Alan Shlemon is a public speaker and author for Stand to Reason, an organization that trains Christians to share their convictions in a persuasive, yet gracious and friendly way. Alan has a unique ability to make complex issues accessible to anyone and is known for teaching on some of the most controversial issues of our time like abortion, evolution, homosexuality, bioethics, and Islam. He has been a guest on both TV and radio and has spoken to thousands of adults and students across the country at churches, conferences, and college campuses. Alan received his master’s degree in apologetics from Biola University.
Alycia Wood graduated from Roberts Wesleyan College with a degree in Criminal Justice and from Marygrove College with a Master’s in Social Justice. She spent two years as a Fellow with RZIM in New England. Alycia’s speaking background is quite diverse. From universities (such as MIT, UCONN, Harvard, University of Massachusetts, Boston University, Dartmouth College, and Brown University), to retreats, from conferences to men’s and women’s prisons, Alycia has addressed major issues surrounding faith to diverse audiences.
Additionally, she has traveled to countries such as Haiti, Honduras, the Dominican Republic, and Jamaica, volunteering at soup kitchens and orphanages as her passions for “showing Christ” extends beyond her local environment.
In her spare time, Alycia enjoys music and is a lover of all things football and hockey.
Dr. Anne Rathbone Bradley is the Vice President of Economic Initiatives at the Institute, where she develops and commissions research toward a systematic biblical theology of economic freedom. She is a visiting professor at Georgetown University, and she also teaches at The Institute for World Politics and George Mason University. Additionally, she is a visiting scholar at the Bernard Center for Women, Politics, and Public Policy. Previously, she has taught at Charles University, Prague, and she has served as the Associate Director for the Program in Economics, Politics, and the Law at the James M. Buchanan Center at George Mason University.
She is an editor of and contributing author to IFWE’s recently released book, For the Least of These: A Biblical Answer to Poverty. In her chapter, Dr. Rathbone Bradley examines income inequality from both an economic and biblical perspective and provides guidance to Christians on how to respond, particularly through our vocations.
Dr. Rathbone Bradley’s other academic work has focused on the political economy of terrorism with specific emphasis on the industrial organization of al-Qaeda. Her research has been published in scholarly journals and edited volumes. She is currently working on a book that analyzes the political economy of al-Qaeda post 9/11. Based on her academic research she also worked as an economic analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency’s Office of Terrorism Analysis.
Dr. Rathbone Bradley received her Ph.D. in Economics from George Mason University in 2006, during which time she was a James M. Buchanan Scholar.
Follow Anne on Twitter at @Anne_R_Bradley.
A Senior Economist at NCPA, Barry Asmus writes, testifies and speaks on political and business issues facing America.
Widely recognized for his views on making the U.S. a world class competitor through total quality management and market incentives, Dr. Asmus has twice been voted the Outstanding Professor of the Year as well as receiving the Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge Award for Private Enterprise Education.
Whether addressing 30 world business leaders at the home of Harvard’s President, 3,000 farmers in Des Moines, or 7,000 members of the Million Dollar Round Table at Radio City Music Hall, Barry has the ability to package complex economic ideas in simple language, giving Americans a renewed sense of pride in their role as business people, in creating wealth, jobs and a higher standard of living.
As a public speaker, Barry has spoken before hundreds of businesses throughout the world over the past 12 years and continues to promote free enterprise, low taxes, limited government and a strong national defense as part of his message.
Dr. Asmus’ books include: Crossroads: The Great American Experiment; The Space Place; Supermyths: An Almanac of Political Fables; and Clinton Care: Putting Government In Charge Of Your Health.
Barton and Sarah Stone currently live in Englewood Colorado and work together at Valor Christian School. Barton earned his Masters in Christian studies from Denver Seminary and teaches Apologetics, Ethics, and Freshman Bible. Sarah is the Chair of the Freshman Seminar program at Valor. They have been a part of Summit Ministries for the last 17 years as students, staff, coordinators, heads of staff, assistant directors, and lecturers. They are very excited to join the coordinators and staff this year at Summit and participate in what the Lord continues to do through this great ministry.
Dr. Bill Brown is the Senior Fellow for Worldview and Culture at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview. Dr. Brown speaks and writes about how Christians should engage the culture with the heart and mind of Christ. He has served as the President of two Christian universities and spoken in over two dozen countries. He is the Executive Producer and teacher of the multiple award-winning DVD series, reView, a worldview curriculum for high schoolers and adults that continues to influence new generations of Christians. He consults with international corporations and ministries on employee development, cultural transitions and strategic planning.
In addition to his extensive speaking schedule, Dr. Brown serves as the Senior Executive of WorldAPP, an international technology firm with offices in Boston, Kiev and London.
Dr. Brown has written over one hundred articles for journals, magazines, newspapers and encyclopedias. He is the author of Making Sense of Your Faith, Where Have All the Dreamers Gone? Observations from a Biblical Worldview, and Making Sense of Your World, a book used by many colleges and universities as an introductory text to worldview/philosophical thinking. His writings have been quoted in various national newspapers and magazines, including Reader’s Digest and Christianity Today. He wrote over fifty articles and notes for Impact: The Student Leadership Study Bible. He also serves as an editor for philosophy textbooks and ethics curriculum.
