Alec Hill is the President and Chief Executive Officer of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship USA, a nondenominational ministry serving nearly 39,000 core students and faculty on 560 college and university campuses nationwide.
Alec earned a J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law. He also holds a B.A. in History and an M.A. in Biblical Studies from Seattle Pacific University. Alec served as Dean of the School of Business and Economics at Seattle Pacific University and also was a Professor of Law and Ethics at the university. As dean, Alec led Seattle Pacific University’s School of Business and Economics to accreditation by AACSB – a prestigious international organization.
In the early 1980s, he served as Regional Director with World Relief. He is author of an InterVarsity Press book, titled Just Business: Christian Ethics in the Marketplace (also published in the U.K., Poland, Russia, Indonesia, and China).
Alec serves on the board of Christianity Today International. He resides in Madison, Wisconsin, with his wife Mary. They have two adult daughters, Laura and Carolyn.
Biography Dr. Barry H. Corey is the president of Biola University. A Massachusetts native, Dr. Corey came to Biola from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Hamilton, Massachusetts., where he served as vice president/chief academic officer and academic dean. He received a B.A. in English and Biblical Studies from Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri, and an M.A. in American Studies with a concentration in literature and religious history from Boston College's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. He received a Ph.D. from Boston College in curriculum, instruction and administration (a higher education program) in 1992. He and his wife, Paula, have three children: Anders, Ella and Samuel.
Expertise 1)Education 2)Leadership
Speaking Topics higher education, Christian leadership
Biography Burt Rosen became President & CEO of Knox Area Rescue Ministries (KARM) in May 2003. Prior to joining KARM he was a regional Vice President for Prison Fellowship Ministries (PFM), where he served first as the Area Director for Kentucky and later moved to Washington, DC to assume broader responsibilities—initially for Southeast United States and then as National Director of Programs and Human Resource Development.
Returning to field work, Burt relocated his family to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1991 as Vice President for the Northeast U.S for PFM. In 1998, he was presented with the distinguished PFM National Leadership Award.
Burt's background includes directing programs and operations for Riverside House, a Christ-centered residential facility for adult male offenders in Miami, Florida. During his time there Riverside grew from a small, single-focused agency to a multi-service ministry providing services to county, state, and federal correctional systems. He also led the agency to accreditation from the American Correctional Association.
Born into a Jewish family, Burt committed his life to Christ on January 1, 1973. He and his wife, Carolyn have four children — Matthew, Jeremy, Ana and Rebekah.
While having a long history of working with diverse groups and cultures, Burt never saw himself or Carolyn working with the homeless. But when their oldest son withdrew from college, became homeless, and disappeared, their hearts were broken and their eyes opened. A year after Matthew’s disappearance Burt was asked to consider the CEO position at KARM.
Today, Burt is not only proud to call Knoxville home, but believes that God has called him—and Carolyn—to this important work.
Expertise 1)Apologetics 2)Welfare/Homeless/Poor
Speaking Topics Ministry to the poor, needy, and homeless
Biography Christopher Brooks is the Senior Pastor of Evangel Ministries in Detroit, Michigan. He is host of the Equipped for Life radio broadcast which airs daily on Salem Communications' Detroit affiliate. After graduating from Michigan State University with a B.A. in Finance, Christopher began his theological training at Michigan Theological Seminary.
He received his M.A. in Christian Apologetics at Biola University and is also a graduate of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics at Oxford University. Presently he is pursuing a doctoral degree at Oxford Graduate School. Christopher is the founder of the Detroit Bible Institute, a seminary preparatory institution targeting inner- city Christians. In 2009, Christopher published his first book, Kingdom Dreaming.
Currently Pastor Brooks is part of the executive team of E.A.C.H. (every one a chance to hear.)This is an attempt to give everyone in the region (over 3.5 million people) a chance to hear the message of Christ and to take the ‘next step’ in their spiritual journey.
He and his wife Yodit are the proud parents of Christopher, Zewditu and Cameron and live near Detroit, Michigan.
Biography Dr. Stetson is a Managing Director of PEI Funds, a private equity firm based in New York engaged in providing liquidity to investors in venture capital and buyout funds. He is a graduate of Yale University with a BA and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business with an MBA. He received his LLD from Concordia University-Portland.
Chuck Stetson is Chairman and CEO of Essentials in Education (EIE), a non-profit educational publisher that seeks to enrich education. In its first project, EIE has changed the nation’s mind on teaching about the Bible in under two years through the release of the first national research of high school English teachers and university English professors who virtually unanimously supported teaching about the Bible as critical for understanding English literature.
Dr. Stetson co-authored the first textbook in the last thirty years on the Bible – The Bible and Its Influence - which is now being taught in over 357 schools in 43 states. His work at EIE has been featured in numerous Associated Press articles, the New York Times, Los Angles Times, Newsweek and Time Magazine.
A second project has been a documentary, "THE BETTER HOUR: The Legacy of William Wilberforce," which was broadcast nationally in February 2008 during Black History month on national public television. It is available on PBS Home Video through Amazon.com and Netflix.
Dr. Stetson is the Chairman of Let’s Strengthen Marriage Campaign and National Marriage Week USA. He is the course developer and facilitator for WEA Leadership Institute’s “Effective Public Engagement” course to train Evangelical leaders worldwide.
