Confident Christianity 2020

Speakers & Topics

Keynote Speaker | Auckland & Tauranga

Stuart McAllister | Global Support Specialist | Ravi Zacharias International Ministries

Keynote Speaker for Auckland and Tauranga, Stuart McAllister saw his life changed by Christ at the early age of twenty. A hunger to learn more and deepen his understanding of the faith eventually led him to join Operation Mobilization in 1978. He worked with the organization for twenty years in Vienna, Austria, and his service took him to Yugoslavia, where he was imprisoned for forty days for distributing Christian literature. Upon his release, he continued to work in communist countries, resulting in more imprisonments.

Stuart joined Ravi Zacharias International Ministries in 1998 as the International Director and today serves as Global Support Specialist. With a heavy travel schedule that takes him all over the globe, Stuart speaks in churches, universities, and other forums with the same passion he first knew as a follower of Christ.

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Keynote Speaker | Christchurch

Dan Paterson | Ravi Zacharias International Ministries

Dan Paterson is a speaker with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries based in Brisbane, Australia. After some family tragedies in his childhood that raised a series of barriers to belief in God, Dan came to Christ at eighteen years old through an investigation of the New Testament. The towering figure of Jesus of Nazareth and his response to suffering moved him to faith.

Given this background and his involvement in speaking to youth, Dan developed a driving passion to study theology and apologetics in order to help make sense of the Christian faith for skeptics and spiritual seekers. He completed a bachelor’s and master’s degree in ministry and theology in Australia as well as the one-year course at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics.

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Our 2019 Conference Topics

These topics and presentation titles are still being finalised – so the following list will grow and change in the coming months. Due to speaker limitations not all topics will be covered in all cities and topics are subject to change:

  • Fear & Faith in the Public Square: Redeeming the Christian Voice | AKL TGA
  • Dealing with Doubts | CHC
  • "Meh Whatever…" - The Struggle With Apathy | AKL TGA
  • Which Happiness? Whose Good Life? The Pursuit of Happiness As God Intends | AKL TGA
  • Has Science Buried God? Does Science Make More Sense In A Christian Or Atheistic World? | CHC
  • Why Suffering? How the Christian story changes our experience of suffering | CHC
  • Heterosexuality - The Hazardous Journey Into Adulthood
  • A Threat to Christian Freedom - Therapeutic Sexual-Formation Censorship Legislation
  • Alone Together - How The Loss of Community is Harming The West And What We Can Do About It
  • Effective Use of Social Media - How To Be Digitally Savvy In A World Of Digital Savagery
  • Rebranding New Zealand - How Small Ideas Can Change The Thinking Of A Nation
  • Christianity and Te Tiriti - Implications of our Bicultural Roots on the Future of our Nation
  • The Great Distraction - How The Internet Frees and Enslaves Us
  • The Influencers - How Popular Culture Shapes Our Faith
  • Understanding Transgender Identity - A Christian Response to the Gender Identity Phenomenon
  • Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia - Implications of the End of Life Choice Bill
  • Speaking Matters - Why Free Speech and Clear Thinking Go Together (20 min Friday night?)
  • Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed - The Backstory
  • Losing My Religion: Why Young People Are Walking Away from Faith & What You Can Do About it
  • Making Sense Of Suffering - Why Evil Is A Problem For Atheists
  • The Case For The Resurrection - How We Can Know Jesus Rose From The Dead
  • Tough Doubts, Real Faith - Is God An Imaginary Friend, Or A Real One?
  • Tackling the Hidden Assumptions Behind Unbelief: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
  • The Case For The Resurrection - How We Can Know Jesus Rose From The Dead

…and more to be announced


Our 2019 Conference Speakers

Due to some conflicts in schedules, not all of our speakers are presenting at all three of our conference cities: the conferences each speaker is presenting at is indicated at the bottom of each speaker bio. AKL | TGA | CHC

David Riddell | Founder | Living Wisdom

Trained in Theology, psychology and Pastoral care, with over 30,000 hours of logged counselling hours, David has incredible insight into the psychological behind many relevant cultural and hot topic issues such as sexuality, anxiety and depression.

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Renee Joubert | Executive Officer | Euthanasia-Free NZ

Renée Joubert is the executive officer of Euthanasia-Free NZ, a secular non-profit organisation informing the public about implications of legal euthanasia and assisted suicide. Euthanasia-Free NZ is a member of the Care Alliance, along with Hospice New Zealand, the Salvation Army, Family First and others.   



Brendan Malone | Focus on the Family

Brendan Malone has been working full-time in pro-life, marriage, and family ministry for the last 14 years where he speaks at churches, universities, high schools, and conferences on bioethics and sexuality issues throughout New Zealand and Australia.

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Mark Powell | Chairman | NZ Christian Network

Former CEO of The Warehouse Group, Mark now has a number of commercial and Christian not-for-profit board roles. A speaker for Thinking Matters, he regularly presents at churches and conferences around New Zealand.

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Ann Hutchison | Senior University Lecturer

Ann is a senior lecturer at the University of Auckland Business School where she teaches human resource management. With a PhD in social science her faith life has had a strong academic twist. She has a passion for helping others stand in their faith, writes monthly for a US-based ministry that supports couples with faith differences, and enjoys serving in her local church where she coordinates the prayer ministry.

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Adam Claasen | Senior History University Lecturer

A university academic with 19 years teaching and research experience in the field of history, Dr. Adam Claasen also talks on the intersection of faith and popular culture & the historical links between faith and science.

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Dave Mann | Shining Lights Trust

Author of the booklets “Because we care”, “That Leaders might last,” Dave Mann is passionate about communicating an understanding of the Christian Faith in the public square in creative and engaging ways.

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Rodney Lake | National Director | Thinking Matters

Rodney speaks at churches, youth groups, conferences and to non-believers at outreach events around the country on the reasons why Christianity is true. He is an adjunct apologetics lecturer at Faith Bible College and Bethlehem Tertiary Institute.

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Todd Funk | Director of Speaker Development | Thinking Matters

Todd‘s messages, teaching and ministry have powerfully impacted people of all ages on several continents. He has spoken for Thinking Matters at our Confident Christianity conferences and Unshaken Youth & Young Adult Conference and has been involved in men’s ministries and accountability groups for over 15 years.

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Jason Knapp | National Youth Director | Thinking Matters

Passionate about seeing young people equipped to navigate culture & persuasively share their faith with others, Jason is a dynamic communicator who speaks to students across the country at youth ministries, churches, and university campuses.

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Logan Craft | Producer, Director & Presenter

Logan Craft produced the documentary movie ‘EXPELLED – No Intelligence Allowed’, starring Ben Stein, to expose the blacklisting of academics who question prevailing Darwinian dogma. The film became the leading documentary of the year and is recognized as a pre-eminent contributor to the freedom of speech and the freedom of scientific inquiry. Prior to producing EXPELLED, Mr. Craft worked as a producer, director and presenter on a variety of television programs. He is a graduate of Regent College, Vancouver, and has earned numerous degrees. He and his wife, Barbra, have two teen-aged daughters and now live in Katikati, Bay of Plenty.

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