Bobby Conway is lead pastor of LIFE Fellowship Church near Charlotte, NC. He is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary (ThM), Southern Evangelical Seminary (DMin), and a PhD candidate for the University of Birmingham in England. Bobby is the author of Hell, Rob Bell, and What Happens When People Die?, The Fi5th Gospel, Doubting Towards Faith, and Does God Really Exist?. He is also the founder and host of the One-Minute Apologist (www.oneminuteapologist.com). In addition, Bobby and his wife, Heather, serve on the Family Life “Weekend to Remember” marriage conference speaking team.
BRETT KUNKLE is the founder and president of MAVEN, a movement to equip the next generation to know truth, pursue goodness and create beauty. He has more than 25 years of experience working with junior high, high school, and college students.
Brett has developed a groundbreaking approach to mission trips, creating a one-of-a-kind experience that immerses participants in real-life engagement in apologetics, theology, worldview, and evangelism in Berkeley, California, and Salt Lake City, Utah.
In addition, Brett is a Teaching Fellow at the Impact 360 Institute. He was an associate editor for the Apologetics Study Bible for Students and co-authored A Practical Guide to Culture: Helping the Next Generation Navigate Today’s World. He received his Master’s degree in philosophy of religion and ethics from Talbot School of Theology. Brett lives with his wife and kids in Southern California.
Brian Godawa is the screenwriter for the award-winning feature film, To End All Wars, starring Kiefer Sutherland. Previously he adapted to film the best-selling supernatural novel The Visitation by author Frank Peretti, as well as writing and directing several documentaries for PBS and other producers. His popular book, Hollywood Worldviews: Watching Films with Wisdom and Discernment is used as a textbook for film analysis in schools around the country. His Amazon best-selling novel series is Chronicles of the Nephilim, an imaginative retelling of the primeval history of Genesis, the fallen Watchers, and the wars of the giants. His website is www.godawa.com.
Caleb is the Lead Pastor at Discovery Church in Simi Valley, CA (a church dedicated to engaging unchurched people). He was born in Columbia, MO and was raised there (as well as Kansas City). When he was in high school, he joined a Bible study to learn how to disprove the Bible, but ended up following Jesus instead. He is the author of Messy Grace: How a Pastor With Gay Parents Learned to Love Others Without Sacrificing Conviction. He is currently working on his second book that will deal with Christian engagement of current culture.
In addition to holding ministries in Texas, Kansas, and Missouri, Caleb was on staff for 11 years working in the areas of college ministry and discipleship at Shepherd of the Hills Church in Los Angeles. He has also served as an adjunct professor at Eternity Bible College, Hope International University (The Londen Institute), & Dallas Christian College (where he was also on the board of trustees).
Caleb is a graduate of Ozark Christian College, Talbot School of Theology (Biola University), and is working on a Doctor of Ministry at Dallas Theological Seminary. He married Amy in 2004, and they have a boy and a girl who are growing up way too fast!
Chad Connelly earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Clemson University in 1985, where he also was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army. After serving as a Tank Officer, he entered the private sector and worked for a national engineering firm for 8 years, managing over 100 employees and over $4 million in revenues before starting his own business. For the next 12 years, he helped entrepreneurs begin and grow their own small businesses, leading to a coaching, speaking, and consulting career. Chad authored a book, Freedom Tide, which has sold over 58,000 copies and he has spoken to thousands of people in a variety of venues across America and in four foreign countries. Chad is passionate about and is active in speaking on issues ranging from American Christian history, free enterprise, and attitude, motivation and goal-setting and is in national demand as a motivational speaker. He is active in his church and community and serves on numerous boards including SC Citizens for Life and Palmetto Family Council. He and his family attend First Baptist of Newberry where he is a Deacon, Sunday School teacher and is Past Chairman of the Church Council. Chad most recently served as the Chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party, being re-elected overwhelmingly to a second term. Following his re-election, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus tapped him to serve as the Republican National Committee’s First-ever National Director of Faith Engagement. He has since traveled to 40 states and spoken to over 80,000 pastors and faith leaders about the importance of pastoral leadership in the public arena. His work has led to trusted relationships with a wide variety of denominational and organizational ministry leaders across the nation and resulted in the highest evangelical turnout and vote in modern American political history in the 2016 elections. He has appeared on numerous national television shows and has been a featured commentator on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC and other networks. Under his leadership the SCGOP set new fundraising records, hosted two nationally televised debates that brought over $50 million in revenue and advertising exposure to the state and held the largest Presidential Preference Primary at that time in South Carolina’s history with over 607,000 voting in the election.
Chad is passionate about America and our true history but is most passionate about his family: his wife Dana and their four children; CJ, who is 19, Leigha, 17, Bennett, 16 and Summer 14. They live in Prosperity, SC.
Chris Brooks is the senior pastor of Evangel Ministries, a thriving 1600-member church in the heart of Detroit. He also serves as campus dean of Moody Theological Seminary in Plymouth, Mich. A popular Detroit radio host since 2005, Chris is author of Kingdom Dreaming and Urban Apologetics. He graduated from Michigan State University with a BA in Finance, completed his MA in Christian Apologetics at Biola University, and graduated from the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. He and his wife, Yodit, are the proud parents of Christopher, Zewditu, Cameron, Judah and Sophia.