Great Minds in Philosophy, Science and Apologetics Will Take the Stage at Southern Evangelical Seminary’s Renowned Conference Next Month

Great Minds in Philosophy, Science and Apologetics Will Take the Stage at Southern Evangelical Seminary’s Renowned Conference Next Month

Gary Habermas, Hugh Ross, Frank Turek and Many Others Will Converge in Charlotte for SES’s National Conference on Christian Apologetics—a Destination for Thousands Year After Year

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Those who truly live by a biblical worldview know their purpose on Earth is to love and serve God. This means every issue—from philosophy, science and technology to history, politics and apologetics—hearkens back to that reason for existence.

This is the central message of the annual Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, National Conference on Christian Apologetics (NCCA), set for Oct. 11-12 at Calvary Church in Charlotte.

SES’s well-known two-day event will bring together some of the nation’s best minds to address the most pressing cultural and religious issues of our day. Registration is already setting records for the annual conference, with the theme of “Why Truth Still Matters.” It is an annual destination for longtime attendees, while new attendees discover SES and this powerful event every year. For 26 years, SES’s National Conference on Christian Apologetics has provided Christians with the tools, knowledge and motivation to defend their beliefs in a culture that is sometimes hostile toward Christianity.

SES President Dr. Richard Land said the speakers at the 2019 conference are some of the best in the nation.

Each year, thousands hear from the most educated, passionate and knowledgeable speakers in Christian apologetics and many related fields,” Land said. “This year, Southern Evangelical Seminary’s National Conference on Christian Apologetics will not disappoint, as we again welcome some of the most capable minds in the country to impart their knowledge, research and findings to the hundreds of attendees. These speakers spend the year immersing themselves in the most pressing apologetics issues, many generating some of today’s most frequent headlines. Newsmakers themselves, the 2019 NCCA speakers are sure to provide new insights that conference attendees will carry with them for years to come.”

Among the plenary speakers next month will be three subject matter experts who are leaders in their respective fields.

Gary Habermas is the Distinguished Research Professor and Chair in the Department of Philosophy and Theology at Liberty University. He is the author or co-author of over 40 books and 100 articles and reviews in journals and magazines. Over the past 16 years, he has given more than 1,500 lectures at over 100 universities, seminaries and colleges. He holds a Ph.D. in History and Philosophy of Religion from Michigan State University as well as a master’s degree in Philosophical Theology from the University of Detroit. Habermas has taught at Liberty for 30 years, and his main areas of research include the philosophical study of miracles, near-death experiences, the historical Jesus and the historicity of the resurrection of Jesus.

At the SES conference, Habermas will discuss the resurrection in his plenary “Updating the Resurrection Time-Line Argument” and deal with the subject of doubt in his breakout “How to Treat Emotional Doubt.”

Hugh Ross is the president and founder of Reasons to Believe, an organization dedicated to demonstrating the compatibility of science and Christianity, as well as an SES adjunct faculty member. The astronomer earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of British Columbia and his master’s degree and Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Toronto. Ross later continued research on quasars and galaxies as a postdoctoral fellow at Caltech. While in college, he dedicated himself to faith in Christ, following an in-depth study of Scripture that convinced him of the Bible’s factual accuracy. Today, Ross is the author of multiple books, such as “Why the Universe Is the Way It Is,” “More Than a Theory” and, most recently, “Improbable Planet.” He speaks on science-faith issues to audiences around the world.

At the SES conference, Ross will speak on “The Ultimate Darts Player” and “New Design Evidences: Habitable Zones.”

Frank Turek, president of, is an SES alumnus and SES adjunct faculty member. He is a dynamic speaker and award-winning author or co-author of four books: “Stealing from God: Why Atheists Need God to Make Their Case,” “I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist,” “Correct, Not Politically Correct” and “Legislating Morality.” Through, Turek presents powerful and entertaining evidence for Christianity at churches, high schools and at secular college campuses that often begin hostile to his message. He has also debated several prominent atheists including Christopher Hitchens and David Silverman. Turek hosts the “I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist” weekly television program, and his radio program, “CrossExamined with Frank Turek” airs on 122 stations each weekend. He is widely featured media guest as a leading apologetics expert and cultural commentator. He has appeared on hundreds of radio programs and many top TV programs. He also writes a column for A former aviator in the U.S. Navy, Turek has a master’s degree from George Washington University and a doctorate from Southern Evangelical Seminary.

At this year’s SES conference, he will speak on “Sex and Your Commanding Officer” and “Why Are There So Many Denominations?” He will also serve on a panel discussion titled, “Billy Graham Meets Thomas Aquinas: A Tribute to the Work of Dr. Norman Geisler” and will moderate the dialog “What Does It Mean to Say the Bible is Inerrant?” between Richard Howe and Mike Licona.

Besides Habermas, Ross, Turek and Land, speakers at the 2019 conference next month will also include Michael Brown, Alisa Childers, Chip Ingram, Stephen Meyer, Jeff Myers and many others. The conference will also include a special tribute to Dr. Norman Geisler, SES’s co-founder, longtime professor and President Emeritus, who passed away July 1.

Tickets for the 2019 NCCA are on sale now. Ticket add-ons such as a free prospective student luncheon and the “Reasons to Believe VIP Experience” are also available. For information or to register, visit

Read more about Southern Evangelical Seminary and SES President Dr. Richard Land, as well as his radio feature, “Bringing Every Thought Captive” here.

For more information on SES, visit its web site at or its Facebook page, follow the SES Twitter feed, @sesapologetics, or call (800) 77-TRUTH.