Speakers

Ed Newton

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Ed Newton was raised in a deaf world. The only child of two deaf parents, Ed was the voice in the silence for his parents Ron and Libby Newton. Through difficult circumstances and major hardships Ed was radically saved in high school. It was through the spoken word of others and the written Word of God that clarified a call to ministry as a senior in high school. God began to show forth His sovereign will in leading Ed to Clearwater Christian College to gain a Bible education, while affording the opportunity to play college basketball for four years. Ed continued his education journey by receiving a Master in Religious Education from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary, a Master of Divinity from Trinity Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate of Ministry in Pulpit Communication and Expository Preaching from Trinity Theological Seminary.

Prior to surrendering to a call to a faith-based itinerant evangelism ministry, Ed has served the local church in multiple positions such as Youth Minister, Recreation Pastor, as well as Minister of Outreach and Single Adults. 

God has uniquely gifted Ed with an ability to connect with various age groups, personally and corporately. His communication style can be summarized as “passion with content” while seeking to inspire people to be passionate, dedicated followers of Christ. He and his wife, (College Sweetheart) Stephanie, and their four children, London, Lola, Liv, and Lawson reside in Orlando, FL.

Alvin Reid

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Alvin L. Reid (born 1959) serves as Professor of Evangelism and Student Ministry at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina, where he has been since 1995. He is also the founding Bailey Smith Chair of Evangelism. Alvin and his wife Michelle have two children: Joshua, who recently graduated from The College at Southeastern, and Hannah, currently in college. Both children are getting married summer of 2012! Recently he became more focused at ministry in his local church by being named Young Professionals Director at Richland Creek Community Church.

Alvin holds the M.Div and the Ph.D with a major in evangelism from Southwestern Seminary, and the B.A. from Samford University. He has spoken at a variety of conferences in almost every state and continent, and in over 2000 churches, colleges, conferences and events across the United States and globally.

Reid has written extensively on evangelism, missional Christianity, spiritual awakening, and student ministry. His newest book is AS YOU GO: Creating a Missional Culture of Gospel-Centered Students with NavPress (release date 2013). Other books include Evangelism Handbook: Biblical, Spiritual, Intentional, Missional (B & H, fall 2009); The Convergent Church: Missional Worship in an Emerging Culture (with Mark Liederbach, Kregel, January 2009); Join the Movement: God Is Calling You to Change the World; Raising the Bar: Ministry to Youth in the New Millennium; Radically Unchurched: Who They Are and How to Reach Them; Light the Fire: Raising Up a Generation to Live Radically for Jesus; Introduction to Evangelism; Firefall: How God Has Shaped History Through Revivals; Evangelism for a Changing World; and Revival, among others. He has contributed to numerous other books. He also authors, including two forthcoming ebooks with NavPRess to be released soon, and free ebooks available at his website alvinreid.com. He is a prolific blogger at his website and for betweenthetimes.com, and is a regular contributor to MORF magazine produced by Student Life and NavPress.

Alvin has a passion to equip leaders for the coming generation who will change the world for the glory of God and the sake of the gospel. He speaks extensively to college and high school students, and challenges churches and leaders to move to a more missional posture to reach the West. He has taught leaders and shared the gospel on four continents, as he believes the Great Commission has as its heart a love for the nations. He is a member of the Academy of Evangelism in Theological Education, the American Society for Church Growth, the Evangelical Theological Society, and the Evangelical Missiological Society. He received the Excellence in Teaching Award at Southeastern Seminary and was selected to Who’s Who among America’s Teachers. He was formerly commissioned as a Home Missionary, taught at Houston Baptist University, and led the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana in evangelism. His hobbies include a collection of pet snakes.

Sean McDowell

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Sean McDowell is a gifted communicator with a passion for reaching the younger generation with the Gospel message. He connects with youth in a tangible way through humor and stories while imparting hard evidence and logical support for viewing all areas of life through a Biblical worldview. He serves as Head of the Bible Department at Capistrano Valley Christian Schools where he teaches Philosophy, Theology, and Apologetics.

As a high school teacher, Sean has exceptional insight into the prevailing culture and imparts his observations poignantly to fellow educators, pastors, and parents alike. In 2008 he received the Educator of the Year award for San Juan Capistrano, California. His apologetics training was awarded Exemplary Status by the Association of Christian Schools International. Sean is listed among the top 100 apologists. He graduated summa cum laude from Talbot Theological Seminary with a double Master’s degree in Theology and Philosophy. He is pursuing a Ph.D. in Apologetics and Worldview Studies from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Traveling throughout the United States and abroad, Sean speaks at camps, churches, schools, universities, and conferences. He has spoken for organizations including Focus on the Family, the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, Campus Crusade for Christ, Youth Specialties, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Association of Christian Schools International. Sean has also appeared as a guest on radio shows such as Focus on the Family, Point of View, Converse with Scholars, Stand to Reason as well as shows hosted by Hugh Hewitt, Michael Reagan, and others.

Sean recently released GodQuest, a six week DVD-based curriculum complete with fiction and non-fiction books and a workbook. He is the co-author of Is God Just a Human Invention?, Understanding Intelligent Design along with William A. Dembski, Experience Your Bible, The Unshakable Truth: How You Can Experience the Twelve Essentials of a Relevant Faith, Evidence for the Resurrection and More Than A Carpenter with his father, Josh McDowell. Sean is the General Editor for Apologetics for a New Generation and The Apologetics Study Bible for Students. He has also written Ethix: Being Bold in a Whatever World, and has contributed to YouthWorker Journal, Decision Magazine, and the Christian Research Journal. Follow the dialogue with Sean as he blogs regularly at www.conversantlife.com.

In April, 2000, Sean married his high school sweetheart, Stephanie. They have three children and live in San Juan Capistrano, California. Sean played college basketball at Biola University and was the captain his senior year on a team that went 30-7. He likes to brag about his ping-pong skills.

See www.seanmcdowell.org for Sean’s blog, articles, videos, and many other resources.

Bryan Jones