Confirmed Speakers for 2014
Michael L. Brown is the founder and president of FIRE School of Ministry in Concord, North Carolina, director of the Coalition of Conscience, and host of the daily, nationally syndicated talk radio show, "The Line of Fire," as well as the host of the Jewish-outreach, documentary TV series, "Think It Thru." He holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from New York University and has served as a visiting or adjunct professor at many seminaries. Dr. Brown is the author of over twenty books, including his newest, "The Real Kosher Jesus." Dr. Brown is a national and international speaker on themes of spiritual renewal and cultural reformation, and he has debated Jewish rabbis, agnostic professors, and gay activists on radio, TV, and college campuses. He is widely considered to be the world's foremost Messianic Jewish apologist. Dr. Brown's website is www.askdrbrown.org.
Frank Turek is a dynamic speaker and award-winning author. He has appeared on numerous TV and radio programs including: The O'Reilly Factor, Hannity and Colmes, Faith under Fire, Politically Incorrect, The Bible Answerman, and Focus on the Family. He has a doctorate in Apologetics and a Master's degree in Public Adminstration. A former Naval Aviator who served in the Pacific, Indian Ocean and Persian Gulf, Frank conducts engaging presentations for Churches, Youth Events, Non-Profits, Universities, and Corporations.
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Dean is the teacher of Christian Philosophy and Apologetics at Charlotte Christian School. He has been teaching since 2000. Even though he was brought up in a strong Christian home, he questioned his faith during his college years. During this time of questioning, he came to the conclusion that Christianity was the only cohesive and rational religion. Since then he worked with Youth for Christ for three years, became a Christian school teacher, and received a masters in apologetics from Southern Evangelical Seminary. He has spoken at Intervarsity and FCA meetings, the ACSI and GCACS teachers conferences, was published in Areopagus Journal, and has authored two books: Stand Your Ground, published by Wipf and Stock, as well as Magnus Kir, a middle grade fantasy, published by Ambassador International. He is currently working toward his doctorate with the University of South Africa.
Chad Fair is a 2002 graduate of Baptist Bible College. With his B.S. in Biblical studies, he has enjoyed teaching at the middle and high school levels for ten years. His classes have included subjects like Bible, Acting, Improvisation, Broadcasting, Film Studies, Public Speaking, and Junior Seminar. In addition to teaching, he has directed over 20 theatre productions, and helped to edit together countless hours of video footage into what he thinks is a pretty great body of work.
Chad currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with his wife and three children. He spends his free time playing with his kids, studying music and film, and dabbling in acting for the camera. He firmly believes that the Church is the hope of the world and is learning to embrace his role in that truth. He is excited to be presenting at this year's Youth Apologetics conference on a subject that is near and dear to his heart.
Ted W. Wright serves as the Executive Director of CrossExamined.org, a Christian apologetics ministry founded by best selling author and speaker, Dr. Frank Turek. Ted is a speaker on Christian apologetics as well as Biblical Archaeology across North America & internationally. In addition to speaking, Ted has also appeared on numerous television and radio programs including the History Channel's epic TV miniseries -"Mankind: The Story of All of Us." In addition, he also serves as adjunct professor of apologetics at Southern Evangelical Seminary located in Charlotte, NC where he has taught for over a decade. Ted has a B.A. in Anthropology & Archaeology from the Cobb Institute of Archaeology at Mississippi State University. As a student he served as a curation lab assistant on Phase III (1992-1999) of the Lahav Research Project from Tel Halif, Israel. In 2014 Ted participated in the excavation of Khirbet el-Maqatir which is believed to be the ancient Biblical city of Ai mentioned in Joshua 7-8. Recently Ted has become an "Associate" at the Associates for Biblical Research (ABR) - an organization which focuses on the reliability of the Bible through archeological, biblical and apologetics research. Ted has an M.A. in Christian apologetics with a concentration in philosophy from Southern Evangelical Seminary, where he served as graduate research assistant to Dr. Norman Geisler. Ted has been married to his wife Katherine for 21 years and they have one son, Ian (13). In his free time Ted enjoys mountain biking, kayaking and outdoor activities with his son.
Brian became a Christian his freshman year of college at East Carolina University. He majored in Religious Studies, History, and Anthropology. As a young Christian, his faith was severely challenged in the classroom. He soon learned the importance of defending his faith and dedicated his life to studying and teaching apologetics. He received a Masters in Biblical Archaeology from Wheaton College and attended Jerusalem University College in Israel. He has a second Masters in Apologetics from Southern Evangelical Seminary. Brian has been teaching high school students since 2001. He has taught Old Testament, New Testament, Christian Theology, World Religions, Logic, Debate, and Apologetics. He now lives in Matthews, NC with his wife Gabriela and teaches Bible full time at Charlotte Christian School.
Prem Isaac holds an undergraduate degree with a double major in Physics and Computer Science, and an M.A. in Philosophy from Southern Evangelical Seminary.
Despite a Christian upbringing, Prem became an evolutionist and an agnostic in his pre-teen years when his interest in science led him to ask questions that his church could not answer. After obtaining answers to his question, Prem came back to the Lord In 1989, and since then has taught New Testament and Apologetics at churches and colleges, both nationally and internationally.
Dr. Norman Geisler is the author or co-author of some 70 books and hundreds of articles. He has taught theology, philosophy, and apologetics on the college or graduate level for 50 years. He has spoken or debated in some 26 countries on six continents. He has a B.A, M.A., Th.B., and Ph.D (in philosophy). He has taught at some of the top Seminaries in the United States, including Trinity Evangelical and Dallas Seminary, and has been guest professor at numerous other schools. He and his wife Barbara live in the Charlotte, N.C. areas. He maintains an active writing, speaking, and lecturing ministry across the country.
