Student Conferences: Colorado
Dr. Francis J. Beckwith
Dr. Francis (Frank) J. Beckwith is Professor of Philosophy & Church-State Studies, and Associate Director of the Graduate Program in Philosophy, at Baylor University, where he also serves as Co-Director (with Trent Dougherty) of the Program on Philosophical Studies of Religion. He earned a Ph.D. and M.A. in Philosophy from Fordham University and an M.J.S. (Master of Juridical Studies) from the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, where he won the CALI Award for Excellence in Reproductive Control Seminar. He has held visiting full-time academic appointments at Princeton University (2002-2003 James Madison Research Fellow) and the University of Notre Dame (2008- 2009 Mary Ann Remick Senior Visiting Fellow).
Among his many books are Taking Rites Seriously: Law, Politics, and the Reasonableness of Faith (Cambridge University Press, 2015); (with R. P. George and S. McWilliams) A Second Look at First Things: A Case for Conservative Politics (St. Augustine Press, 2013); Politics for Christians: Statecraft As Soulcraft (InterVarsity Press, 2010); Defending Life: A Moral and Legal Case Against Abortion Choice (Cambridge University Press, 2007); (with C. Mosser and P. Owen) The New Mormon Challenge (Harper Collins, 2002); and (with G. Koukl) Relativism: Feet Firmly Planted in Mid-Air (Baker, 1998). His articles have been published in a number of academic journals across a variety of disciplines including Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy; Synthese; International Philosophical Quarterly; Nevada Law Journal; Public Affairs Quarterly; Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy; American Journal of Jurisprudence; Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly; Journal of Medicine & Philosophy; Social Theory & Practice; Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society; Journal of Church & State; University of St. Thomas Journal of Law & Public Policy; Journal of Social Philosophy; Journal of Libertarian Studies; Journal of Medical Ethics; Ratio Juris; Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture; The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology; and Philosophia Christi.
Dr. Beckwith and his wife Frankie currently reside in Woodway, Texas. You can learn more about him at his website. Please peruse his contributions to our store.
Dr. Michael Bauman
Dr. Michael (Mike) Bauman is professor of Theology and Culture and Director of Christian Studies at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, MI. Michael is also the Resident-Scholar for Summit Semester, a Summit Ministries institute. Michael was once a member of the Editorial Department at Newsweek, a pastor in the Evangelical Free Church of America, and the President of the Evangelical Philosophical Society. He has published nearly 20 books and 50 articles and political editorials; his books include God and Man in the Twentieth Century, Man and Creation, and Are You Politically Correct?. Dr. Bauman's latest books are 90 Days in the Christian Classics, Christianity A to Z, and Pilgrim Theology. As a former World Champion in cycling, he is a contributing editor for Ultra Cycling magazine and co-editor of The Schwarz Report. You can learn more about Dr. Bauman at his webpage. Please peruse his contributions to our store.
John Stonestreet is a Speaker and Fellow of the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. A gifted communicator on areas of faith and culture, theology, worldview, education, and apologetics, John is a sought-after speaker at conferences, colleges, churches, schools, and other various gatherings each year.
Since 2012, John has been co-host (with Eric Metaxas) of BreakPoint, the Christian worldview radio program founded by the late Chuck Colson, and since 2010 has been the voice of The Point, a daily national radio feature on worldview, apologetics and cultural issues. He also serves as a Senior Content Advisor for Summit Ministries in Manitou Springs, CO.
John is the co-author of three books: Restoring All Things (with Warren Smith, 2015), Same-Sex Marriage (with Sean McDowell, 2014), and Making Sense of Your World: A Biblical Worldview (with Gary Phillips and William Brown, 2007). John holds degrees from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (IL) and Bryan College (TN). He and his wife Sarah have three daughters and a dog, and live in Colorado Springs, CO. Connect with John at BreakPoint.org, or follow him on Twitter @jbstonestreet.