Expertise 1)Leadership 2)Marriage/Sex 3)Education
Speaking Topics Training the Next Generation of Leaders The Urgent need to Strengthen Marriage Where are the Christians When We Need Them? Effective Public Engagement
Biography Cornelius (Neal) Plantinga, Jr. studied at Calvin College (A.B., 1967), Yale University, Calvin Theological Seminary (B.D., 1971), and Princeton Theological Seminary (Ph.D., magna cum laude, 1982). He has also been a visiting scholar at St. Edmund's College, University of Cambridge.
Formerly the pastor of the Webster (New York) Christian Reformed Church, Dr. Plantinga was Professor of Systematic Theology at Calvin Theological Seminary from 1979 to 1996. In the summer of 1996, he became the first-ever Dean of the Chapel at Calvin College. In January, 2002, he became the sixth President of Calvin Theological Seminary.
He stepped aside from the presidency July 31, 2011, to devote a sabbatical year to speaking, preaching, and writing. He is now the Senior Research Fellow at the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Calvin College.
Dr. Plantinga is the author of five books, co-author of one, and co-editor of two. His more than 230 published articles, essays, and reviews have appeared in such periodicals as Theology Today, The Thomist, First Things, The Reformed Journal, Christianity Today, Perspectives, and Books & Culture. In 1995 his book on sin, Not the Way It's Supposed to Be, won the 1996 Book of the Year award from Christianity Today. Seven years later Engaging God’s World: A Christian View of Faith, Learning, and Living won the same award in the category Christian Life.
Rev. Plantinga was ordained in the Christian Reformed Church in North America in 1971. He is married to Kathleen, a veteran of twenty-five years as an elementary school teacher. Neal and Kathleen are the parents of Nathan, 39, a Grand Rapids attorney, and of Adam, 38, a San Francisco police officer.
Biography David Hickman serves as the founder and lead visionary of CharlotteONE, providing the overall leadership and strategic thinking for this unified movement of local churches.
He earned a B.A. in Bible and Religion from Montreat College and a Master of Divinity degree from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. David's searingly honest account of ministerial burn-out and recovery has been featured in the book Inciting Incidents by Moody Publishers. David’s passion is to see young professionals come to know the love of God through Jesus Christ.
David and his wife Monica live in Charlotte with their two boys, Ryan and Cole.
Speaking Topics Biblical Worldview, Apologetics, Relationships (Married/Single), Religion/Spirituality (Spiritual Formation/Soul Care), Unity in the Church (Understanding and developing a theology for cross denominational renewal)
Biography David Kinnaman is the president and majority owner of Barna Group, a visionary research and resource company located in Ventura, California.
He is the author of two bestselling books, unChristian and You Lost Me, which focus on the spiritual lives of teens and twenty-somethings. During Kinnaman’s 17 years at the firm, he has supervised or directed interviews with more than 350,000 individuals and leaders.
He and his wife Jill have three children, Emily, Annika, and Zack.
Expertise 1) Cultural Engagement 2) Religion/Spirituality/Theology
Biography Dr. David Miller is on the faculty of Princeton University, and serves as Director of the Princeton University Faith & Work Initiative. Prior to Princeton, he was at Yale University for five years where he served as the Executive Director of the Yale Center for Faith & Culture, and taught at both Yale School of Management and Divinity School.
David brings an unusual “bilingual” perspective to the academic world, having spent 16 years in senior executive positions in international business and finance. His corporate experience includes time as a partner in a London, England private equity firm that specialized in international investment management, corporate finance, and mergers and acquisitions.
He started his management career in the U.S., working for IBM. He is a graduate of Bucknell University. He later entered academia, receiving his M.Div. and a Ph.D. in ethics from Princeton Theological Seminary.
In addition to his research, writing, and teaching, David serves as an adviser to several corporate CEOs and senior executives on questions pertaining to ethics, leadership, and the role of faith at work. His views are often cited in the media, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and the major television networks.
Biography Dr. David K. Naugle is chair and professor of philosophy at Dallas Baptist University where he has worked for twenty-one years in both administrative and academic capacities. He earned a Th.D. in systematic theology and a Ph.D. in humanities with concentrations in philosophy and English literature.
He is the author of three books: Worldview: The History of a Concept, Reordered Love, Reordered Lives: Learning the Deep Meaning of Happiness, and Philosophy: A Student’s Guide, a volume in the series Reclaiming the Christian Intellectual Tradition.
Dr. Naugle serves as a ‘Colson Fellow’ in the Christian worldview think tank sponsored by Prison Fellowship near Washington, D. C. He is also on the advisory board of the International Institute of Christian Studies and he serves on the Advisory Board of the Bryan Institute, Bryan College. He is also on the editorial boards of Imaginatio et Ratio: A Journal of Theology and the Arts and also the journal Integrite, as well as serving on the "Creative Council" for Art House Dallas.
Biography Dr. Stevens serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the Christian Medical & Dental Associations.
From 1981 to 1991, Dr. Stevens served as a missionary doctor in Kenya, helping to transform Tenwek Hospital into one of the premier mission healthcare facility in the world. Subsequently, he served as the Director of World Medical Mission, the medical arm of Samaritan’s Purse, assisting mission hospitals and leading medical relief teams into war and disaster zones.
As a leading spokesman for Christian doctors in America, Dr. Stevens has conducted hundreds of television, radio and print media interviews. Dr. Stevens holds degrees from Asbury University and is an AOA graduate of the University of Louisville School of Medicine and is board certified in family practice. He earned a master’s degree in bioethics from Trinity International University in 2002.
