Speakers for our 2018 Apologetics Conference
Ted Wright- Keynote Speaker
Ted is freelance teacher, writer, researcher and founder of EpicArchaeology.org. For over a decade, Ted has been a speaker on Christian apologetics as well as Biblical Archaeology across North America & internationally. In addition to public speaking, Ted was the former Executive and Teaching Director of CrossExamined.org. Ted has also appeared on numerous television and radio programs including the History Channel’s TV miniseries – “Mankind: The Story of All of Us,” as well as CNN’s recent documentary on the historical resurrection of Jesus, “Jesus: Faith. Fact. Forgery.” In addition, Ted has served as adjunct professor of apologetics at Southern Evangelical Seminary as well as Charlotte Bible College & Seminary, where he has taught for over a decade. Ted has a B.A. in Anthropology & Archaeology from the Cobb Institute of Archaeology at Mississippi State University. As an undergraduate Ted worked as a research lab assistant on Phase III (1992-1999) of the Lahav Research Project from Tel Halif, organized by Dr. Joe D. Seger of the Cobb Institute and assisted by the W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research and the Nelson Glueck School of Biblical Archaeology, and from the Joe Alon Center for Regional and Folklore Studies at Kibbutz Lahav. Ted has an M.A. in Christian apologetics with a concentration in philosophy from Southern Evangelical Seminary, where he served as graduate research assistant to Dr. Norman Geisler. Ted participated in the 2014 excavation at Khirbet el-Maqatir (Biblical city of Ai) with ABR (Associate for Biblical Research), where he is a professional associate & researcher. In his free time Ted enjoys writing, mountain biking, kayaking and outdoor activities.
Sessions: “Islam for Newbs” and “Christianity’s Falling Stars”
Charles Graves is the Reasonable Faith Chapter Director for Roanoke, Virginia. He is a Software Engineer (programmer) by trade—think: “solves complex logic problems all day”—and manages a team of engineers that develop scheduling software for Kronos, Inc. Prior to his civilian career, Charles was a U.S. Army Blackhawk pilot who has served in over a dozen countries, in two armed conflicts (Iraq and Yugoslavia), and has accumulated over 1400 hours of military flight time. His passions include Christian theology and apologetics, philosophy, chess, jiujitsu, and running. Charles lives and works in Roanoke, Virginia with his beloved wife, has three kids, two dogs, and one Guinea pig.
Sessions: “Logical Fallacies” and “What do you MEME by that?”
Matt Bilyeu was raised in a Christian home and was active in his church and youth ministries as a student. As he became an adult, he became skeptical of his faith and grew to become an atheist in college. In his studies he became increasingly impressed with the apparent intelligent design in the human cell and eventually recommitted his life to Christ as a senior in college. This experience awakened a passion for apologetics for Matt and he transferred to Luther Rice University and Seminary where he completed a bachelor’s degree in religion and ministry and a master’s degree in apologetics. He now serves as a chapter director for Reasonable Faith in Holly Springs, North Carolina.
Sessions: “Tactics and Strategies for Spiritual Conversations” and “The Moral Argument for God’s Existence”
Mark is currently serving at Stone Eden Baptist Church in Stoneville, NC, as the children’s/youth pastor. In the past he has also served as Associate/ Youth pastor at Maranatha Baptist Church in Jacksonville, NC, and at Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Clayton, NC. From 2008-2018, Mark was a senior pastor in Rocky Mount, VA.
Mark is a graduate of Piedmont Baptist College (now Piedmont International University). He earned his BA in Biblical Studies with a Pastoral Emphasis in 2000.
Mark currently resides in Callaway, VA, with his wife, Rebecca, and two daughters, Katherine and Anna. He and his wife have been married for 22 years. Mark enjoys hunting, football and spending time with his family.
Sessions: “Jehovah’s Witnesses”