As a young man, Josh McDowell considered himself an agnostic. He truly believed that Christianity was worthless. However, when challenged to intellectually examine the claims of Christianity, Josh discovered compelling, overwhelming evidence for the reliability of the Christian faith.
After trusting in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, Josh’s life changed dramatically as he experienced the power of God’s love.
In 1961, Josh joined the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ International (now called Cru). Not long after, he started the Josh McDowell Ministry to reach young people worldwide with the truth and love of Jesus.
Well known as an articulate speaker, Josh has addressed more than 25 million people, giving over 26,000 talks in 125 countries.
Through various connections, Josh became connected with Oklahoma Wesleyan University, and is passionate about it’s vision and mission. THE JOSH McDOWELL INSTITUTE for CHRISTIAN APOLOGETICS is now housed on the campus of Oklahoma Wesleyan University.
Sean McDowell is a gifted communicator with a passion for reaching the younger generation with the Gospel message. He connects with youth in a tangible way through humor and stories while imparting hard evidence and logical support for viewing all areas of life through a Biblical worldview. He serves as Head of the Bible Department at Capistrano Valley Christian Schools where he teaches Philosophy, Theology, and Apologetics.
Sean recently released GodQuest, a six week DVD-based curriculum complete with fiction and non-fiction books and a workbook. He is the co-author of Is God Just a Human Invention?, Understanding Intelligent Design along with William A. Dembski, Experience Your Bible, The Unshakable Truth: How You Can Experience the Twelve Essentials of a Relevant Faith, Evidence for the Resurrection and More Than A Carpenter with his father, Josh McDowell. Sean is the General Editor for Apologetics for a New Generation and The Apologetics Study Bible for Students. He has also written Ethix: Being Bold in a Whatever World, and has contributed to YouthWorker Journal, Decision Magazine, and the Christian Research Journal. Follow the dialogue with Sean as he blogs regularly at www.conversantlife.com.
See www.seanmcdowell.org for Sean’s blog, articles, videos, and many other resources.
Dr. Frank Turek is a dynamic speaker and award-winning author or coauthor of three books: I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist, Correct, Not Politically Correct and Legislating Morality. As the President of CrossExamined.org, Frank impacts young and old alike at colleges, high schools and churches with hard yet entertaining evidence for Christianity. He hosts a hour long TV program each week called I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist that is broadcast Wednesday nights and Saturday nights on DirecTV Channel 378 (the NRB Network). His radio program called CrossExamined with Frank Turek airs on 144 stations every Saturday morning at 10 a.m. eastern. Frank also writes a column for Townhall.com and has appeared on many TV and radio programs including: The O’Reilly Factor, Hannity and Colmes, Faith under Fire, Politically Incorrect, The Bible Answerman, and Focus on the Family. He has debated atheist Christopher Hitchens twice. A former Aviator in the U.S. Navy, Frank has a Masters from George Washington University and a Doctorate in Apologetics from Southern Evangelical Seminary.
To help reverse the exodus of young people from the Christian faith, Frank conducts dynamic I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist outreach events on campus. At these events, Frank presents the evidence for Christianity, cross-examines arguments against it, and answers student questions.
Abdu is a co-founder and the President of Embrace the Truth International, which is an apologetics-based ministry dedicated to offering the Truth of the Gospel to Muslims, Jews, cult members, and skeptics.
Abdu was born into a Muslim family that encouraged his studies of the Qur’an and Islam. During the course of a years-long investigation into the historical and philosophical underpinnings of the major world religions, Abdu discovered that only the evidence for the historic Christian faith could withstand the toughest challenges. The results of Abdu’s intense search, coupled with the Lord’s drawing of his heart, led him to put his faith in Jesus as the one and only sufficient Savior. Since that time, Abdu has dedicated his ministry to reaching non-Christians with the Gospel and teaching Christians to do the same.
Abdu has spoken in numerous venues both in the United States and internationally, including churches, convention centers, and college campuses. He has been a featured guest on radio talk shows across the United States and on numerous national and international television programs, including Newswatch, CrossExamined with Dr. Frank Turek, Jesus or Muhammad? on the Aramaic Broadcasting Network, The Bob Dutko Show, SRN News, Eye Opener, and TCT Alive!.
Abdu has published articles in a variety of settings, including internet articles for the North American Missions Board that have been translated into different languages. His first book, Apocalypse Later – Why the Gospel of Peace Must Trump the Politics of Prophecy in the Middle East, has been released by Kregel Publications and is available in bookstores.
In 1999, Abdu earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1995. He is a member of the Evangelical Philosophical Society, the Evangelical Theological Society, and maintains active relationships with many ministries, including InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Campus Crusade for Christ, i2 Ministries, and the North American Missions Board.
Abdu lives in the Detroit, Michigan area with his wife and their three children.
Dr. Alex Himaya is a follower of Jesus, husband, father, pastor, speaker, author, visionary and leader. Alex and his wife, Meredith, of 19 years have four children. Katherine is 13 years old, Eli is 11, Benjamin is 9 and Lemley is 7.
Dr. Himaya is the founding and Senior Pastor of theChurch.at, located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. theChurch.at is one of the fastest growing churches in America. It has grown from 120 to 6,000 in attendance in ten years of existence. theChurch.at has two campuses: theChurch at BattleCreek and theChurch at Midtown.
As one of the nation’s forefront speakers and visionaries, God has blessed Alex with the talent to reach the high tech culture of Generation Next. Involved in revivals, citywide rallies, camps, and school assemblies, Alex speaks almost 200 times each year. The heart’s cry of theChurch.at is to effectively present the same relevant message, the Gospel of Christ, using fresh, innovative methods, resources and technology. Alex is also the founder of Adopt(ed), an international orphan care ministry.
Alex received his bachelor’s degree from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkansas and his Masters Degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas. He finished his Doctorate in Church Growth and Evangelism in May 2002.
Alex enjoys opportunities to share the Gospel, as he speaks all over the country.