Dr. Jay Wile

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Dr. Jay Wile learned about his love for chemistry when his dedicated parents bought him his first chemistry set. Many stink bombs and a few explosions later, he was hooked! Although he loved chemistry, he also had many other interests. For a while, he thought about becoming a concert pianist, but unfortunately, his fingers were not long enough (no kidding!). As he was finishing up his high school years, he became extremely interested in the theater and began to pursue a career in acting. Partly because he learned the science behind some of the special effects of the plays in which he performed, he eventually went back to his first love: chemistry.

He went to the University of Rochester in upstate New York to study chemistry, and while he was there, he began working on nuclear chemistry experiments. He became so fascinated with nuclear chemistry that he stayed at the University of Rochester and got a Ph.D. in that field. For several years, he did research in the field under the auspices of the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation. This research led to several grants and many publications. While doing research, Dr. Wile was also an assistant professor of chemistry.

Dr. Wile’s love of science is demonstrated by the many awards he has won for excellence in teaching and research. He has also presented numerous lectures on the topics of Nuclear Chemistry, Christian Apologetics, Homeschooling, and Creation vs. Evolution. He has published 30 articles on these subjects in nationally-recognized, peer-reviewed journals, and has 9 books to his credit, most of which belong to the award-winning “Exploring Creation with” series of junior-high and high-school science courses.

Gary Bates

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Bio: Gary hails from Australia and has been speaking on the creation/evolution issue since 1990. In 2009 his family relocated to the US to head up the CMI office as its CEO. He is in much in demand for his popular lay talks on creation and, in particular, his specialists talk on the UFO phenomenon. Gary is one of few Christians who has tackled this popular cultural phenomenon, and his 2005 book, Alien Intrusion: UFOs and the Evolution Connection became an Amazon top-50 best seller within weeks of its release (the only Creationist book ever to achieve this feat). As a leading Christian authority in this area, Gary has travelled extensively around the world, speaking and conducting literally hundreds of interviews on radio, television and various media on the UFO subject and creation topics in general. His book was also made into a movie-length documentary called Alien Intrusion: Unmasking a Deception, which, in 2018, aired in many countries and in over 730 theaters in the US alone. Gary wrote, produced and directed this REMI award-winning movie. Gary also wrote and produced another award-winning documentary for CMI called Evolution’s Achilles’ Heels.

Gary, like many CMI staff, was once a convinced evolutionist, and is well equipped to understand both sides of the debate. He also has first-hand experience on how the Creation message has a dramatic impact on lives due to his own conversion experience and is passionate about communicating complex topics in a manner that all can understand.





Dr. Jeff Myers

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Bio: Dr. Jeff Myers is president of Summit Ministries, a highly respected worldview training program whose tens of thousands of graduates are making a difference in politics, law, academics, medicine, science, and business. In the last 20 years Dr. Myers has become one of America’s most respected authorities on youth leadership development. Focus on the Family founder James Dobson referred to him as “a very gifted and inspirational young leader.” Evangelist Josh McDowell called him “a man who is 100% sold out to preparing the next generation to reflect the character of Christ in the culture.” Through his appearances on Fox News and other media programs, Dr. Myers has become a fresh voice offering humor and insight from a Christian worldview. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree and teaches leadership courses through Lumerit and Belhaven University. Jeff and his family live in Colorado.

Kevin Conover

California Homeschool Convention

Bio: Kevin Conover has a Masters Degree in Apologetics (defending the truth of Christianity) from Biola University, and has taught classes on “Defending the Bible” for more than ten years. He was recently handcuffed to an atheist for 24 hours for a BuzzFeed video, which you can watch at handcuffed24hours.com.  Kevin developed an online video Bible curriculum that teaches people all over the world how to defend the Bible and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which you can see at EducateForLife.org. He has been married to his amazing wife for 18 years, and has 3 crazy fun kids.

Kevin Conover is the host of Educate For Life radio, a weekly program that airs on Saturdays in San Diego, California, on 1210 AM KPRZ.  You can hear past recordings from the show at educateforlife.org/podcasts, or watch them at youtube.com/educateforlifevideo.  Kevin has interviewed many experts, including organic synthetic chemist Dr. James Tour, one of the top 50 scientists in the world; ADF President, CEO, and General Counsel Michael Farris; world renowned brain surgeon Dr. David Levy; worldwide evangelist Will Graham; expert on human sexuality (and former homosexual) Dr. Christopher Yuan, and many others.

Massey Campos

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Massey Campos is a first-generation American, but a 3rdgeneration preacher. Both his parents were born and raised in Mexico and immigrated to America as young adults in order to pursue the American dream. Massey, along with his two brothers and one sister, grew up traveling as a family, as their father was an evangelist.

As his father preached, Massey, as early as age 5, picked up a guitar and bass guitar and started playing. While still in his teens, Massey began preaching to congregations the unsearchable riches found in Christ.

