Conference 2013 – Speakers

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March 1st & 2nd, 2013 @ Northview Community Church in Abbotsford, B.C.

Keynote Speakers

Dr. William Lane Craig is Research Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, California. He and his wife Jan have two grown children. At the age of sixteen as a junior in high school, he first heard the message of the Christian gospel and yielded his life to Christ. Dr. Craig pursued his undergraduate studies at Wheaton College (B.A. 1971) and graduate studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (M.A. 1974; M.A. 1975), the University of Birmingham (England) (Ph.D. 1977), and the University of Munich (Germany) (D.Theol. 1984). From 1980-86 he taught Philosophy of Religion at Trinity, during which time he and Jan started their family. In 1987 they moved to Brussels, Belgium, where Dr. Craig pursued research at the University of Louvain until assuming his position at Talbot in 1994. He has authored or edited over thirty books, including The Kalam Cosmological ArgumentAssessing the New Testament Evidence for the Historicity of the Resurrection of JesusDivine Foreknowledge and Human FreedomTheism, Atheism and Big Bang Cosmology; and God, Time and Eternity, as well as over a hundred articles in professional journals of philosophy and theology, including The Journal of PhilosophyNew Testament StudiesJournal for the Study of the New TestamentAmerican Philosophical QuarterlyPhilosophical StudiesPhilosophy, and British Journal for Philosophy of Science. Learn more: www.reasonablefaith.org
Dr. Andy Bannister is the Canadian Director and Lead Apologist for RZIM Canada. He speaks and teaches regularly throughout Canada, the US, Europe and the wider world. From churches to universities, business forums to TV and radio, Andy regularly addresses audiences of Christians and those of all faiths and none on issues relating to faith, culture, politics and society. With a background in youth ministry before studying theology and philosophy (focussing especially on Islam), Andy was previously based in Oxford, from where he worked with churches and organizations across the denominational spectrum. Andy holds a PhD in Islamic Studies, a topic on which he has taught extensively, especially since 9/11 and the huge interest that was sparked in the subject by the events of that day. He has spoken and taught at universities across Canada, the US, the UK and further afield on both Islam and philosophy and is a Visiting Lecturer for the London School of Theology. When not travelling, speaking or writing, Andy is a keen hiker, mountain climber and photographer. He lives in Toronto and is married to Astrid and they have one daughter, Caitriona. Learn more: RZIM.ca
Dr. John Patrick is currently the President of Augustine College. He retired from the University of Ottawa in June 2002. He had been Associate Professor in Clinical Nutrition in the Department of Biochemistry and Paediatrics for twenty years. Dr. Patrick’s medical training was in London, England. He has done extensive research into the treatment of childhood nutritional deficiency and related diseases holding appointments in Britain, the West Indies and Canada. He has worked in Central Africa assisting in the development of training programs that deal with childhood protein-energy malnutrition. John now lectures throughout the world working for the Christian Medical and Dental Society in Canada and the United States. He speaks frequently to Christian and secular groups and is able to communicate effectively on moral issues in medicine and culture and the integration of faith and science. Learn more: johnpatrick.ca
J. Warner Wallace is both a detective (currently 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 he was 35 or 36, 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. But Jim took his first serious and expansive look at the evidence for the Christian worldview and 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 worldview” 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. Learn more: pleaseconvinceme.com
Andy Steiger is one of those people who asks questions and enjoys thinking. You’ll often find him adrift in his thoughts on art, science, philosophy and religion. More than a book addict, Andy enjoys a good adventure. His love for people and culture has led him and his wife Nancy to travel and serve in over 30 countries. These experiences have challenged him to ponder life’s tough questions from a broader worldview perspective. Currently Andy and Nancy live in Abbotsford, BC Canada with their two boys: Tristan and William. Andy is the founder and director of Apologetics Canada. He is also a fellow radio host and contributor on 99.5 fm KKLA with Apologetics.com in Los Angeles. Andy has over 10 years of experience as a pastor of youth and college students. Besides leading Apologetics Canada he is also the Director of Sola (the Young Adult Ministry of Northview Community Church). He has a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Columbia Bible College and a Master’s Degree in Apologetics from Biola University. His book and DVD Series, Thinking? will be available for purchase at the conference. Learn more: apologetics.com  / apologeticscanada.com 

Breakout Session Speakers

Leslie Wickman, Ph.D., is the Director of the Center for Research in Science (CRIS) at Azusa Pacific University (APU). She is an internationally respected research scientist, engineering consultant, and inspirational speaker.For more than a decade Wickman was an engineer for Lockheed Martin Missiles & Space, where she worked on NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and International Space Station Programs, receiving commendations from NASA for her contributions and being designated as Lockheed’s Corporate Astronaut.She currently also works part-time as a research scientist with government think tanks on technical and political aspects of national aerospace and defense issues. Some of her recent projects include climate change research, assessment of future human spaceflight missions and technologies, human factors problems for extreme environments, fighter pilot proficiency training, and sustainable water reclamation and agriculture.

Dr. Wickman has lectured around the world on satellite servicing, spaceflight physiology, astronaut training and operations, as well as various topics in astronomy, environmental stewardship, and the interface between science and theology.

Wickman is also a dedicated athlete, playing competitive beach doubles volleyball with CBVA & FIVB, as well as both indoor and beach volleyball for Athletes in Action in Bolivia, Brazil, and South Africa. She is now retired from women’s professional tackle football, but not before earning All-Conference recognition and helping her team, the California Quake, win the Women’s World Bowl.

Another achievement worth noting is her role with WET Design in R&D, simulation, and programming for the Fountains of Bellagio in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Wickman holds a master’s degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering and a doctoral degree in human factors and biomechanics, both from Stanford University. She graduated magna cum laude from Willamette University with a bachelor’s degree in political science.