Expertise 1)Health/Medicine 2)Religion/Spirituality/Theology 3)Science and Faith
Speaking Topics Science/Technology - bioethics, professionalism, healthcare, healthcare reform Religion/Spirituality - evangelism, missions, spiritual growth Development - community health/development, motivating people to change their health practices
Biography Emily Colson is an author and speaker. The only daughter of Chuck Colson, founder of Prison Fellowship, she is an author and a speaker, traveling to churches and organizations nationwide. She has appeared on numerous media outlets including Focus on the Family and the Huckabee Show.
In her book Dancing with Max, Emily and her father, Chuck Colson, share the struggle and beauty of life with Max, Emily’s 21 year-old son with autism. The book has recently been awarded “Book of the Year” by the Autism Society. Through her message, Emily has inspired many to persevere through their own challenges, and see the gifts.
Emily has been a single mother for most of Max’s 21 years, with hard fought lessons in life, love and a whole lot of laughter.
Emily and Max live on the coast of New England where they can often be found dancing.
Biography Gary Haugen serves as President and CEO of International Justice Mission, a human rights agency that secures justice for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression. IJM lawyers, investigators and aftercare professionals work with local governments to ensure victim rescue, to prosecute perpetrators and to strengthen the community and civic factors that promote functioning public justice systems.
Mr. Haugen received a B.A. in Social Studies, magna cum laude, from Harvard University, and a J.D. from the University of Chicago, cum laude.
Until April of 1997, Mr. Haugen was a Senior Trial Attorney with the Police Misconduct Task Force of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. In 1994, Mr. Haugen was detailed from the U.S. Department of Justice to the United Nation's Center for Human Rights where he served as the Officer in Charge of the U.N.'s genocide investigation in Rwanda. During the fall of 1994, he directed an international team of lawyers, criminal prosecutors, law enforcement officers, and forensics experts in the gathering of evidence against the perpetrators of the Rwandan genocide.
Mr. Haugen currently serves on the Human Rights Leadership Coalition and on the Board of the Overseers of the Berkeley Journal of International Law. Mr. Haugen is the 2007 recipient of Prison Fellowship's annual William Wilberforce Award, recognizing an individual who has made a difference in the face of formidable societal problems and injustices.
Biography Gerard Long is the Executive Director of Alpha USA. Following a dramatic encounter with God in 1980, Gerard Long surrendered his running and business ambitions to serve in a church in North London while also working in the banking and finance industry.
Gerard holds a BSc (Hons) Banking and Finance degree and worked for HSBC (one of the largest banks in the world) for 30 years. He joined Alpha USA to help people explore the teachings of Jesus Christ.
In 2010 Gerard’s released his first book, The Breakthrough, developed in cooperation with world renowned business expert and bestselling author Ken Blanchard. In 2011, he worked with the late Chuck Colson to produce a follow up discipleship course to Alpha called Walk the Talk which also features Rick Warren.
Gerard lives with his wife Jeannie outside of Chicago. To relax, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, his two Golden Retrievers, golf, skiing, tennis and gardening.
Biography Glenn Sunshine has a BA in linguistics from Michigan State University, an MA in Church History from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, an MA in Reformation History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a PhD in Renaissance-Reformation History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a Professor in the Department of History at Central Connecticut State University.
Glenn has taught a variety of Bible, history, and worldview seminars and courses to churches around the U.S. and in Europe, as well as leading church retreats, seminars, and renewal weekends. He is also on the faculty for the Centurions Program, a worldview training ministry of the Colson Center and is the content consultant for several worldview curricula.
A Research Fellow of the Acton Institute, Glenn is featured on Acton Media’s “The Birth of Freedom,” a documentary released on DVD in 2008, and on “Doing the Right Thing,” an ethics curriculum released by the Colson Center in 2011.
Glenn has been married for over 30 years to his wife Lynn, and they have a daughter, Elizabeth, and a son, Brendan. They live in Newington, Connecticut.
Speaking Topics History Islam and the Crusades Family and Sexuality Principles of Biblical Exegesis (especially apocalyptic literature) The Da Vinci Code Comparative worldviews The impact of Christianity on the development of Western culture
Biography Professor Greg Bandy teaches in the Media Communication Department at Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky. He is also an award-winning producer whose clients have included movie studios, government agencies, universities and a host of Fortune 500 companies. He originally studied for a career in speech/drama education, but journalism beckoned to his writing instincts. As his interest in photography grew, he began to hone his visual storytelling through multimedia.
Professor Bandy entered the field of higher education after 20 years in the communications industry. He continues to work on special projects for clients that provide him opportunities to mentor his students with real-world media experience. These have included Walden Media and the U. S. Department of Justice.
One of Prof. Bandy’s passions is to develop a stronger Christian worldview within the church. He is a graduate of the Wilberforce Forum’s Centurion Program.
When not prepping for classes, Prof. Bandy enjoys pretty much anything outdoors, watching his offspring participate in sports, psychoanalyzing his 100-pound Rhodesian Ridgeback, and listening to an eclectic mix on his iPhone. The 50-something lives on a farmette with his beautiful wife, Hallie, four active children, and a fluctuating population of oddball cats.
Expertise 1)Apologetics/Worldview 2)Arts/media
Speaking Topics Worldview in media (film, documentaries, technology) C.S. Lewis: The Storyteller; William Wilberforce (coming Spring 2013 The Hound of Heaven)
Biography Greg Koukl is the founder and president of Stand to Reason and the host of Stand to Reason's radio talk show advocating clear-thinking Christianity.
