Speakers

Frank Turek

Dr. Frank Turek is a dynamic speaker and award-winning author or co-author of four books: Stealing from God:  Why Atheists Need God to make their CaseI Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an AtheistCorrect, Not Politically Correct and Legislating Morality. As the President of CrossExamined.org, Frank presents powerful and entertaining evidence for Christianity at churches, high schools and at secular college campuses that often begin hostile to his message. He has also debated several prominent atheists including Christopher Hitchens and David Silverman, president of American Atheists.
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Mark Mittelberg

Mark Mittelberg is a bestselling author, international speaker, and leading strategist in evangelism. His published materials include the newly-released Making Your Case for Christ training course, and the devotional The Case for Christ: Daily Moment of Truth (both with Lee Strobel). 

Mark also wrote Confident Faith—winner of Outreach Magazine’s 2014 apologetics book of the year. His previous book, The Reason Why Faith Makes Sense, is an update of a classic that has touched millions of lives—recreated by Mark to help a new generation understand the logic of the gospel. He also wrote The Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask (with Answers), which addresses the ten spiritual questions believers most want to avoid. Prior to that Mark collaborated with Strobel to produce The Unexpected Adventure, a story-based book designed to encourage Christians to seize everyday opportunities to talk about Jesus.

Mark is also the primary author of the celebrated Becoming a Contagious Christian training course (with Lee Strobel). 
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Mary Jo Sharp

Mary Jo is a former atheist from the Pacific Northwest, who thought religion was odd at best. She now holds a Masters in Christian Apologetics and is an assistant professor of apologetics at Houston Baptist University. Mary Jo is an itinerant speaker throughout North America. She serves on faculty with Summit Ministries Student Conferences, and is a guest lecturer with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. Mary Jo is a published author with Kregel Publications, B&H Publications, and is the author of the top-selling Bible study, Why Do You Believe That? as well as Living in Truth with LifeWay Christian Resources.  A clear communicator with a heart for people, she finds great joy in sharing the deep truths of her Lord and Savior.


Braxton Hunter

Dr. Braxton Hunter is the former president of the Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists (COSBE), and the current president of Trinity College of the Bible and Theological Seminary in Evansville, Indiana. As professor of apologetics, Dr. Hunter is passionate about the defense of the Christian faith in a skeptical world.

In addition to conducting evangelistic apologetics events, he has pastored two churches. He has engaged in several live, moderated, academic debates on theological issues and the evidence for the truth of Christianity. 

He holds a B.A. in expository preaching, an M.A. in Theology, a Ph.D. in Christian Apologetics, and is currently working toward a DMin. 
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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. 

Daniel Sanchez

Daniel R. Sanchez, Ph.D., served as missionary in Panama and in several missionary positions in the United States. He teaches and lectures in many nations primarily in the areas of intercultural missionary efforts, church starting, and ministering to Roman Catholic cultures. Sanchez teaches at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas.

Matt Dillahunty

Matt Dillahunty is an American public speaker, avid gamer, magician and internet personality, and was the president of the Atheist Community of Austin from 2006 to 2013. In seeking to become a minister his investigation of his religious views led him to reject supernatural claims. He now identifies as a skeptic, humanist and atheist, engaging in formal debates and speaking to secular organizations, churches and university groups on religion, philosophy, skepticism, atheism, humanism and magic. He is a founder and contributor of the counter-apologetics encyclopedia “Iron Chariots” as well as the “Atheist Debates Patreon project”, which are dedicated to providing the understanding and tools for more effective discussions between theists and atheists.