Walter Strickland serves as Associate Vice President for Diversity & Assistant Professor of Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC, where he leads the Kingdom Diversity Initiative. Born in Chicago and raised in Southern California, Walter’s passion is to equip people to flourish in their context from a deep commitment to God’s Word. Walter and his lovely wife Stephanie live in Wake Forest, NC and have a daughter named Hope who is waiting to meet them in glory, and a second daughter named Kendra, and a third named Kaiya.
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.
Drew Worsham is an accomplished mentalist, illusionist, magician. He is a pastor and a public speaker. Drew travels around the country and occasionally overseas performing using illusions and magic to draw people in to hear the story of Jesus. When he’s not on the road, he loves discipling college students at his home church, reading books, and experimenting with candle-making.
Rev. Joel Pelsue is the Co-Founder and President of Arts and Entertainment Ministries. He spends his time teaching and discipling professional creatives primarily in Los Angeles (writers, actors, directors, visual artists, etc.). Both Joel and his wife Michelle were professional artists at an early age. Joel started playing in orchestra pits at age 14, and Michelle started acting professionally at age 15 in theatre and film. He has been a pastor in New York and Los Angeles and loves to help Christians understand God’s heart for artists and how they influence their culture. He is ordained in the Presbyterian Church in America, and lives in L.A. with his wife and 3 kids.
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 is a dynamic speaker who provides a perfect blend of expertise and humor in each talk. Using easy-to-follow and visually engaging presentations, Tim trains Christians to think clearly about what they believe and why they believe it. Tim's passion and energy will help motivate you and your group to love God with all your mind.
Tim has spoken at numerous ACSI conferences, Power to Change events, the Apologetics Canada conference, and the National Conference on Christian Apologetics.
Tim has bachelor's degrees in physics and education. He is currently working on his master's degree in philosophy from Southern Evangelical Seminary.
Greg is the founder and president of Stand to Reason. Hestarted 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.
Neil was born in Africa to Indian parents and grew up speaking Arabic in Sudan and Yemen. He came to the United States at 18 to attend college and earned his Masters in Electrical Engineering and Solid State Physics from Oregon State University. Neil is an engineer by day at Dolby Laboratories and apologist at night. He holds over 20 issued or pending patents in various technical fields. Neil is the founder of NoBlindFaith.com, an apologetics ministry focused on training people to use apologetics in evangelization, as well as the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the American Family Network. He is a dynamic apologetics speaker, teacher, and author of the books: Who is Agent X? Proving that Science and Logic Show It’s More Rational to Think God Exists and Jesus Was/IS involved in Politics! Why Aren’t You? Why Isn’t Your Church?
Dr. Christopher Yuan has taught the Bible at Moody Bible Institute for over eight years and his speaking ministry on faith and sexuality has reached five continents. He speaks in conferences (such as The Gospel Coalition, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, InterVarsity’s Urbana and the Moody Pastors’ Conferences and Men’s Conference), on college campuses and in churches (such as Saddleback Church and Willow Creek Community Church). He has co-authored with his mother their memoir (now in seven languages), Out of a Far Country: A Gay Son’s Journey to God, A Broken Mother’s Search for Hope and he is also the author of Giving a Voice to the Voiceless. Christopher graduated from Moody Bible Institute in 2005, Wheaton College Graduate School in 2007 with a Master of Arts in Biblical Exegesis and received his doctorate of ministry in 2014 from Bethel Seminary.
For All Seasons began leading worship at Biola University of Southern California in 2007 with the vision to see God receive honor, glory, and praise in all areas of life. And now, after almost 10 years of ministering across the country, what still matters most is that they inspire listeners to embrace a true heart and lifestyle of worship. In 2014, after spending several years leading worship at Hume Lake Christian Camps, the band decided to devote all of their time to touring and releasing original songs that inspire authentic worship. This decision coincided with the release of the their self-titled album For All Seasons, which debuted at #1 on the iTunes Christian/Gospel charts. While it was a significant achievement for the young band, they refused to be uprooted from their driving purpose: To use their gifts to usher people into His presence by creating music that manifests the joy of knowing their Creator and encouraging people to know Him deeper.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Sean McDowell is a gifted communicator with a passion for equipping the church, and in particular young people, to make the case for the Christian faith. He connects with audiences in a tangible way through humor and stories while imparting hard evidence and logical support for viewing all areas of life through a Biblical worldview. Sean is an Assistant Professor in the Christian Apologetics program at Biola University.
