Who We Are


Norman L. Geisler

Dr. Norman Geisler

Dr. Norman Geisler

General Editor

Dr. Norman Geisler (BA, ThB, MA, PhD) is author or co-author of over 80 books, including A General Introduction to the Bible and From God to Us with Dr. William E. Nix., The Big Book of Bible Difficulties with Dr. Thomas Howe, Defending Inerrancy with Dr. William Roach, Inerrancy, Biblical Inerrancy, Biblical Errancy: Its Philosophical Roots, A History of Philosophy, Miracles and the Modern Mind, and A Popular Survey of the New Testament.

In addition, Dr. Geisler has taught on the college and graduate school level for 55 years at some of the top Christian Schools in the United States, including Trinity College, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and Dallas Theological Seminary. He is the co-founder of two seminaries: Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, NC and Veritas Evangelical Seminary in Santa Ana, CA. He also founded the Evangelical Philosophical Society and the International Society of Christian Apologetics, and was president of the Evangelical Theological Society.

Joseph M. Holden

Joseph M. Holden

Dr. Joseph M. Holden

Contributor, Editor

Dr. Joseph M. Holden is President and co-founder of Veritas Evangelical Seminary located in Santa Ana, California. He received his PhD in Theology from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (Lampeter, Wales) and the MDiv and MA in Apologetics with honors from Southern Evangelical Seminary (Charlotte, NC). Dr. Holden has taught apologetics, Bible, and theology, at the undergraduate and/or graduate level for over 15 years. From 1998-1999, he was Lecturer at Faith Evangelical Seminary (Carlsbad satellite site). From 2005-2012, he served as an adjunct faculty member at Azusa Pacific University.

From 2008 to the present, Dr. Holden has served as President and Professor of Apologetics and Theology at Veritas Evangelical Seminary. He is also the author or co-author of many books and articles including The Popular Handbook of Archaeology and the Bible: Discoveries that Confirm the Reliability of Scripture (Harvest House). Others include Living Loud: Defending Your Faith (B&H), Charts of Apologetics and Christian Evidences (Zondervan), and associate editor and contributor to The Apologetics Study Bible for Students (B&H). He is also a contributor to Reasons for Our Hope (B&H) Baker’s Handbook of Denominations and Ministries (Baker Books, forthcoming), Baker’s Dictionary of Cults and World Religions (Baker Books, forthcoming), and producer of the documentary Archaeology and the Bible: The Top 10 Amazing Discoveries.

F. David Farnell

F. David Farnell

Dr. David Farnell

Contributor, Editor

Dr. F. David Farnell is Senior Professor of New Testament at The Master’s Seminary. He holds the PhD degree from Dallas Theological Seminary in New Testament and the MDiv and ThM degrees from Talbot Theological Seminary. From 1991-1997, he was a professor of Biblical Studies at Southeastern Bible College in Birmingham, Alabama, where he chaired the Department of Pastoral Theology and Biblical Studies from 1991-1994. In addition, he served as Academic Dean at Southeastern from 1994-1997. Dr. Farnell served as a teaching assistant in the areas of New Testament and Bible Exposition at Talbot Theological Seminary.

Dr. Farnell has also pastored several churches and published extensively in books and periodicals. His most recent work is The Jesus Quest: The Danger from Within, co-edited with Dr. Norman L. Geisler. Dr. Farnell has also written “The Independence View of Gospel Origins” in Three Views on the Origins of the Synoptic Gospels (Kregel) and The Jesus Crisis (Kregel) that he co-edited and to which he contributed many articles. He specializes in the impact of historical-critical philosophical ideologies in New Testament Criticism and Interpretation.

William C. Roach

William C. Roach

Dr. William C. Roach

Contributor, Editor

William C. Roach is editor of the Journal of the International Society of Christian Apologetics. He holds a PhD from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Theology and Philosophy of Religion and a graduate degree from Southern Evangelical Seminary. During his doctoral studies, Dr. Roach studied hermeneutics, biblical theology, systematic theology, and epistemology. His dissertation focused on Carl F. H. Henry’s epistemological approach to hermeneutics, culminating in a dissertation titled, “Hermeneutics as Epistemology: A Critical Analysis of Carl F. H. Henry’s Epistemological Approach to Hermeneutics.”

Dr. Roach currently teaches adjunctively at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and serves as a worldview trainer for Focus on the Family’s Truth Project. He is also the co-author of Defending Inerrancy: Affirming the Accuracy of Scripture for a New Generation, receiving endorsements from J. I. Packer, R. Albert Mohler, John MacArthur, J. P. Moreland, and Earl Radmacher. Lastly, he has contributed to the work, The Jesus Quest: The Danger From Within, a revealing book on the contemporary drift of many evangelicals from the complete historicity and total inerrancy of the New Testament.

Richard G. Howe

Richard Howe

Dr. Richard G. Howe

Contributor, Editor

Dr. Richard G. Howe is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and Apologetics at Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, NC and Vice-President of the International Society of Christian Apologetics. He received a BA in Bible from Mississippi College, an MA in Philosophy from the University of Mississippi, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Arkansas. He is a contributor to several books including The Popular Encyclopedia of Apologetics, Reasons for Faith, To Everyone an Answer, and The Jesus Quest. Dr. Howe has spoken and debated in churches and universities in the US and Canada as well as Europe and Africa on issues relating to the defense of the Christian faith. Richard and his wife Rebekah reside in the Atlanta area. In their free time they enjoy international travel.

Ian Buckley

Ian Buckley

Dr. Ian Buckley

Defending Inerrancy International Outreach

Ian Buckley is the founding pastor of New Hope Community Church, Auckland New Zealand. He a holds a Business Degree in Marketing and Information Systems, a BA in Bible and Theology and a DMin from Northwest Graduate School of Ministry, now Bakke Graduate University. Dr. Buckley’s passion is to reach the unchurched with the life changing Good News of Jesus Christ and to equip Christians to effectively share their faith based on the inerrant Word of God. He is married to Kimberley and has 4 grown children.

Shawn Nelson

Shawn Nelson

Shawn Nelson

Software Entrepreneur

Shawn Nelson is a twenty-year software entrepreneur veteran. He cofounded Del Mar DataTrac, a successful mortgage banking software company, in the 90s. The company was acquired in 2005 by Fiserv, a fortune 500 company. For the last twenty years, Shawn’s passion has been to reach the unsaved with the good news of Jesus Christ. He holds a BA in Biblical Studies from San Diego Christian College and is married with two children. He is also the author of several free books including Hack your ChristianityProof Christianity is True and Proof Evolution is False.