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EQUIP Network Staff

AL JAMES

EQUIP Network Coordinator
Serving Southeastern since 2002
EDUCATION

B.S., Blue Mountain College
M.Div., New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
Th.D., New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

BIO

Dr. Al James began serving as the EQUIP Network Coordinator in August 2017. Dr. James also serves SEBTS as the Associate Dean of Ministry Studies and as a Professor of Missions. Originally from Jesup, GA, Dr. James served with the International Mission Board for 10 years in India and the Philippines. He came back from the field in 2001 to teach missions here at SEBTS. In addition to his various roles here at the seminary, he also serves as Pastor at Hales Chapel Baptist Church in Zebulon, NC as well as serving on the Board of Directors for the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. Dr. James is married to Cathy, has four children, and six grandchildren. He enjoys dating his wife, spending time engaging in his children’s’ sports endeavors, and reading.

CONTACT
ajames@sebts.edu
919.761.2460


Ben Alain

Special Assistant to the EQUIP Network Coordinator
Serving Southeastern since 2018
EDUCATION

B.s. Business Management, Louisiana State University
Pursuing M.Div. Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

BIO

Ben Alain began serving churches through EQUIP as the Special Assistant to the EQUIP Network Coordinator in July 2018. Before stepping into this role he served as a Student and Worship Pastor in Eastern North Carolina. Ben has a passion for helping and encouraging local churches in their efforts at creating disciplemaking cultures. He is currently pursuing his Master of Divinity in Christian Ministry, and desires to enter pastoral ministry once again. Ben and his wife Ashley love being a part of the life of their local church as they both work towards degrees.

CONTACT
balain@sebts.edu 
919.761.2465


Trevor Forbis

Special Assistant to the EQUIP Network Coordinator
Serving Southeastern since 2016
EDUCATION

B.A. Philosophy, The College at Southeastern
Pursuing M.Div. Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

BIO

Trevor Forbis began serving Southeastern as the Research Assistant to The Dean of Doctoral Studies, while also serving as an Assistant to the Director of The Center for Great Commission Studies. Trevor began serving as the Special Assistant to the EQUIP Network Coordinator in May 2018. Outside of Southeastern Trevor serves as the Minister of Students and Local Outreach at Restoration Church, Wake Forest. He has a passion for helping local churches and ministry organizations create healthy disciplemaking cultures, and he is currently pursuing his Master of Divinity in Preaching as he continues in pastoral ministry.

CONTACT
tforbis@sebts.edu 
919.761.2135


Casey Goebel

Administrative Assistant to the EQUIP Network Coordinator
Serving Southeastern since 2014
EDUCATION

B.S. Biochemistry, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
M.A. Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Pursuing Ed.D. Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

BIO

Casey Goebel began serving as the Administrative Assistant to the EQUIP Network in the fall of 2014. Before coming to Southeastern, she studied Biochemistry at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County when the Lord drew her towards vocational ministry. She is currently enrolled in the Doctorate of Education program at Southeastern to learn how to teach, disciple, and write curriculum, as the Lord leads. Casey is married to Kevin and they serve together in discipling students at their local church.

CONTACT
cgoebel@sebts.edu
919.761.2460