Brett Kunkle is the Student Impact Director at Stand to Reason. He has more than 25 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 co-authored A Practical Guide to Culture: Helping the Next Generation Navigate Today’s World. Brett received his Masters in philosophy of religion and ethics from Talbot School of Theology. In September 2017, he will be launching a new organization called Maven (www.maventruth.com).
Natasha Crain is a blogger, author, and speaker who is passionate about equipping Christian parents to raise their kids with an understanding of how to make a case for and defend their faith in an increasingly secular world. She is the author of two apologetics books for parents: Talking with Your Kids about God (2017) and Keeping Your Kids on God’s Side(2016). Natasha has an MBA in marketing and statistics from UCLA and a certificate in Christian apologetics from Biola University. A former marketing executive and adjunct professor, she lives in Southern California with her husband and three children.
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6:45 Open Doors
7:00 Welcome and Worship
7:30 Session 1: “reTHINK How You See the World: What Is a Worldview and Why Is It Important?” (Sean McDowell)
8:55 Session 2: “The Story of Reality” • The Origin (Alan Shlemon) • The Design (Tim Barnett) • The Fall (Greg Koukl) • The Redemption (Brett Kunkle)
10:45: Final Announcements
9:00 AM Welcome and Worship
9:25 AM Session 3: “reTHINK How You See Sexuality: A Christian’s Response to Homosexuality” (Christopher Yuan)
10:45 AM Break
11:10 AM Breakout Sessions · “Can We Trust the Bible When There Are So Many Discrepancies? (J. Warner Wallace)<br> · “Welcome to College: Three Things Every Student Needs to Know to Keep Their Faith” (Jonathan Morrow) · “Using Your Gifts to Proclaim Jesus and Glorify God” (Drew Worsham) · “A Christian Response to Social Justice`` (Walter Strickland) · “Are Science and Faith Compatible?” (Tim Barnett) · Can One Way be the Only Way? (Greg Koukl) · “Like Me, Follow Me: How Social Media Influences Your Mind and Heart``(Brett Kunkle) · “Are People Born Gay?” (Christopher Yuan) · ``Was Jesus involved in Politics? Should We Be?`` (Neil Mammen) • What Students Will Hear About Christianity: Understanding the 4 Big Challenges Posed by a Secular World`` (Natasha Crain).
12 PM Lunch (food for purchase available on location) ``Why We're Losing Our Students and What You Can Do to Stop It!`` – Free parent & leader luncheon with Tim Barnett, J. Warner Wallace & Jonathan Morrow
1:25 PM Worship
1:45 PM Session 4: “reTHINK How You See Race: A Candid Conversation on Race and Grace” (Walter Strickland)
2:55 PM Break
3:10 PM Breakout Sessions · “What Does the Bible Really Say About Homosexuality?” (Christopher Yuan) · “Evil is Evidence that Christianity is True” (J. Warner Wallace) · “Who Chose the Books of the Bible & Why?” (Jonathan Morrow) · “A Christian Response to Social Justice” (Walter Strickland) · “Using Your Gifts to Proclaim Jesus and Glorify God” (Drew Worsham) · “Tactics in Defending the Faith” (Tim Barnett) · “Making Abortion Unthinkable” (Alan Shlemon) · ``Like Me, Follow Me: How Social Media Influences Your Mind and Heart``(Brett Kunkle) · “Creating art, music and film in today’s world: Keeping your faith & engaging your culture” (Joel Pelsue) • What Students Will Hear About Christianity: Understanding the 4 Big Challenges Posed by a Secular World`` (Natasha Crain)
4:00 PM Break
4:15 PM Session 5: “reTHINK How You to Engage Your Faith” (J. Warner Wallace)
5:20 PM Worship
5:35 PM Closing Thoughts & Dismiss