We all have them...

…Questions that keep us up at night, questions that we’re afraid to share with anyone because we’re not sure there are answers.

Big Deal Questions is geared at youth ages 12-18. The one day conference is shaped to help young people discover meaningful answers to those tough questions they face and to provide a safe and comfortable environment to ask questions they might have. Speakers from the RZIM team and special guests offer compelling talks and engage with students throughout the day. Oh, and let’s not forget the ‘fun’ elements of the day with music and games and time to hang with friends.

Watch the talks from last year’s Big Deal Questions below.

APRIL 9, 2016

The People’s Church,
374 Sheppard Ave E, Toronto, ON

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SPEAKERS

Nathan Betts (Toronto, Canada)

Nathan Betts (Toronto, Canada)

Nathan Betts is an apologist with RZIM. He frequently speaks on university campuses across the US and Canada, and regularly addresses church congregations. Nathan has written curricula on basic Christianity and apologetics for several major churches in North America and the UK, and his writing has been featured in Convergemagazine. Nathan also co-wrote and co-presented RZIM’s Short Answers to Big Questions video series.

Nathan completed his undergraduate degree at Tyndale University and his MA in Bible and Ministry at King’s College London. He is also a graduate of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. He is an avid percussionist and a keen baseball fan. Nathan and his wife, Brittany, live near Seattle, WA, with their two young children.


Jo Vitale (Oxford, UK)

Jo Vitale (Oxford, UK)

Jo Vitale lives in Oxford, England, although as a speaker for RZIM she regularly travels around the UK and abroad giving talks at high schools, universities, and churches. Jo studied at the University of Oxford, where she just completed a doctorate on the topic of Women and Beauty in the Old Testament. Jo loves engaging with tough questions of faith like ‘Why Trust the Bible?’ or ‘Is the Bible Sexist?’ Jo is married to Vince, a crazy Italian American from New Jersey, so she has become an honorary Yankees fan!


Logan Gates

Logan Gates

Logan is an OCCA Fellow with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, based in Toronto, Canada. He is finishing an MTh in Applied Theology at the University of Oxford alongside two years of study at the Oxford Center for Christian Apologetics (OCCA). He also holds a BA in Political and Social Thought and Latin American Studies from the University of Virginia.

His interests include the historical Jesus, Christian responses to atheism, and the relationship between science and faith. Logan’s passion is to help others see the beauty of a personal relationship with Jesus by responding to tough questions about faith. He previously worked for the non-profit ORPHANetwork in Nicaragua, where he developed a heart for justice that has deepened his admiration of the Christian God who cares intensely about “the least of these.” Logan speaks French and Spanish, and has served with evangelistic missions in the US, England, Scotland, France, and Switzerland.


Tim Barnett

Tim Barnett

Tim is a dynamic speaker who provides a perfect blend of expertise and humor in each talk. Using easy-to-follow and visually engaging presentations, Tim helps others to think clearly about what they believe and why they believe it. Tim’s passion and energy will help motivate you and your group to love God with all your mind.

“I still remember sitting there in one of my physics classes as a second-year student and being told by my professor that you can’t be a scientist and believe in God any more than you can be a rational human being and believe in Santa Claus.It was comments like this that led me, a young, future science teacher to begin to question whether God exists at all. Was there any proof for God’s existence? Are science and religion mortal enemies? Was my belief in God simply a blind leap of faith? Could the Bible be trusted? Were miracles even possible? Questions began to flood my mind. So I began to search for answers.

And what I discovered was truly amazing! Christianity has answers. Not just answers, but good answers. In fact, I have come to the conclusion that Christianity is true. As a result, I’ve devoted my life to helping others understand and defend classical Christianity.”


Matt Baker

Matt Baker

Matt Baker is the Full-Time Youth Pastor at Southside Worship Centre in Ajax, Ontario. Not having come from a Christian background, Matt gave his heart to Christ at the age of 18 and began his journey with Jesus. With over 15 years experience in Youth Ministry, Matt’s heart is to see the loving message of Jesus put into action in order to reach the young people of our generation. Matt, his wife Candace, and their son Bayley are all passionate about Jesus and making him famous.

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