In 2001, he began speaking to audiences around the country in high schools, colleges, churches, and much more. Massey’s constant desire and passion is to see Americans, both young and old alike, understand the Biblical heritage of this great nation and bring America back to the God who gave us this liberty.  Not only is Massey a gifted speaker, but he is also a talented musician and writer,  having traveled for 12 years as a lead singer and bass player for a Christian rock band.  He is also well-versed in various genres of music including Latin, contemporary Christian and Pop.

Massey is the father of three awesome boys, and husband to his beautiful wife, Cari, who assists with Massey’s appearances, and the Young Adults Pastor at Revive Church.  He and his family currently reside in Port Saint Lucie, Florida.

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“Howdy! I just took your workshop The Pursuit of Happiness at the Great Homeschool Convention in Ft. Worth Texas. I have to say, that the truth you spoke, was awe inspiring. Truth about our Creator, truth about what He created, truth about what He inspired men to do for the glory of Him. Your fire and passion are incredible, and the Lord has truly blessed you with the gift of preaching. Thank you for putting a fire in my heart to continue to teach my children in the truth, no matter what others think. May the Lord continue to bless you! We are praying for you and for your ministry, and all those who hear it.” – Shannon, TX Convention

 “Hi Massey! Just wanted to say hello and thanks for accepting my request. I found you through listening to the full mp3s of the Homeschool Covention last month. I didn’t get to hear you personally but I’m enjoying your talk on “The Anchor of American Liberty”. 😊” Dee, TX Convention

***the next response was handed to me in a letter, by a mother***

“I attended your workshop, and although I knew most of the stuff you were talking about, it may be the most important workshop I attended.  After being attacked so much for the last several years and having so many battles because of my stance on these issues, I sometimes forget the root and the true reason we must fight on!

 You also reminded me how important it is to pass this message along to our future, and that it’s not just a book to read or something to check off my list. 

Thank you so much for what you do, and with such gratitude”

Mother of 3, TX convention 


Tim Barnett

Texas Homeschool Convention South Carolina Homeschool Convention California Homeschool Convention

Tim is a dynamic speaker who provides a perfect blend of expertise and humor in each talk. Using easy-to-follow and visually engaging presentations, Tim trains Christians to think clearly about what they believe and why they believe it. Tim’s passion and energy will help motivate you and your group to love God with all your mind.

Before joining the STR speaking team, Tim founded an apologetics-based speaking ministry. Through his speaking, he has been able to help make a powerful impact defending and contending for the faith both in church settings as well as on the university stage. He has also had the opportunity to speak at numerous ACSI conferences, Power to Change events, the Apologetics Canada conference, and the National Conference on Christian Apologetics.

Tim has worked as a professional teacher since 2008, employed in both the private and public sector.

Tim has bachelor’s degrees in physics and education from York University and the University of Ontario, respectively. He is currently working on his master’s degree in philosophy from Southern Evangelical Seminary.

Tim is married and has three beautiful girls.

Jean Burk

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Author Jean Burk is a homeschooling mother and creator of the revolutionary and award-winning College Prep Genius curriculum which has helped thousands of high school students prepare for the SAT & PSAT/NMSQT. Her expertise has been featured on FOX, CBS, NBC, ABC, WE, ION, Forbes Living TV, UShopTV, and The Homeschool Channel. She has been a keynote and featured speaker at numerous homeschool conferences, schools, clubs, college nights, and is a Fox News contributor. Jean currently travels across the United States speaking about how to go to
college for FREE!

As a homeschooling mom, Jean did not have the financial resources to send her children to college. When she discovered the SAT & PSAT were the keys to getting huge scholarships, she began to research the tests to understand how to prepare her children for them. She discovered that these tests could be taught! They weren’t IQ tests, but rather critical thinking exams. After both her children received full-ride scholarships, Jean began teaching these secrets to other homeschool, public, private and charter school students. Her program College Prep Genius is the culmination of more than a decade of research, classroom experience and SAT expertise. Her daughter also earned free grad school and her son earned free law school!

Jeremy Smith

Missouri Homeschool Convention


Bio: Jeremy R. Smith’s life miraculously changed when Jesus rescued him in 1996. Since then, he’s been passionate about helping the non-religious and the religious to think through and seriously consider what they believe, why they believe it, and why it matters. Since 2010, Jeremy has been serving Faith Ascent as the founding director.

Jeremy studied select topics related to Christian Apologetics, Evangelism, and Philosophy through Biola University in La Mirada, CA and Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO. Jeremy is a member of The Christian Apologetics Alliance, The Missouri Apologetics Network, and St. Louis’ Reasonable Faith Chapter. Jeremy also serves as a Corporate Chaplain at Cordell & Cordell (A Domestic Litigation Firm). Prior to joining the Faith Ascent team, Jeremy’s 10 year professional history included consultative sales roles in both the legal industry and educational publishing.

Jeremy is happily married to Katie and is a grateful father to Elijah, Lucy, and Lorelei Rae.