Dr. Jeff Myers
Dr. Jeff Myers is president of Summit Ministries. In the last 20 years Dr. Myers has become one of America’s most respected authorities on youth leadership development. Focus on the Family founder James Dobson referred to him as “a very gifted and inspirational young leader.” Evangelist Josh McDowell called him “a man who is 100% sold out to preparing the next generation to reflect the character of Christ in the culture.” Through his appearances on Fox News and other media programs, Dr. Myers has become a fresh voice offering humor and insight from a Christian worldview.
He holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree and teaches leadership courses through CollegePlus and Belhaven University. Jeff and his family live in Colorado.
Dr. David A. Noebel
Dr. David A. Noebel, the recently retired founder and president of Summit Ministries, has been a college professor, college president and candidate for the U.S. Congress. He is an author, editor, public speaker, ordained minister, and is recognized as an expert on worldview analysis and the decline of morality and spirituality in Western Civilization. He was educated at the Milwaukee Bible College (now Grace Bible College), Hope College, B.A., and the University of Tulsa M.A. He studied philosophy in graduate school at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. In 1962 he founded Summit Ministries, a Christian leadership training organization designed as an educational Christian ministry. He believes that countless Christian youth have fallen victim to the popular ideas of our modern world, and that most have adopted these ideas into their own worldview, while still others go on to renounce their Christian faith altogether. In 1991, he wrote Understanding the Times: The Religious Worldviews of Our Day and the Search for Truth, a textbook interpreting current intellectual movements, including biblical Christianity, secular humanism, Marxism-Leninism, the New Age Movement, Islam, and postmodernism. It is widely used among Christian schools, churches and colleges, either in its unabridged or abridged formats. David and his wife Alice live in Prescott, AZ. They have 2 children and 4 grandchildren. Check out his blog: http://thunderontheright.wordpress.com.
Mr. Mike Haley
Mr. Mike Haley is the Youth and Gender Specialist for Focus on the Family in Colorado Springs, CO. Having been involved in the homosexual community as a teen and young adult, Mike offers tremendous insight into this culture and how it affects today's youth. Mike speaks throughout the nation with Focus' "Love Won Out" conferences, providing accurate information on how today's Christian leaders and public school officials can effectively address homosexuality's toll on youth. Mike's latest book is Straight Answers: Exposing the Myths and Facts about Homosexuality. Mike and his wife Angie are the proud parents of two sons. Please peruse his contributions to our store.
Dr. H. Wayne House
Dr. H. Wayne House is Distinguished Professor of Theology, Law, and Culture at Faith Evangelical College and Seminary in Tacoma, Washington. He formerly was Professor of Constitutional Law at Trinity Law School, and Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Dallas Seminary. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Classical and Hellenistic Greek from Hardin-Simmons University, a Master of Arts in Biblical and Patristic Greek from Abilene Christian University, a Master of Divinity in Pastoral Studies and Master of Theology in Biblical Studies from Western Seminary, a Doctor of Theology in Exegetical Theology from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri and a Juris Doctorate in Law from Regent University School of Law. He also holds a certificate in International Human Rights from the famed International Institute of Human Rights, Strasbourg, France.
Dr. House has authored or edited nearly forty books and author of more than one hundred journal/magazine articles and encyclopedia contributions. Among his many books are Nelson Study Bible (NT editor); The Battle for God; Charts of Apologetics and Christian Evidences; A Christian View of Law; Intelligent Design 101, and the forthcoming Dictionary of Heresies and Heretics of Early Christianity and House's Visual Study Bible. He is also General Editor of the Evangelical Exegetical Commentary, 44 vols. (Logos).
Dr. House was founding president of the Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, and is a past national president of the Evangelical Theological Society. He speaks and teaches on a variety of subjects such as apologetics, law, science, cultism, philosophy, theology, and biblical studies and also leads biblical study tours to Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Greece, Turkey and Italy. He has two children and six grandchildren. His website for tours is http://www.christianstudytours.org; and his personal website is http://www.hwhouse.com.
Mr. Scott Klusendorf
Scott Klusendorf is president of the Life Training Institute, and travels throughout the United States and Canada training pro-life advocates to persuasively defend their views in the public square. He contends that the pro-life message can compete in the marketplace of ideas if properly understood and properly articulated. A passionate and engaging platform speaker, Scott has appeared on nationally syndicated programs like “Focus on the Family” with James Dobson, Billy Graham’s “Hour of Decision,” “The Bible Answer Man” with Hank Hanegraaff, “For Faith and Family” with Dr. Richard Land, "Faith Under Fire" with Lee Strobel" and “American Family Radio” with Tim Wildmon.