Greg started out thinking he was too smart to become a Christian and ended up giving his life for the defense of the Christian faith. A central theme of Greg's speaking and writing is that Christianity can compete in the marketplace of ideas when it's properly understood and properly articulated.
Greg's teaching has been featured on Focus on the Family radio, he’s been interviewed for CBN and the BBC, he’s debated atheist Michael Shermer on Hugh Hewitt’s national radio show, and did a one-hour national television debate with Deepak Chopra on Lee Strobel's “Faith Under Fire.” He has published more than 180 articles and has spoken on nearly 60 university and college campuses both in the U.S. and abroad.
Greg received his Masters in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics at Talbot School of Theology, and his Masters in Christian Apologetics from Simon Greenleaf University. He is an adjunct professor in Christian apologetics at Biola University. He’s hosted his own radio talk show for over 20 years advocating clear-thinking Christianity and defending the Christian worldview.
Biography Dr. J. Budziszewski is a professor of government and philosophy at the University of Texas, Austin. He has worked at the intersection of ethical and political philosophy and ethical and political theology. He is most well known for his work on conscience, natural law, and moral self-deception -- what happens when we tell ourselves that we don't know what we really do.
Dr. Budziszewski has published widely not only in professional journals but in periodicals of wider readership. He is a popular public speaker, and has travelled all over the country to address groups on topics such as natural law. He has a "second life" as the inimitable Professor Theophilus, author of a series of popular online dialogues. His three books for Christian college students, How to Stay Christian in College, Ask Me Anything, and Ask Me Anything 2 (NavPress) have reached hundreds of thousands of young readers.
Dr. Budziszewski has been married for more than 40 years and has two grown children. For those who are wondering, The correct pronunciation of his unusual last name is "Boojee-shef-skee."
Biography Dr. Janice Shaw Crouse is an internationally-known author, speaker, columnist and commentator on conservative and Christian issues.
She was “2008 Woman of the Year” for the Centers for Decency. Her latest book, Marriage Matters, was published in 2012. Her book, Children at Risk, was released in September, 2010. She authored, Gaining Ground: A Profile of American Women in the Twentieth Century and co-authored, “A Different Kind of Strength.”
Dr. Crouse has twice been an official U.S. delegate to the United Nations. She served as a speech writer for the first Bush administration. She is frequently interviewed on television and Christian and secular talk radio. Her columns appear in major newspapers, journals and magazines, including Townhall, American Thinker, Christianity Today, The Washington Times, and Human Events.
She is a former university academic dean, professor and debate coach. The National Press Club describes Dr. Crouse as having “brought refreshing honesty and intriguing perspective to cultural and political issues.”
Speaking Topics family and children, marriage, breakdown of marriage, cohabitation, religion and public life, cultural disintegration, abstinence and out-of-wedlock births, faith-based and volunteer initiatives, poverty and dependence, human rights
Biography Jeff Kemp is the Vice President and HomeBuilder Catalyst for Family Life, a national ministry leader in marriage conferences, radio outreach and empowering resources to heal and strengthen families. He is passionate about advancing collaboration to support marriages, families and children.
Jeff founded and led Stronger Families in the Pacific Northwest from 1993 to 2010. Stronger Families united communities around strengthening marriages and today assists military and high-stress couples in protecting their marriages.
He has been active in the marriage and family effort for over a decade and is a Senior Fellow with the Marriage and Family Foundation, dedicated to promoting and uniting a marriage-strengthening movement in America.
Jeff received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Dartmouth College and an MBA with honors from Pepperdine University. He can be heard on "Stronger Families Radio," a daily one-minute radio feature blog at "Stronger Families Minute."
Jeff and his family make their home in Redmond, Washington. He and his wife, Stacy, cherish family time, especially skiing with their family (Kyle, Kory and his wife Dana, Kolby, and Keegan).
Expertise 1) Marriage (Family and Culture) 2) Economics (Empowerment, Community, Government)
Biography Dr. Jeff Myers is president of Summit Ministries, a highly respected worldview training program whose tens of thousands of graduates are making a difference in politics, law, academic, medicine, science, and business.
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 Bryan College. He and his wife, Danielle have four children and live in Colorado.
Speaking Topics Worldviews: Understanding The Times Identity: Discovering And Living Out Your God-Given Design Communication: Expressing Truth in Confidence and Grace Leadership: Exerting Influence and Creating Change
Biography Jeffery Ventrella Serves as Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel and Senior Vice-President of Student Training and Development. He received a B.M.E. degree (magna cum laude) from the University of Northern Colorado where he specialized in trumpet performance. He then attended law school, and after serving as the Production Editor for the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly, he received the Juris Doctorate degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
At Alliance Defending Freedom, Mr. Ventrella oversees the design and implementation of the Blackstone Legal Fellowship and Collegiate Academy programs. He also engages the culture through formal debate, media interviews, and serves as an “approved speaker” for The Federalist Society.
He is a member of the Idaho State Bar and is also admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the Bar of the United States Supreme Court.
Mr. Ventrella has testified before a Senate subcommittee concerning the proposed Federal Marriage Amendment and his professional writings have appeared in legal journals, law reviews, and periodicals, such as For the Defense as well as Christian publications such as Citizen Magazine, Fidelity, Penpoint, Christian Culture, Jubilee, Creation Answers, and New Horizons.
