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Kathy Koch - Celebrate Kids


Author / Founder & President | Celebrate Kids

Dr. Kathy Koch is the Founder and President of Celebrate Kids, Inc., based in Fort Worth, TX. She has influenced thousands of parents, teachers, and children in 30 countries through keynote messages, seminars, chapels, and other events. She has authored six books including Screens and Teens, 8 Great Smarts and Start with the Heart. Dr. Kathy earned a Ph.D. in reading and educational psychology from Purdue University.

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Kathy Koch
J Warner Wallace


Author / Speaker | Cold Case Christianity

J. Warner Wallace is a distinguished cold-case homicide detective, Senior Fellow at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, and Adjunct Professor of Apologetics at Talbot School of Theology and Southern Evangelical Seminary. His journey from atheism to Christianity led him to apply his investigative skills to Christian apologetics. He's authored several impactful books, including Person of Interest, Cold-Case Christianity and God's Crime Scene. His expertise has also been featured in television productions, including his role in "God's Not Dead 2."

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J Warner Wallace - Cold Case Christianity

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Brett Kunkle
Brett Kunkle - MAVEN


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.

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Erin Kunkle
Erin Kunkle - MAVEN


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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Jonathan Morrow
Jonathan Morrow - Impact360


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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Erik Thonenes
Erik Thoennes - Biola University


Speaker  /  Professor  |  Biola University

Dr. Erik Thoennes is Professor and Chair of the Theology Department at Biola University and is a pastor at Grace Evangelical Free Church in La Mirada, CA. He was voted Professor of the Year twice, and was awarded the Faculty Excellence Award by his colleagues at Biola University. He is the author of Life's Biggest Questions: What the Bible Says About the Things That Matter Most and Godly Jealously: A Theology Of Intolerant Love. Erik and his wife Donna have four children: Caroline, Paige, Samuel, and Isaac.

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Shelley Komoszewski
Shelley Komoszewski - Josh McDowell


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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