Scott Klusendorf is the founder and president of Life Training Institute (LTI), which was established in 2004 to challenge and equip pro-life advocates to persuasively defend their views in the public square. Scott travels throughout the United States, Canada and Europe training groups of people to engage the conversation about abortion. He contends that the pro-life message can compete in the marketplace of ideas if properly understood and articulated. A passionate and engaging speaker, Scott has appeared on nationally syndicated Christian programs, such as Dr. James Dobson’s Focus on the Family, Lee Strobel’s Faith Under Fire and Billy Graham’s Hour of Decision.
J. Warner Wallace is a cold-case homicide detective, adjunct professor of apologetics at Biola University, Christian case maker and author. J. Warner was a conscientious and vocal atheist through his undergraduate and graduate work in Design and Architecture (CSULB and UCLA); he always considered himself to be an “evidentialist”. His experience in law enforcement only served to strengthen his conviction that truth is tied directly to evidence. But at the age of thirty-five, J. Warner took a serious and expansive look at the evidence for the Christian Worldview and determined that Christianity was demonstrably true.
Odd Thomas is originally from Long Beach, California which can explain why he is a part of the hip-hop scene. Odd Thomas has done solo projects and has also worked with Propaganda to form a duo mixtape.
Amy Hall has an M.A. in Christian Apologetics from Biola University and currently works as an apologist and blogger for Stand to Reason, where she writes about culture, ethics, philosophy, and theology in light of the truth of the Christian worldview. Her goal is to help Christians truly grasp the fact that Christianity = Reality, giving them the confidence and ability to apply and live out this truth in every area of their lives so that they may know, love, and serve Christ as whole people, in the fullest way possible.
Tim has been a follower of Christ as long as he can remember. Of course, that doesn't mean he hasn't experienced seasons of doubt. However, it was through these doubts, as well as challenges from friends and colleagues, that caused him to thoroughly investigate the claims of Christianity. It is because of this process that Tim is confident that Christianity ``has the goods.” Currently, Tim working on his M.A. in Philosophy from Southern Evangelical Seminary and hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in either Philosophy or Apologetics down the road. Tim is the newest addition to the Stand to Reason speaking team.
Greg is the founder and president of Stand to Reason. He started out thinking he was too smart to become a Christian and ended up giving his life for the defense of the Christian faith. Greg's teaching has been featured on Focus on the Family radio, he’s been interviewed for CBN and the BBC, he’s debated atheist Michael Shermer, and did a national television debate with Deepak Chopra on Lee Strobel's “Faith Under Fire.” Greg is the author of Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions and has spoken on nearly 60 university and college campuses both in the U.S. and abroad.
Jonathan Morrow (D.Min, M.Div., M.A.) is a sought after speaker and teacher who has a gift for explaining challenging topics in ways the rest of us can understand. He is the author of several books including Questioning the Bible and Welcome to College and is an adjunct professor of apologetics at Biola University. As the Director of Cultural Engagement for Impact 360 Institute Jonathan trains high school and college students in their 2-week summer Immersion experience and 9-month Gap Year. As the founder of ThinkChristianly.org, Jonathan speaks nationally on worldview, apologetics, and culture and is passionate about seeing a new generation of Christ-followers understand why they believe, what they believe.
Since my earliest memories, science and the Christian faith have featured prominently in my life - but I struggled when my scientific studies seemed to collide with my early biblical training. My first contact with RTB came when I heard Hugh Ross speak at Iowa State University. It was the first time I realized it was possible to do professional work incorporating both my love of science and my desire to serve God. I knew RTB's ministry was something I was called to be a part of.
While many Christians and non-Christians see the two as in perpetual conflict, I find they integrate well. They operate by the same principles and are committed to discovering foundational truths. My passion at RTB is helping Christians see how powerful a tool science is to declare God's glory and helping scientists understand how the established scientific discoveries demonstrate the legitimacy and rationality of the Christian faith.
