Speakers


Alan Shlemon – Alan 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.

Brett Kunkle – Brett 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, college students, and parents. He has authored The Ambassadors Guide to Mormonism and co-authored A Practical Guide to Culture: Helping the Next Generation Navigate Today’s World. Brett received his bachelor’s degree in Christian education from Biola University and he earned his master’s degree in philosophy of religion and ethics at Talbot School of Theology. He lives with his wife and five kids in Southern California.

Christopher Yuan – Dr. Christopher Yuan has taught the Bible at Moody Bible Institute for over ten years and his speaking ministry on faith and sexuality has reached five continents. He speaks at conferences, on college campuses, and in churches. He has co-authored with his mother their memoir, Out of a Far Country: A Gay Son’s Journey to God, A Broken Mother’s Search for Hope. He is also the author of Giving a Voice to the Voiceless. Christopher graduated from Moody Bible Institute in 2005, Wheaton College Graduate School in 2007 with a Master of Arts in Biblical Exegesis and received his doctorate of ministry in 2014 from Bethel Seminary. Dr. Yuan’s newest book is Holy Sexuality and the Gospel: Sex, Desire, and Relationships Shaped by God’s Grand Story.

Dustin Jizmejian – Dustin Jizmejian is the senior leader of Summit’s Student Programs. Dustin has been training and teaching high school and college students in a variety of ways for the past seventeen years. He completed his undergraduate studies at Biola University and has a Master’s Degree from Denver Seminary. This summer he will receive a second Master’s Degree from Regent College in Vancouver, Canada in Leadership, Theology and Society. Dustin and his wife Ruthann have been married eleven years and have four children: Rafferty, Cosette, Briar, and Trask. As a family they enjoy traveling, museums, and good food. They call Colorado Springs their home.

Frank Turek – Dr. Frank Turek is a dynamic speaker and award-winning author or coauthor of four books: Stealing from God: Why Atheists Need God to Make Their Case, I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist, Correct, Not Politically Correct, and Legislating Morality. As the President of CrossExamined.org, Frank presents powerful evidence for Christianity at churches, high schools and secular college campuses that often begin hostile to his message. A former aviator in the US Navy, Frank has a master’s degree from George Washington University and a doctorate from Southern Evangelical Seminary.  He and his wife, Stephanie, have three sons.

Glenn Packiam – Glenn Packiam is the lead Pastor at New Life Downtown in Colorado Springs. He is a songwriter of some well-known worship songs (“Your Name”, “My Savior Lives”), and the author of four books (“Discover the Mystery of Faith”, “Lucky”, “Secondhand Jesus”, and “Butterfly in Brazil”). He  earned a Doctorate in Theology and Ministry from Durham University in the UK. Glenn and Holly have four children.

Haley McNamara – Haley is the Vice President of Advocacy and Outreach at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation where she develops and executes national campaigns to change policies and raise awareness. Prior to working at NCOSE, Haley wrote for Media Research Center. Haley has appeared on or been quoted in many well-known news sources, written op-eds for several, and has been published in the Journal of Internet Law and the journal Dignity: A Journal on Sexual Exploitation and Violence.

J. Warner Wallace – J. Warner Wallace is a cold case homicide detective, adjunct professor of apologetics at Biola University, popular national speaker, and author of Cold-Case Christianity, God’s Crime Scene, and ALIVE. His professional investigative work has been featured repeatedly on Dateline, FOX News, and Court TV. J. Warner’s professional investigative work has received national recognition; he continues to appear as an expert in a number of crime-based television series and is featured in God’s Not Dead 2. He’s part of a three-generation law enforcement family and has a Master’s Degree in Theological Studies from Golden Gate Seminary.

Jeff Myers – Dr. Jeff Myers is president of Summit Ministries. As an educator and entrepreneur, 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 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 speaking engagements and media appearances Dr. Myers has become a fresh voice offering humor and insight from a Christian worldview. He is the author of 14 books, including Understanding the Faith, Understanding the Times, and Understanding the Culture textbooks which are studied by tens of thousands of students.  Dr. Myers holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Denver. He continues to engage college students and adult learners by serving as a trustee of Colorado Christian University and through a Signature Leadership Course offered by Pearson. Jeff and his wife Stephanie and their family live in Colorado.

John Stonestreet – John Stonestreet serves as President of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview. He’s a sought-after author and speaker on areas of faith and culture, theology, worldview, education and apologetics. John is the daily voice of BreakPoint, the nationally syndicated commentary on the culture founded by the late Chuck Colson. Before coming to the Colson Center in 2010, John served in various leadership capacities with Summit Ministries and was on the biblical studies faculty at Bryan College. John has co-authored four books: A Practical Guide to Culture, Restoring All Things, Same-Sex Marriage, and Making Sense of Your World: A Biblical Worldview. John holds degrees from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Bryan College. He and his wife, Sarah, have four children and live in Colorado Springs.

Dr. Kathy Koch

Kathy Koch

Dr. Kathy Koch (“cook”) is the Founder and President of Celebrate Kids, Inc., based in Fort Worth, TX, and the co-founder of Ignite the Family, based in Alpharetta, GA. She has influenced thousands of parents, teachers, and children in 30 countries through keynote messages, seminars, chapels, and other events.

Dr. Kathy’s practical, relevant, and results-oriented concepts and engaging, honoring, and humorous speaking style draw enthusiastic raves from children, teens, parents, and educators. They leave her events armed with new beliefs, attitudes, practical tools, and increased hope to build healthy relationships and increase success in family, life, and school.

