I'm Ryan Coatney ("Coat"), the founder and creator of Cross Formed Kids and the founder and pastor of Grace Story Church in Nashville, TN. I've had the opportunity to preach the Bible to tens of thousands of kids as a camp and event speaker, to teach at one of the highest performing schools in the US, and to serve in churches in several states and almost every ministry department. I'm married to Emily, with whom I get to parent 4 little ones. It's my joy to equip you as parents to become the primary disciple-makers in the lives of your kids.

Meet the Smart People

Every ministry needs advice and insight from outside. These are some of the friends I lean on for that support. They are trusted friends who bring tremendous insight to questions about theology, culture, biblical studies, family, education, and more. 

Dr. Taylor Worley

(PhD. The University of St. Andrews, Scotland)
Taylor Worley serves as Associate Vice President of Spiritual Life and University Ministries as well as Associate Professor of Faith and Culture at Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois. He completed a Ph.D. in theological aesthetics with the Institute for Theology, Imagination, and the Arts at the University of St. Andrews. Prior to his service in Christian higher education, Taylor taught for the Highlands Latin School of Louisville, Kentucky and contributed to Memoria Press. He has edited Theology, Aesthetics and Culture: Conversations with the Work of David Brown with Rob MacSwain, Dreams, Doubt, and Dread: The Spiritual in Film with Zachary Settle, and Contemporary Art and the Church: A Conversation between Two Worlds with W. David O. Taylor. Taylor is married to Anna, and they have four children: Elizabeth, Quinn, Graham, and Lillian. (Taylor helped write the CFK Q and A, and Coat asks him questions about just about everything you can imagine!)

Dr. Chip Hardy

(Ph.D., University of Chicago)

Chip is Associate Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. His publications include multiple books and articles dealing with the linguistic, cultural, and historical backgrounds of the Hebrew Bible. He is married to Amy. Together they are active members of Exchange Church in Raleigh, NC, where they teach in the children’s ministry.

Dr. Brett Vaden

(PhD. The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary)

Brett is the Academic Dean of the Three Fourteen Institute and the Director of Discipleship and Curriculum Development at The Journey church in St. Louis. Previously he served as Assistant Director of the Schools Division at Memoria Press and the Classical Latin Association. He taught for many years at Highlands Latin School in Louisville, KY. He and his wife, Rachael, reside in St. Louis with their three children. They are active members of Providence Classical Christian School.