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Dr. J.P. Moreland

Distinguished Professor of Philosophy Biola University / Talbot Seminary. With Degrees in Philosophy, Theology, and Chemistry, Dr. Moreland has taught theology and philosophy at several schools throughout the U.S. He has authored, edited, or contributed papers to thirty-five books, including Does God Exist? (Prometheus), Universals (McGill-Queen’s), and Consciousness and the Existence of God (Routledge) and Blackwell Companion to Natural Theology (Blackwell). He has also published over 75 articles in journals such as Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, American Philosophical Quarterly, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, MetaPhilosophy, Philosophia Christi, Religious Studies, and Faith and Philosophy. Dr. Moreland served with Campus Crusade for ten years, planted two churches, and has spoken on over 200 college campuses.

 

Mary Jo Sharp

Mary Jo Sharp (MA, Christian Apologetics, Biola University) is the founder of Confident Christianity Apologetics Ministry. She is a visiting professor at Oklahoma Baptist University and is a debater (on Islam and Christianity) and experienced speaker in apologetics. Mary Jo’s book on implementing the study of apologetics in women’s ministries is forthcoming from Kregel Publishers. She is a member of the Evangelical Philosophical and Theological Societies and a Certified Apologetics Instructor with the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention.

 

Dr. Paul Copan 

Professor and Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics, Palm Beach Atlantic University (West Palm Beach, FL). He is the author of ten books; his most recent is: Is God a Moral Monster? (The New Atheists and the Strange World of Old Testament Ethics).

 

J. Warner Wallace

Jim is concurrently a detective (working cold case homicides), a missions leader and a church planter. His background was originally in design (earning a BFA from California State University at Long Beach and a Master’s in Architecture from UCLA), but he has been a police officer and detective for the past 23 years. Jim wasn’t raised as a Christian. In fact, he was a conscientious and vocal atheist until his mid thirties, and 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; when Jim took his first serious and expansive look at the evidence for the Christian Worldview, he realized that Christianity was demonstrably true. After becoming a Christ follower in 1996, Jim took an evidential approach to truth and applied it to the Christian worldview. He eventually earned a Master’s Degree in Theology from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary and built the PleaseConvinceMe.com website, blog and podcast. Jim’s diverse experiences have provided him with some unique opportunities to examine the logical conclusions and practical realities of the “secular world view” and compare these to the blessings of Biblical Christianity. These comparisons often take the form of observations and evidences that are similar to the evidences one might offer in front of a jury. Jim is married (to the love of his life since 1979) and has four children. He is the primary author of the PleaseConvinceMe Article Archive and the host of the PleaseConvinceMe Podcast.

 

Andy Steiger

Andy is the director of Apologetics Canada. He has a B.A. in biblical Studies and a Masters Degree in Apologetics from Biola University. Although he is originally from Portland, Oregon he has been living and serving in Vancouver, British Columbia. He first came to Canada to complete his B.A. in Biblical Studies. Upon completion he worked for 7 years as a Youth and College Pastor. He met his wife Nancy in college. They have 2 boys Tristian and William. Andy and Nancy love serving in missions, Apologetics and the church. Thus far in their married life they have traveled and served in over 30 countries. Not only did they learn a lot about each other through those adventures but about people and God. In fact, Andy feels that much of his education in apologetics has been learned through ministry and travel. That all said, the most important thing in Andy’s life is his relationship with Jesus Christ. At age 17 he stopped fighting his belief in God and began to seek out who this God is. A short time later, he found Jesus Christ and has enjoyed the adventure ever since. Andy founded Apologetics Canada on September 1st, 2010.

 

Dr. Paul Chamberlain

Paul is a Canadian philosopher. Dr. Chamberlain gained his Ph.D. from Marquette University. He holds diplomas and degrees in the following: Theological Studies (Peace River Bible Institute); Diploma in Pastoral Studies (Prairie Bible Institute); B.R.E. (Providence College); Graduate Studies (Providence Theological Seminary); M.Div., (Trinity International University). He is the Director of the Institute of Christian Apologetics and Professor of apologetics, ethics and philosophy of religion at Trinity Western University in Langley, BC Canada. He recently held the position of Canadian Executive Director of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. Chamberlain has pastored churches in Canada and the United States. He has also authored several books and published numerous articles.

 

Michael Horner

Michael Horner is a philosopher and part-time Instructor in Philosophy at Trinity Western University with an M.A. from the University of Toronto. He has over 37 years of experience as a ‘defender of the faith’ on university and college campuses with Power to Change, Canada. Mr. Horner has participated in over 80 public debates and delivered hundreds of lectures on Canadian and American university campuses on issues such as the existence of God, moral objectivity, the problem of evil, and the historicity of the Resurrection etc.