He is a contributing author to several books, including: The Idaho Appellate Handbook (3rd Ed.); The Standard Bearer (2001); Thine is the Kingdom (2003) and Backbone of the Bible (2004).
As an adjunct instructor, Mr. Ventrella taught Ethics and Apologetics at the graduate seminary level. Mr. Ventrella is also a Distinguished Fellow of Law and Culture for the Center for Cultural Leadership and a Fellow with the Ezra Institute for Contemporary Christianity. His martial arts training achieved the rank of 2nd degree black belt, Tae Kwon-do.
Mr. Ventrella is married, and with his wife, Heather, enjoys the challenge of rearing four very active boys and one beautiful daughter: Jefferson, Chandler, Kirklan, Jackson, and McKenzie.
Expertise 1)Apologetics 2)Worldview 3)Law
Speaking Topics Worldview Jurisprudence The integration of the faith and the law Apologetics Non-dualistic motivations to engage
Biography Jennifer Lahl is the President of the Center for Bioethics and Culture. She is an international speaker, writer and filmmaker combining 25 years of pediatric critical care nursing, senior level nursing management and graduate training in bioethics to promote a life-affirming conscience in science, medicine, technology and public policy.
Jennifer works with key influencers and decision makers to challenge biotechnologies which might undermine human dignity or expose the vulnerable to abuse. She has addressed members of the U.S. Congress on harmful reproductive technologies, spoken to the members of the European Parliament in Brussels to address human egg trafficking, written in popular press and peer-reviewed journals, spoken at conferences all over the world and produced three documentary films addressing what is at stake for human dignity in bioethics.
Expertise 1) Bioethics 2) Health/Medicine 3) Life issues 4) Public policy/Advocacy
Speaking Topics Bioethics, euthanasia/physician assisted suicide Stem cell research and cloning Reproductive technologies Transhumanism Rights of conscience for healthcare providers Medical ethics and provider rights of conscience Public policy and advocacy
Biography Jennifer A. Marshall heads the Heritage Foundation 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. She also served as senior director of family studies at the Family Research Council and taught at an American school in Lyon, France.
She has spoken at national and international forums, testified before Congress and appeared on numerous radio and television shows, among them C-SPAN’s premier talk show, “Washington Journal,” and PBS’ “To the Contrary" and is the author of Now and Not Yet: Making Sense of Single Life in the Twenty-First Century (Multnomah Publishers, 2007).
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, Illinois. She currently resides in Arlington, Virginia.
Expertise 1)Marriage/Sex 2)Religious Liberty 3)Welfare/Homeless/Poor
Speaking Topics Effective compassion/Conservative Antipoverty strategy Welfare reform/welfare state Religious liberty, conscience issues (HHS mandate) Education policy Extended singleness and new challenges on the road to marriage
Biography At a “Skis & Skeptics” retreat during his junior year at prep school, Jim committed his life to Christ and began a serious Christian walk. Soon after, friends confronted him with a pile of books. “Now that you’re a Christian,” they said, “you’ll want to read these.”
The pile included works by C. S. Lewis, Francis Schaeffer, John Stott, J.I. Packer, and Os Guinness as well as Encounter with God, a daily Bible reading guide. “Is this what Christians do?” he asked. “Yes,” they answered, "this is what Christians do." And not knowing anything better, Jim began reading, thinking, and writing.
Their encouragement was the genesis of what has become Jim’s passion: developing a Christian heart and mind in himself and in others.
At Bates College in Maine, Jim majored in philosophy. Then he received his Master of Divinity and later a Doctor of Ministry in Christian Spirituality at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
Over the years Jim has worked in business, youth ministry, and as pastor of a church in California’s Silicon Valley. For nearly five years he worked with Chuck Colson, managing his daily BreakPoint radio commentary, founding a magazine, writing, speaking, and developing curriculum including the Centurions Program, an adult distance-learning program in Christian worldview.
After leaving BreakPoint, Jim served as president of the Institute on Religion & Democracy and was an independent writer and consultant. He now serves as Director of Development at Wyoming Catholic College.
Jim’s focus is on Christian spirituality, Christian worldview, and the intersection between faith and the public square. His published articles are available at www.jimtonkowich.com.
Jim and his wife, Dottie, have been married for nearly 35 years. Jim was received into the Catholic Church in January 2011 after ten years of study, thought, and prayer. Jim loves skiing, golf, fly fishing, jazz guitar, cooking (and eating), literature, laughing, and Maine.
Biography John A. Murray serves as Headmaster of Fourth Presbyterian School in Potomac, MD. A Huntsville, Alabama native, John received his B.A. in English and history from Vanderbilt University and his Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) from Dartmouth College.
A retreat and youth speaker, John enjoys teaching and training parents, educators, church leaders, and students. He has written numerous articles on educational issues, historical topics, and media discernment for publications including the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Examiner, the Atlanta Constitution, the News and Observer (Raleigh, NC), the Des-Moines Register, and Citizen Magazine. He is also the writer/director of the award-winning film "Think About It: Understanding the Impact of TV/Movie Violence."
John is a graduate of the Centurions Program and currently serves on the Newseum’s Educator Advisory Task Force in Washington, DC and the Association of Independent Maryland Schools (AIMS) Accreditation Committee. He and his wife Barbara have four children.
Biography John Copeland Nagle is the John N. Mathews Chair at the Notre Dame Law School, where he teaches legislation, property, and a variety of environmental law courses.
