Staff

Rev. Dr. Brian Henderson, DMin

Executive Director | Denver, CO
He/Him/His

Rev. Dr. Brian Henderson is an ordained American Baptist minister who has served three congregations over 25 years. Brian worked with AWAB’s Board and Staff since 2019 before beginning as full-time Executive Director in 2024.

Outside of his ministry responsibilities, Brian loves traveling and spending time with his three young adult (nearly) children.

Natalie Aho

Development Director | Durham, NC
She/Her/Hers

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
She/Her/Hers

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!