Brett Kunkle is the Student Impact Director at Stand to Reason. He has more than 23 years of experience working with junior high, high school, and college students. Brett has developed a groundbreaking approach to mission trips, creating a one-of-a-kind training experience that immerses participants in real-life apologetics, theology, and evangelism in Berkeley, California, and Salt Lake City, Utah. Brett received his Masters in philosophy of religion and ethics from Talbot School of Theology.
As a Stand to Reason speaker, Alan is turning the tide on Christian training. He knows many believers aren’t equipped to persuasively share their convictions with our culture. It’s difficult. People often view Christians as anti-science, anti-choice, judgmental, homophobic, and intolerant. That’s why Alan has dedicated his life to training Christians to thoughtfully articulate their faith and values. He has distinguished himself in training Christians about the most controversial issues of our time like evolution, abortion, relativism, homosexuality, euthanasia, cloning, and Islam.
K. B. Hoyle has had a passion for stories since she read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe as a child. She began to craft her own stories as a young adult and quickly became convinced that speculative fiction is the perfect vehicle for the gospel message, and that Christians ought to be engaging the culture as storytellers. She now lives in Birmingham, AL with her husband and four sons where she has taught history, Bible, and creative writing at Evangel Classical Christian School for ten years. K. B. is the award-winning author of nine Young Adult novels--the fantasy series The Gateway Chronicles, the dystopian series The Breeder Cycle, and the upcoming fairy tale The Girl in the Sea--and she teaches novel-writing workshops. Her travels have taken her as far abroad as Sydney, Australia, where she was a panel speaker at the Sydney Writer's Festival in 2013. She is also a contributor to Christ and Pop Culture.
7:00 PM Welcome and Worship
7:25 PM Session 1: Why I Am a Christian (Brett Kunkle)
8:35 PM Break
8:55 PM Session 2: ``The Heaven Declare the Glory of God`` (Tim Barnett)
10:30 PM Dismiss
9:00 AM Welcome and Worship
9:20 AM Session 3: “Cold Case Christianity - Reliability of the Gospels`` (J. Warner Wallace)
10:50 AM Break
11:10 AM Breakout Sessions: “Ask Me Anything Q & A” (Jeff Zweerink & Tim Barnett, with moderator Amy Hall) – “Christian Writing and Story Telling in a Secular World” (K.B. Hoyle) – “If God is Good, Why is There Evil and Suffering?” (Brett Kunkle) - “The Case Against Relativism” (Scott Klusendorf) – “The Cold Case for the Resurrection of Jesus?” (J. Warner Wallace) – “Creativity to the Glory of God (Odd Thomas) – “Tactics—How to Talk to People About Jesus” (Greg Koukl) – “A Closer Look at Islam” (Alan Shlemon) – “Who Chose the Books of the Bible & Why” (Jonathan Morrow)
12 PM Lunch (food trucks available onsite)(“Who’s Waiting for Your Kids?” – Free parent & leader luncheon with Brett Kunkle, J. Warner Wallace and Jonathan Morrow)
1:30 PM Session 4: ``Homosexuality: Truth & Compassion`` (Alan Shlemon)
2:50 PM Break
3:10 PM Breakout Sessions: “Ask Me Anything Q & A” (Scott Klusendorf & Greg Koukl, with moderator Matt Burford) –“Do Jesus and Science Mix?” (Jeff Zweerink) – “Incredible Creatures That Defy Evolution” (Tim Barnett) – “Creativity to the Glory of God” (Odd Thomas) – “Transgenderism: Truth & Compassion” (Alan Shlemon) – “What Will Happen if I Talk About Jesus?” (Amy Hall) – SPECIAL LEADER/PARENT SESSION: “Why Questioning the Bible Helps Students Build a Stronger Faith in Jesus” (Jonathan Morrow) - “Christian Writing and Story Telling in a Secular World” (K.B. Hoyle) - “God’s Crime Scene: What’s the Evidence for God’s Existence?” (J. Warner Wallace)
4:00 PM Break
4:15 PM Session 5: “The Case for Life`` (Scott Klusendorf)
5:35 PM Closing Thoughts & Dismiss (Brett Kunkle)