Speakers

 
 
 
 

John S. Dickerson    
John S. Dickerson is an author and speaker, and the senior pastor of Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church in Prescott, Arizona. A former journalist, John worked as a staff writer (and later features editor) for the Scottsdale Times and the Phoenix New Times. He has also written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, and CNN. In 2008, he was awarded the Livingston Award for Young Journalists for the best investigative reporting in the nation. John was also named the national winner for investigative reporting by the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies in 2009. His book The Great Evangelical Recession combines his background in investigative journalism with his understanding and love of the evangelical church.

Craig Hazen    
Craig Hazen is a professor of Comparative Religion and Christian Apologetics and director of the Christian Apologetics Program at Biola University. He is the editor of the journal Philosophia Christi. He has authored or contributed to a range of scholarly works including To Everyone an Answer, Apologetics Study Bible, and the breakout novel Five Sacred Crossings. Craig holds a PhD in religious studies, a degree in biological sciences, and has studied international human rights in Strasbourg, France. At Biola he was named the winner of the Fischer Award for Faculty Excellence, the highest faculty honor. Craig has lectured throughout North America and Europe on the evidence for the resurrection, religion and science, and Christianity among world religions. He has also lectured multiple times at the White House and Capitol Hill. He and his wife, Karen, live in Southern California with their four children.

Hugh Ross    
Hugh Ross is an astronomer and founder and president of Reasons to Believe, an organization dedicated to demonstrating the compatibility of science and Christianity. Hugh earned a BS in physics from the University of British Columbia and an MS and PhD in astronomy from the University of Toronto. For several years, he continued his research on quasars and galaxies as a postdoctoral fellow at the California Institute of Technology. While in college, he dedicated himself to faith in Christ following an in-depth study of Scripture that convinced him of the Bible's factual accuracy. Prompted by family, friends, and colleagues, Hugh founded Reasons to Believe in 1986, to bring scientific evidence for Christianity to light. Today, Hugh is the author of multiple books—including Navigating Genesis and Why the Universe Is the Way It Is—and speaks on science-faith issues to audiences around the world.

Jeff Vines    
Jeff Vines spent twenty years on the mission field in Zimbabwe and New Zealand, planting churches and training Christian leaders. From 1998 to 2005 he was the featured speaker on the weekly television broadcast Questions of Life and frequently debated agnostic and atheist on national radio. Jeff served as the teaching pastor at Savannah Christian Church in Georgia for two years before becoming the lead pastor of Christ's Church of the Valley in Southern California in 2008. Jeff is the author of Dinner with Skeptics: Defending God in a World That Makes No Sense and the newly released Unbroken: 8 Enduring Promises God Will Keep. Jeff and his wife, Robin, have been married for 28 years and have two children, Delaney and Sian.

Stuart McAllister    
Stuart McAllister is regional director, Americas at Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM). Born in Scotland, Stuart worked with Operation Mobilization for 20 years, served as general secretary of the European Evangelical Alliance, and developed a mobilization movement called Love Europe, which sent several thousand team members across Europe with the message of the Christian faith. He also founded the European Roundtable, a diverse collaboration of ministries and interests to foster Hope for Europe. Stuart is a frequent contributor to RZIM's A Slice of Infinity (a daily reading on issues of apologetics and philosophy), Just Thinking (the ministry's quarterly journal), and Engage (a quarterly magazine by RZIM Educational Trust). He has also contributed chapters in the books Beyond Opinion and Global Missiology for the 21st Century.

 

Fazale Rana    
Biochemist Fazale (Fuz) Rana is vice president of research and apologetics at Reasons to Believe. Fuz earned a BS in chemistry at West Virginia State College (now University) and a PhD in chemistry with an emphasis in biochemistry at Ohio University. He pursued postdoctoral studies in the biophysics of cell membranes at the Universities of Virginia and Georgia, has coauthored numerous papers for peer-reviewed journals, and holds two patents. Fuz converted to Christianity during graduate school. Though he initially embraced the evolutionary paradigm, Fuz eventually drew the conclusion that only a Creator's involvement could explain the elegance of biochemical systems. Today, Fuz writes and speaks extensively about evidence for creation emerging from biochemistry, genetics, human origins, and synthetic biology. He is the author of multiple books, including Creating Life in the Lab and The Cell's Design.

Jeff Zweerink    
Astrophysicist Jeff Zweerink is a research scholar and the executive director of online learning at Reasons to Believe (RTB). He earned a BS in physics and a PhD in astrophysics from Iowa State University, with a focus on gamma rays. Jeff was involved in research projects such as the Solar Two Project and the Whipple Collaboration and is coauthor of over 30 academic papers. Having once struggled with reconciling his love of science with his Christian faith, Jeff's involvement in apologetics grows from his desire to help others bridge the perceived science-faith gap. Today, Jeff writes and speaks on the compatibility of faith and science and on evidence for a Creator from exoplanet research and the multiverse theory. He authored Who's Afraid of the Multiverse? and coauthored RTB's Impact Events study guide series for students. Jeff also works on GAPS, a balloon experiment seeking to detect dark matter, at UCLA.

Kenneth Samples    
Philosopher and theologian Kenneth Richard Samples is senior research scholar at Reasons to Believe. Kenneth earned a BA in social science with an emphasis in history and philosophy from Concordia University and an MA in theological studies from Talbot School of Theology. A search for answers to life's "big" questions led Kenneth to embrace Christianity as a young man and resulted in a passion to help others understand the reasonableness and relevance of Christianity's truth claims. Kenneth worked for seven years as senior research consultant and correspondence editor at Christian Research Institute, where he regularly cohosted The Bible Answer Man with renowned apologist Dr. Walter Martin. Today, Kenneth is the author of several books—including Christian Endgame and 7 Truths That Changed the World—and speaks on religion and worldview, the identity of Jesus, and Christian apologetics.

Gary Habermas
Gary Habermas holds a PhD in history and philosophy of religion from Michigan State University. He has been the author, coauthor, or editor of nearly 40 books, twenty of which focus on various aspects of Jesus resurrection. Other book subjects include religious doubt, personal suffering, and near-death experiences. He has also contributed more than 65 chapters or articles to additional books and over 100 articles and reviews to journals and other publications. In recent years, he has served as a visiting or adjunct professor of graduate courses at 15 graduate schools and seminaries in the US and abroad. Currently, Gary is a distinguished research professor teaching in the PhD program at Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He is also chair of the Department of Philosophy at Liberty University, where he has taught since 1981. He and his wife, Eileen, live in Lynchburg, Virginia, and have 7 children and 13 grandchildren.

Abdu Murray    
Abdu Murray is cofounder and president of Embrace the Truth, an apologetics-based ministry dedicated to offering the truth of the Gospel to Muslims. He also serves as an adjunct speaker for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. A former Muslim, Abdu has spoken in numerous churches and campuses and has been a featured guest on a variety of national and international radio talk shows and television programs. He earned his JD from the University of Michigan Law School and his BA in psychology from the University of Michigan. Abdu is the author of Apocalypse Later and the recently released Grand Central Question. He lives in the Detroit, Michigan, area with his wife and their three children.