Michael Suderman is an Itinerant Speaker with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries and is based in Washington, DC. He graduated from Tabor College in Kansas with a double major in Philosophy and Biblical & Religious Studies, and a minor in Psychology. He recently completed a Masters of Theology at the University of Oxford alongside two years of study at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. Michael has interests in topics related to faith and science, world religions, and the intersection of Christianity and culture. His passion is to help facilitate the discovery and rediscovery of Jesus by communicating and clarifying the gospel as the most profound solution to life’s most meaningful questions. Prior to studying in Oxford, Michael was involved with youth and university ministries and participated in educational and volunteer work throughout India.
Logan Gates is an Itinerant Speaker with RZIM Canada. He earned a master’s degree in theology at the University of Oxford alongside two years of study at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. Logan’s passion is to help others encounter God by speaking on the big questions in life. Questions he frequently tackles include “Why believe anything?”, “Who is God?”, “Jesus (man, myth, or more)?”, “Why trust the Bible?”, and “Christian witness in a post-Christian culture.” Logan also speaks Spanish and French and has spoken at universities and churches across Europe and the Americas. He lives in Toronto and loves to study and surf.
Andrew is a Canadian finishing up a doctorate of philosophy in modern theology at Oxford University. Prior to moving to the UK for further study with his wife Julie and their three young children, Andy served as a pastor for eight years in a Baptist church in the Greater Vancouver area of British Columbia. He is a carpenter who loves rugby and ice hockey (but has been known to get a run out at the wicket since crossing the pond). Before embracing belief in God, Andrew spent much of his young adult years pursuing pleasure to assuage family pain, and so is personally invested in this question of God and our desire for happiness.
Abdu Murray is North American Director with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries and is the author of two books. For most of his life, Abdu was a proud Muslim who studied the Qur’an and Islam. After a nine year investigation into the historical, philosophical, and scientific underpinnings of the major world religions and views, Abdu discovered that the historic Christian faith can answer the minds questions and the longings of the heart. Abdu has spoken, debated and participated in dialogues across the world. Abdu holds a BA in Psychology and earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan. As an attorney, Abdu was named several times in Best Lawyers in America and Michigan Super Lawyer. Abdu is the Scholar in Residence of Christian Thought and Apologetics at the Josh McDowell Institute of Oklahoma Wesleyan University. Abdu currently lives in Detroit with his wife and their three children.
Dr. Shabir Ally holds an M.A. and PhD in Islamic studies from the University of Toronto. He completed his B.A. in Religious Studies from Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, with a specialization in Biblical Literature.For over 30 years, he has been an active member of the Muslim community in Toronto, as well as an active participant in interfaith dialogues and initiatives. He is an internationally sought after speaker, scholar and theologian, and is the author of numerous books on Islam and the Abrahamic faiths.He has recently taught courses on Arabic, the Quran, and Islam at the University of Toronto in the Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations department. He is President of the Islamic Information & Dawah Centre International in Toronto.
Vince Vitale is Director of the Zacharias Institute. He was educated at Princeton University and the University of Oxford, and he later taught philosophy of religion as a faculty member at both universities. During his undergraduate studies at Princeton, Vince took a journey from skeptic to evangelist. He then completed masters and PhD studies at Oxford, receiving a Daniel M. Sachs Graduating Scholarship and a Clarendon Scholarship. While researching at Oxford, Vince developed a new response to the problem of evil called the Non-Identity Defense which is discussed in his two books, co-authored with Ravi Zacharias. Vince has also been awarded IVP Young Philosopher of Religion of the Year 2013. Vince has an interest in the intersection of faith and sport and has actively been involved in sports his entire life. At one time, Vince was the Faculty Director of Athletes in Action. Vince has spoken at many universities, including UC Berkeley, Princeton, Oxford, and Cambridge. In 2017, he had the privilege of speaking at Google Headquarters and Passion City Church.
Luna Wang is an OCCA Fellow with the Zacharias Trust. She comes from China where she did her undergraduate study in Law and Economics in Beijing. She worked in the real estate industry for several years before coming to Oxford for a master’s degree in Sociology. She became a Christian in that year, subsequently joining the St Ebbe’s Church staff team, working in postgraduate student ministry for three years. She has recently completed the one-year program at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics.
Justitia Pak is a management consultant with over 12 years of experience in digital strategy & transformation. After working with one of Canada’s largest consulting firms, he now leads major digital transformations at large financial institutions in Toronto, Canada and serves on the board of directors for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) Canada.
After graduating from the University of Toronto with an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Economics, Justitia completed his Masters in International Relations in Melbourne Australia writing his thesis on “Religious Resurgence in International Relations post 9-11.” Justitia studied Biblical Interpretation at Tyndale Seminary in 2009, and from 2011-2012 studied Philosophy and Theology at the University of Oxford. Justitia regularly attends services at Grace Toronto
Kirk Durston’s work involves a significant amount of time thinking, writing and speaking about the interaction of science, theology and philosophy within the context of authentic Christianity. He has been married for 37 years to Patti, and they have six children and three grandchildren. Kirk holds Bachelor Degrees in both Physics and Mechanical Engineering, as well as a Masters in Philosophy from the University of Manitoba. In 2010, Kirk completed his Ph.D. in Biophysics at the University of Guelph. Over the years, Kirk has been published in various academic journals for his research in both science and philosophy. Currently, Kirk is a Researcher and Speaker for Power-to-Change Ministries.