Education: M.A. Liberty University; D.Div., Southern Evangelical Seminary
Biography: As a speaker, writer, and advocate for teen apologetics, Alex McFarland has spoken in hundreds of locations throughout the US and abroad. He has preached in over 1,000 different churches throughout North America and internationally, and has been featured at conferences such as The Billy Graham School of Evangelism, Focus On The Family’s Big Dig, Josh McDowell’s True Foundations events, California’s Spirit West Coast, and many more.
He has been interviewed on Billy Graham’s Decision radio broadcast, by James Dobson (Focus On The Family radio), NPR’s All Things Considered, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Chuck Colson’s Breakpoint broadcast, CBS, FOX, NBC news, SRN news, the Associated Press (AP) wire service, LA Times, Boston Herald, the BBC, OK- Celebrity News Magazine, Prime Time America, CBN, CSPAN, Bible Broadcast Network, La Vie (France), Christianity Today, Charisma, On Mission, and by numerous other media outlets as well. In a 2009 story, CNN called Alex McFarland, “an expert on world religions and cults.”
During the 1990’s (at a time when it was predicted that that the need for apologetics was waning) Alex pioneered apologetics conference formats designed to equip teens and adults to defend their faith. Attendees of all ages began to attend Alex’s “Truth For A New Generation” and “National Conference On Christian Apologetics” events, eagerly learning from scholars such as Josh McDowell, Ravi Zacharias, Lee Strobel, and others.
In 2006 Alex was named third president of Southern Evangelical Seminary. During his tenure of almost 5 years, Alex led the school through a number of important initiatives. These included fund-raising and construction of a new classroom building, development of a national marketing strategy (which contributed to a doubling of student enrollment), creation of several new degree programs, expansion of staff, and the launching of an online bookstore for the school. Prior to this, Alex had served as Focus On The Family’s “Director of Teen Apologetics.”
In his home state of NC, Alex McFarland was named one of “Forty Leaders Under The Age of Forty,” by the Jaycees. Alex is the only evangelist known to have preached in all 50 states in only 50 days, through his “Tour Of Truth.” This crusade across America included 64 evangelistic services, became the subject of Alex’s first book, and was used by God to bring many people to personal faith in Christ.
During the past decade, Alex has hosted two nationally syndicated radio broadcasts, Truth Talk Live, and SoundRezn. In 2011, Alex became co-host of Explore the Word, which is heard daily (M-F) in over 150 markets.
As a broadcaster, Alex provides on-air teaching, fields live questions from listeners, and has interviewed hundreds of notable guests. These have included a variety of Christian leaders (such as James Dobson, Chuck Colson, George Barna, Tony Campolo, Ravi Zacharias, Franklin Graham, and others), political newsmakers (such as Mike Huckabee, Michelle Bauchman, Rick Santorum, Maggie Galagher, and Judge Roy Moore), skeptics (Christopher Hitchens, Michael Shermer), and musicians (such Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, Grammy winners Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr., and others).
As an author, Alex McFarland has written over 150 published articles and is author of such books as The Ten Most Common Objections to Christianity- and How To Answer Them (Regal), and STAND STRONG in College (Focus On The Family / Tyndale). Alex’s books The Ten Most Common Objections to Christianity and STAND (Core Truths You Must Know For An Unshakable Faith) have been translated into several languages. In 2009, Tyndale publishers released three new titles by Alex in his “STAND” series. These are: STAND: Diving Into God’s Word (a look at Psalm 119); STAND: Unleashing the Wisdom of God (a look at the book of Proverbs); and STAND: Seeking the Ways of God (a look at the life of Joseph).
Soon-to-be-released books by Alex include 10 Questions Every Christian Must Know How To Answer (Broadman & Holman Academic, Spring 2011), and Inside the Mind of the Skeptic (Regal Books, August 2011).
Alex McFarland attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and earned a Master’s degree in Christian Thought / Apologetics from Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree by Southern Evangelical Seminary in 2006. In 2009, Alex became a participant in Developing Young Leaders In Higher Education a “by invitation only” study program at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Angie McFarland is the godly and supportive wife who has played a tremendous role in all that the Lord has called Alex to do. They have been married since 1988, and currently live in North Carolina.
Speaker Fee/Range: travel, lodging and whatever the host feels led to provide. Alex is grateful to receive (and faithfully handle) whatever is given.
Select Speech Titles: 1. STAND: The Core Truths You Must Know for an Unshakable Faith 2. Apologetics 101: An Introduction to presenting, explaining, and defending the Christian faith 3. The Ten Most Common Objections to Chrsitianity (and how to answer them) 4. What You'll Hear Your Freshman Year (preparing Christian youth for the ways that college life can challenge their faith. 5. The "Core Truth" Seminar for Parents and Teens 6. War of the Worldviews (Understanding and responding to the belief systems now competing for the soul of our culture)