 

Dr. Dennis Danielson

Dennis is a professor (and former head) of English at the University of British Columbia. He is an intellectual historian who has made contributions to Milton studies and to the history of cosmology. His books include Milton’s Good God: A Study in Literary Theodicy (1982) and the Cambridge Companion to Milton (1989, 1999), both published by Cambridge University Press. His subsequent work in the history of astronomy, especially in The Book of the Cosmos: Imagining the Universe from Heraclitus to Hawking and The First Copernican: Georg Joachim Rheticus and the Rise of the Copernican Revolution, has engaged both humanities scholars and scientists in dialogue about the historical, cultural, and cosmological meaning of Copernicus’s legacy. He has also published articles in American Journal of Physics, Nature, Journal for the History of Astronomy, American Scientist, and Spektrum der Wissenschaft.

 

Harry Edwards

Harry Edwards received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian Education and a Masters of Arts degree in Christian Apologetics from Biola University where he currently works full time managing the campus bookstore. He is the founder, chairman and CEO of Apologetics.com, Inc., an organization dedicated to defending the truth claims of Christianity on the internet, radio and other related activities. He is an active member at Ocean View Baptist Church where he teaches in the adult Sunday school and leads and plays the drums for the praise and worship band. In his spare time, Harry has been married for almost fifteen years to Minerva. They have two young boys, Chase & Jonathan. Harry enjoys doing things with his family, i.e., tennis, backpacking and mentoring others to realize their full potential in the service of our Lord.

 

Jason Ballard

Jason received his B.A English Literature from Simon Fraser University. He is the Director of CampusFire and Youth Alpha in Canada. While he was a high school student, Jason led a weekly prayer group which was the catalyst to student led outreach and service projects at Terry Fox Secondary. Jason and Rachael have been married for 2 years and live in Langley, BC.

 

Chris Price

Chris is the lead pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Coquitlam, British Columbia (calvarybaptist.ca). He recently co-wrote a book with Jon Morrison called ‘Questions: you’re probably already asking’ addressing apologetic issues for youth. He enjoys tackling the hard questions of faith and life through the lenses of scripture. He is married to Diandra and has a one year old son named Kaeden.

 

Jeremy Livermore

Jeremy received his Masters in Christian Apologetics from Biola University. He has several years of evangelistic & international missions experience working with various organizations such as Campus Crusade, Africa Renewal Ministries, Engineering Ministries International, Engineers Without Borders, Habitat for Humanity, Euroteam Designs, & Lifewater. Jeremy has participated in missions in Uganda, Australia, Mexico, Liberia, Chile, and Latvia. Jeremy received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. He has been working as a structural engineer designing mid-rise buildings for a global architecture & engineering firm. He received his professional license in 2007. Jeremy has recently travelled to Liberia to design a college for a post-war community in need with EMI. Most recently, he travelled to Chile to participate in emergency disaster relief efforts after the 8.8 quake or 2010 where he provided structural engineering assessments within the Tsunami zone. When not serving with apologetics.com or foreign missions, Jeremy enjoys reading philosophical theology on the beach, creating art, and playing football, baseball, and basketball leagues.

 

Steve Tsai

Steve graduated from Biola university with a bachelors degree in communications and a masters degree in philosophy. He is currently completing his Ph.D. and is a host for the apologetic.com radio show. Steve enjoys speaking to high-schoolers and collegians about the deeper questions in life. His apologetic method is eclectic, and his philosophical interests include philosophical theology, philosophy of mind, and free will and determinism issues. He currently resides in Bellflower, California.

 

Sam Welbaum

Sam holds an MA in Christian Apologetics from Biola University, a Masters of Theological Studies from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary and is working on PhD in Philosophy of Religion and Theology at Claremont Graduate University. His interest in apologetics started early in life when his Mom told him that “You have to know both sides of an issue in order to understand it.” He took it to heart and made the “Compact Guide to World Religions” is silent reading book in 6th grade. His interest continued through High School when he got involved in counter cult ministries and started working at the Christian Research Institute. From there he went on to study Philosophy and Christian Studies at California Baptist University. In addition to serving with Apologetics.com, Sam is presently the Youth Pastor at Shoreline Baptist Church in Fountain Valley, California and a prep school teacher. In the past he has had the pleasure of teaching both philosophy and Koine Greek at the college level.

 

Jose Ruba

Jose Ruba works as a public speaker for the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform (unmaskingchoice.ca). This enables him to share pro-life apologetics to a variety of audiences across Canada. This front line work allows Jose to practice practical apologetics, speaking to atheists, relativists and others, about fundamental ideas of the Christian faith. These include the reality of truth, the existence of moral absolutes and the value of human life. Jose also helped begin a series of conferences in Calgary on the Christian worldview, something he speaks on regularly (faithbeyondbelief.ca). Jose believes that apologetics really is about communicating what Christianity is as clearly as possible to a confused culture. He attends and serves as youth co-ordinator for, Faith Builder International Church in Calgary.