Speakers

J. P. Moreland

Dr. J.P. Moreland is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University.  He received a B.S. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Missouri, a Th.M. in Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary, an M.A. in Philosophy from the University of California at Riverside, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Southern California.  He has authored, edited, or contributed papers to 95 books, including Does God Exist? (Prometheus), Universals (McGill-Queen’s), Consciousness and the Existence of God (Routledge), The Blackwell Companion to Natural Theology, The Blackwell Companion to Substance Dualism, and Debating Christian Theism (Oxford.)  He has also published over 85 articles in journals such as Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, American Philosophical Quarterly, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, MetaPhilosophy, Philosophia Christi, Religious Studies and Faith and Philosophy. Moreland was selected in August 2016 by The Best Schools as one of the 50 most influential living philosophers in the world.

Clay Jones

Dr. Clay Jones holds a Doctor of Ministry from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and is an associate professor in the Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics Program at Talbot Seminary. Formerly, Clay hosted Contend for Truth, a nationally syndicated call-in, talk-radio program where he debated professors, radio talk show hosts, cultists, religious leaders and representatives from animal rights, abortion rights, gay rights and atheist organizations. Clay was the CEO of Simon Greenleaf University (now Trinity Law and Graduate Schools) and was on the pastoral staff of two large churches. Clay is the chairman of the board of the university apologetics ministry Ratio Christi, a contributing writer for the Christian Research Journal and specializes in issues related to why God allows evil. You can read his blog at clayjones.net, find him on Facebook, and follow him on Twitter at ClayBJones. Clay has authored Why Does God Allow Evil?: Compelling Answers for Life’s Toughest Questions and the forthcoming Immortal: How the Fear of Death Drives Us and What We Can Do About It.

Eric Hernandez

Eric Hernandez is a dynamic, young, evangelistic and apologetically inclined pastor and teacher who has a passion for proclaiming the Gospel and defending his faith on theological and philosophical grounds. He is a licensed minister, certified formation therapist, and the new Apologetics Lead for Texas Baptists. Eric is well respected and sought after for his evangelistic messages, expository ability and insight into apologetics. He has spoken and debated on a public level at university and college campuses where he adamantly and adequately defends the Christian faith against atheist, agnostic and deistic professors of different worldviews. He holds an associate degree in social science, a bachelor degree in theology, a certificate in apologetics from Biola University, and is currently enrolled as a PhD student with Trinity Seminary. He is the founder of Eric Hernandez Ministries, which encompasses speaking engagements, apologetic seminars, weekend training courses and debates. He is married to Kendall Hernandez, and the two are the proud parents of Adyson Grace and Hudson Ryan.


Cameron Bertuzzi

Cameron Bertuzzi is a professional photographer and founder of Capturing Christianity, a ministry that exposes the intellectual side of Christian belief. He is a writer, speaker and YouTuber, and uses his ministry to interview scholars and host discussions between Christians and non-Christians.



Allen Hainline

Allen Hainline graduated with a bachelor’s degree in physics from University of Texas at Austin (UT) with highest honors and received a Master’s Equivalent degree in Systems and Software Engineering from UT CES. His most recent education included graduate study at Biola University in apologetics. Allen worked at Raytheon for about 12 years in software engineering but left as an Engineering Fellow in 1999 to be involved in 3D-modeling at a startup company. He has taught for Raytheon, UT and the College of Southwestern. Allen now runs a small company that develops AI algorithms and software. He has worked for about 20 years in commercial satellite imaging, producing the imagery used in Google Maps and other applications. He also has led a Reasonable Faith chapter the past eight years at UT Dallas and more recently also at a public high school. He recently partnered with Dr. Luke Barnes to write a chapter on fine-tuning evidence for God for a book entitled Story of the Cosmos. He has served as an instructor in the CrossExamined Instructor’s Academy and spoken on apologetics in England, Ecuador, Mexico, Philippines, Russia and Ukraine on behalf of churches or organizations like Ratio Christi.


Leighton Flowers

Dr. Leighton Flowers is the Director of Evangelism and Apologetics for Texas Baptists. In addition to preaching on a wide range of biblical subjects, Leighton regularly travels to churches of all sizes to conduct seminars that specialize in evangelism and apologetics. He has participated in debates with leading apologists and led training conferences for the Annual Convention, Conclave, Apologetic Conferences, and the SBC Annual Convention. Leighton earned a bachelor’s degree in Applied Theology from Hardin-Simmons University (1997); a Masters of Divinity with Biblical Languages from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (2000); and completed his doctorate at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (2016).   



Marlon Ríos

Marlon Iván Ríos was born in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico. His parents immigrated to the United States when he was seven years of age. He has been married to Carolina for 17 years, and they have three children: Joshua Daniel (16), Joel David (12), and Rebekah Carolina (7). Marlon serves in the Office of Hispanic Ministries of the Cultural Engagement Team for the Baptist General Convention of Texas. God has entrusted Marlon and his family with ministry not only in the U.S. but also in Latin America, particularly in Mexico, teaching others the importance of evangelism and discipleship. Marlon has a bachelor’s degree in the History of Religion, a M.A. in Theological Studies, and a Th.M. in Historical Theology and is currently in a Ph.D. program. He served in the United States Army for six years in the 82nd Airborne Division.  

Marlon Iván Ríos es nacido en Reynosa, Tamaulipas, México. Sus padres emigraron a los Estados Unidos cuando él tenía siete años. Ha estado casado con Carolina desde hace 17 años y tienen tres hijos: Josué Daniel (16), Joel David (12), y Rebekah Carolina (7). Marlon Iván sirve en la oficina de ministerios hispanos en el departamento de conexión cultural para la Convención Bautista General de Texas.  El ministerio que Dios les ha confiado a él y su familia se ha llevado acabo en los E.U.A. pero también en Latino América particularmente en México enseñando a la iglesia a evangelizar y discipular. Tiene una licenciatura en Religión, una maestría en Estudios Teológicos, una maestría en Historia Teológica y en el otoño de este año 2019 inició su doctorado en filosofía y letras. Sirvió en las fuerzas armadas de los E.U.A. por seis años.