He is currently writing a book entitled God’s Creation: The Lessons of Christian Teaching and Environmental Law, and is the co-author of three casebooks for classes on environmental law, property law, and the law of biodiversity. He also writes about the nature of spiritual harms, and the importance of scenic areas as reminders of the beauty of God’s creation, and the relationship between environmental pollution, cultural pollution, and other kinds of “pollution.”
Professor Nagle has lectured on legislation and environmental issues at numerous forums in the United States and around the world, and is a recipient of two Fulbright awards. He helps organize the annual meeting of the Law Professors’ Christian Fellowship, and has spoken at the Wilberforce Weekend conference, Wheaton College, and other venues focusing on Christian perspectives on the law.
A former member of the Young Life Michiana committee, he now serves as an elder in the South Bend Christian Reformed Church and is on the board of Covenant Christian School.
He is married to Lisa Nagle and is the father of two girls.
Expertise 1)Environment 2Education 3)Law 4)Religious Liberty
Speaking Topics Higher education Science Vocation China Government (including Christian perspectives on the role of the law, the Supreme Court and judging) Religious freedom Environmental and creation care issues such as climate change and pollution The importance of humility in lawmaking The process of choosing our elected leaders How reading laws is similar to and different from reading scripture
John Stonestreet is a Speaker and Fellow of the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. He is a gifted communicator on areas of faith and culture, theology, worldview, education, and apologetics, and is a sought-after speaker at conferences, colleges, churches, schools, and other various gatherings each year.
He is the co-host with Eric Metaxas of BreakPoint, the Christian worldview radio program founded by the late Chuck Colson, and 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, Colorado.
Speaking Topics Why Students Walk Away from their Faith How We Lost Our Minds: The Challenge of Postmodernism For What Are We Responsible? The Christian’s Calling to Engage Culture Why Worldview Education is Crucial When Worldviews Collide: Making Sense of the World in Which We Live Marriage, Family, and Society: Why This Institution is Worth Fighting For Answering the Tough Questions We Have For God Amusing Ourselves to Death: Entertainment Culture and the Christian’s Responsibility
Biography Joni Eareckson Tada, the founder and CEO of Joni and Friends International Disability Center, is an international advocate for people with disabilities.
A diving accident in 1967 left Joni Eareckson, then 17, a quadriplegic in a wheelchair. After two years of rehabilitation, she emerged with new skills and a fresh determination to help others in similar situations.
During her rehabilitation, Joni spent long months learning how to paint with a brush between her teeth. Her high-detail fine art paintings and prints are sought-after and collected. Her best-selling autobiography “Joni“ and the feature film of the same name have been translated into many languages, introducing her to people around the world.
Mrs. Tada has also visited more than 45 countries, and has served on the National Council on Disability and the Disability Advisory Committee to the U.S. State Department. She is Senior Associate for Disability Concerns for the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization. She also serves in an advisory capacity to the American Leprosy Mission, the National Institute on Learning Disabilities, Love and Action and Christian Blind Mission International, as well as on the Board of Reference for the Christian Writers Guild and the Christian Medical and Dental Society.
After being the first woman honored by the National Association of Evangelicals as its “Layperson of the Year” in 1986, Joni was named “Churchwoman of the Year” in 1993 by the Religious Heritage Foundation.
Biography Kelly Monroe Kullberg is the founder of Veritas, and the author of Finding God at Harvard. She is engaged in advancing unity among leaders in the Body of Christ for cultural renewal.
Kelly founded the Veritas Forum at Harvard (1992), now in 120 universities in America and Europe. Veritas helps students explore the hard questions of the world in relation to Jesus Christ. She edited and co-wrote the bestseller Finding God at Harvard, and authored the sequel, Finding God Beyond Harvard: the Quest for Veritas, and co-authored A Faith and Culture Devotional.
Kelly is a Senior Fellow with the Acton Institute and the acting president of Christians for a Sustainable Economy (case4America.org). Kelly and family live in Columbus, Ohio, and are often in Northern Virginia.
Expertise 1) Apologetics 2) Cultural engagement 3) Economics/Business 4) Family/Parenting 5) Life issues
Speaking Topics Cultural apologetics, engagement and outreach biblical wisdom for love, intimacy, family, community coalition-building biblical principles in the public square
Biography Kenneth Boa is a writer, speaker, teacher, and mentor who works largely with business and professional people in the Atlanta area, around the country, and internationally. He is President of Reflections Ministries and is engaged in a ministry of teaching, mentoring, writing, and speaking.
He holds a B.S. from Case Institute of Technology, a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary, a Ph.D. from New York University, and a D.Phil. from the University of Oxford in England.
Recent publications by Dr. Boa include Conformed to His Image; 20 Compelling Evidences that God Exists; Face to Face; Augustine to Freud; Faith Has its Reasons; Handbook to Leadership; and A Taste of the Classics. He also writes a free monthly teaching letter called Reflections, and his website has numerous free resources.
Biography Marvin Olasky is editor-in-chief of the World News Group, holder of the Distinguished Chair in Journalism and Public Policy at Patrick Henry College, and Dean of World Journalism Institute. He is the author of 18 books, including Compassionate Conservatism, The Religions Next Door, Fighting for Liberty and Virtue, and Prodigal Press. He has co-authored ten more.
Dr. Olasky earned an A.B. from Yale University in 1971 and a Ph.D. in American Culture from the University of Michigan in 1976. He has written articles for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post and World magazine.
