Kingwood Speakers

Francis J. Beckwith

Francis J. Beckwith is a philosopher who teaches, publishes, and speaks on a variety of topics and issues in ethics, law, politics, and religion.  He is currently Professor of Philosophy and Church-State Studies, Affiliate Professor of Political Science, and Associate Director of the Graduate Program in Philosophy, at Baylor University, where he has served on the faculty since 2003. Prior to arriving at Baylor he was a 2002-2003 Visiting Research Fellow in the James Madison Program in the Department of Politics at Princeton University.  A graduate of Fordham University (Ph.D. and M.A. in philosophy), he also holds the Master of Juridical Studies (M.J.S.) degree from the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis.

Craig Evans

Professor Craig A. Evans is a well-known New Testament scholar, who has taught and lectured in North America and around the world. He has published more than 90 books and has authored more than 700 academic and popular publications. Besides enjoying a very active life in the academy, Evans has frequently served as an expert speaker and consultant in television programs and documentaries. He was featured prominently in Dateline NBC’s acclaimed two-hour special on the Death of Jesus, which was aired in 2004 and was viewed by more than 25 million people.

Scott Gordon

Scott Gordon is President of Faithful Answers, Informed Response (, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people understand issues raised by critics of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Scott has an MBA from Brigham Young University, and a BA in Organizational Communications. He is a business instructor at Shasta College in Redding, California. Scott has held many positions in The Church, including serving as a bishop. He is married and has five children.

James Walker

James Walker, the president of Watchman Fellowship, is a former fourth generation Mormon with over twenty years of ministry experience in the field of Christian counter-cult evangelism, apologetics, and discernment. He has been interviewed as an expert on new religious movements and cults on a variety of network television programs including NightlineABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, and The News Hour with Jim Lehrer. He has spoken at hundreds of churches, colleges, universities, and seminaries throughout the United States and internationally.