Following are the speakers who were slated to speak in June 2020. We hope to have all of them join us in 2021 for our rescheduled conference.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER / Brett Kunkle is the founder and president of MAVEN (www.maventruth.com), a movement to equip the next generation know truth, pursue goodness and create beauty. He has more than 25 years of experience working with youth and parents. Brett has developed a groundbreaking approach to mission trips, creating a one-of-a-kind experience that immerses participants in real-life engagement in apologetics and evangelism in Berkeley, California, and Salt Lake City, Utah. In addition, Brett is a Teaching Fellow at the Impact 360 Institute. He was an associate editor for the Apologetics Study Bible for Students and coauthored A Practical Guide to Culture: Helping the Next Generation Navigate Today’s World with John Stonestreet. He received his master’s degree in philosophy of religion and ethics from Talbot School of Theology. Brett lives with his wife and kids in Southern California. More on Brett and his family here.
Topic areas: Worldview/apologetics, navigating the culture, tech/screens and media
GUEST SPEAKER / Glenn Sunshine is a professor of history at Central Connecticut State University. An award-winning author, Glenn has published books, articles, and book chapters on history, theology, and culture, online and on both sides of the Atlantic. His book Why You Think the Way You Do: The Story of Western Worldviews from Rome to Home (Zondervan, 2009) received the 2006 Acton Institute Book Grant. His most recent book, The Kingdom Unleashed, was coauthored with missiologist Jerry Trousdale. He is a regular columnist for The Worldview Journal, an online publication of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview; a core faculty member and Senior Fellow for the Colson Center's Fellows Program; has taught a variety of Bible, history, and worldview seminars and courses to churches around the United States, Europe, Asia, and Africa; and has been a content consultant for several worldview curricula. The founder of Every Square Inch Ministries (www.esquareinch.com), Glenn and his wife Lynn have two children and live in Newington, Connecticut. More about Glenn here.
Topic areas: Worldview, history (including the history of Christianity and the church)
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 member in 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, evangelism and discipleship, purpose and calling
DJ Carter is president and COO of ThriVe Women’s Healthcare serving Central Virginia as well as a faculty member at the Center for Christian Study in Charlottesville. Originally from Chatham, Virginia, he studied religion at Washington & Lee University, served in the Army for six years, and received his master's from Liberty University. An ordained minister, DJ has taught in public and Christian schools, managed organizations, and supervised teams.
Topic area: The sanctity of life
Aaron Jeffrey is a theologian, philosopher, and teacher. He is co-founder and executive director of the Methexis Institute and scholar-in-residence with Mars Hill Audio. He was educated at the University of Michigan, the University of Nottingham, Durham University, and Westminster Theological Seminary. His research focuses on the philosophy of language, cultural theory, and human creativity in the work of the philosopher Charles Taylor. Aaron is an ordained pastor, former seminary faculty member, and consultant for nonprofit organizations—helping with creative solutions, organizational design, institution building, and effective service for the common good. In 2018, Aaron spoke at Think Well on beauty and the arts.
Topic area: Friendship
Jennifer Marshall is a senior visiting fellow and former vice president in the Heritage Foundation's Institute of Family, Community and Opportunity. Her current focus is policy related to poverty, family, and religious liberty, and she previously oversaw a research team focusing on issues ranging from marriage, life, and religious liberty to health, education, and welfare to the application of America’s founding principles to today’s challenges. Before joining Heritage in 2003, she worked at Empower America and the Family Research Council. Author of Now and Not Yet: Making Sense of Single Life in the Twenty-First Century, she holds a master's in religion from Reformed Theological Seminary (Washington, DC), where she is a visiting lecturer, as well as a master’s degree from the Institute of World Politics. More about Jennifer here.
Topic areas: Poverty, religious liberty, family issues
Elizabeth Stewart is the worship leader at GraceLife Church in the Charlotte, NC, area. She holds a BA in music from Hunter College, New York City. She serves as the artistic director for Ken Boa’s Reflections Ministries and is currently pursuing a master’s in biblical and theological studies through Dallas Theological Seminary. In 2019 she led worship at the Billy Graham Training Center, and she has been an integral part of leading worship for the National Conference on Christian Apologetics (2013–2016). She has spoken at women’s conferences, with some of her favorite topics to address being issues surrounding comparison, the importance of story, suffering and redemption, and restoration in the Psalms. Elizabeth is a classically trained pianist as well as a songwriter and video producer. She and her husband Michael (see below) have two young sons, William and John.
Topic areas: Identity, success, image and comparison
Michael Stewart is vice president of Ken Boa's Reflections Ministries and Omnibus Media Ministries. He holds a BA in philosophy/religion from Mississippi State University and an MA in biblical studies/languages from Southern Evangelical Seminary. He has worked as minister of education for GraceLife Church in Pineville, NC, and as editor for the Cobb Institute of Archaeology. He hosts an apologetics forum at GraceLife called In Question. As a teacher, writer, and editor across academic and ministry settings, Michael has significant expertise in apologetics and is passionate about helping people see the beauty and power of Scriptures. He and wife Elizabeth (see above) have two boys and live in Indian Land, SC.
Topic areas: Various apologetics topics