Speaker Bios

KEYNOTE SPEAKER / John Stonestreet is the president of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview and co-host of BreakPoint Radio, as well as a personal friend of the Cothran family (dating to Todd and John's days at Summit Ministries together). We are truly fortunate to have secured one of his very limited slots in his calendar. He speaks to audiences nationally and internationally on topics related to worldview, apologetics, and culture. John currently lives in Colorado Springs with his wife, Sarah, and their four children. More on John here

Topic areas: Worldview/apologetics topics, engaging the culture, identity and marriage issues, and more

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HOST PASTOR / Todd Cothran is the pastor of CrossLife Community Church (conference host site). He and his family (wife Renee and four children) moved to Charlottesville in 2012 to “replant” Alliance Bible Church, now known as CrossLife, a part of the Christian & Missionary Alliance denomination. He formerly served as an associate pastor and elder at Front Range Alliance Church in Colorado Springs. Before that (1996–2008), he worked at Summit Ministries in Manitou Springs, Colorado, where he directed the ministry’s Christian leadership program for college-bound students and, later, the curriculum department. Much of the worldview and apologetic curricula produced by that department served as a springboard and inspiration for Think Well. ​

Topic areas: Worldview/apologetics, media/technology, and personal discipleship
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Other Speakers

National Speaker:

Trillia Newbell is the director of community outreach for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission for the Southern Baptist Convention. An articulate, enthusiastic, and Christ-centered speaker and author on issues related to our identity in Christ, diversity in the church, and more, this up-and-coming Christian voice and leader will be a real treat to have with us. She currently lives near Nashville, TN, with her husband, Thern, and two children. More on Trillia here.

Topic areas: Identity in Christ, unity and diversity in the church, the gospel and race

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Regional  Speaker:

Victoria Cobb is president of The Family Foundation (TFF), Virginia's oldest pro-family organization, in Richmond. She has been with TFF since 2000. She is a graduate of the University of Richmond, where she majored in political science and leadership studies. She is in high demand as a speaker and commentator on family issues and has won multiple leadership awards. More on Victoria here

Topic areas: Marriage/family issues and civic engagement

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Local Speakers:

Bill Basener received his PhD in mathematics from Boston University in 2001. An emeritus faculty member (in mathematics) at the Rochester Institute of Technology, he is currently on the University of Virginia’s systems engineering faculty. The founding owner of two software companies (Spectral Solutions and Geospatial Technologies), he has authored research in the fields of chaotic dynamical systems, human population modeling, genetic population modeling, computer graphics, cosmology, game theory, and signal processing—including the textbook Topology and Its Applications. His recent paper on mutations and natural selection has been cited as a refutation of part of Neo-Darwinism, and was discussed by World Magazine, the Discovery Institute’s Evolution News & Science Today, and David Coppedge’s Creation-Evolution Headlines. He and his wife, Amber, have five children and live in the Charlottesville area.
Topic area: Science and faith

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Bill Bray is a co-founder, pastor, and elder at Charlottesville Community Church, where he also heads CCC's outreach ministry to UVA students. He holds a master's in religious education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and an undergraduate degree in industrial engineering. He and wife, Tara, lived in Charlottesville. More on Bill here.

Topic area: Evangelism

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Charles Dumaresq is an elder at CrossLife Community Church with a passion for apologetics and teaching/mentoring young people. He holds an MA from Trinity Theological Seminary in Indiana, where he concentrated his studies in New Testament history and biblical archaeology. He also studied these areas at Dallas Theological Seminary and Associates for Biblical Research. He served 17 years in vocational pastoral ministry before transitioning to an insurance career. He and his wife, Susan, have four daughters and live in Free Union, VA.

Topic area: Biblical archaeology

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Steve Forister is a teacher and elder at CrossLife Community Church, where he leads the youth Sunday School class. For years, he served full time with a short-term missions organization to Latin America and U.S. inner cities, and he has spoken on various topics at many youth retreats and adult conferences. Today, he works in the high-tech industry and serves on the board of Pour International, a Christian ministry serving the impoverished, AIDS-ravaged country of Swaziland, Africa. He and his wife, Peri, are raising five children and live in Charlottesville.

Topic areas: Reliability of the Bible, personal discipleship and faith

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Aaron Jeffrey is a scholar-in-residence with Mars Hill Audio (radio ministry of Ken Myers) and a doctoral candidate in the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University (in the UK). Topic areas: Beauty, art, and music

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Video Speakers:

Randy Guliuzza is a national representative of the Institute for Creation Research (in Dallas, Texas), a public speaker, and a holder of four degrees: a BS in engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, a BA in theology from Moody Bible Institute, an MD from the University of Minnesota, and a Master of Public Health from Harvard University. Read his full bio here.

Topic area: Science/the human body

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Scott Klusendorf is founder and president of Life Training Institute and travels all over the USA and world speaking to and training people to engage the conversation about abortion. One of the foremost experts in this area from the Christian perspective, he has appeared on nationally syndicated Christian programs and secular talk shows, as well as at colleges and universities (speaking to student groups and in debates). He is a graduate of UCLA and holds a master's in Christian apologetics from Biola University. More about Scott here.

Topic area: Sanctity of human life

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