Dr. Olasky was a professor at The University of Texas at Austin for two decades and provost of The King’s College, New York City, from 2007 to 2011. He is also a senior fellow of the Acton Institute and has chaired the boards of City School of Austin and the Austin Crisis Pregnancy Center. He has been married for 36 years, has four sons, and is an elder of the Presbyterian Church in America. He has been a foster parent, a PTA president, a cross-country bicycle rider, a newspaper reporter, an informal advisor to George W. Bush, and a Little League assistant coach.
Philanthropy magazine called Dr. Olasky’s The Tragedy of American Compassion one of “eight books that changed America.” His writings have been translated into Chinese, Spanish, Italian, French, Portuguese, Russian, and other languages, and he has lectured in Europe, Japan, Chile, and elsewhere.
Expertise 1)Cultural engagement/Politics and Government 2)Religion/Spirituality/Theology
Biography A lifelong leader in the pregnancy center movement, Melinda Delahoyde was appointed President of Care Net in 2008. Melinda has worked with Care Net from its inception, serving in various roles both on staff and on the Board of Directors.
Before coming to Care Net, Melinda led the educational outreach for Americans United for Life. An accomplished writer, Melinda is the author of Fighting for Life, co-editor of Infanticide and the Handicapped Newborn (Brigham Young University Press, 1982), and contributing author to three additional books, including one with Christian philosopher Francis A. Schaeffer and another with top publisher Thomas Nelson. She has authored many articles on life and bioethics published in a variety of publications and websites.
Melinda is a sought-after spokesperson in the media on pregnancy centers and the emerging culture of life. She has been quoted widely by Associated Press, Christianity Today, Time, World, Gannett News, National Catholic Register, and Baptist Press and has appeared on CBN’s “700 Club”, Moody Radio’s “In the Market with Janet Parshall”, Salem Radio News, and Family News in Focus. She also was a featured panelist on the Annenberg Media Channel in a series on “Ethics in America.”
Melinda graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and received a Masters of Arts in Philosophy of Religion from Trinity Divinity School. Melinda and her husband are from Raleigh, North Carolina and have four children.
Biography Michael Matheson Miller is Research Fellow and Director of Acton Media at the Acton Institute. With some ten years of international experience, Miller has lived and traveled in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. He lectures internationally on such themes as moral philosophy, economic development, and social theory, and entrepreneurship.
He is a frequent guest on radio and has been published in the Washington Times, The Detroit News, The LA Daily News, and Real Clear Politics. He is the Director and Host of the PovertyCure DVD Series and has appeared in various video curricula including Doing the Right Thing, Effective Stewardship, and the Birth of Freedom.
Much of his current work at the Acton Institute involves leading PovertyCure, promoting entrepreneurial solutions to poverty in the developing world. Before coming to Acton, he spent three years at Ave Maria College of the Americas in Nicaragua where he taught philosophy and political science and was the chair of the philosophy and theology department.
Miller received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame, an M.A. from Nagoya University’s Graduate School of International Development (Japan), an M.A. in philosophy from Franciscan University, and an M.B.A. in International Management from Thunderbird Graduate School of Global Business. He serves on the President’s Advisory Council of Aquinas College in Nashville, the board of the Dietrich von Hildebrand Legacy Project, and the board of trustees for Angelico Press.
Biography Nancy Schulze is the Founder of the Congressional Wives Speakers in Washington, D.C. and co-founder with Vonette Bright of the American Prayer Initiative (AmericanPrayerInitiative.org). Her career path has taken her from New York City and show business to Washington, D.C. and politics via Montana where she was married to Montana’s Secretary of State, Jim Waltermire, frontrunner for Governor at the time of his death in a plane crash. She later married Congressman Dick Schulze from Pennsylvania.
Mrs. Schulze has spoken at the Global Pastors Wives Conference, a national political Women’s Summit in Washington, The Christian Women in Media Association, The Inaugural Prayer Breakfast for the Governor of New York, events at the National Prayer Breakfast, and events for Members of the US Senate, House and the Presidency.
Nancy’s singing career has included galas honoring first ladies of the United States, the Inaugural Prayer Service for the U.S. Congress (televised), performances for ambassadors overseas and in the U.S. and principle roles in musical theater in the U.S. and on USO tours.
Nancy is a Colson Center Centurion, having completed a year-long intensive, master’s level course on worldview. She is the co-host of “A Voice for Freedom Radio” and has done multiple media interviews to promote the American Prayer Initiative, believing that America’s future depends upon Americans taking God seriously.
Biography Rev. Robert Sirico has been active in public policy affairs for more than twenty years. His concern that religious communities knew little about the economic issues surrounding today's social problems prompted him to found the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty in 1990.
Father Sirico regularly lectures both in this country and around the world, and his writings have appeared in various journals, including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Forbes, National Review, the London Financial Times, and Crisis.
In addition to his duties at the Acton Institute, he served most recently on the staff of Sacred Heart of Jesus parish in Grand Rapids, Michigan and is the founder of a new religious community, The Community of St. Philip Neri, also in Grand Rapids.
His latest book, Defending the Free Market: The Moral Case for a Free Economy, was released in May 2012 by Regnery Publishing.
Biography Russell D. Moore is President-elect of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. At present, he also serves as Dean of the School of Theology and Senior Vice President for Academic Administration at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he also serves as Professor of Christian Theology and Ethics.
