Student Conferences: Tennessee
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.
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. Gary Phillips
Dr. W. Gary Phillips is pastor of Signal Mountain Bible Church in Chattanooga, Tennessee. His degrees are from Vanderbilt University (B.A.), Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M.), and Grace Theological Seminary (Th.D.). He was Chairman of Biblical Studies at Bryan College, where he taught for twenty-four years, and was named by the trustees "Distinguished Professor of Biblical Studies." He has received six teaching awards, has published articles and books (including Making Sense of Your World with W. E. Brown, nominated for Christianity Today’s “Reader’s Choice” book of the year), and has served as an officer in both the Evangelical Theological Society and the Evangelical Philosophical Society. Most recently he contributed several articles for The Encyclopedia of Theology (Baker) and wrote a commentary entitled Judges and Ruth (Broadman & Holman, 2004). In 1985 Dr. Phillips planted a church on Signal Mountain where he served part-time for sixteen years while teaching at Bryan, and in 2001 became its full-time pastor. He and his wife Betsy have three grown children.
Dr. Kenneth Turner
Dr. Ken Turner is Professor of Bible at Bryan College. After majoring in Physics & Math Education at Arizona State University, he attended The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he received his M.Div and Ph.D. in Old Testament Theology. He has published a book and several scholarly articles, and is currently editing a book on Deuteronomy, writing a commentary on Habakkuk, and developing homeschool & church curricula on creation-evolution issues. Dr. Turner is married to Raegan and has 4 children.
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.
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.
Ms. Jennifer Marshall
As director of domestic policy studies at The Heritage Foundation, Jennifer Marshall oversees research in areas that determine the character of our culture: education, marriage, family, religion and civil society. Marshall heads the think tank’s Richard and Helen DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society, where researchers examine the role that religion, family and community play in society and public policy. She also oversees FamilyFacts.org, an online source of easy-to-share charts, briefs, videos and reports on the latest social science research on family and religious practice.
In 2010, National Journal named Marshall one of 20 “power players” in Washington for her work on school choice and other education reforms. Before joining Heritage in 2003, Marshall worked on cultural policy issues at Empower America, a free-market think tank. Before that, she was senior director of family studies at the Family Research Council and taught at an American school in Lyon, France. Marshall collaborates with Heritage colleagues to explore how moral values and civil society relate to issues such as limited government, a strong national economy and foreign policy. Marshall contributes a regular column on issues of faith and family to the McClatchy-Tribune news wire, placing her perspective in dozens of the nation’s best newspapers and affiliated websites. She is the author of “Now and Not Yet: Making Sense of Single Life in the Twenty-First Century”. Marshall holds a master’s degree in statecraft and world politics from the Washington-based Institute of World Politics and a bachelor’s degree in French from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill., where she also earned teacher’s certification. She currently resides in Arlington, VA.
If C.S. Lewis and MTV made a baby it would be AXIS. We leverage technology. We are insanely visual. We learn students' names. We encourage underage thinking. We move students from apathy to action. Axis creatively teaches a post-literate generation via the medium of current popular culture. In the midst of today's often confusing marketplace of ideas, we interview different worldviews and narratives by peering through the lens of media and asking the question "Does the Gospel of Jesus stand firm when compared to other counterfeit gospels presented in the world?" Our speaking teams are intentionally relational and exist to awaken the next generation and resource their parents to follow Jesus. We translate at the intersection of ideas, media, and generations.
Dr. Paul Boling
Dr. Paul Boling is professor of Philosophy and Christian Thought at Bryan College. He has published book reviews in scholarly and popular journals; he is also active in several professional societies, as well as being a published musical composer. Dr. Boling is active in a discipling ministry and he speaks at churches, conferences, and retreats. He is currently working on two book projects, one on the subject of humor and one on worldviews. He holds a B.A. degree in zoology from the University of California at Berkeley, a Th.M. degree from Dallas Theological Seminary, and an M.A. and Ph.D. degree in philosophy from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He and his wife Lauralee have five children and live in Dayton, Tennessee.
Mr. Ricky Chelette
Ricky Chelette is Executive Director of Living Hope Ministries and the Minister of Pastoral Ministries at First Baptist Church in Arlington, TX. Ricky has been involved in ministry in the church for over 30 years. He has served as a pastor to youth, students, and single adults, as well as Minister of Education. Speaking around the world to thousands of teens and adults who struggle with their sexual identity or love those who do, Ricky brings vast experience and personal knowledge to this difficult and controversial subject. His logical, humorous and straight-forward approach makes sense of a very complex and often confusing topic. Ricky has a BA in Political Science/Pre-Law, a Master in Religious Education, has taught on the college and seminary level, and is an ordained minister.