Nationally, he’s participated in numerous debates at the collegiate and university levels. Scott is a graduate (with honors) of UCLA. Scott has taught pro-life apologetics at Biola University's "Defending the Faith Lecture Series," Trinity International University Law School, and Orange Coast College. He’s lectured to student groups at over 70 colleges and universities, including Stanford, USC, UCLA, Johns Hopkins, Loyola Marymount Law School, West Virginia Medical School, MIT, U.S. Air Force Academy, Cal-Tech, and University of North Carolina.
Dr. Robert Linden
Dr. Robert (Bob) Linden is a former Production Manager for Agilent Technologies, as well as President of his own firm, Peak Management Consulting and Training. Dr. Linden holds B.A. and M.S. degrees in Experimental/Clinical Psychology from Florida State University and Oklahoma State University and has an honorary J.D. from American Christian College. He retired from an Air Force personnel and teaching career in 1984 as a Lieutenant Colonel. While in the Air Force, Dr. Linden taught at the Academic Instructor's School and the Air Force Academy. Dr. Linden has taught Organization Management for the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and Regis College. He has spoken throughout the world on a number of topics, including leadership and attitudes. He has extensive involvement with the Navigators and has worked with Dallas Theological Seminary on a Leadership Training Institute.
Dr. J.P. Moreland
Dr. J.P. Moreland is a Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, CA. Dr. Moreland has a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Missouri, a Th.M. in Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary, a M.A. in Philosophy from the University of California-Riverside, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Southern California. He has been involved in planting churches, debated on over 200 college campuses around the country, and has served with Campus Crusade for Christ for over 10 years, as well as authoring and co-authoring numerous books, including Does God Exist?, Christianity and the Nature of Science, Jesus under Fire, Love Your God With All Your Mind, and Scaling the Secular City. He has also published over 40 articles in journals including Philosophy and Phenomenalogical Research, American Philosophical Quarterly, Australian Journal of Philosophy, Metaphilosophy, and Faith and Philosophy. He, his wife Hope, and daughters Allison and Ashley live in Yorba Linda, CA. Please peruse his contributions to our store.
Dr. Del Tackett
Dr. Del Tackett is an Executive Vice President of Focus on the Family, and is the Chairman of Academic Affairs, Director of Distance Learning, and an Adjunct Professor of Religion and Society at New Geneva Theological Seminary. He received his B.S. in Computer Science with post-graduate studies in Artificial Intelligence at Kansas State University, a M.S. in Software Engineering from Auburn University, as well as an honorary J.D. from American Christian College. Del is a former White House staff member of the Senior Bush Administration as Director of Technical Planning in the National Security Council. Del is a retired Air Force Lt. Colonel with over 20 years active service duty. You can learn more about Dr. Tackett at his website. Please peruse his contributions to our store.
Dr. Frank S. Turek
Dr. Frank S. Turek is President of Cross Examined, an organization which exists to help stem the mass exodus of Christian youth from the faith. Dr. Turek has a M.A. in Public Administration from George Washington University and a Ph.D. in Apologetics from Southern Evangelical Seminary. He co-wrote two award-winning books: Legislating Morality, and I Don't have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist. Frank is a sought-after speaker who has appeared on numerous TV and radio programs including The O'Reilly Factor, Hannity and Colmes, Faith under Fire, Politically Incorrect, Focus on the Family, and The Bible Answerman.
Dr. Turek is an eight-year veteran of the United States Navy, having served as a Naval Aviator in the Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean, and Persian Gulf. In addition to his work defending Christianity and moral truths, Frank also helps businesses and organizations improve their leadership and sales results.
He and his wife Stephanie reside near Charlotte, North Carolina and are blessed with three incredible boys. You can learn more about Dr. Turek at his website.
