OBU Youth Apologetics Conference

Generation Why? Reasonable Faith in a Post-Christian Age

Saturday, March 5, 2022

Oklahoma Baptist University

Speaker Biographies


Dr. Paul Copan

Paul Copan (Ph.D. Philosophy, Marquette University) is the Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics at Palm Beach Atlantic University, West Palm Beach, Florida. He has also helped establish the new M.A. in Philosophy of Religion at PBA (start-up August 2021).

For six years, he served as president of the Evangelical Philosophical Society. He is author or editor of 40 books, including works such as The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Religion, The Naturalness of Theistic Belief, Creation out of Nothing, Philosophy of Religion: Classic and Contemporary Issues, A Little Book for New Philosophers, Is God a Moral Monster?, Is God a Vindictive Bully? and The Kalām Cosmological Argument (a two-volume anthology). He has also contributed essays to over 50 books, both scholarly and popular, and he has authored a number of articles in professional journals. In 2017, he was a Visiting Scholar at Oxford University.


Dr. Jamie Dew

Dr. James “Jamie” K. Dew was elected New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary’s ninth president on June 5, 2019, by a unanimous vote of the NOBTS board of trustees. Dew’s academic credentials include two Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees—a Doctor of Philosophy in Theological Studies from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) and a Doctor of Philosophy in Philosophy from the University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK. Dew’s Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry is from SEBTS and his Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies is from Toccoa Falls College, Toccoa, Ga. Dew’s publications include Philosophy: A Christian Introduction, with Paul M. Gould (Baker, 2019); Understanding Postmodernism: a Christian Perspective, with Stewart E. Kelly (IVP Academic, 2017), God and the Problem of Evil: Five Views, with Chad Meister (IVP Academic, 2017), How Do We Know? An Introduction to Epistemology, with Mark W. Foreman (IVP Academic, 2014), God and Evil: The Case for God in a World filled with Pain, with Chad Meister (IVP Books, 2013), and Science and Theology: An Assessment of Alister McGrath’s Critical Realist Perspective (Wipf and Stock, 2014).


Jamy Fisher

Jamy Fisher is a wife and mom who has served alongside her pastor husband, Todd Fisher, for 28 years. They served at Immanuel Baptist Church in Shawnee for 18 years where she taught a weekly Bible Study and was active in Women’s Ministry and College Ministry. Just this year Todd began serving as the Executive Director for Oklahoma Baptists so they will be relocating to Oklahoma City. She is excited to see what new opportunities God will open up. She has three children; Zach is married to Cassidy and lives in Enid. Carly is a student at Mississippi College, and Anna is in 8th grade. She has written a Bible Study on Hosea called Chains Falling. One of her greatest joys in life is to see women get excited about their own ability to study and understand the Bible; she is so honored to have the opportunity to share with you.


Dr. Chris Jones

Chris Jones is the Director of STEM Innovation and Professor of Chemistry at Oklahoma Baptist University. Dr. Jones earned his B.A. in Physics from Erskine College and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Jones arrived as Dean of the James E. Hurley College of Science and Mathematics in July of 2016. He has three areas of professional focus: the integration of faith and learning, community outreach, and active learning teaching methods. Jones gives advice on faith integration through professional development workshops, academic conferences, and informally when colleagues are exploring methods to improve their efforts. From the start of his career, Dr. Jones has been involved in a diverse array of community outreach events in science and mathematics such as National Chemistry Week, Rocket Blastoffs, Math and Science Festivals, Science Fairs, and STEM camps. The pedagogy he strives to see implemented is based on active learning rather than passive lecturing. This ranges from the utilization of best practices in technology to collaborative group projects.


Dr. Louima Lilite

Since 2008, Haitian-American tenor Louima Lilite has served as Associate Professor of Voice and coordinator of Vocal Studies in the College of Fine Arts of Oklahoma Baptist University where he was awarded the University’s Distinguished Teaching Award (2015-2016) and the Promising Teacher Award (2009-2010). Under the tutelage of Ms. Carol Webber, he earned his doctorate in April 2008 at the prestigious Eastman School of Music where he was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Prize in 2007.


Dr. Benjamin Myers

Benjamin Myers was the 2015-2016 Poet Laureate of the State of Oklahoma and is the author of three books of poetry: Black Sunday (Lamar University Press, 2018), Lapse Americana (New York Quarterly Books, 2013) and Elegy for Trains (Village Books Press, 2010). His poems may be read in The Yale Review, Rattle, 32 Poems, Image, Nimrod and other literary journals. He has written essays for First Things, The Gospel Coalition, The American Conservative, Oklahoma Today and other widely read venues. Myers lives with his wife and three children in Chandler, Oklahoma, and is the Crouch-Mathis Professor of Literature at Oklahoma Baptist University. His first book of non-fiction, A Poetics of Orthodoxy, was recently published by Cascade Books.


Mary Jo Sharp

A former atheist who came to faith, Mary Jo Sharp has experienced two worlds of American culture: the post-Christian culture of the Pacific Northwest and the evangelical culture of the Bible Belt. She first encountered apologetics in her own spiritual search while seeking answers. Mary Jo is now an assistant professor of apologetics at Houston Baptist University and the founder and director of Confident Christianity Apologetics Ministry which focuses on addressing the hard questions of Christianity with love and logic through research, writing, training and debate. The author of several studies including Why Do You Believe That, she recently released her book Why I Still Believe. A clear communicator with a heart for people, Mary Jo finds great joy in sharing the deep truths of her Lord and Savior. Mary Jo lives with her husband and family in Portland, Oregon.


Dr. Michael G. Strauss

Dr. Michael G. Strauss (BS, Biola University, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles) is a David Ross Boyd Professor of Physics at the University of Oklahoma in Norman. He conducts research in experimental particle physics at CERN laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland, where he studies the fundamental particles and forces in the universe. Dr. Strauss has spoken at universities, schools, and churches throughout the world about the intersection of science and Christianity. He is the author of the book The Creator Revealed: A Physicist Examines the Big Bang and the Bible, and one of the general editors of Zondervan’s Dictionary of Christianity and Science.


Dr. Joy Turner

Dr. Joy Turner is the Director of Global Mobilization for OBU’s Global Outreach Center, and also serves as a Lecturer in Christian Ministry. Prior to coming to OBU in 2011, Dr. Turner served as the director of International Ministries (North American Missionary) with the Oahu Baptist Network (North American Mission Board) from 1992 to 2011. She is married to Roger with one son, Travis.


Chad Vandiver

Chad, his wife Shelly and their four children, Benjamin, Samuel, Lucas, and Liliana have served as missionaries in Montreal, Canada and Madrid, Spain. Chad grew up in Abidjan, Ivory Coast and Paris, France. His experience sharing Biblical truths with Catholics, Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists comes from 30 years of developing cross-cultural friendships in urban contexts. He currently serves as the Pastor of Missions and Multiplication at First Colleyville and the Co-Founder of CrossCreek Network.

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