Bios of Conference Speakers and Performers

David K. Clark and his family moved to Minnesota in 1988, when David began serving at Bethel Seminary, teaching doctrine, apologetics, and ethics as an associate professor of theology. He has pastored at Faith Covenant Church in Burnsville, MN and served as provost for Bethel University. Previously David taught at Toccoa Falls College (GA).  David is married to Sandy, who works in Investor Services for Bethel Seminary. The Clarks have two adult sons, Tyler and Ryan.  David attended Houghton College (NY) for his BA, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (IL) for his MA, and Northwestern University (IL) for his PhD. He has written or co-written eight books and dozens of articles. He serves the wider church through a public speaking ministry. David is the founder of Bethel Seminary’s graduate programme in Christian Thought, which was one of the few programmes of its kind at the time of its founding.  David has thus been one of the early advocates responsible for the current growth in Christian apologetics as a recognized field of study and resource for the church. He has also contributed as a member of several boards, including the national board of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.  For fun, David enjoys golf and carpentry. Besides spending time with family, his greatest joy is exploring eternal questions with anyone who is curious about intellectual questions and serious about faith in Jesus Christ.

R. Scott Smith is Professor of Ethics and Christian Apologetics (MA programme) at Biola University, La Mirada, California.  He holds a PhD from the University of Southern California in Religion and Social Ethics, where he was mentored by Dallas Willard.  He also earned the MA in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics from Talbot School of Theology at Biola, where J.P. Moreland mentored him.  Scott is the author of four books, including his latest, In Search of Moral Knowledge: Overcoming the Fact-Value Dichotomy (IVP, 2014).

Previously, Scott served on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru), and he has been married to Debbie for 30+ years. Their daughter, Anna, is 13. They make their home in San Bernardino, California.

Bruce Boeckel is the founder and director of Evidence for Christ Ministries.  Bruce has graduate degrees in Comparative Literature from the University of North Carolina and the University of Michigan, and he has some twenty years of experience in Christian higher education.  He recently completed an MA in Christian Apologetics at Biola University, which has allowed him to change direction toward full-time pastoral ministry and work in Christian apologetics.  Bruce and his family lived for several years in Germany, and they plan to move to East Berlin in summer 2015 to plant an English-language church there with the International Baptist Convention.  Bruce is currently the Associate Pastor of Worship Arts at New Beginnings Community Baptist Church and lives in Fresno with Mary and Benjamin, his wife and son.  Bruce and Mary’s older son, David, is a graduate of Calvin College and works in the film industry in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  David serves as filmmaker for Evidence for Christ Ministries.

Jän van Oosten is the founder and Senior Pastor of New Covenant Community Church, Fresno, California.  He has a BA in Art History from Fresno State University and a master’s degree from Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary.  In the course of his successful pastoral ministry, Jän has become a leader in church-planting stategy with Converge Worldwide.  Jän’s travels as a church-planting consultant, preacher, and teacher have taken him to Europe and elsewhere dozens of times.  Here in California, Jän is a gifted Senior Pastor and a community-builder among pastors and churches in Fresno.  Jän is also a leading advocate for Christian apologetics in the local church.  He is a senior teacher at “NewCov U” the adult teaching ministry of New Covenant Community Church, where his teaching series on Christian theology and social issues in America have often drawn students from beyond his own congregation.  Jän lives in Fresno with his wife, Ginya, who is a Christian counsellor on staff at New Covenant Community Church.

Angulus Wlison is the founder and president of the Angelos Biblical Institute and Lead Pastor of New Beginnings Community Baptist Church, Fresno, California.  He is well known in Chistian higher education in the United States, with degrees from Fresno Pacific University, Wheaton College, Birmingham Theological Seminary, and Ecclesia International University of Divinity.  Angulus has also served in Christian ministry at several Christian schools, including Wheaton College, Samford University, and Fresno Pacific University, where he is currently the University Pastor and Dean of Spiritual Formation.  As University Pastor and as president of the Angelos Biblical Institute, Angulus has offered training and supervision in evangelism and ministry both in the USA and abroad.  Angulus is a Christian apologist who knows the realities of spiritual warfare both on the streets of Fresno and in the urban quarters of Congo, South Africa, and Haiti.  Angulus lives in Fresno with his wife, Sharon, and their three sons.

Nathan Smith is an Assistant Professor in the School of Business of Fresno Pacific University.  He has gradute degrees from Harvard (International Development) and George Mason University (Economics).  Nathan has worked worked at the World Bank, alleviating world poverty through reform of school systems in developing countries, and at The Cato Institute, defending American freedom by promoting Social Security reform.  Nathan is the author of Principles of a Free Society, including a chapter on “Christianity and Freedom” and of The Verdict of Reason: Why Gay Marriage Cannot Be the Real Thing and Should Not Be Recognized in Law.  Nathan has also published many articles in online magazines and is a regular blogger at Open Borders: The Case.

Raised a Mormon, Nathan left the Mormon church and was a seeker for eight years before coming to Christian faith.  An admiration for the writings of C.S. Lewis was crucial in his conversion to Christianity and triggered his long-standing interest in  Christian apologetic writing. Nathan has published some apologetic writings at the website Conquering Time, including “The Spirit of Adventure” and “The True Myth.  Nathan lives in the Fresno area with his wife, Catherine, and their two dogs.

Donald Hester is married with two children and lives in Northern California.  He is president of Third Column Ministries, a ministry dedicated to engaging culture for Christ and assisting other Christian organizations with technology.  Donald is completing his Master’s Degree in Christian Apologetics form Biola University this spring.  Donald is on the board of two other non-profits and has a full time job in the tech industry.  Donald’s home church is Golden Hills Community Church in Brentwood, CA. Twitter: @LAplogetics;

Tony Gurule is Ratio Christi’s Social Media, IT, and HR Support Specialist & Assistant to the National Director of Chapter Formation. He establishes and maintains the email and social media accounts for directors and chapters, takes care of IT issues as they arise, gives human resource support to Ratio Christi’s national staff, and helps establish RC chapters on university, community college, and high school campuses. Tony is currently taking classes through Southern Evangelical Seminary, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religious Studies and a Certificate of Islamic Studies. He is looking forward to future studies and plans to pursue a M.A. in Philosophy with a concentration in Apologetics. Tony currently resides in California with his wife and three children.

Andrea Shabaglian is the founder and executive director of MadeForThem®. Her passionate and authentic personality engages hearts to inspire change. In 2011, Andrea along with her husband, Jon, founded MadeForThem, a clothing brand to combat human trafficking and aid in survivor rehabilitation. MadeForThem is the only survivor support group in the California Central Valley for women 18+. MadeForThem offers mental, emotional, and physical support, including one-on-one counseling and group therapy. The F.A.C.E.S. of MadeForThem are Fashion, Advocacy, Community, Education & Prevention and Survivor Rehabilitation.

In addition to building this survivor-led social enterprise (MadeForThem), training people about human trafficking, and speaking out as a voice for the abused, Andrea is a worship pastor’s wife. Andrea and Jon live with their two small children in Fresno, CA.

Jon is the Pastor of Music and Worship at The Word Community Church, Fresno, California.

Anansa is the Director of Music and Choir at New Beginnings Community Baptist Church, Fresno, California.

Rachel is a composer, vocalist, instrumentalist, and Christian recording artist.