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Mr. Eric Smith
Eric Smith has held many roles since joining Summit’s staff in 2000. He launched and led Summit Semester from 2006 to 2010. He currently serves as Summit’s Vice President of Programs and teaches the Bible at Summit’s Colorado Student Conferences and Summit Semester. He holds a Masters of Divinity from Denver Seminary and a B.S. in Business Administration from Miami University (OH).
On a personal note, Eric loves to run the mountain trails around Manitou Springs and has competed in the Pikes Peak Ascent four times. He and his wife Sara, along with their with their six children Elsie, Alden, Liam, Evelyn, Adele and Samuel live in Manitou Springs, Colorado.
Dr. Mike Adams
Upon getting his doctorate in 1993, Dr. Mike Adams, then an atheist and a Democrat, was hired by UNC-Wilmington to teach in the criminal justice program. A few years later, Adams abandoned his atheism and also became a Republican. He also nearly abandoned teaching when he took a one-year leave of absence to study law at UNC-Chapel Hill in 1998. After returning to teach at UNC-Wilmington, Mike Adams won the Faculty Member of the Year award (issued by the Office of the Dean of Students) for the second time in 2000. After his involvement in a well-publicized free speech controversy in the wake of the 911 terror attacks, Mike Adams became a vocal critic of the diversity movement in academia.
Dr. Adams has since made appearances on shows like Hannity and Colmes, The O'Reilly Factor, and Glenn Beck. He published his first book, Welcome to the Ivory Tower of Babel, in 2004. His second book, Feminists Say the Darndest Things: A Politically Incorrect Professor Confronts "Womyn" On Campus, was published in 2008. In addition to lecturing on the First Amendment, Mike Adams is actively involved in legal challenges to campus censorship. Represented by the ADF, he won a landmark First Amendment case before the 4th Circuit in Richmond, Virginia. Decided in 2011, Adams v UNCW held that professors publishing columns and giving speeches have the full protection of the First Amendment when discussing matters of public concern. Hence, when professors report such activities as part of their annual review, tenure, or promotion materials, the university does not have license to discriminate on the basis of the professors' viewpoint.
Dr. Adams' latest book, Letters to a Young Progressive, was published in April 2013.
Mr. Mark Mittelberg
Mark Mittelberg is a bestselling author, international speaker, and the Executive Director of the Center for Strategic Evangelism, in partnership with Houston Baptist University. His books include The Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask (With Answers), Confident Faith, and The Reason Why Faith Makes Sense. He is also the primary author of the Becoming a Contagious Christian training course, which has been translated into more than 20 languages and helped nearly two million people around the world learn to share their faith in natural ways. Mark was the first evangelism director at Willow Creek Community Church, a megachurch in Chicago. Mark lives in a house in the woods of Colorado with his wife Heidi, and they are the parents of Matthew and Emma Jean Mittelberg, both alumni of Summit's Student Conferences.
Dr. Nabeel Qureshi
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 an apologist with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries.
Dr. Nabeel holds an MD from Eastern Virginia Medical School, an MA in Christian apologetics from Biola University, and an MA from Duke University in Religion.
Dr. Jay Richards
Jay Richards is a Senior Fellow of the Discovery Institute where he directs the Center on Wealth, Poverty and Morality and a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Faith, Work & Economics. Most recently he is the co-author with James Robison of the best-selling Indivisible: Restoring Faith, Family, and Freedom Before It's Too Late. In addition to writing many academic articles, books and popular essays on a wide variety of subjects, he recently edited the new award winning anthology, God & Evolution: Protestants, Catholics and Jews Explore Darwin’s Challenge to Faith. His previous book was Money, Greed, and God: Why Capitalism Is the Solution and Not the Problem, for which he received a Templeton Enterprise Award in 2010. Richards is also executive producer of several documentaries, including The Call of the Entrepreneur, The Birth of Freedom, and Effective Stewardship.
Richards has a B.A. in Political Science and Religion, an M.Div. and a Th.M., and a Ph.D. (with honors) in philosophy and theology from Princeton Theological Seminary. His work has been covered in publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal; he has appeared on many national radio and TV programs, including Larry King Live. He has lectured worldwide on a variety of subjects, including to Members of the US Congress.
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