Deeper Roots 2017

  • September 8, 2017 - September 9, 2017
    7:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The Deeper Roots Conference exists to deepen faith through understanding, equip believers to share that faith, and connect believers to one another.

A program of the Library of Historical Apologetics, in partnership with Defenders Media

2017 Theme: Engaging the Heart Through the Mind


September 8-9, 2017

Lighthouse Community Church
4321 South 11th Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49009


Conference Keynotes – J. Warner Wallace and Dr. Tim McGrew

Event Overview

Friday, September 8, 2017
Speakers – David McGrew and Tim McGrew

Worship: David McGrew

Hosted by: Kurt Jaros

Dessert Reception

Doors open at 6:00pm

Program Duration: 7:00pm-9:00pm


Saturday, September 9, 2017

Conference Keynotes – J. Warner Wallace and Tim McGrew
Other speakers: Lydia McGrew, Rob Bowman, Tom Gilson, David McGrew, Jon Meyer, and Kurt Jaros

Worship: David McGrew

Hosted by: Kurt Jaros

Doors open at 7:30am

Program Duration: 8:30am-3:30pm



J.-Warner-WallaceJ. Warner Wallace
Warner Wallace is a cold-case homicide detective, Christian case maker and author of Cold-Case Christianity and God’s Crime Scene. J. Warner was a conscientious and vocal atheist through his undergraduate and graduate work in Design and Architecture (CSULB and UCLA); he always considered himself to be an “evidentialist”. His experience in law enforcement only served to strengthen his conviction that truth is tied directly to evidence. But at the age of thirty-five, J. Warner took a serious and expansive look at the evidence for the Christian Worldview and determined that Christianity was demonstrably true. After becoming a Christ follower in 1996, Jim continued to take an evidential approach to truth as he examined the Christian worldview. He eventually earned a Master’s Degree in Theological Studies from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. Learn more about J. Warner at


Tim McGrewTim McGrew
Dr. Timothy McGrew serves as a Senior Research Fellow with He is Professor of Philosophy at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Vanderbilt University (1992), and has published in numerous journals including Mind,The Monist, Analysis, British Journal for the Philosophy of Science, and Philosophia Christi. He specializes in theory of knowledge, logic, probability theory, and the history and philosophy of science. He is an avid chess player, enjoys the great hymns of the faith, and directs the Library of Historical of Apologetics, which can be found online and on Facebook. Tim has been married to Lydia for 28 years and they have three children, all of whom play chess.


Lydia HeadshotLydia McGrew

Dr. Lydia McGrew is a widely published analytic philosopher who specializes in classical and formal epistemology, probability theory, and philosophy of religion. She is the co-author (with Timothy McGrew) of Internalism and Epistemology: The Architecture of Reason (Routledge, 2007) and of the article on the argument from miracles in The Blackwell Companion to Natural Theology (2009). Her articles have appeared in such journals as Erkenntnis, Theoria, Acta Analytica, Philosophia Christi, and Philosophical Studies, and she is the author of the entry on historical inquiry and theism in The Routledge Companion to Theism (2012). She home schools, and in her spare time, she blogs about apologetics, Christianity, culture, and politics. She lives in Southwest Michigan with her husband and children.


TomGilsonTom Gilson

Tom Gilson is a senior editor of The Stream, author of the 2016 parent-friendly guide to keeping kids in the faith titled Critical Conversations: A Christian Parents’ Guide to Discussing Homosexuality With Teens, the chief editor of True Reason: Christian Responses to the Challenge of Atheism, and the author/host of the Thinking Christian blog. His wife, Sara, and he have just become empty-nesters, their two 20-something children having both recently moved out of their home in southwest in Ohio. He received a B.Mus. in Music Education with a specialty in performance from Michigan State University and an M.S. in Organizational Psychology from the University of Central Florida. When he’s not writing he loves drinking coffee, canoeing, walking in the woods, and playing Bach on the trombone. You can find him online at Follow him on Twitter: @TomGilsonAuthor.


