Many folks are intimidated to share our faith with others, but it doesn’t have to be hard! Dr. Rick Richardson, one of our nation’s leading evangelists, will help us learn to engage others in faith conversations naturally and without fear. He will also share exciting opportunities for pastors to lead their congregation to be passionate and skillful in evangelism. The phone lines will be open for your questions about approachable evangelism.
Rick Richardson is Professor of Evangelism and Leadership at Wheaton College and the Director of the Masters in Evangelism and Leadership and the Masters in Missional Church Movements degrees. He is also a Graduate Faculty Scholar with the Billy Graham Center of Evangelism. In that role, Rick directs Evangelizing Churches, a pastor cohort coaching, resourcing and research arm of the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism that serves and equips local churches for witness. He also directs the Research arm of the Billy Graham Center for all things related to evangelism and culture. Before coming to Wheaton, Rick was the National Coordinator and then Associate Director for Evangelism with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. He worked in campus ministry for 25 years, and regularly speaks and ministers as an evangelist on campuses in many different parts of the country.
Chris Brooks is the Senior Pastor of Woodside Bible Church, a multisite congregation across the metro-Detroit area. Chris served for 20 years as the Senior Pastor of Evangel Ministries, a thriving 1600-member church in the heart of Detroit. He also served as the campus dean of Moody Theological Seminary in Plymouth, Michigan. A popular Detroit radio host since 2005, Chris is the author of Kingdom Dreaming and Urban Apologetics. He graduated from Michigan State University with a BA in Finance, completed his MA in Christian Apologetics at Biola University, and graduated from the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. He is currently pursuing a DMin degree at Asbury Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Yodit, are the proud parents of 5 children, Christopher, Zewditu, Cameron, Judah, and Sophia.