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Jeffrey L. Morrow

Jeff Morrow is Associate Professor and Chair of Undergraduate Theology at Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey. He also serves as a Senior Fellow of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. Jeff earned his Ph.D. (2007) in Theology at the University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio, in the program on the U.S. Catholic Experience, where he focused on historical theology and the history of biblical exegesis. He earned his M.A. (2003) in Theological Studies, with a focus on Biblical Studies, also at the University of Dayton. He earned his B.A. (2001) at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, where he double majored in Comparative Religion and Classical Greek, and minored in Jewish Studies. Jeff originally comes from a Jewish background; he attended Hebrew school and had a bar mitzvah. In 1997 he became an evangelical Protestant and was heavily involved with para-church ministry as an undergraduate student. He entered the Catholic Church, Easter Vigil 1999. Jeff is a popular speaker who speaks regularly at parishes and schools, as well as at larger events. He has made popular presentations at the Applied Biblical Studies and the Defending the Faith Conferences at Franciscan University of Steubenville, as well as with the Coming Home Network International. He has also published in popular periodicals including This Rock, The Catholic Answer and New Oxford Review. Jeff's scholarly work is primarily in the history of biblical interpretation, but he has also presented academic papers, and published scholarly articles, on a variety of topics related to theology, religion and the Bible. He has published scholarly works in academic journals including International Journal of Systematic Theology, New Blackfriars, Pro Ecclesia, and Toronto Journal of Theology. He has also made scholarly presentations before a number of learned societies, including the American Academy of Religion, the Society of Biblical Literature, the American Catholic Historical Association, and the College Theology Society. He currently resides in New Jersey with his wife Maria (who has a Ph.D. in Theology, specializing in Moral Theology, also from the University of Dayton) and their five children Maia, Eva, Patrick, Robert, and John.

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Jason Shanks

A convert to the Catholic faith, Jason Shanks was raised Methodist. During college at Miami University of Ohio, he became active in an evangelical Protestant organization and began investigating the beliefs of Protestantism. This investigation ultimately led him, much to his surprise, to the Catholic Church. Jason sites his discovery of the Catholic understanding of the Eucharist as the ultimate turning point of his conversion process, saying, “I knew then, I had to be Catholic.” Since his conversion in 1999, Jason has worked in many areas of ministry, but he finds speaking with groups on various issues of faith to be the most rewarding. Jason has held positions as a youth minister in the Catholic Church, a pastoral associate, a parish administrator, was President of Greater Columbus Right to Life for two years where he received an award for his work. In addition, he was the Secretariat Leader for Evangelization and Parish Life for the Diocese of Toledo. He has published articles in Catholic magazines and newspapers, and has spoken to various groups and ages about the Catholic faith. Jason has a Masters in Theology from the Pontifical College Josephinum with a concentration in Evangelization. Later he would go on to receive a Master in Nonprofit Administration from the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame. Currently he is the Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan. In 2014 he was recognized by Crain's Detroit 40 under 40. http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20141003/AWARDS4014/141009920/jason-shanks-38 You can read more about Jason here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shanksjason

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Br. Tommy Piolata, OFM Cap

Br. Tommy Piolata, OFM Cap Br. Tommy graduated from Saint Louis University summa cum laude in 2012. He majored in Philosophy, Classical Humanities, and Italian Studies. At SLU, he also minored in Theological Studies and received a certificate in Medieval Studies. After graduation, Br. Tommy joined the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin of the St. Augustine Province. On July 19th, 2014, Br. Tommy professed simple, temporary vows. Currently, Br. Tommy is studying for a M.A. in Philosophy at the Catholic University of America. Br. Tommy interests lie in the writings of Saint Francis of Assisi, as well as the thought of Saint Bonaventure, and the Franciscan intellectual tradition in general. In addition, he is very interested in the theology of Joseph Ratzinger/ Pope Benedict XVI. Topically, Br. Tommy is interested in metaphysics, especially fundamental ontology, powers, and metaphysic of relations; philosophical and systematic theology, especially regarding Christology and the Trinity; philosophical and theological anthropology, especially with respect to intersubjectivity and contemplation. "The Religious Vision of St. Francis of Assisi as Mission: Entering Into the Experience of the Other," July 2014. http://digitalcommons.csbsju.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1119&context=obsculta

