Apologetics Canada Staff
Andy Steiger is the founder and director of Apologetics Canada, an organization dedicated to helping churches across Canada better understand and engage today’s culture. He created and hosted the Thinking Series and is the Author of Thinking? Answering Life’s Five Biggest Questions. He has spoken on life’s big questions internationally in universities, conferences, churches, prisons and coffee shops. Andy lives in Abbotsford, BC, Canada with his wife, Nancy, and their two boys.
Sample of Andy Steiger’s Talk
As Andy Steiger’s wife, Nancy has been with Apologetics Canada right from the start. While Andy is the dreamer and visionary Nancy is the administrator and together they make a great team. Nancy is also the mother of two amazing boys, Tristan and William. While this takes up much of her time she is excited to be actively involved in the ministry of Apologetics Canada. She has a B.A. from Northwest Baptist Theological College.
Steve is a follower of Christ with a heart for apologetics. In his early 20s, Steve experienced a faith crisis due to intellectual undernourishment. Through this experience, he has come to see apologetics as the “intellectual care of the soul” and now feels a personal burden to walk with others who may be struggling with doubt and/or seeking sincerely. Steve holds a diploma in Worship Arts and a BA in Biblical Studies from Columbia Bible College in Abbotsford, BC. He is currently taking a master’s degree in Christian Apologetics through Biola University. Steve, his wife, Sharina, and their baby girl, Maya, call Abbotsford their home.
Reflective by nature, Chris enjoys thinking through life’s peculiarities and trying to make sense of what he experiences. In fact, the search for meaning in his life fostered an affinity towards the disciplines of apologetics and philosophy. This provided a keener understanding of his thoughts, as well as the ability to better articulate them. An avid reader, you can expect to find him leafing through anything from Dante to C. S. Lewis, Dallas Willard to Dostoyevsky. Other passions include Jesus of Nazareth, teaching, and serving overseas, having been to Guatemala, Poland, and Indonesia. He holds a diploma in Biblical Studies from Columbia Bible College, as well as a B.A. in Pastoral Ministry from Prairie Bible Institute. He will be starting his master’s degree in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics from the University of Birmingham in September 2015. Chris counts himself blessed because of his lovely wife, Sara.
Sample of Chris Battle’s Talk
How Did We Get Started?
When Andy Steiger and his wife, Nancy founded Apologetics Canada in 2010, they were motivated to stop the exodus of young people from the church. God however had much more in store. This generation of young people both Christians and non-Christians alike have questions and are seeking truth. We are continually amazed by the number of young adults we have had the privilege of leading to faith in Jesus Christ. The challenge in Western culture is communicating the message of Jesus in a way that people can understand and appreciate. Sharing the gospel requires us all to understand and speak the language of culture and address the questions being asked with intellectual honesty, gentleness and respect. When we do this in the love and winsomeness of Christ Jesus, lives are impacted and culture is changed.
Apologetics Canada seeks to inspire and challenge believers to think and thinkers to believe.
What Is Apologetics?
Apologetics comes from the greek word apologia, meaning to give an answer or defense, specifically of Christian truth claims. The Apostle Peter exhorts all Christians to be prepared to give an apologia for the hope we have in Christ (1 Peter 3:15). Apologetics is about Christians understanding what they believe and why, and knowing how to effectively communicate those beliefs. Apologetics is not a new trend but a Christian tradition. It has been a critical task of Christians for millennia and is as important today as ever before. R.C. Sproul calls this the most anti-intellectual period in the history of the church and that is something we believe needs to change. We believe along with C.S. Lewis who wrote, “Good philosophy must exist, if for no other reason, because bad philosophy needs to be answered” (The Weight of Glory). Every Christian needs to be able to give an answer, a reasonable one, for the hope they have in Jesus Christ.
How Are We Structured?
Apologetics Canada is a ministry of Northview Community Church in Canada and Apologetics.com in the US. Andy Steiger is the founder and director of Apologetics Canada. Apologetics Canada seeks to equip the local church in Canada and the US by providing seminars, conferences and resources for people to become and stay fully devoted disciples of Jesus Christ.
*Northview Community Church is a registered non-profit society in British Columbia, Canada.
*Apologetics.com is a registered non-profit society in California, USA.
All donations are tax deductible in Canada through Northview Community Church and in the US through Apologetics.com.
What Do We Believe?
We recognize the 66 books of the Protestant canon of the Bible as the only infallible rule of faith and practice. We also recognize the following post-biblical creeds and confessions as valuable and faithful, though not infallible, expressions of Christian orthodoxy.