Joel Beeke (President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, MI)
Dr. Beeke is president and Professor of Systematic Theology and Homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, a pastor of the Heritage Netherlands Reformed Congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan, editor of Banner of Sovereign Grace Truth, editorial director of Reformation Heritage Books, president of Inheritance Publishers, and vice-president of the Dutch Reformed Translation Society.
He has written, co-authored, or edited seventy books (most recently, A Puritan Theology: Doctrine for Life, Living Zealously, Friends and Lovers: Cultivating Companionship and Intimacy in Marriage, Getting Back Into the Race: The Cure for Backsliding, Parenting by God’s Promises: How to Raise Children in the Covenant of Grace, Living for the Glory of God: An Introduction to Calvinism, Meet the Puritans, Contagious Christian Living, Calvin for Today, Developing a Healthy Prayer Life, and Taking Hold of God), and contributed 2,000 articles to Reformed books, journals, periodicals, and encyclopedias. Dr. Beeke teaches a four credit course in Soteriology. His PhD is in Reformation and Post-Reformation theology from Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia). He is frequently called upon to lecture at seminaries and to speak at Reformed conferences around the world. He and his wife Mary have been blessed with three children: Calvin, Esther, and Lydia. He blogs at Doctrine for Life.
Ken Ham (Author, Speaker, President, CEO and Founder of Answers in Genesis – Petersburg, KY)
Since moving to America in 1987, Australian Ken Ham—president and founder of Answers in Genesis-U.S., the highly acclaimed Creation Museum (over 1.5 million visitors in four years), and visionary behind the construction of a full-size Noah’s Ark—has become one of the most in-demand Christian conference speakers and talk show guests.A biblical apologist, Ken gives numerous faith-building talks to tens of thousands of children and adults each year (he receives hundreds of invitations to speak annually) on such topics as the reliability of the Bible, how compromise over biblical authority has undermined society and even the church (which is seeing a massive exodus of young people), witnessing more effectively, dinosaurs, races,” etc.
Ken co-founded AiG in 1994 with the purpose of upholding the authority of the Bible from the very first verse.Ken is the author of many books on Genesis, including the eye-opening book Already Gone , co-authored by renowned researcher Britt Beemer on why so many young people have left the church, the best-selling The Lie: Evolution, and a number of children’s books (Dinosaurs of Eden, D is for Dinosaur, A is for Adam, etc.). Other recent co-authored books include One Race, One Blood and How Could a Loving God …?, and has co-authored the provocative book Already Compromised about Christian colleges and how they treat the authority of the Bible.In recognition of the contribution Ken has made to the church in the USA and internationally, Ken has been awarded four honorary doctorates: a Doctor of Divinity (1997) from Temple Baptist College in Cincinnati, Ohio, a Doctor of Literature (2004) from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, a Doctor of Letters (2010) from Tennessee Temple University, and a Doctorate in Humane Letters from Mid-Continent University in Kentucky (2012). Ken and his wife, Mally, reside in the Cincinnati area. They have five children and seven grandchildren.
Todd Friel (Author, Evangelist and American radio and television host – Wretched Radio – St. Paul, MN)
Upon being warned that talking about false teachers on radio would end in Todd Friel’s termination, Todd contacted Ray Comfort to seek advice in response to his boss’s demand that he become seeker sensitive on air. Ray Comfort’s typical and immediate response was, “Then let’s do our own radio show.” So in 2005 they did just that. Before long, they were invited to produce a TV version of the radio show. So they loaded up the truck and half of them moved to Atlanta. Georgia that is. For the last seven years they have produced Wretched TV and Radio with their eye squarely focused on our three fold vision – salvation of souls, growth in their love for the Lord through the study of His Word, and getting equipped to share the Good News with others. Todd is the host of Wretched, a talk radio and television show, broadcast on FamilyNet. Wretched Radio is a daily show broadcast on Sirius Satellite Radio. It was created as a replacement for The Way of the Master Radio, which was also hosted by Todd. In addition to broadcasting, Todd has spoken at churches, festivals, seminars, and youth groups throughout the United States.
David Murray (Professor at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary – Grand Rapids, MI)
David is Professor of Old Testament and Practical Theology at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary. He is also Pastor of Grand Rapids Free Reformed Church. He was a pastor in Scotland for 12 years before accepting a call to teach at Puritan Reformed Seminary in 2007. He has a Doctor of Ministry degree from Reformation International Theological Seminary for his work relating Old Testament Introduction studies to the pastoral ministry. He is the author of Christians Get Depressed Too, How Sermons Work, Jesus on Every Page, and The Happy Christian. You can read his blog at www.HeadHeartHand.org/blog or follow him on Twitter @davidpmurray.
David is married to Shona and they have five children ranging from 1 to 18 years old, and they love camping, fishing, boating, and skiing in the Lake Michigan area.
Armen Thomassian (Pastor of Calgary Free Presbyterian Church – Calgary, BC)
Armen grew up in a multi-cultural home in the United Kingdom with a father who was Iranian-Armenian and a mother who was Northern Irish. Since neither of his parents were Christians, he didn’t have much influence of the gospel growing up, and by the time he was a teenager, he rejected the very existence of God, and served self and sin. However, in late 2001, he was brought face to face with the realities of the gospel when his mother was converted to Jesus Christ. In spite of his hardness, she won Armen to Christ through the power of believing prayer, and so when he was 19 years of age, he trusted Christ as Saviour. Learning the powerof prayer early in his Christian life, Armen’s future wife Melanie also came to know Christ two weeks later, being delivered from 10 years of teaching with the Jehovah’s Witnesses.
He quickly became involved in his home congregation, Ballymoney Free Presbyterian Church (Northern Ireland), and in the midst of making plans to commence theological training at the Whitefield College of the Bible, he was sent in 2007 to Australia to supply the pulpits in South Australia and Tasmania. He returned in 2009 to commence his study for the ministry, graduating in 2014. A few weeks later he received and subsequently accepted a call from across the Atlantic to Calgary Free Presbyterian Church, and commenced his ministry in January 2015, where he now serves. Armen and his wife Melanie have two young girls.