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.
MAY 13, 2017
City Centre Baptist Church
1075 Eglinton Ave W
Mississauga, ON L5V 2W3
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 Converge Magazine. 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.
Michelle Tepper is an itinerant speaker for RZIM in the US, with high demand across Canada, teaching worldwide on a number of subjects including the problem of pain, God’s character, sex, relationships, and love. Since 2011, Michelle has been speaking overseas as a part of the RZIM European team and as a guest lecturer at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. Prior to joining the RZIM staff, Michelle worked for six years as the University Chaplain for St. Aldate’s – a thriving, historic, student friendly church located in the heart of Oxford. Michelle has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Stetson University and furthered her theological studies as part of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics first graduating class.
Head hunted by Disney, Michelle almost joined the Mickey Mouse Club with the likes of Justin Timberlake and Christine Aguilera, prior to joining the team at RZIM. Michelle lives in Florida with her husband Peter and daughter, Sophia.
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 Centre 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 is a dynamic speaker who provides a perfect blend of expertise and humour 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.”
Brett Ullman travels North America speaking to teens, young adults, leaders and parents on topics including sexuality, mental health, dating and media. Brett’s seminars engage and challenge attendees to try and connect our ancient faith with our modern culture we live in. Participants are inspired to reflect on what we know, what we believe and how our faith ought to serve as the lens through which we view and engage tough conversations in our society today.
Husband to Dawn, and father of Bennett and Zoe, Brett and his family make their home in Ajax, Ontario where Brett leads and directs Worlds Apart, a charity focused on empowering individuals to re-align their lives with Biblical core values often muddled by media but central to Christian living.
Brett was a teacher with the Toronto District School Board for ten years before moving into speaking full-time in 2005. Brett has a Masters degree in Evangelism and Leadership from Wheaton Grad School in Chicago and is also a graduate of the Arrow Leadership Program.
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.
Justitia Pak grew up in Whitby, Ontario trying to help people pronounce his first name. He attended a Korean Church in Toronto where he was exposed to the gospel early in life, but as he journeyed through his University years, he started to interrogate this faith more rigorously. Regardless of whether it was fashionable or not – the gospel is either true or it isn’t. There isn’t a bigger question in life.
Justitia did his undergrad at the University of Toronto, his Masters thesis in Australia writing on international religious resurgence post 9-11, studied biblical interpretation at Tyndale Seminary as well as studied Christian Apologetics at Oxford University. He’s been a digital strategy consultant for 11 years now and is currently working at one of the largest banks in Toronto.
Michael has a passion for poetry and spoken word. He resides in Toronto, Ontario and his mission is to encourage people to find their identity and purpose, to find hope in desolate places. He does this by drawing on his own personal experiences to paint a beautiful picture of redemption. Check out his work HERE.