Jay Todd was born and raised in Pintlala, Alabama, a rural community just outside of Montgomery. He came to Christ at the age of sixteen, and a year later, he committed his life to the ministry. He attended college at the Baptist College of Florida where he received his BA and–more significantly–met his wife Christina. Soon after their wedding, he and Christina moved to Wake Forest, North Carolina, to attend Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary where Jay received a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Philosophy. While in North Carolina, the Todds had their three children: Maisy, Lily, and Isaac. Jay also served as a lay pastor at Union View Baptist Church in Franklinton, North Carolina. In 2011, the Todd family moved to Branson, and Jay began teaching Biblical and Theological Studies at College of the Ozarks. He recently published Sinai and the Saints, with which he aims to help Christians interpret the old covenant laws. His hobbies include reading, hiking, hunting, and snow skiing.
Dan Kline grew up in Durant, Mississippi, where his family lived and worked on a campus that trained cross cultural church planters. Dan enrolled in College of the Ozarks with the intention of pursuing a degree that would equip him to serve in a missions context. While a student at CofO, Dan met and married his wife, Melissa, who had also been a missionary kid. They started a small group with several others that would weekly see nearly 20 people crammed into their tiny apartment. Dan remained willing to go wherever God sent him; he ended up in Columbia – Columbia, Missouri- where Dan completed his Ph.D. in Mathematics. While in Columbia, Dan fell in love with the local church where he was actively involved in small group ministries, men’s ministry and mentorship. Caleb, Adelaide, and Gabrielle, the Klines’ three children, were soon born. In 2017, the Klines returned to the Branson area where Dan began teaching Mathematics at College of the Ozarks. Dan’s first priority in life is knowing and loving God and his second is knowing and loving people, beginning with his family. If you can’t find him at home, church, or the office, then he’s probably out hiking!