Missouri Baptist Apologetics Network
The Missouri Baptist Apologetics Network is a group of church leaders committed to the defense of the Christian faith and called to equip believers to more effectively share their faith.
Our vision is to equip every Missouri Baptist to defend the Christian faith with gentleness and respect (1 Peter 3:15-16).
We are MBC-approved Christian apologists who equip others to defend the faith by speaking and providing resources that enable Missouri Baptists to become bolder and more effective in sharing Christ with others.
MBC Network Apologists
These network members are available for training events, conferences, and other speaking engagements. Please note their areas of expertise and contact them directly to make arrangements. Listed alphabetically:
Director of South Greater St. Louis Reasonable Faith Chapter, Layman/Teacher
Faith Baptist Church, Festus, Mo.
Topics: Kalam Cosmological Argument for the existence of God; historicity of the resurrection of Jesus; reality of the human soul
Layman, Apologetics Instructor
Lees Summit, Mo.
Topics: Creation vs. evolution; reliability of the Scriptures; biblical exegesis; worldview philosophy; the person of Jesus Christ; Christian ethics
Jonathan L. Hanna
Co-director of Missouri Baptist University’s Ratio Christi chapter, Washington, Mo.
Topics: Historical arguments for the resurrection of Jesus; apologetics tactics; Latter-day Saints, Baptists, and inerrancy; the New Testament canon; textual criticism; Bible translations; near-death experiences; “What is and Why do we need Christian Apologetics?”
Layman / Teacher
Anchor Point Baptist Church, Greenwood, Mo.
Topics: Resurrection of Christ; reliability of Scripture; creation
Just What I Believe (.pdf)
Director of Prayer and Women’s Outreach
Ratio Christi, Ballwin, Mo.
Topics: Apologetics training for women and children; reliability of the scriptures; how apologetics can inform your prayers, especially for youth/college
Pastor of Family Ministries
First Baptist Church, Willow Springs, Mo.
Topics: Worldview; apologetics – what, why, and how; the existence of God; a case for the resurrection; the trustworthiness of Scripture; Mormonism.
Ministry Support Catalyst
Missouri Baptist Convention, Jefferson City, Mo.
Topics: Introduction to Christian apologetics; worldviews; Islam; Jehovah’s Witnesses; Mormonism; same-sex attraction; reliability of the scriptures; knowing the biblical Jesus
Phone: 573.636.0400 ext. 304
Layman, Apologetics Instructor
Topics: Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Interfaith Witnessing
Phone: 417.882.0254 (home) 417.840.5770 (mobile)
Director of Missions
Cape Girardeau Baptist Association
Topics: Biblical worldview; Islam
Dave Van Bebber
First Baptist Church, Buffalo, Mo.
Topics: Presuppositional apologetics; the problem of evil; Oneness Pentecostalism; the same-sex controversy; Biblical inerrancy; Islam; Mormonism; Jehovah’s Witnesses; person-centered apologetics; rhetoric / debate training
Are there sources besides the Bible that tell us about Jesus? (.pdf)
Person-centered apologetics (.pdf)
Considering natural revelation: does creation point to God? (.pdf)
Persuasion as a tool in apologetics (.pdf)
A Biblical Model for Apologetics (.pdf)
The Transgender Issue a Gospel Issue? (.pdf)
Missio Dei Community Church, Columbia, Mo.
Topics: The Gospels as history; historicity of the resurrection; formation of the Canon
To offer feedback on network members, or for more information, contact:
Rob Phillips (Network Coordinator) at 573.636.0400 ext. 304 or firstname.lastname@example.org