Rob-BowmanRob Bowman

Robert M. Bowman Jr. has been with the Institute for Religious Research since 2008 and is IRR’s Executive Director. Previously he served as Manager of Apologetics & Interfaith Evangelism for the North American Mission Board (2006-2008). For ten years Rob taught graduate courses in apologetics, biblical studies, and religion at Luther Rice University (1994-99) and Biola University (2001-2005). He has also worked with other apologetics and discernment ministries, most notably the Christian Research Institute (1984-91), the Atlanta Christian Apologetics Project (1994-99), and Watchman Fellowship in Alabama (1999-2000). Rob has spoken at over a hundred churches and at some three dozen conferences and debates. He has five years of experience hosting call-in radio talk shows focusing on apologetics, including the nationally famous Bible Answer Man show.

Rob Bowman earned the M.A. in Biblical Studies and Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, did doctoral studies in Christian Apologetics at Westminster Theological Seminary, and earned his Ph.D. in Biblical Studies at South African Theological Seminary. He is the author of roughly 60 articles (e.g., in the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, Review of Biblical Literature, Christian Research Journal, Moody Monthly, Pastoral Renewal, Mission Frontiers, and Journal of Evangelism and Missions) and 13 books pertaining to apologetics, religion, and biblical theology, including two winners of the Gold Medallion Award, An Unchanging Faith in a Changing World (1997) and Faith Has Its Reasons (2001; 2d ed., 2006). His most recent books are Putting Jesus in His Place: The Case for the Deity of Christ (co-authored with Ed Komoszewski, 2007), which received numerous endorsements from such scholars as Ravi Zacharias and Richard Bauckham, and What Mormons Believe (2012).

Rob and his wife, Cathy, have been married since 1981 and have four children, three of them still living at home.


David McGrewDavid McGrew

Dave McGrew, his wife Vicki, and their sons Benjamin and Samuel moved to Cumberland, Maryland from Illinois in June 2016 to join the staff at Cornerstone Baptist Church. Dave serves there as Assistant Pastor for Worship & Discipleship. For three years prior, Dave served as Worship Pastor at Grace Church in Morton, IL. For eleven years before that, Dave was an Assistant Professor of Music & Fine Arts at Baptist Bible College & Seminary in Clarks Summit, PA. Dave received his undergraduate education from Cedarville University and master’s from Ithaca College. Along with his ministry of leading God’s people to worship in spirit and in truth, Dave has also taught college courses in historical apologetics. Both Dave and Vicki have led students through various studies in apologetics in Church and at home. Dave and Vicki are avid readers and could single-handedly sustain the business of several local coffee houses. On his days off, Dave and the family can also be found outside hiking, fishing, and playing soccer.


Kurt Jaros

Kurt Jaros is the Executive Director of Defenders Media and host of the Veracity Hill podcast. He is currently a Ph.D. student studying the doctrine of Original Sin in the writings of monks from southern France in the 5th and 6th century. He holds two Masters degrees in Christian Apologetics from Biola University, and Systematic Theology, from King’s College London. He also blogs at Values & Capitalism a project of the American Enterprise Institute. He likes systematic and historical theology, philosophy of religion, and issues in Christian pop culture. His theological interests include theological anthropology, hamartiology, soteriology, divine providence, and other issues in Christian pop culture. Additionally, he enjoys political philosophy, economics, American political history and campaigns. He currently resides in the suburbs of Chicago with his lovely wife and two daughters.


Jon_Picture(1)Jon Meyer

Jonathan Meyer is Co-Director for Ratio Christi, a campus apologetics student group, at Western Michigan University. Jon received a B.A. in Philosophy from Grand Valley State University and an M.A. in Philosophy from Western Michigan University. He will be a Philosophy instructor at Kalamazoo Valley Community College beginning in the Fall, and will also be teaching an apologetics class for home school high school students at The Learning Center at Lighthouse Community Church in Kalamazoo. Jon has also been a guest blogger on the Christian Apologetics Alliance website. In his spare time Jon loves to play guitar and is considered by some to be a connoisseur of bad movies (MST3K).





Venue Phone: 269-353-7021

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4321 South 11th Street, Kalamazoo, Michigan, 49009, United States


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