Rev. Brian Henderson, DMin

Executive Director | Denver, CO

Since 2012, Rev. Brian Henderson has served full-time as minister of the historic First Baptist Church of Denver, Colorado. Prior to moving to Colorado, Brian served the closest ABC-USA congregation to the denominational offices in Valley Forge, PA. Along with ABC regional committee work, he also volunteers with a number of non-profit boards. In 2019, Brian began working part-time, as AWAB’s National Coordinator. Outside of his ministry responsibilities, Brian loves traveling and spending time with his three children.

Natalie Aho

Development Director | Durham, NC

Natalie Aho has spent over twenty-four years as a professional in communications, program development, fundraising, and as an educator. She was most recently employed at Wake Forest University School of Divinity as the Program Manager for the Baptist Commons and as program director for three Lilly Endowment grants. Previously, she was the Director of Engagement and Annual Giving at Baptist News Global and spent over a decade as a communications consultant. She obtained her Master of Science in Interactive Media from Quinnipiac University in 2012 and holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from Baylor University (1999).

She is married to Rev. Dr. Chris Aho who has been in pastoral work for over 24 years. He is the Director of Thriving Congregations for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. They live in Durham, North Carolina, with their two sons and are members at Watts Street Baptist Church. 

Janet Cole

Administrative Coordinator | Louisville, KY

Janet Cole joined the AWAB staff in February 2017 to assist in communication and management of member records. She lives in Louisville, where she is a member of Crescent Hill Baptist Church and had served as their Administrative Assistant since 1992 until her retirement in November of 2021.

A native of Birmingham, Alabama, her home church was Ruhama Baptist Church. Janet is a graduate of Auburn University (WAR EAGLE!!). She is married to Pat Cole and has one adult daughter, Hilary Jones, who has graced the family with a beautiful granddaughter, Amelia. Her hobbies are reading, sewing, watching Law & Order (all versions), Longaberger baskets — and being Gran!

Kurt Kaufman

Communications Coordinator | Denver, CO

Kurt Kaufman was born and raised in Green Lake, Wisconsin, where he served the Federated Church in Green Lake for several years running slides as well as in a number of other capacities. Kurt moved to Denver in 2017 to pursue a career in IT, though he is now a full-time student at Central Seminary pursuing a Master of Divinity and has served on the AWAB staff since 2022.

Kurt is also on staff at the First Baptist Church of Denver, Colorado, serves on the Board of General Ministries for ABC-USA and the ABC Wisconsin region board, and serves as the webmaster for a number of Baptist churches and organizations. Kurt also enjoys skiing, playing bass, backpacking, and trying not to get stuck in the elevator.