Monday, March 23, 2015
Acts 16:5 Conference
Dr. Andy Bannister, RZIM
Dr. Andy Bannister is the Canadian Director and Lead Apologist for RZIM Canada. He speaks and teaches regularly throughout Canada, the USA, Europe and the wider world. From churches to universities, business forums to TV and radio, Andy regularly addresses audience of both Christians and those of all faiths and none on issues relating to faith, culture, politics and society.
Andy holds a PhD in Islamic studies, a topic on which he has taught extensively, especially since 9/11 and the huge interest that was sparked in the subject by the events of that day. He has spoken and taught at universities across Canada, the USA, the UK and further afield on both Islam and philosophy and is an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Islam and Other Faiths at Melbourne School of Theology.
With a background in youth ministry before studying theology and philosophy (focussing especially on Islam), Andy was previously based in Oxford, from where he worked with churches and organisations across the denominational spectrum.
When not travelling, speaking, or writing, Andy is a keen hiker, mountain climber and photographer. He lives in Toronto and is married to Astrid and they have one daughter, Caitriona.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Margaret Manning, RZIM
Margaret Manning Shull earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology, with honor, from Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia, before going on to earn her Masters of Divinity degree, summa cum laude, from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. Prior to working at RZIM as part of the writing team, Margaret served in pastoral roles focusing on teaching, discipleship, spiritual formation, and pastoral care and counseling. She is an ordained minister and enjoys reading and research in topics related to world religions, philosophical theology, science and faith, biblical hermeneutics, and theology in the arts.
Rev. Manning Shull is passionate about communicating the gospel in ways that engage both heart and mind. Her warm and relational teaching style in addressing the critical intersection between Christian faith and life highlights her unique emphasis on conversational apologetics.
In her free time, Margaret enjoys gardening, hiking, biking, walking, and caring for her pets. She also enjoys travel and has visited the United Kingdom, Greece, Turkey, and Brazil. Margaret currently resides in Bellingham, WA with her husband, David.
Stuart McAllister, RZIM
Born in Scotland, Stuart McAllister saw his life changed by Christ at the early age of twenty. Filled with a hunger to learn more and deepen his understanding of the faith led him to join Operation Mobilization in 1978. He worked with the organization for 20 years in Vienna, Austria, and his service took him to Yugoslavia, where he was imprisoned for forty days for distributing Christian literature. Upon his release, he continued to preach in communist countries, resulting in more imprisonments.
With a rich history of service, Stuart has acted as general secretary of the European Evangelical Alliance (1992-1998) and been involved with the European Lausanne Committee. He developed a mobilization movement called “Love Europe,” which sent several thousand team members across Europe with the message of the Christian faith. Stuart also founded the European Roundtable, bringing together a diverse group of ministries and interests that collaborated to foster “Hope for Europe.”
Stuart joined Ravi Zacharias International Ministries in 1998 as the International Director and today serves as Regional Director, Americas. With a heavy travel schedule that takes him all over the globe, Stuart speaks in churches, universities, and other forums with the same passion he first knew as a follower of Christ. Stuart has been a lecturer at Alliance Theological Seminary in Nyack, New York, where he was awarded a Doctor of Divinity. Additionally, he has been a featured speaker several times at the European Leadership Forum.
Stuart is a frequent contributor to A Slice of Infinity, RZIM’s daily reading on issues of apologetics and philosophy, Just Thinking, the ministry’s quarterly journal, as well as Engage, a magazine published quarterly by RZIM Educational Trust. He has also contributed chapters in the books Beyond Opinion (Thomas Nelson, 2007) and Global Missiology for the 21st Century (World Evangelical Fellowship, 2000).
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Alycia Wood of: RZIM
Alycia Wood, an OCCA Fellow with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, was born and raised in Rochester, NY. She was graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice from Roberts Wesleyan College and later earned her Master’s degree in Social Justice from Marygrove College in Detroit, Michigan.
Alycia has had a variety of training and educational opportunities, including: six years in urban youth ministry, prison ministry at Attica and Orleans prisons in New York, work in fine dining restaurant organizations, and teaching in private and public schools.
Alycia is a graduate of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics (OCCA). While studying at the OCCA, she participated in several speaking engagements in the UK on “ Who is Jesus?,” “The Reason for God,” and “Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?”
Nabeel Qureshi, RZIM
Dr. Nabeel Qureshi is a former devout Muslim who was convinced of the truth of the Gospel through historical reasoning and a spiritual search for God. Since his conversion, he has dedicated his life to spreading the Gospel through teaching, preaching, writing, and debating.
Nabeel’s first book, Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus, is now available.
Nabeel has given lectures at universities and seminaries throughout North America, including New York University, Rutgers, the University of North Carolina, the University of Ottawa, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Biola University. He has participated in 17 moderated, public debates around North America, Europe, and Asia. His focus is on the foundations of the Christian faith and the early history and teachings of Islam.
Nabeel is a member of the speaking team at Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. He holds an MD from Eastern Virginia Medical School, an MA in Christian apologetics from Biola University, and an MA from Duke University in Religion.
Thursday, March, 26, 2015
Nathan Betts, RZIM
Nathan Betts is an apologist based at RZIM Canada, with a particular (although not exclusive) focus on youth, students and young adults. Nathan received his undergraduate degree from Tyndale University College after which, being a keen baseball fan, he worked on the Toronto Blue Jays Ground Crew for four years.
Nathan is a graduate of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics and has also completed an MA in Bible and Ministry at King’s College London through the Centre for Theology, Religion & Culture. Nathan has written curricula on basic Christianity and Apologetics for several major churches in both Canada and the UK. Nathan resides in Toronto with his wife Brittany and their young son Samuel.
David Shenk, Author of: "Christian. Muslim. Friend."
Can Christians and Muslims be friends? Real friends?
Even in a post-September 11 era of alienation and religious violence, David Shenk says yes.
In Christian. Muslim. Friend., Shenk lays out twelve ways that Christians can form authentic relationships with Muslims, characterized by respect, hospitality, and candid dialogue.
Rooted in his fifty years of friendship with Muslims in Somalia, Kenya, and the United States, Shenk invites Christian readers to be clear about their identity, develop trust, practice hospitality, confront distortions of both faiths, and seek out Muslims committed to peace.
He invites readers to both bear witness to the Christ-centered commitments of their faith while also reaching out in friendship with Muslims. Through astounding stories of his animated conversations with Muslim clerics, visits to countless mosques around globe, and pastors and imams who join hands to work for peace, Shenk offers tested and true paths to real relationships.
A compelling resource with practical application for mission personnel, Sunday school classes, and any Christian who rubs shoulders with people of Islamic faith in their neighborhood or workplace.