlike the Nicks, Doug still understands that west is best, just look at the direction a person had to walk to enter the Temple! Visit Doug’s personal website here.

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