Speakers

 

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The Most Reverend James S. Wall is the bishop of the Diocese of Gallup, New Mexico. Born and raised in Arizona, after feeling the call to the priesthood in college he entered St. John Seminary in Camarillo, California, and was ordained a priest on June 6, 1998 for service in the Diocese of Phoenix. In 2009 he was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as Gallup’s fourth bishop. Bishop Wall’s episcopal motto is “Be Doers of the Word,” taken from James 1:22. This passage is to remind us that we must not only listen to the words of Christ, but put them into daily action.

 

dr-rayDr. Ray Guarendi is a father of ten, clinical psychologist, author, public speaker, and nationally syndicated radio television host. His radio show, The Doctor Is In, can be heard weekdays and his national television show, Living Right with Dr. Ray, is entering its fourth season. Dr. Ray has been a regular guest on national radio and television, including Oprah, Joan Rivers, and CBS This Morning, and is the author of many books. His first book, You’re a Better Parent Than You Think!, is now in its 28th printing. His other books include Back to the Family, Discipline That Lasts a Lifetime, and his newest: Fighting Mad.

 

fr-richardsFather Larry Richards has been a priest of the Diocese of Erie since 1989, and currently serves as pastor of St. Joseph Church/Bread of Life Community in Erie. In 2004, Father founded The Reason for Our Hope Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to spreading the Good News through the media. Father hosts the EWTN radio show The Reason for Our Hope and the live EWTN radio show Open Line. Fr. Larry also hosts the radio show Changed Forever with Father Larry Richards. He is the author of the bestsellers Be a Man! and Surrender! The Life-Changing Power of Doing God’s Will.

 

Jennifer-Roback-Morse,-Ph.DJennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D is the founder of the Ruth Institute, a non-profit organization committed to addressing the lies created by the Sexual Revolution over the past 50 years. She is the author of Love and Economics: It Takes a Family to Raise a Village, 101 Tips for a Happier Marriage, and Smart Sex: Finding Life-long Love in a Hook-up World. A noted international speaker, she has been featured at the World Congress of Families, the Love Singapore Momentum Conference, and as a guest on Fox News, CNN, and EWTN.

 

 

akinJimmy Akin is a senior apologist at Catholic Answers. He was born in Texas and grew up nominally Protestant. At 20 he experienced a profound conversion to Christ. Planning on becoming a Protestant pastor or seminary professor, Jimmy started an intensive study of the bible, but the more he immersed himself in Scripture, the more he found it to support the Catholic Faith. Eventually he was compelled in conscience to enter the Catholic Church in 1992. Jimmy is a weekly guest on Catholic Answers Live, and the author of The Fathers Know Best and The Drama of Salvation.


staplesTim Staples is director of apologetics and evangelization at Catholic Answers. He was born a Southern Baptist, fell away from his faith for a time, and came back to it in his late teen years through the witness of Christian televangelists. After a four-year tour in the U.S. Marines, Tim enrolled in Jimmy Swaggart Bible College and became a youth minister in an Assembly of God community. After a challenge from a fellow Marine led him to study Catholicism, Tim entered the Church in 1988. Tim and his wife Valerie have five children.

 

 

father-checkFr. Paul N. Check was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Bridgeport, CT in 1997. He holds an STB from the Gregorian University and an STL from the University of the Holy Cross in Rome. He teaches fundamental moral theology and sexual and medical ethics to seminarians and permanent deacon candidates in the Bridgeport Diocese. In 2008, he was selected to succeed Fr. John Harvey as the Executive Director of Courage International, at the request of Fr. Harvey and with the approval of Bishop Lori and Cardinal Dolan. He spends much of his time traveling and making presentations to clergy about the Church’s teaching on homosexuality and her pastoral response.

 

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Trent Horn is an apologist at Catholic Answers. Since he converted to Catholicism at the age of 17, Trent has had a passion for explaining and defending the Faith. After college, Trent traveled the country training pro-life advocates on college campuses to engage opponents in compassionate and persuasive dialogue. Trent then earned a master’s degree in theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville and before joining Catholic Answers served as a respect life coordinator for the Diocese of Phoenix. A dynamic speaker and debater, Trent is also the author of Answering Atheism and Persuasive Pro-Life.


check2Christopher Check
is president of Catholic Answers. A graduate of Rice University, he served for seven years as a field artillery officer in the Marine Corps, including deployments and expeditions in the Far East and the Persian Gulf area. After the Marine Corps he served for two decades as vice president of the Rockford Institute. His writings have appeared in many Catholic and secular newspapers and journals. He has lectured widely at home and abroad on the heroes and villains of Catholic history. He and his wife, Jacqueline, have four sons.

 

 

coffinPatrick Coffin is the host of the top-rated national radio show, Catholic Answers Live and the popular podcast Catholic Answers Focus. He has degrees in theology and philosophy from McGill University in Montreal and Franciscan University of Steubenville. Patrick has appeared on the FOX Channel, Comedy Central, and EWTN, and his writing has appeared in Inside the Vatican, The National Catholic Register, The Toronto Star, St. Austin Review, New Oxford Review and elsewhere. He is the author of Sex Au Naturel: What It Is and Why It’s Good for Your Marriage.

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