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Daniel McCoy

Daniel is happily married to Susanna, and they have 3 daughters and 2 sons. He has his bachelor’s in theology (Ozark Christian College), his master of arts in apologetics (Veritas International University), and his PhD in theology (North-West University, South Africa). His master’s thesis was on apologetics to atheists, and his doctoral dissertation was on apologetics to Buddhists. In 2014, he co-authored The Atheist’s Fatal Flaw with Norman Geisler. Daniel works as editorial director for the Renew Network. His passion is to help people understand that they can totally trust Jesus. He plays guitar and piano and occasionally enjoys writing songs.

Julie Bryant

Julie holds a master’s degree from Vanderbilt University in special education and behavioral therapy and has over 10 years of experience working with children and families in home, school, and research settings. She now serves as Children’s Minister at Harpeth Christian Church, where she is able to use her background in education and behavior to help kids learn to trust and follow Jesus and equip parents to disciple their kids. Julie lives in Franklin, TN, with her husband and two young sons.

John Ferrer

John has been a professor and student. He earned a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Religion and masters degrees in apologetics and philosophy. He is an experienced debater, author and speaker. He is passionate for intelligent faith, that is, profound Christian faith which is relevant, intellectually compelling, demonstrably true, and altogether beautiful. John has preached and taught in many  churches and schools in the US and abroad.

Hillary Morgan Ferrer

Hillary Morgan Ferrer is the founder of Mama Bear Apologetics. She feels a burden for providing accessible apologetics resources for busy moms. Hillary is the coauthor and general editor of Mama Bear Apologetics: Empowering Your Kids to Challenge Cultural Lies, available at Amazon, Target, and Barnes and Noble. Hillary has her masters degree in biology from Clemson University and is working on a masters in apologetics from Biola University. She and John have been married for 13 years and minister together as an apologetics team in the local church.

Michael Patterson

With over two decades in church development and leadership experience, Dr. Michael Patterson has served ministries in Tallahassee, FL, New York City, and currently in Atlanta, GA. He is also the author of Running with Lions, a leadership development book, and an adjunct history professor at the prestigious Morehouse College. His doctorate is in education from Abilene Christian University. After the blessing of salvation, Michael has enjoyed 25 of marriage to his wife Shawn, and they have two children Alexis and Joseph.

Shawn Patterson

Shawn has built a career equipping and empowering others for life and leadership. As an author, motivational speaker, lay marriage counselor, leadership developer, and women’s ministry leader, she has addressed women at home and abroad and encouraged them to realize their worth, discover their true purpose, and navigate the uncertainties of life. She is a married mother of two beautiful adult children and a Women’s Ministry Leader at the Path Church in Atlanta, GA.

Randy Gariss

Randy, along with his wife Julie, co-directs the Life and Ministry Preparation Center, (LAMP) at Ozark Christian College, in Joplin, Mo. He spent 40 years in local church ministry, 33 of those as the Preaching Minister of the College Heights Christian Church in Joplin. In this present season, he coaches and mentors college students and emerging leaders toward wholeness, healthy relationships, and ministry. He and his wife both speak to the pleasure and delight of having 18-22 year olds as some of their closest and dearest friends. As a hobby, Randy builds custom furniture. Randy is frequently speaking to churches on leadership, and college campuses on relationships and personal maturity.

Julie Gariss

Julie co-directs the Life and Ministry Preparation Center, (LAMP) at Ozark Christian College, in Joplin, Mo. Along with Randy, she coaches and mentors college students and emerging leaders toward wholeness, healthy relationships, and ministry. She and Randy have been married 44 years with 3 children and 9 grandchildren. Julie’s love for the Word has allowed her to speak at countless women’s conferences, retreats, and events.

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