Senior Itinerant , RZIM
Abdu Murray is a Senior Itinerant Speaker with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries and is the author of two books, including his latest, Grand Central Question: Answering the Critical Concerns of the Major Worldviews. For most of his life, Abdu was a proud Muslim who studied the Qur’an and Islam. After a nine year investigation into the historical, philosophical, and scientific underpinnings of the major world religions and views, Abdu discovered that the historic Christian faith alone can answer the questions of the mind and the longings of the heart.
Abdu has spoken to diverse international audiences and has participated in debates and dialogues across the globe. He has appeared as a guest on numerous radio and televisions programs all over the world and hosts Embrace the Truth with Abdu Murray, a radio show heard on WLQV AM 1500 in Detroit and worldwide on the internet and podcast.
Abdu holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Michigan and earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School. As an attorney, Abdu was named several times in Best Lawyers in America and Michigan Super Lawyer. Abdu is the Scholar in Residence of Christian Thought and Apologetics at the Josh McDowell Institute of Oklahoma Wesleyan University.
Abdu lives in the Detroit area with his wife and their three children.
Dr. Andy Bannister
Canadian Director, RZIM Canada
Andy is the 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.
Andy is the author of An Oral-Formulaic Study of the Qur’an, a groundbreaking and innovative study that reveals many of the ways the Qur’an was first composed. His latest book, The Atheist Who Didn’t Exist (or: The Terrible Consequences of Really Bad Arguments) is a humorous engagement with the New Atheism.
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 two children, Caitriona and Christopher.
Andy Steiger is the founder and director of Apologetics Canada, an organization dedicated to helping churches across Canada better understand and engage today’s culture. He created and hosted the Thinking Series and is the Author of Thinking? Answering Life’s Five Biggest Questions. He has spoken on life’s big questions internationally in universities, conferences, churches, prisons and coffee shops. Andy lives in Abbotsford, BC, Canada with his wife, Nancy, and their two boys.
Anna M. Robbins
Since August 2012, Dr. Anna Robbins is the Director of Doctoral Studies and Academic Dean of Acadia Divinity College. Dr. Robbins also serves as Associate Professor of Theology, Culture and Ethics.
She completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at Carleton University. Together with her husband, Peter, Anna moved to the Maritimes to study at Acadia (Master of Religious Education 1993 and Master of Arts [Theology] 1997).
In 1997, Anna completed her PhD at Aberystwyth, Wales. Between 2000 and 2012, she served on the faculty of the London School of Theology in the United Kingdom teaching Theology and Contemporary Culture, and taking on diverse administrative roles from Director of Training, to Vice-Principal, and Acting Principal.
In London, she was involved in many organisations as theological consultant, including Theos (a public theology thinktank), Christians in Politics, Tearfund, and the Evangelical Alliance. She served on the council of the Baptist Union of Great Britain and was a British delegate to the Baptist World Alliance. She writes and speaks widely on ethics, contemporary culture and apologetics, and has numerous publications.
Dr. Darrell Furgason
Dr. Furgason has been involved in Christian education for three decades, teaching in Australia, the USA and Canada, and was Dean of the College of Humanities & International Studies at the University of the Nations, Canberra, from 1994–97.
Dr. Furgason has given his ‘Thinking Biblically’ and ‘Developing a Biblical Worldview’ presentations in more than 15 countries. He is currently the Canadian Director for Summit Ministries, responsible for Summit’s accredited worldview courses worldwide. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Jesse Helms School of Government, at Liberty University, Virginia. Dr. Furgason has a B.A. and B. Letters in Philosophy from the Australian National University, and an M.A. in International Relations and PhD. in Religious Studies from the University of Sydney. www.summitcanada.org
Logan is an OCCA Fellow with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, based in Toronto, Canada. He is finishing an MTh in Applied Theology at the University of Oxford alongside two years of study at the Oxford Center for Christian Apologetics (OCCA). He also holds a BA in Political and Social Thought and Latin American Studies from the University of Virginia.