Mr. Brett Kunkle
Brett Kunkle is the Student Impact Director at Stand to Reason. He has more than 21 years of experience working with junior high, high school, and college students. Brett has spoken to thousands of students and adults across the country at churches, conferences and on college campuses. Brett was a contributor to the Apologetics Study Bible for Students and wrote the Ambassador’s Guide to Mormonism. In addition, he has developed a groundbreaking approach to mission trips, creating a one-of-a-kind training experience that immerses participants in real-life apologetics, theology, and evangelism in Berkeley, California, and Salt Lake City, Utah. Brett received his Masters in philosophy of religion and ethics from Talbot School of Theology.
Dr. Terry Moffitt
Dr. Terry Moffitt is an internationally known speaker who has traveled and spoken on every continent, been a Christian educator for more than 25 years, founded The TCMI Group, a multi-faceted consulting organization specializing in nonprofits, and also teaches Education Law in the graduate school at Columbia International University. He has been featured in such prominent media venues as The BBC, Fox and Friends, MSNBC, Nightline, NBC’s The Today Show, American Family Radio, CBN and TBN; and has also been interviewed for articles in publications such as The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Palestinian Chronicle, USA Today, and The Los Angeles Times. Terry played basketball, and received his undergraduate degree in Education, from The University of North Carolina; his M.Ed from The University of North Carolina-Greensboro and his Th.D from Jacksonville Theological Seminary. He has written two books, Soft Targets in a Hard World: Christian Schools, Security and Terrorism and Was it Something I Said? How to be an Uncompromising Christian in a Compromising World. Terry lives in High Point, North Carolina with his wife Cindy and their neurotic little dog Scottie.
Mr. Jonathan Morrow
Jonathan Morrow is the founder of Think Christianly. He is the author of Welcome to College: A Christ-follower’s Guide for the Journey, Think Christianly: Looking at the Intersection of Faith and Culture, and Is God Just a Human Invention? And Seventeen Other Questions Raised by the New Atheists (with Sean McDowell), and contributed the chapter “Introducing Spiritual Formation” to Foundations of Spiritual Formation: A Community Approach to Becoming Like Christ. Jonathan contributed several articles to the Apologetics Study Bible for Students and has written for Leadership Journal Online (of Christianity Today). He graduated with an M.Div. and an M.A. in philosophy of religion and ethics from Talbot School of Theology and served as the equipping pastor for 6 years at Fellowship Bible Church in Murfreesboro, TN. Jonathan is currently the Director of Creative Strategies at IMPACT 360. His books have been featured on shows like Family Life Today, Stand to Reason, Breakpoint, WAY-FM (Mornings with Brant), Frank Pastore, The Janet Mefferd Show, and Apologetics 315. He and his wife have been married for 12 years and have three children.
Dr. Scott Rae
DR. Scott Rae is the Chair of the Philosophy of Religion and Ethics Department at Biola University. Dr. Rae's primary interests are medical ethics and business ethics, dealing with the application of Christian ethics to medicine and the marketplace. He has authored 10 books in ethics including The Ethics of Commercial Surrogate Motherhood; Moral Choices: An Introduction to Ethics; Brave New Families: Biblical Ethics and Reproductive Technologies; Beyond Integrity: A Judeo-Christian Approach to Business Ethics; and Body and Soul: Human Nature and the Crisis in Ethics. His work has appeared in The Linacre Quarterly, Religion and Liberty, Journal of Markets and Morality, Southern California Journal of Law and Women's Studies, National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, and Ethics and Medicine. He is a consultant for ethics for four Southern California hospitals. He is a fellow of the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity and a fellow of the Wilberforce Forum.
Mr. Samuel Youngs
Samuel Youngs is Instructor of Critical Thought, Bible, and Worldview at Bryan College in Dayton, TN. He took his B.A. from the University of South Florida where he majored in Religious Studies and Literature, and his M.A. in Religion from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. Starting in September 2013, he will commence Ph.D. studies through the University of London, focusing in philosophical theology. Sam and his wife Anna share deep interests in literature, the arts, cultural studies, religion, philosophy, and building edifying relationships with colleagues and students. Their daughter, Ziraleet, was born in April 2013, and the three of them live in Chattanooga, TN. Sam has taught numerous courses on world religion, the critical study of the Bible, controversial topics in Christian theology, and cultural engagement. He has published reviews and articles in American Theological Inquiry, Journal of Religious History, Philosophia Christi, Hope’s Reason: A Journal of Apologetics, Journal of Comparative Theology, and Review in Religion and Theology. For the upcoming apologetics volume True Reason: Christian Responses to the Challenge of Atheism (Kregel, 2013), Sam contributed a chapter on meaning, purpose, and ethics.