He writes and speaks frequently on topics ranging from the Kingdom of God to the mission of adoption to a theology of country music. He is a senior editor of Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity, and also blogs regularly at Moore to the Point, russellmoore.com.
He is the author of such books as Tempted and Tried: Temptation and the Triumph of Christ, Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families and Churches and The Kingdom of Christ: The New Evangelical Perspective.
Prior to entering the ministry, he was an aide to U.S. Congressman Gene Taylor. He and his wife Maria have five sons: Benjamin, Timothy, Samuel, Jonah, and Taylor.
Biography Scott B. Rae is Professor of Christian Ethics at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University and Chair of the Department of Philosophy at Talbot. He has a BS in Economics from Southern Methodist University, a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. His primary interests are in bioethics and business ethics.
He is the author of 10 books, including Moral Choices: An Introduction to Ethics, Outside the Womb: Moral Guidance for Assisted Reproduction (with D. Joy Riley, MD), Business for the Common Good: A Christian Vision for the Marketplace, (with Kenman L. Wong), and Beyond Integrity: A Judeo-Christian Approach to Business Ethics.
He has articles in various journals, including the Linacre Quarterly, National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, Southern California Review of Law and Women’s Studies, and the Southern Baptist Journal of Theology. He also consults with several southern California hospitals in ethics.
Biography Stephen C. Meyer is director of the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture (CSC) and a founder both of the intelligent design movement and of the CSC, intelligent design’s primary intellectual and scientific headquarters.
Dr. Meyer is a Cambridge University-trained philosopher of science, the author of peer-reviewed publications in technical, scientific, and philosophical books and journals. His signal contribution to ID theory is given most fully in Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design, published by HarperOne in June 2009.
Meyer’s research goes to the very source of the mystery of life: its origin, and more specifically the origin of biological information as represented in DNA. His work in biological information represents the cutting edge of the argument for design.
Graduating from Whitworth College in Spokane, Washington, in 1981 with a degree in physics and earth science, he later became a geophysicist with Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO) in Dallas, Texas. As a Rotary International Scholar, he earned a PhD in the history and philosophy of science at Cambridge University. He returned to Whitworth College in 1990 to teach philosophy. He left Whitworth in 2002 to found and direct the CSC at Discovery Institute.
Expertise 1)Apologetics 2)Worldview 3) Intelligent Design 4) Science and Faith
Speaking Topics Intelligent design Darwinian evolution Science & Faith Biblical archeology Comparative Worldview Studies Students of Faith in College; Preparing for the Challenge
Biography Dr. George is the Dean and Professor of Divinity History and Doctrine at the Beeson Divinity School at Samford University. He has been the dean of Beeson since its inception in 1988. He teaches church history and doctrine, and serves as theological advisor for Christianity Today. He has written more than 20 books and regularly contributes to scholarly journals.
Among his recent books are The Great Tradition of Christian Thinking (with David S. Dockery; Crossway 2012), Reading Scripture with the Reformers (Intervarsity 2011), Amazing Grace: God's Pursuit, Our Response (Crossway 2011), Is the Father of Jesus the God of Muhammad? (Zondervan, 2002) and The Mark of Jesus: Loving in a Way the World Can See (with John Woodbridge; Moody 2005).
An ordained minister in the Southern Baptist Convention, George has been active in various ecumenical ventures including Evangelicals and Catholics Together and the International Baptist-Roman Catholic Dialogue. He currently chairs the Doctrine and Christian Unity Commission of the Baptist World Alliance.
He is married to Denise Wyse George and they have two adult children.
Expertise 1)Life Issues (abortion, adoption, euthanasia) 2)Religion/Spirituality/Theology 3)Religious Liberty
Speaking Topics Theology, Church History, Cultural Trends, Religious Freedom, Sanctity of Life
Biography Tim Goeglein is Vice President for External Relations at Focus on the Family and a Senior Fellow at The Heritage Foundation in Washington. He served as Special Assistant to President George W. Bush, and was the President’s principal outreach contact for conservatives, think tanks, veteran’s groups, faith-based groups, and some of America’s leading cultural organizations.
Goeglein is the author of the evocative political memoir The Man in the Middle: Faith and Politics in the George W. Bush Era, which was published in September, 2011.
Between his time with the Senate and Bush campaign, Tim served as Communications Director for Gary Bauer at the Campaign for Working Families and in the Bauer presidential bid. Tim is a member of the Board of Directors for Coalitions for America, and a member of the board of governors of the Young America’s Foundation which owns and operates the Ronald Reagan Ranch in Santa Barbara, California.
His hobbies include reading, tennis, swimming, biking, and the fine arts. He has been married to Jenny for 20 years; they have two sons Tim and Paul; and they live in the Washington metropolitan area.
Biography Dr. William Edgar is Professor of Apologetics at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, where he has taught for over twenty years. He is ordained in the Presbyterian Church in America. He directs the gospel-jazz band Renewal.
Edgar is currently Professeur Associé at the Faculté Jean Calvin, Aix-en-Provence. His scholarly interests include apologetics, theology, aesthetics, African-American music, and ethics. He belongs to several learned societies, including the American Musicological Society and the Society for Ethnomusicology. He is a Senior Fellow at the Trinity Forum. He sits on a number of boards, including the Huguenot Fellowship, the Institutional Review Board of Chestnut Hill Hospital, and the Quo Vadis Institute, in Salzburg.
He and his wife, Barbara have two children and three grandchildren.