Peter and Grace Assad are excited to worship with you all once again at Collegiate Impact’s upcoming Abide retreat! Since worshipping with you all last year, we’ve taken two trips to Nashville to record some original music, and we plan to sing a couple of them together in our times of worship! As a way to prepare our hearts for all God’s going to do at Abide next month, we wanted to send a Spotify Playlist your way that includes many of the songs we’ll be singing! If you have any questions or want to reach out to us, visit poemsofgrace.com.
Spotify Playlist


Dr. Joe M. Allen III serves as Assistant Professor of Missions at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He earned his Ph.D. in Applied Theology from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and his Th.M. in World Missions and Historical Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. He also holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from the University of Georgia.

From 2007 to 2021, Dr. Allen and his family served with the IMB in South Asia in Muslim and Hindu contexts. As a field worker, team leader, and then assistant cluster leader, he led his team in evangelism, pastor training, church planting, literature production, and relief work.

Dr. Allen is the author of a series of theology books for kids called “Big Thoughts for Little Thinkers,” which includes The Trinity, The Gospel, The Scripture, and The Mission. He also wrote a gospel tract called, “Welcome to Heaven,” which has been printed over 10 million times and translated into more than 20 languages. His research interests include Trinitarianism, missiology, Islam, evangelism, and cross-cultural studies.

Dr. Allen titled his dissertation, “Soteriological Adoption for Muslim Evangelism: Engaging Muslims with the Trinitarian Love of God.”

He is married to Christy, and they have two children, Claire and Joe IV. He loves drawing, reading, traveling, and writing in his spare time.

Stephen Daniel graduated from the University of Texas in Arlington, TX with a Business Management degree in 2011. Since then, he’s had a career in Human Resources, Call Center Management, Analytics Recruiting, Pastoring, and Church Starting.

Stephen currently Pastors RiverPark Church, in Parkville, Missouri; a church that he, his family, and a courageous group of other families and individuals started in the Fall of 2020. Stephen is married to Hannah, and has four kids ages 10 and under.

Athol Barnes has been the pastor of Grace Point Baptist Church for eight years. Originally from South Africa, his family and him have made Kansas City their home. Coming from a background of international missions, they know that God has called them to this city to be missionaries in their community.

We hope to see you at our Fall Retreat