More Than 100 Apologetics Sessions Packed Into Southern Evangelical Seminary’s 25th Annual Conference Oct. 12-13
SES Welcomes 78 Outstanding Speakers for 102 Inspiring Sessions Over Two Days for National Apologetics Conference with Theme of ‘The God Who Is’
CHARLOTTE, N.C.—78 speakers. 102 sessions. Two full days.
With an incredible lineup planned for the 25th annual National Conference on Christian Apologetics (NCCA), Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES) is gearing up for its premier apologetics conference that for a quarter of a century has helped attendees navigate an increasingly complex culture in a thoughtful and God-honoring way.
SES’s mission to evangelize the world and defend the historic Christian faith while applying the timeless truth of Scripture to today’s issues will be underscored and highlighted next month at the conference. Set for Oct. 12-13 at Calvary Church in Charlotte, the conference will focus on the theme of “The God Who Is,” as the seminary welcomes the nation’s top thinkers, scholars, authors, apologists and scientific minds.
“The thousands in attendance at SES’s upcoming National Conference on Christian Apologetics will hear speakers address the critically important questions, ‘Who is God? What is He like? How can we know for certain?’ People’s answers to these questions have tremendous impact on their lives, discipleship, worship, evangelism and apologetics,” said SES President and Evangelical leader Dr. Richard Land, who will also serve as a conference speaker, along with SES co-founder Dr. Norman Geisler. “Faulty ideas about God are permeating both the church and the culture. Therefore, we must return to the basics of understanding the existence and nature of the God who is. Our knowledgeable and well-respected speakers, including many SES faculty members, will help all of us explore this incredibly important topic.”
Land added that Hurricane Florence has not affected conference plans, and the seminary family continues to pray for those impacted.
“Most of the damage from the hurricane was two hours east of Charlotte, and providentially by God’s grace, SES was spared from damage,” he said. “We ask that everyone continue to pray for victims in East Carolina and other areas.”
Plenary speakers include the following three Evangelical and apologetics leaders:
- Ravi Zacharias, the world-renowned apologist who, for 45 years, has commended the Christian faith and addressed life’s great existential questions of origin, meaning, morality and destiny with eloquence and grace; he has authored or edited over 25 books in the fields of theology, apologetics, comparative religion, and philosophy.
- Josh McDowell, whose ministry serves and equips the body of Christ in raising generations of purpose-driven Christians who know what they believe, why it is true and how to live it out; he has written about or conducted research on topics such as pornography, the world of Generation Z and how fathers impact families.
- Chip Ingram, senior pastor of Venture Christian Church in Los Gatos, California, and president and teaching pastor at Living on the Edge, an international, multi-media teaching and discipleship ministry reaching more than a million people a week.
Another 75 speakers will round out the stellar lineup, including Steven Garofalo, David Geisler, Gary Habermas, Richard Howe, Hugh Ross, Frank Turek, Juan Valdes and J. Warner Wallace, along with many others. A women’s conference is planned for Oct. 11 at SES’s new campus home in the rapidly growing area of West Ballantyne in Charlotte.
The 35,000-square-foot, two-building campus symbolizes the 26-year-old seminary’s reaffirmed commitment to both on-campus and online learning. The more centrally located campus features state-of-the-art classrooms, better technological advances and increased streaming capabilities. The location also gives on-campus students a variety of options for housing in nearby neighborhoods and is close to restaurants and athletic facilities.
For answers to frequently asked questions about the conference, click here. Registrations for the conference topped more than 1,000 at the Aug. 1 early bird deadline and have already reached 1,500.