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.
Beautiful Eulogy is a Portland, Oregon-based group made up of artists Braille, Odd Thomas and Courtland Urbano. The group introduces a distinct and directive sound that’s driven by a desire to worship and glorify the God of the Bible, based in the context of its members’ hip-hop roots and shaped by influences like electronic music, folk songs and old hymns. Listeners may have first heard Beautiful Eulogy on Rapzilla’s King Kulture compilation, or featured on “Misconceptions,” a track from Lecrae’s Church Clothes mixtape. Beautiful Eulogy’s debut album, Satellite Kite, serves as a foundational prototype of the group’s approach and ambition.
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.
Chris is a singer/songwriter/worship leader who first and foremost desires to live his life loving the Lord his God with all his heart, soul, and mind. He released the album “Lost and Lonely” in September 2015 and is currently working on another, scheduled to be released in 2017 (www.chrismccallmusic.com). Chris is also the full-time Pastor of Young Families and Children at Grace Fellowship Church in Costa Mesa, and a musician/artist with FeedtheMusic.net. It is his chief aim to use all the gifts he’s been given for the glory of God and to live out the calling of Jesus in his life.
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. 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.
Since his earliest memories, science and the Christian faith have featured prominently in his life - but he struggled when his scientific studies seemed to collide with my early biblical training. While many Christians and non-Christians see the love of science and a desire to serve God in perpetual conflict, he finds they integrate well. They operate by the same principles and are committed to discovering foundational truths. His passion at Reasons To Believe 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.
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 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.
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.
After his involvement in a well publicized free speech controversy in the wake of the 911 terror attacks, Mike Adams became a vocal critic of the diversity movement in academia. He has since made appearances on shows like Hannity and Colmes, the O'Reilly Factor, and Glenn Beck. His column on TownHall.com has earned him countless hate mails - often from radical feminists who hate males. Denying his promotion to full professor in retaliation for his speeches and columns on TownHall.com. He was represented at trial by David French of the ACLJ and Travis Barham of ADF. On March 20th, the federal jury ruled in Adams favor. On April 8th, the court ordered UNCW to promote Adams and give him seven years back pay. He spent most of the money on guns made by Browning, guitars made by Fender, and amps made by Mesa Boogie.
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.
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6:45 Open Doors
7:00 Welcome and Worship
7:25 Session 1: Beyond the Clichés: Who is Jesus and What Did He Really Do? (Multiple Speakers)
9:00 Concert: Beautiful Euologies
9:00 AM Welcome and Worship
9:20 AM Session 2: “Who Would Jesus Protect? The Case for Life” (Scott Klusendorf)
10:50 AM Break
11:10 AM Breakout Sessions - • “Ask Me Anything Q & A” (Scott Klusendorf, Alan Shlemon & Tim Barnett with Amy Hall as moderator) • ``Would Jesus be Intolerant?” (Sean McDowell) • “Can We Trust what the Gospels Say About Jesus?” (J. Warner Wallace) • “Creating Beauty for Jesus’ Sake” (Brett Kunkle & Beautiful Eulogy) • ``Three Obstacles to Talking About Jesus on the College Campus (Mike Adams) • “Do Jesus and Science Mix?” (Jeff Zweerink) • “Tactics—How to Talk to People About Jesus” (Greg Koukl) • ``Why Questioning the Bible Helps Students Build a Stronger Faith in Jesus`` (Jonathan Morrow)
12 PM Lunch (food for purchase available on location) or “Why Our Students Know Almost Nothing About Jesus” – Free parent & leader luncheon with Brett Kunkle, J. Warner Wallace and Jonathan Morrow
1:30 PM Session 3: “Standing Courageously for Jesus” (Mike Adams)
2:50 PM Break
3:10 PM Breakout Sessions - • “Ask Me Anything Q & A” (Jeff Zweerink, Mike Adams, Greg Koukl with J. Warner Wallace as moderator) • ``What Does Jesus Think About Porn?`` (Sean McDowell) • “The Case Against Relativism” (Scott Klusendorf) • “Creating Beauty for Jesus’ Sake” (Brett Kunkle & Beautiful Eulogy) • “Was Jesus Really God?” (Tim Barnett) • What Would Jesus Think About Transgenderism?`` (Alan Shlemon) • “What Will Happen If I Talk about Jesus?” (Amy Hall) • ``Why Questioning the Bible Helps Students Build a Stronger Faith in Jesus`` (Jonathan Morrow)
4:00 PM Break
4:15 PM Session 4: “The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus” (J. Warner Wallace)
5:15 PM Worship
5:30 PM Closing Thoughts & Dismiss (Brett Kunkle)