If you haven’t yet, go visit our About page, it gives the bigger context of who The Apologers are, but if you’d rather proceed without that contextual knowledge, here’s the gist: we are a team, we write stuff related to apologetics, and we generally have fun while doing so.
Now that you are more-or-less caught up on things (only you know which you are), here are some quick bios on our contributors:
Timothy Fox is a part-time math teacher, full-time husband, father, and Christ-follower. He’s a recovering pastor’s kid who is over being jaded and cynical about the Church and just wants to make it (and the world) a better place. He’s a bit (okay, a lot) of a clown who doesn’t take himself too seriously but does take Christiainity very seriously and thinks you should too. He’s a massive nerd who loves theology, apologetics, philosophy, mathematics, Star Wars, and Batman.
Tim graduated in December 2014 with a Master’s degree in Christian Apologetics from Biola University. He also holds a B.S. in Computer Science and an M.A. in Adolescent Education of Mathematics, both from Stony Brook University.
Tim lives in Long Island, NY with his wonderful wife and awesome, two-year-old son. If you like what you read and are in the area, he’s more than willing to come speak at your church, youth group, or other organization.
You can follow Tim on Twitter at @TimothyDFox.
Intel coming soon…
Emily is currently pursuing an MA in Philosophy from the Talbot School of Theology in LaMirada, CA. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in general psychology from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. Her research interests are bioethics, cultural analysis, theory of time, philosophy of mind, philosophy of technology, and the three-fold transcendentals of goodness, truth, and beauty.
Emily grew up in a homeschooled family in rural Michigan (her most exotic pet growing up was a Bobwhite Quail whom shall remain nameless). The seasons make her quite happy, especially the fall and winter. She sees driving in the snow as adventure driving, even after she totaled a car on black ice. She enjoys playing hockey, reading good literature, watching classic films and BBC shows, listening to old radio dramas (the Shadow is her hero), running, drinking a good cup of coffee, hanging with friends, playing a challenging game of scrabble or Settlers of Catan, and is looking forward to learning Parkour.
With an inquisitive mind, fiercely independent spirit, and a natural bend toward sarcasm, cynicism, and complete ridiculousness, Chris has a tendency to think there is little he can’t do and prefers to learn for himself than to take someone’s word for it. In other words, he frequently learns things the hard way, which is generally not advisable. He constantly wants to know the honest heart-of-the-matter (i.e., a main research interest of his is the soul) and requires the purpose behind everything.
When not creating awkward situations for sheer comedic value or collecting rusted metal for random upcycling projects that he likely won’t get to, Chris enjoys quality conversations over a cup of quality coffee, national park exploration, and avoiding at all costs referring to himself in the third person.
Academically, Chris earned a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts (yes, that’s an actual degree) from Faulkner University, a Master of Arts in Christian Apologetics from Biola University, and a Certificate of Leadership and Faith Training from the Kanakuk Institute. He is currently planning on embarking on an additional graduate degree in philosophy and quite possibly a research based PhD from an international university….then again, he is just as likely to abandon ship and flip houses for a living.
Ben Bishop is unapologetically a huge nerd. Ever since he was young, he loved reading and board games. These flights of fancy opened his mind to imagine new adventures from pretending to be on an arduous journey like one in Pilgrims’ Progress by John Bunyan, standing up against an oppressive ancient evil in the TV show Babylon 5, navigating an ever-changing maze in the game The aMAZEing Labyrinth, galloping on the back Aslan in the Narnia series by C.S Lewis to being a Priest Sleuth alongside of G.K Chesterton’s Father Brown. Now he gets to ignite that torch of imagination with his wife to his new daughter Lydia and any future sons or daughters.
Ben is also a graduate of the Masters of Christian Apologetics Program at Biola University and he received his B.A. in Communication at Boise State University. He also was a part of the nationally recognized Collegiate Speech and Debate in a leadership capacity during his undergrad tenure.
He has also been involved in High school and College ministries for over 7 years and in his spare time he hosts board game nights, leads movie nights with discussions afterward, and still is trying to figure out this fatherhood thing.
Nathan is the closest thing the Apologers has to an actual hobbit. Short, rotund, with hairy feet and a love of good food and quiet simplicity, he hopes to exemplify the look and spirit of Tolkien’s simple folk. Like the hobbits he is made of sterner stuff than most people expect and is not one to back down from an intellectual challenge. This has led him on a meandering academic career as he has completed a B.A. from the University of Rio Grande in Music Business, a M.A. from Biola University in Christian Apologetics, and is currently searching for a PhD program that will let him in. He focuses his efforts on cultural analysis and reformation, metaphysics, and epistemology.
Apart from blogging with the Apologers he is also active in his local church where he teaches classes on theology, apologetics, and books of the Bible. Once a week he volunteers with the Ohio Northern Apologetics Club. He currently lives in Lima, Ohio where he routinely tries to enliven the church through good food and intense discussion with his wife, two hobbit looking children, and beagle.
Grant lives happily with his wife and two children in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. He has a Masters in Religion from Southern Evangelical Seminary and finished work on an M.A. in Christian Apologetics from Biola University.
Grant grew up in California and wandered through atheism, eastern mysticism, and the new age before accepting Jesus Christ as His Lord and Savior. While developing a biblical worldview he studied with Jehovah’s Witnesses for a year and almost became a Mormon. He fell in love with Christian apologetics because it helped Him know the true Savior and gospel.
AJ Roberts has a Ph.D. in molecular and cell biology and is currently a Visiting Scholar with Reasons to Believe. AJ will be graduating from Biola’s MACA program later this month. For a fuller bio check out her blog page Theorems & Theology.