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Author / Co-founder | The Whosoevers movement

Ryan Ries is co-founder of The Whosoevers movement, a nonprofit organization that empowers students at public schools, colleges, and universities around the world to make positive choices no matter their circumstances. Ryan teaches bible studies at Calvary Chapel Golden Spring, and speaks to thousands of teens and adults at music festivals, concerts, skate parks, churches, juvenile detention centers, and rehabs each year. He produces films, organizes music festivals, and hosts a Saturday night radio talk show, The Ryan Ries Show. Ryan continues to work personally with musicians and action sports athletes. Ryan is married to Crystal, and they have triplet daughters and one son.

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Speaker  /  Author  /  Founder  |  MAVEN

Brett is the founder and president of MAVEN. He has more than 25 years of experience working with junior high, high school, and college students, as a youth pastor and as the Student Impact Director at Stand to Reason. Brett was an associate editor for the Apologetics Study Bible for Students, wrote the Ambassadors Guide to Mormonism and co-authored A Practical Guide to Culture: Helping the Next Generation Navigate Today’s World. Brett loves sarcasm. Probably too much.

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Speaker  /  Apologist  |  Red Pen Logic  |  Stand To Reason

Tim Barnett has worked as a speaker for Stand to Reason since 2015. He is a dynamic speaker who provides a perfect blend of expertise and humor in each talk. Tim has worked as a professional teacher since 2008, employed in both the private and public sector. He has earned a Bachelor of Science in Physics from York University, a Bachelor of Education from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, and a Master of Arts in Philosophy from Southern Evangelical Seminary. Tim serves as an adjunct Bible and Science teacher at Innova Academy, a classical Christian school, and serves on the pastoral staff at Cedarview Community Church.

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Speaker  /  Founder  |  Center for Biblical Unity

Monique Duson is the President at the Center for Biblical Unity. She has a background in social service and children’s ministry. She has worked with a diverse array of under-served communities. She worked as a Missionary to South Africa for over four years, serving children and teachers impacted by drugs, violence, and trauma. She spent two decades advocating for Critical Race Theory (CRT), but through a series of events, began to clearly see the contradictions of CRT with the historic Christian worldview. Monique is now convinced that CRT is not the best way to achieve racial unity and actively speaks out against the use of CRT within the church.

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Speaker  /  Author  /  Director  |  Impact 360

Jonathan Morrow has equipped students and parents in biblical worldview, apologetics, and culture for over 16 years, and is passionate about seeing a new generation build a lasting faith. He is the director of cultural engagement and student discipleship at Impact 360 Institute and an adjunct professor of apologetics at Biola University. He is the author of several books, including Welcome to College, Questioning the Bible, and Is God Just a Human Invention?

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Speaker  /  Podcaster  |  MAVEN

Erin Kunkle is the co-founder of MAVEN. She is a speaker and co-host of the MAVEN parent podcast. Erin has spoken to parents, mom’s groups, homeschooling groups and at women’s retreats. Erin received her bachelor’s degree in social science with an emphasis in political science from Biola University. She is also a veteran homeschooling mom and has been married to her husband, Brett, for 25 years. They have 5 children and 2 grandchildren. They live in Southern California.

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Speaker  |  Apologetics, Inc.

Megan Almon, a former University of Georgia gymnast, worked as an award-winning journalist until 2008, when she decided to pursue a career speaking and teaching about Christian apologetics — especially in the areas of pro-life apologetics, bioethics, and aesthetics. She joined Life Training Institute in 2009, and was awarded an M.A. in Christian apologetics from Biola University in 2011. In 2023 she began a new chapter with the speaking team at Apologetics, Inc. Megan and her husband, Tripp—Director of Summit Gap Year for Summit Ministries—have been married since 2003 and have two children, Neely and Rogan.

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Director  |  Josh McDowell Ministries

Senior Director of Development and Public Relations at Josh McDowell Ministries. Has served with Josh’s ministry for 25 years. Wife to Ed. Mother to Katie and Emily. Owner of a Weiner dog. Favorite restaurant is Buc-ee’s (Texans will know).

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