Corpus Christi Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Lee Strobel

Atheist-turned-Christian Lee Strobel, the former award-winning legal editor of The Chicago Tribune, is a New York Times best-selling author of more than forty books and curricula that have sold fourteen million copies in total. He currently serves as Founding Director of the Lee Strobel Center for Evangelism and Applied Apologetics at Colorado Christian University. Lee has been described in the Washington Post as “one of the evangelical community’s most popular apologists.” He was educated at the University of Missouri (Bachelor of Journalism degree) and Yale Law School (Master of Studies in Law degree). He was a journalist for fourteen years at The Chicago Tribune and other newspapers, winning Illinois’ highest honors for both investigative reporting and public service journalism from United Press International.

In 2017, Lee’s spiritual journey was depicted in an award-winning motion picture, The Case for Christ, which showed in theaters around the world. The movie was on Netflix for three years. Lee won national awards for his books The Case for Christ, The Case for Faith, The Case for a Creator, and The Case for Grace. His latest books are The Case for Miracles and The Case for Heaven (September 2021, currently available for pre-order). The Christian Post named Lee among the top evangelicals who had made an impact in 2017. He was selected as one of the thirty most influential Christian thinkers of the past two millennia in the 2019 book Faith Thinkers, written by Dr. Robert M. Bowman, Jr.

Mark Mittelberg

Mark Mittelberg is a bestselling author, international speaker, and the Executive Director of The Lee Strobel Center for Evangelism and Applied Apologetics at Colorado Christian University. Mark recently completed the all-new book and training course, Contagious Faith: Discover Your Natural Style for Sharing Jesus with Others. Mark’s published materials also include the Making Your Case for Christ training course, and The Case for Christ Daily Moment of Truth devotional (both with Lee Strobel). His book Confident Faith was the winner of Outreach Magazine’s apologetics book of the year. He also wrote The Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask (with Answers), which addresses the ten spiritual questions believers most want to avoid. Mark’s published pieces have sold a total of some three million copies.

After receiving an undergraduate degree in business, Mark earned an MA in Philosophy of Religion, graduating magna cum laude from Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois. In addition, he received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina. Mark and Heidi live near Denver, Colorado, and are the parents of Emma Jean and Matthew, both of whom serve in ministry roles.

Eric Hernandez

Eric Hernandez is a dynamic evangelist and apologist with a heart for proclaiming the gospel and defending the faith on theological and philosophical grounds. He is a licensed minister, a certified formation therapist, and is the Apologetics Lead and Millennial Specialist for The Baptist General Convention of Texas. He has spoken and debated on a public level at university college campuses where he adamantly defends the Christian faith against atheist, agnostic, and deistic professors of different worldviews. He holds an associate degree in social science, a bachelor’s degree in theology, and a certificate in apologetics from Biola University.

Breakout Session Speakers

Amy Davison

Amy Davison is an Air Force veteran-turned-writer and podcast cohost for Mama Bear Apologetics. She received her MA in Christian Apologetics from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and loves helping parents raise their children to be warriors in the faith.
She specializes in biblical sexuality, how to incorporate apologetics into parenting, and cultural challenges to the faith. Her work has been featured on The Stream, Evangelical Philosophical Society, and is the contributing writer to the Mama Bear Apologetics Guide to Sexuality.

Kurt Jaros

Dr. J is a theologian and apologist who has been creating resources for Christians and nonbelievers for 5 years. He is the host of the Veracity Hill podcast, creating 200 episodes about faith, politics, and society. Dr. J is an Affiliate Faculty member at the Lee Strobel Center for Evangelism & Applied Apologetics at Colorado Christian University. He lives in Chicago with his wife and four children, is a rabid Cubs fan, and is confident that Dr. Pepper really is “just what
the doctor ordered.”

Mike Miller

Mike Miller is a former skeptic who now has over 25 years of pastoral ministry experience, much of which has been in some of the most unreached places in America. Mike became a Christian while working as a pilot, and he immediately became a student of apologetics because of his desire to win his skeptical friends and associates to Jesus. He has earned two doctorates specializing in apologetic preaching and served on the faculty of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary as Campus Pastor and professor of preaching. He has also lectured numerous times on pulpit apologetics and on how Christians can engage our culture in an
effective manner. Mike currently serves as Senior Pastor of Central Baptist Church in Jacksonville, TX. He is married to Terri and has three grown children and three small grandchildren.

Spanish Tracks

Jorge Gil

Jorge Gil es el Director Ejecutivo de CrossExamined.org. Como conferencista itinerante viaja frecuentemente a América Latina y el Caribe para participar en conferencias, programas de radio y televisión, enseñar en seminarios y realizar capacitaciones en apologética. Es cofundador de la Sociedad de Apologistas Latinos y uno de los primeros instructores bilingües certificados del método SCORRE™ de comunicación dinámica desarrollado por Ken Davis. Jorge es el fundador y presidente de WorldView Media LLC, una compañía de soluciones digitales enfocada en ayudar a autores, conferencistas, editores y ministerios con todas sus necesidades digitales, desde medios sociales y creación de contenido hasta mercadeo en línea, creación de marcas, construcción de sitios web, animación gráfica en movimiento y más. También trabaja como profesor asociado de apologética en seminarios e institutos bíblicos en México y Centro América. Actualmente está completando estudios superiores en filosofía, teología y apologética en el Southern Evangelical Seminary, SES.edu. Vive en Columbia, Carolina del Sur, EE. UU. con su maravillosa esposa, Angelia y sus hijos Leda y Aiden.

Rolando Rodriguez

Rev. Rolando Rodriguez serves as Director of Texas Baptists en Español for the Baptist General Convention of Texas. He has served in this capacity since 2007. Besides serving with the Convention, Bro. Rolando has been a pastor since 1989, including 17 years at Cockrell Hill Baptist Church in Dallas.

Through his ministry, the Lord has used Rev. Rodríguez to guide Hispanic churches through periods of transition and change, and started 14 congregations, including one in Laos and one in Argentina. Brother Rolando has a great passion for international missions, but more than anything for the development and growth of Hispanic Baptists in Texas and beyond. Rev. Rodriguez is a graduate of Baptist University of the Americas, has a Master’s Degree in Christian Education and a Master’s Degree in Global Leadership from Dallas Baptist University, and working on his DMin at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. God blessed him with his wife of 34 years, Angie, and 3 grown children, Sarah, Elizabeth and Roland, and 5 grandkids.

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For more than 20 years, I have served as a cross-cultural leader in our state. I have done this at a local, regional and state level; and have done so successfully. As a pastor of 3 congregations and as a state denominational leader, I have focused on aiding others in their personal and professional growth, while at the same time working on mine. Through the years I have seen leaders maximize their leadership impact as I have had the opportunity to lead them in workshops, special presentations, coaching and mentoring with the goal of empowering them to experience significant breakthroughs in their development. Their organizations and communities have been transformed and they themselves have changed. They have made a difference!

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