2020 Keynote Speaker: Brett Kunkle
With our 2020 conference now just over 6 months away, we are excited to announce our keynote speaker: Brett Kunkle!
Those who attended the 2018 conference may recognize his name as the coauthor with John Stonestreet of A Practical Guide to Culture: Helping the Next Generation Navigate Today's World. Brett has a wonderful, active apologetics ministry called MAVEN and speaks to young people for a living. Fun fact: He also happens to be a surfer!
Brett's formal bio is below along with the topics he'll speak on at Think Well and other info about him. Before we get to that, though, take a moment to watch this video that Brett put together specifically for pastors, youth pastors, and parents who are able to send their kids to Think Well.
Who Is Brett Kunkle?
Brett Kunkle is the founder and president of MAVEN (www.maventruth.com), a movement to equip the next generation to know truth, pursue goodness, and create beauty. He has more than 25 years of experience working with junior high, high school, college students and parents.
A dynamic communicator who engages both heart and mind, Brett speaks to thousands of students and adults at churches, seminars, conferences, and college campuses across the country. He has developed a groundbreaking approach to mission trips, creating a one-of-a-kind training experience that immerses participants in real-life engagement in worldview, apologetics, theology, and evangelism. MAVEN creates customized interactive missions experiences to Berkeley, California, and Salt Lake City, Utah, equipping participants to engage skeptics atheists, Mormons, university students, and other nonbelievers with the truth of the gospel.
In addition, Brett is a Teaching Fellow at the Impact 360 Institute. He was an associate editor for the Apologetics Study Bible for Students, authored The Ambassadors Guide to Mormonism and coauthored A Practical Guide to Culture: Helping the Next Generation Navigate Today’s World (with John Stonestreet). Brett received his bachelor’s degree in Christian education from Biola University and earned his master’s degree in philosophy of religion and ethics at Talbot School of Theology.
Brett lives with his wife and five kids in Southern California.
Brett Kunkle at Think Well
This brief excerpt of Brett's testimony is shared on Stand to Reason's website (where Brett worked as the student impact director):
"I grew up in a Christian home. I came to Christ at five and was baptized at six. My family was very committed to the local church. I was a leader in my youth group and a ministry intern as a senior in high school. I had plans to serve God in vocational ministry. But then I met Dr. David Lane. It was my freshman year in college and the course was Philosophy 101. Dr. Lane systematically dismantled the Christianity I grew up with. In class. In front of everyone. And I was not ready."
Brett goes on to explain that he spends his life training students because he wants to help them be "equipped to face their own Dr. Lane."
Brett is a compelling speaker with a breadth of knowledge and an energetic, engaging style. We're looking forward to his talks at Think Well on:
"The Atheist Experience"
"Why I Am a Christian"
"If God Is Good, Why Is There Evil and Suffering?"
"Doubting Your Doubts: How to Deal with Doubt"
"Mind Games: How Screens Mess with Your Mind"
"Like Me, Follow Me: How Social Media Influences Your Heart and Mind"
"A Practical Guide to Culture: Helping the Next Generation Navigate Today's World"
For a taste of Brett's heart and message, check out this sampling of videos and articles:
Article (Q&A): Brett Kunkle on Why Morality Matters