His interests include the historical Jesus, Christian responses to atheism, and the relationship between science and faith. Logan’s passion is to help others see the beauty of a personal relationship with Jesus by responding to tough questions about faith. He previously worked for the non-profit ORPHANetwork in Nicaragua, where he developed a heart for justice that has deepened his admiration of the Christian God who cares intensely about “the least of these.” Logan speaks French and Spanish, and has served with evangelistic missions in the US, England, Scotland, France, and Switzerland.
Margaret Manning Shull
Margaret is currently part of the speaking and writing team at RZIM. She has served in pastoral roles focusing on teaching, discipleship, spiritual formation, and pastoral care. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology, with honors, from Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia, before earning her Masters of Divinity degree, summa cum laude, from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts.
Margaret is an ordained minister and is passionate about communicating the gospel in ways that engage both heart and mind. Her warm and relational teaching style, highlighted by her unique emphasis on conversational apologetics, are huge assets as she addresses the critical intersection between Christian faith and life. Margaret lives with her husband, David, in Bellingham, Washington.
Born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1961. Mike attended Liberty University where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance (Saxophone). During his undergraduate studies, he had a strong desire to know God, devoting himself to studying the Bible daily. He decided to learn Koine Greek in order to read the New Testament in its original language and later completed a Master’s Degree in Religious Studies.
Toward the end of his graduate work in 1985, Mike began to question the veracity of his faith and wondered if there was any evidence to support it. Finding answers to his questions consumed him and he almost jettisoned his faith. He investigated the evidence for Christianity and a number of other major world religions including atheism. His investigation solidified his belief that God exists and that he has actually revealed himself to mankind in Jesus Christ and that the Christian view provides the most plausible and unified theory of reality.
In July of 1997, Mike formed TruthQuest which was later renamed “RisenJesus” with a vision of equipping 100,000 Christians to share their faith using the evidence for Jesus’ resurrection.
Mike is the author, co-author or editor of six books: The Resurrection of Jesus: A New Historiographical Approach (IVP Academic, 2010), Evidence for God: 50 Arguments for Faith from the Bible, History, Philosophy and Science, with co-editor William Dembski (Baker 2010), Paul Meets Muhammad (Baker, 2006) which is a debate on the resurrection of Jesus between the apostle Paul and the prophet Muhammad, the award winning The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus with co-author Gary Habermas (Kregel, 2004). Cross Examined, a legal novel defending the historicity of Jesus’ resurrection, and Behold, I Stand at the Door and Knock which lays out in a concise manner what to say to Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses when they knock on your door. He is a featured scholar in Lee Strobel’s new book The Case for the Real Jesus (Zondervan, 2007) and his DVD The Case for Christ (2007). Mike was also one of the authors selected for the Erasing Hate2007 tour (www.erasinghate.com).
Mike has a Ph.D. in New Testament (University of Pretoria) “with distinction”. He is a frequent speaker on university campuses, churches, Christian groups, retreats, frequently debates, and has appeared as a guest on dozens of radio and television programs. He is a member of the Evangelical Philosophical Society, the Institute for Biblical Research, and the Society of Biblical Literature. Mike is associate professor in theology at Houston Baptist University and the president of Risen Jesus, Inc.
Nathan Betts is an apologist with RZIM. He frequently speaks on university campuses across the US and Canada, and regularly addresses church congregations. Nathan has written curricula on basic Christianity and apologetics for several major churches in North America and the UK, and his writing has been featured in Converge magazine. Nathan also co-wrote and co-presented RZIM’s Short Answers to Big Questions video series.
Nathan completed his undergraduate degree at Tyndale University and his MA in Bible and Ministry at King’s College London. He is also a graduate of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. He is an avid percussionist and a keen baseball fan. Nathan and his wife, Brittany, live near Seattle, Washington, with their two young children.
Dr. Paul Chamberlain
Dr. Paul Chamberlain is the director of the Institute for Christian Apologetics at Trinity Western University (ACTS division) and has taught ethics, philosophy of religion and Christian Apologetics at TWU since 1990. He is an effective communicator both in and out of the classroom. His humorous, down-to-earth manner appeals to a wide variety of people. His seminars are both interesting and relevant.