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Jeremy Priest

A cradle Catholic, Jeremy Priest is a Campus Minister at the St. Mary's University Parish at Central Michigan University. After growing up in a "just Sunday Mass" Catholic home, Jeremy had a profound conversion at World Youth Day during his freshman year of college. As Jeremy puts it, "I was taught as a child and believed that Jesus was God, I just didn't believe in Jesus." Reading and encountering Jesus in the New Testament, especially the Gospels, was central to Jeremy's conversion and remains a deep part of his daily life. After completing a B.A. in Theology from Marquette University in 2000, Jeremy earned another B.A. in Philosophy from the Pontifical College Josephinum in 2002. Jeremy is in the process of finishing his STL in Sacramental Theology at The Liturgical Institute of Mundelein Seminary. He enjoys speaking on occasion and loves to spend time reading theology and watching baseball.

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Biff Rocha

Dr. Biff Rocha is Director of Evangelization and Missions for the Diocese of Toledo. He received his Ph.D in Theology from the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio, where, in the program on the U.S. Catholic Experience, he specialized in the history of catechesis in the U.S., particularly in the nineteenth century. His doctoral dissertation focused on an Italian American priest and scholar Januarius De Concilio and the authorship, history and theology of the Baltimore Catechism. In addition to his Ph.D, Biff earned an M.A. (2002) in Theological Studies at the University of Dayton, an M.A. (1998) in Communication, with an emphasis on Rhetoric at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and a B.A. (1988) at Miami University, where he double majored in English and Political Science, and had a special focus on Geology. Biff is a popular speaker who has presented at parishes and schools across the country. He has also published in popular periodicals including New Oxford Review and Hands On Apologetics. He has also presented scholarly paper before such learned societies as the American Academy of Religion, the American Society of Church History, the National Communication Association and the Central States Communication Association. He has also published scholarly articles in professional journals and proceedings including the Global Media Journal and the Proceedings of the Nineteenth Century Theology Group of the American Academy of Religion. Biff was raised nominally Catholic, and then at college he became an evangelical Protestant and became heavily involved with Protestant para-church ministry, eventually becoming a full-time staff member with one of these organizations, and serving on mission trips to Italy and Japan. He eventually re-entered the Catholic Church, and has been instrumental in helping many others find their home in Rome.

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Ryan

Ryan is a husband, father, entrepreneur. Raised in an evangelical Protestant home, the Catholic Church wasn't top of mind. At college he befriended several Catholics and began challenging them toward a more biblical faith (mainly the others authors on this site). But soon he was the one finding himself challenged, particularly on the issues of the Eucharist and Sola Scriptura. After nearly a decade of study (and refusing to study), Ryan, along with his wife Rachell and newborn son, Quinn, were received into the Catholic Church on Easter Vigil, 2009. Ryan studied Comparative Religion and Rhetoric at Miami University, where he was active in campus ministry through Campus Crusade for Christ and Sigma Theta Epsilon. Ryan served in his home church for 6 years leading the Junior High and High School Sunday worship services and youth groups. Ryan lives with his wife and son (and endless house guests), in Burlingame, CA.

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  1. Dr. Jeff Morrow spoke at the Applied Biblical Studies Conference two days ago in Steubenville on the critics, criticism and the Evidence of history for the New Testament. I have a 40 year old atheistic friend and would like to get the titles of the books you suggested during your talk to give to him. He was raised by a solid Catholic family and has gotten progressively worse with his arguments let alone not baptizing his children. Thanks for the help.

    1. Great to hear from you! Sorry I didn’t see this comment until now. The books I recommended at the conference were Walter Kaiser’s, The Old Testament Documents: Are They Reliable & Relevant?; K.A. Kitchen’s On the Reliability of the Old Testament; Craig Blomberg’s The Historical Reliability of the Gospels; and F.F. Bruce’s The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable? I hope this helps!

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