Who We Are
Gary Zacharias is the founder of San Diego County Apologetics Network. He is also an English professor at Palomar College in San Marcos, CA. He teaches a weekly apologetics class at Emmanuel Faith Community Church in Escondido, organizes major apologetics events for the whole church, and speaks to various church classes. In addition, he has set up an apologetics ministry--Apologetics For Life (apologeticsforlife.org). His email is: firstname.lastname@example.org. The church web page for apologetics is at efcc.org/apologetics-classes/.
Nathan Apodaca became very interested in apologetics when he began developing questions about his faith in high school. More recently the area he has devoted himself to is making the case for the life of the unborn, and showing love to those who have been wounded by abortion. He loves teaching how to engage on the issue of abortion and would be happy to do training for school groups or church groups.He can be reached at email@example.com.
Ross Chenault has an M.A. in Apologetics from Biola University and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Theology from Newburgh Theological Seminary. He has written an introductory book on apologetics called Standing Firm: A Handbook of Christian Evidences. It is written in catechism (question & answer format) and includes responses to skepticism as memory work at the end of each chapter. Ross teaches an occasional class at his church, and endeavors to work with other local apologists to put on seminars in the area. Ross has spoken with apologists Dan Story, Kevin Conover and Bob Siegel, and has taught in Bible college and high school assemblies. His web site is www.StandingFirmInstitute.org.
Don Goeller is shepherding the Apologetics/Worldview ministry at Foothills Christian Church in El Cajon. He has his M.A. in Speech Communication from Portland State University. He did additional graduate study at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon and at Albert Ludwigs Universitat in Freiberg, Germany. He has served as a pastor of evangelism and discipleship, been a senior pastor, done public school teaching, and operated private businesses. He is currently working on a certificate in apologetics through Biola. His special interest is to find and teach ways to wed apologetics and evangelism. He also wants to see our young people equipped to overcome the challenges to the Christian worldview in school and in life. Don can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tracy Kreckman has a bachelor’s degree in Technical Photography from the Rochester Institute of Technology and a Masters Degree in Educational Technology from San Diego State University. He is a former Navy pilot, and now works as a technical trainer in the semiconductor industry.
Tracy attends the apologetics group at Emmanuel Faith Community Church in Escondido, and teaches in the Families in Faith adult Sunday School class from time to time. His apologetic interests include topics related to the physical sciences, and counter-cult activities. He is an admin on several apologetics-related Facebook pages, and can periodically be found engaging with folks of various beliefs at their booths in Balboa Park on Saturday mornings.
Wendy L. Patrick, JD, PhD is a career prosecutor, named the Ronald M. George Public Lawyer of the Year by the California State Bar’s Public Law Section, and was recognized by her peers as one of the Top Ten criminal attorneys in San Diego by the San Diego Daily Transcript. She has completed over 150 trials ranging from hate crimes, to domestic violence, to first-degree murder.
Wendy is passionate about apologetics, using her career´s worth of evidence-based persuasion skills to defend the faith. She is a frequent speaker at Christian conferences as well as on national television. She is a frequent analyst on a variety of topics with over 1,500 media appearances including CNN, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, and many others.
Active in ministry, Wendy holds a Master of Divinity degree summa cum laude from Bethel Seminary San Diego where she was awarded the Excellence in Preaching Award and the Zondervan Biblical Languages Award. She received a PhD in Theology from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, and is formally ordained through Converge Worldwide (Baptist General Conference).
Wendy is the author of Using the Psychology of Attraction in Christian Outreach: Lessons from the Dark Side, Red Flags: How to Spot Frenemies, Underminers, and Ruthless People, and co-author of the revision of the New York Times bestseller Reading People.
Contact her at email@example.com or through her website: wendypatrickphd.com.
Nick Perkins is currently serving at Mission Hills Church in San Marcos as the Pastoral Intern and attending Talbot School of Theology in pursuit of a Masters in Divinity. He is a lawyer by training and came to Christ at the age of 28, after having grown up in the church but abandoning it at approximately age 20. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
has a bachelor's degree from UC San Diego, where he double-majored in history and the study of religion. He is a Marine Corps veteran and a member of The Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem. More commonly known as the Order of St. John, it is a serving order of chivalry under the British Crown, of which the honor of membership is bestowed by warrant of its Sovereign Head, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Jeremy also serves as a teacher in the youth ministry at Emmanuel Faith Community Church and helps manage the San Diego County Apologetics Network Facebook page. Contact: Jeremiah.R.Runyan@gmail.com.