Dr. Chamberlain has appeared on numerous radio and television talk shows, debated on university campuses, and is a frequent guest speaker at public functions. He is the author of four books: Can We be Good Without God, Final Wishes, How To Talk About Good and Bad Without Getting Ugly: A Guide to Moral Persuasion, and Why People Don’t Believe: Confronting Seven Challenges to Christian Faith as well as a number of articles addressing current social and moral issues.
Paul Copan has a Ph.D. in philosophy from Marquette University. Before moving to Florida, he had served as a staff apologist with RZIM. He is presently Professor and Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach. He is author or editor of 30 books in philosophy, theology, and apologetics, including Is God a Moral Monster?, Did God Really Command Genocide?, Introduction to Biblical Ethics, When God Goes to Starbucks, Come Let Us Reason, The Rationality of Theism, The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Religion, and two forthcoming books: A Little Book for New Philosophers and The Zondervan Dictionary of Christianity and Science.
He has served as president of the Evangelical Philosophical Society, and he regularly speaks on university campuses and at churches and conferences across the United States and internationally. He lives with his wife, Jacqueline, and their six children in West Palm Beach.
Ravi Zacharias is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of RZIM. He has spoken in over 50 countries and in many universities, such as Harvard, Princeton, and Oxford. Ravi has addressed writers of the Peace Accord in South Africa, the presidential cabinet and parliament in Peru, and officers at the Lenin Military Academy in Moscow. Ravi has also spoken at the National Day of Prayer in Washington, D.C., the Pentagon, and twice at the United Nations Annual Prayer Breakfast. He has written numerous books, including the Gold Medallion winner, Can Man Live Without God? His most recent book is Why Suffering with colleague Vince Vitale. His weekly radio program, Let My People Think, is aired on almost 1700 outlets worldwide.
Rick Manafo has been a member of the RZIM Canada team since 2006. His own desire to think like Christ and be transformed by Christ is evident in the way he challenges and encourages the thinking of others. He does not shy away from the difficult questions, and uses his musical abilities to create a unique opportunity to explore these questions—taking advantage of the relationship between culture and conviction, media and messaging, transmission and transformation.
Rick received an A.R.C.T. from the Royal Conservatory of music, graduated with a Master of Divinity from Tyndale Seminary, and is an ordained minister within the Presbyterian Church in Canada. He resides in Toronto with his wife and two children, and is the lead pastor at Cornerstone Community Church in Kleinburg.
RZIM Regional Director, Americas
Born in Scotland, Stuart’s life was changed by Christ at the early age of twenty. A hunger to deepen his understanding of the faith led him to join Operation Mobilization in 1978 where he worked for 20 years in Vienna, Austria. His service took him to Yugoslavia, where he was imprisoned for forty days for distributing Christian literature. He continued to preach in communist countries, resulting in more imprisonments. He continued to develop ministries across Europe for the advancement of the Christian message.
Stuart joined Ravi Zacharias International Ministries in 1998 and today serves as Regional Director, Americas. He continues to speak in many settings with the same passion he first knew as a follower of Christ. Stuart is a frequent contributor to RZIM’s daily reading, A Slice of Infinity, Just Thinking, the ministry’s quarterly journal, as well as Engage, a magazine published quarterly by RZIM Educational Trust.
Tim is a dynamic speaker who provides a perfect blend of expertise and humour. Using easy-to-follow and visually engaging presentations, Tim trains Christians to think clearly about what they believe and why they believe it—motivating people to love God with all their heart and mind.
Before joining the Stand To Reason speaking team, Tim founded an apologetics-based speaking ministry defending and contending for the faith both in church settings as well as on the university stage. He has also had the opportunity to speak at numerous ACSI conferences, Power to Change events, the Apologetics Canada conference, and the National Conference on Christian Apologetics.
Tim has worked as a professional teacher since 2008, employed in both the private and public sector. Tim and his wife also serve part-time at their local church as the marrieds ministry pastors.
Tim has bachelor’s degrees in physics and education from York University and the University of Ontario, respectively. He is currently working on his master’s degree in philosophy from Southern Evangelical Seminary.
Tim lives with his wife and two children in Ontario, Canada.