Dave was formerly a devout Atheist prior to experiencing a radical encounter with Jesus Christ. He is now a deeply committed believer in Jesus Christ and the Bible. Dave has been a pastor for many years and is very proud to be the founder of an Apologetics Youth Summer Camp called EQUIP Retreat. He has taught at major national and regional conferences, universities, churches, and youth camps around the country. He is the author of “How, Why, Where” and the "Faith Survival Guide," and Apologetics curriculum that is making a great impact with college groups, small groups, youth camps, and church seminars. Additionally, Dave hosted the "What is Truth Radio Show," participated as a columnist for the largest homeschool magazine, and has been a featured guest on television talk shows and nationally syndicated radio shows, speaking on the subjects of Apologetics and Theology.
Carl was first introduced to apologetics by two pilots after he’d told them evolution was compatible with the Bible, which is what he’d been taught in Sunday school. These men pulled out their Bible and showed him that what the WORLD taught wasn’t the same as what the WORD taught. With 50% to 88% of the younger generation raised in the church leaving the church by the age of 18, Carl’s desire is for them to KNOW what they’re walking away from. This can only happen if they’re able to critically think and evaluate arguments so they can determine truth. Carl would say he doesn’t enjoy speaking, at times he’s terrified of it. However, seeing people get excited because they realize they can trust the Word of God inspires him to continue on. When he’s not speaking, Carl loves being with his family and friends. He also enjoys the ocean - snorkeling, boogie boarding or fishing. Carl has two honorary Doctorates and a degree in Biblical Studies. However, his most important credentials would be SSBGTFIC – (Sinner Saved By Grace Through Faith In Christ) and husband/father and grandfather.
Juan has always had an curious mind and asked lots of questions growing up. Searching for answers has been his passion and a lifelong journey. He had his first debate in 10th grade Biology class. Juan believes people have good questions and we as Christians need to have good answers. He desires to live out the command in the Bible where we’re told to always be ready to give an answer and to do so with the right attitude (1 Peter 3:15). Further, Juan feels called to equip young people for the battles they face every day in an increasingly hostile culture. He also desires to equip parents and pastors so that they’re able to engage the youth. Juan loves to see people emboldened when they realize that there’re excellent arguments in support of the Truth. Most importantly, he enjoys removing the obstacles that keep people from surrendering to Christ. When Juan’s not traveling, he is engaged in the pastorate of his bilingual congregation in Miami, FL. When he has down time (which isn’t often) you might find him in a quiet place reading a book or fishing. Juan’s educational background includes graduate work at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and master’s degrees from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and Logos Graduate School. He also has a Doctor of Ministry in Apologetics from Southern Evangelical Seminary.
Brian lives in Griffin, GA with his wife Ivy and their 2 sons, Brady and Max. He spent 12 years as the drummer for the Christian musical group Casting Crowns, which provided him with the privileged opportunity to witness God at work across the United States and much of the world. Brian and his family are committed to making God known through the teaching of His Word and their way of life. He believes that true joy is found when God is glorified above all things in a person’s life. Now, Brian leads a young church that meets in his home in collaboration with The Gathering Place Network as well as serving as regional director with Families 4 Families, a Christian Foster Care Agency that works to place vulnerable children in Christian homes. In addition to these two ministries, Brian loves to share his passion for God with other churches as he travels and speaks with Reasons For Hope.
Jason is the founder of STAND STRONG Ministries and faculty member at Summit Ministries. He is a pastor, apologist, and national speaker who has ministered to families for over twenty years. In his extensive ministry career, Jason has been a Children’s, Student, and College Pastor, and has spent a great deal of time investing in marriages, families, and helping churches have a greater impact in their communities. The three groups Jason largely focuses on are parents, millennials, and pastors leading churches. Jason conducts numerous interviews in the media and has appeared on CBS Radio, Focus on the Family radio with Jim Daly, the Christian Post, World Net Daily (WND), Family Talk with Dr. James Dobson, TBN’s Praise the Lord, and Sky News.
Jason has authored several books including his latest book Challenging Conversations: A Practical Guide to Discuss Controversial Topics in the Church. In 2018, Jason launched the I WILL STAND STRONG movement with the Benham brothers to reach tens of thousands of young people with the gospel. Jason travels all over the country speaking at various conferences and churches. He and his wife, Celia, live in Charlotte, NC with their four beautiful children.