Matt Heard – Matt Heard is the Founder of THRIVE – a speaking, teaching, consulting, and writing ministry that focuses on engaging men and women to be fully alive to the glory of God in every arena of their life and journey. Matt is a Teaching Pastor for Northland Church in Orlando, a conference speaker, consultant to various ministries and leaders, and a writer – he is the author of Life with a Capital L: Embracing Your God-Given Humanity. He is a graduate of Wheaton College and Reformed Theological Seminary, and also studied Pre-Law at Samford University and with Francis Schaeffer at L’Abri Fellowship in Huemoz, Switzerland. He and his wife, Arlene, are the privileged parents of three adult sons and they divide their home base between Colorado Springs and Orlando. Find out more on his websites, mattheard.org and LifeWithACapitalL.com.

Megan Almon – When Megan isn’t jogging with her Australian cattle dog, Gus, or walking on her hands in her kitchen, she speaks and writes for Life Training Institute. Because a lot of what she speaks about springs from a central question — “What does it mean to be human and valuable?” — her favorite thing about her job is teaching others to tell the world a better story about itself! She has had a crush on one of our other speakers for nearly two decades now, which is just a little longer than they’ve shared the same last name.

Paul Gould –Paul M. Gould (PhD Purdue University) is a visiting research fellow at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School’s Henry Center and the founder and president of the Two Tasks Institute. He is the author or editor of ten books including Cultural Apologetics (Zondervan, 2019). He is married to Ethel, has four kids, and lives in Florida. You can find out more about Paul and his work at paul-gould.com and twotasksintitute.org.

Romina Boccia – Romina Boccia [Ro-Meena Bot-Cha] is a leading fiscal and economic expert at the Heritage Foundation. She directs the Grover M. Hermann Center for the Federal Budget which produces the Blueprint for Balance—the foundation of President Trump’s budget proposals—and which regularly influences congressional negotiations. Often introduced as “an economist who speaks English,” for making complex topics easily understood, Boccia is a sought-after speaker and panel moderator who frequently travels the United States to speak at conferences and on college campuses. Her research and writing is focused on federal budgets and the national debt, economic freedom, and retirement savings. A graduate of George Mason University’s renowned free-market economics program, Boccia is originally from Germany and enjoys hiking, climbing, and skiing in the mountains.

Sam Youngs – Sam Youngs currently teaches in the Christian Studies department at Bryan College in Dayton, TN. He has taught at Bryan since 2011. He earned his M.A. in Religion from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. Candidate in Theology & Religious Studies at King’s College (London). His teaching and research interests span philosophical theology, history of doctrine, world religion, and hermeneutics. He served as the Book Reviews Editor for American Theological Inquiry from 2013 to 2015 and has published reviews and/or articles in Reviews in Religion & Theology, Swiss American Historical Review, The Asbury Journal, Trinity Journal, American Theological Inquiry, The Journal of Religious History, Philosophia Christi, and The Journal of Comparative Theology.

Scott Klusendorf Scott Klusendorf is President of Life Training Institute where he equips pro-life advocates to make a persuasive case for life. He has taught pro-life apologetics at the graduate level at Biola University and Trinity Law School. Scott is a graduate of UCLA and holds a Master’s degree in Christian Apologetics from Biola University. At the practical level, Scott helps non-profit organizations raise money to assist women facing unplanned pregnancies. He and his wife Stephanie have been married since 1985 and have four children.

Sean McDowell – Dr. Sean McDowell is a gifted communicator with a passion for equipping the church, and in particular young people, to make the case for the Christian faith. He connects with audiences in a tangible way through humor and stories while imparting hard evidence and logical support for viewing all areas of life through a Biblical worldview. Sean is an Assistant Professor in the Christian Apologetics program at Biola University. Sean is listed among the top 100 apologists. His Master’s degree in Theology and Philosophy is from Talbot Theological Seminary. He earned a Ph.D. in Apologetics and Worldview Studies from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2014. Sean is the author, co-author, or editor of over seventeen books. Sean has also written multiple books with his father, Josh McDowell. Follow the dialogue with Sean as he blogs regularly at seanmcdowell.org. In April, 2000, Sean married his high school sweetheart, Stephanie. They have three children and live in San Juan Capistrano, California. Sean played college basketball at Biola University and was the captain his senior year on a team that went 30-7.

Tim Barnett – Tim trains Christians to think clearly about what they believe and why they believe it. Before joining the Stand to Reason speaking team, Tim founded an apologetics-based speaking ministry. He has been able to help make a powerful impact defending and contending for the faith both in church settings as well as on the university stage. Tim has bachelor’s degrees in physics and education from York University and the University of Ontario, respectively, and a Master of Arts in Philosophy from Southern Evangelical Seminary. Tim serves as an adjunct Bible and Science teacher at Innova Academy, a classical Christian school, and serves on the pastoral staff at Cedarview Community Church. He lives with his wife and three children in Ontario, Canada.

Tripp Almon – joined Summit in 2018 and serves as the Director of Summit Programs & Semester. He relocated to the great state of Colorado with his wife, Megan, and their kids, Neely and Rogan, from the little town of Newnan, Georgia — just south of Atlanta. Tripp’s passion for educating students in the areas of Christian theology, worldview, and apologetics grew in large part from growing up in a Christian home and then struggling profoundly with the tidal wave of cultural ideas that engulfed him as he entered a secular university. Thankfully, his experience taught him that Christianity not only stands in the marketplace of ideas — it soars. Since then, he and Megan, an apologist and speaker with Life Training Institute, seek to cultivate environments where students feel the freedom to ask big questions and are encouraged to pursue real answers. Before joining Summit, Tripp, a former elite gymnast, coached gymnastics for more than two decades and served as a pastor for 10 years. He and his family love the outdoors and adventure sports, particularly off-road motorcycling.  Tripp is also a rally car co-driver with Almon Brothers Racing Team — 2017 champions of the NASA Rally Atlantic Cup Series.