Dr. Nabeel Qureshi is a former devout Muslim who was convinced of the truth of the Gospel through historical reasoning and a spiritual search for God. Since his conversion, he has dedicated his life to spreading the Gospel through teaching, preaching, writing, and debating.
Nabeel has given lectures at universities and seminaries throughout North America, including New York University, Rutgers, the University of North Carolina, the University of Ottawa, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Biola University. He has participated in 16 moderated, public debates around North America and Europe. His focus is on the foundations of the Christian faith and the early history and teachings of Islam.
Nabeel is director of Creed 2:6 Ministries and an associate apologist with RZIM, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. He holds an MD from Eastern Virginia Medical School, an MA in Christian apologetics from Biola University, and an MA from Duke University in Religion. He is currently studying at Rice University in Houston, TX where he lives with his bride.
Bobby earned his masters of theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and his doctorate of ministry in apologetics from Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is the founding lead pastor of Life Fellowship church in Charlotte, North Carolina. Dr. Conway is also the author of the book, Hell, Rob Bell and What Happens When People Die and the upcoming book, The Fifth Gospel. He is the founding visionary of the highly viewed You Tube program called, The One Minute Apologist. Recently, Bobby released an eight-part DVD series where he personally interviewed William Lane Craig concerning his book, "On Guard." Bobby and his wife Heather also speak for Family Life on their national speaking team as they travel around the country together teaching Weekend to Remember Marriage conferences. They have two children: Dawson and Haley.
A native Texan, Mark has a B.F.A. in Communication Design, an M.A. in Philosophy and will be starting Ph.D. studies this Fall at the University of Dallas, concentrating on the intersection of aesthetics, ethics and theology. He has worked as an art director and designer for 15 years and has taught courses in art and creativity as a member of the faculty at two universities in Texas and one in India. He is married to his stunning wife Cortney who is a constant source of inspiration in his studies of the good, the true and he beautiful.
Matt Wiggins entered the world of youth ministry as a ninth grader in 1996 and never really left, the one difference being that he's been a youth director rather than a youth for the past nine years. He currently serves at Quail Hollow Presbyterian in Charlotte, NC where he has been since 2006. Besides youth directing, Matt has served as the movies section editor at relevantmagazine.com and currently contributes to Ransom.TV (part of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association), often on the intersection of faith and pop culture (especially the geeky stuff). In addition to all that, he is a husband to Lisa (since 2007), a dad to Ellie (since 2012), a WWII reenactor, runner, and Ohio State Buckeyes fan.
David is the founder and president of Meekness and Truth Ministries Inc. He earned his masters of theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and his doctorate of ministry in apologetics from Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina. David is the co-author with his father (Norm Geisler) of the book, Conversational Evangelism: How To Listen and Speak So You May Be Heard. It had been published in Chinese, Korean, Indonesian, and Slovakian.
David has ministered in seminaries and churches in the East and West and has had 20 plus years of experience working with college students training them in integrating apologetics in their evangelism. In Asia he has ministered to missionaries and or churches in at least 12 countries and taught in several seminaries in Asia. David now lives in Charlotte with his Chinese Singaporean wife, Charlene and their three children. To learn more about our Conversation Evangelism program for churches contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeremy Cummings is currently serving as the Upper School Spiritual Life Director and Old Testament Bible teacher at Charlotte Christian School and teaches apologetics and worldview for Landry Academy. He has been married for eleven years to his wife, Wanda, and has five precious children, Carter (who is with the Lord), Chloe (4), Claira (2), Haven (1) and Harper (1).
Jeremy has a B.A. in Religion from Kingswood University, an M.A. in Apologetics from Southern Evangelical Seminary, and is working on a Ph.D. in Theology from North-West University. Jeremy also has over ten years of ministry experience and is an ordained minister in the Wesleyan Church. In his spare time, Jeremy enjoys spending time with his family, reading, running, and weight training.
Hank Hanegraaff serves as president and chairman of the board of the North Carolina-based Christian Research Institute International. He is also host of the Bible Answer Man radio program, which is broadcast daily across the United States and Canada-as well as around the world through the Internet at www.equip.org.
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Simon is the current Missions Director of Southern Evangelical Seminary. He has a MA in Apologetics and leads TEAM and RatioChristi in local, national and international work. Simon is married to Nel who is currently completing her MA in Philosophy at Southern Evangelical Seminary and they have a little girl Eva. Simon was born in Zimbabwe and grew up in South African and has travelled extensively.
Doug Beaumont is a former skeptic who has spent time on both sides of the religion debate. He is currently a college instructor and is pursuing a Ph.D. in philosophy of religion at Southern Evangelical Seminary. Doug is the author of The Message Behind the Movies: Engaging the Film without Disengaging Your Faith (Moody Publishers, 2009 ), and has published works in T he Christian Apologetics Journal, The Baker Dictionary of North American Cults, The Teen Apologetics Bible, and was one of the only Protestant contributors to The Best of Catholic Writing (2006).
Paul Copan is the Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, FL.
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Derwin "Dewey " Gray is a native of San Antonio, Texas. In 1988, Dewey received first team All-State honors in football at Converse Judson High School in Converse, Texas. In college (BYU), he was an All-American and a Jim Thorpe Award nominee for the best defensive back in college football (1992). Dewey was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts as the 92nd selection in the fourth round of the 1993 NFL draft.
He played five seasons with the Colts and one season with the Carolina Panthers. Derwin was nominated twice for the Pro Bowl in his six-year NFL career and served as one of the team captains on the 1995-1996 Indianapolis Colts team that advanced to the AFC Championship game.
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