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Rich is the Program Director of Room For Doubt and the presenter for Room For Doubt's seminars and workshops at conventions, conferences, colleges, Christian camps, and churches. He provides and manages the content on the R4D website and mobile app and writes the scripts for the program's videos.
He also serves as the Director of WorldViewEyes, a youth-oriented program launched in 2000 that has received five grants from the Lilly Endowment totaling over $1,000,000. It helps youth understand different worldviews and challenges them to live a consistently-applied Christian worldview. He has written and produced the program's multimedia presentations that have been attended by about 80,000 youth and adults in 22 states, Canada, and China.
His particular interest is the relationship between science and the Christian faith. He was a $10,000 award winner from the Templeton Foundation for developing an integrative seminary course in science and religion. In addition to articles in four journals, he has chapters dealing with Christianity and science in two books, a chapter on ethics in a tribute book for Dr. Norman Geisler, and a chapter on philosophy of science in relation to the Stone-Campbell religious tradition. His most recent work is Truth about God: What Can We Know and How Can We Know It? (forthcoming in 2021).
Rich has delivered special lectureships or presentations at a number of popular and professional conferences, including the North American Christian Convention; the International Conference on Missions, The Stone-Campbell Journal Conference; the Midwest and National Evangelical Theological and Philosophical Society Conferences; the Wheaton Theology Conference; and the Center for Research in Science at Azusa Pacific University. He also serves on the board for the Christian Campus Foundation (Axiom), a campus ministry at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.
Rich and his wife, Paula, have three married children and seven grandchildren. He has traveled to England, France, Italy, New Zealand, Fiji, Australia, Jamaica, Greece, Turkey, and China. He was a gifted athlete who was a high school all-state second baseman in North Carolina and played for a AAA State Champion baseball team. In 2013, he was inducted into the inaugural class of the Athletic Hall of Fame for basketball at St. Louis Christian College where he held the all-time scoring record (2,225 pts.) for about 20 years. He is still second on their all-time scoring list, second in average pts/game (22.7), and first in free throws made (515).
Zach graduated with a BS in Computer Science from North Carolina State University, where he was Valedictorian, graduating with a 4.0 GPA. While at NC State, he also earned Academic All-American honors three times as an NCAA Division I college wrestler. Zach earned his MBA at NC State and worked for American Airlines in Dallas as a contract negotiator.
With a passion for Christian apologetics, Zach was led to the Seminary at Lincoln Christian University. He taught undergraduate courses in business and theology and received an MA in Christian Apologetics with highest honors.
For several years after graduating from Lincoln, Zach taught New Testament, Apologetics, and World Religions to high school students at Northside Christian School in St. Petersburg, Florida, where he also served as wrestling coach.
In 2019, he completed a PhD in Theology & Apologetics from Liberty University and became the Room For Doubt Assistant Director. He has published articles in the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, Philosophia Christi, Southeastern Theological Review, Journal of the International Society of Christian Apologetics, Themelios, and Irish Theological Quarterly. In 2021, he published the book, Slipping Through the Cracks: Are Some Lost Who Would Have Been Saved in Different Circumstances?
Zach grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, and has traveled to China, Japan, Ireland, Germany, Greece, New Zealand, Hawaii, Haiti, Israel, Italy, and more. His hobbies include Bible study, listening to podcasts, playing games with friends and family, coaching wrestling, and watching sports.
He has been a regular contributor to the R4D website since 2015.
Dr. Cone earned his BA in the Classics: Classical Civilization at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and two master’s degrees (MA in Contemporary Christian Theology and Philosophy and MA in Church History/Historical Theology) at Lincoln Christian Seminary in Lincoln, Illinois. He was awarded his PhD in Systematic Theology from Boston College.
After earning his undergraduate degree, Dr. Cone joined Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in Dublin, Ireland. While serving with YWAM he helped start a ministry location in Ireland's rural west. Their mission was to start and disciple Christian youth groups, hoping to make the Irish mission field into a potent mission force. During this time, he also travelled to the Republic of the Philippines with YWAM, serving and encouraging Pilipino orphanages, youth groups and disadvantaged communities.
After completing his residency at Boston College, Dr. Cone joined a group of friends from Lincoln Christian University (LCU) who had started a missionary effort in Prague, Czech Republic. Prague is an extremely secular city, and serving as a missionary there involves both the great effort of evangelism and the work of serving a Czech church making its way forward in that setting. Most of his work there centered on 15-25 year-olds he met through evangelistic English camps and continuing in both group activities and personal discussions.
Dr. Cone joined the faculty at LCU knowing that he could continue to follow God in a place with a global vision, and with a mission committed to changing lives and changing the world for and toward God. He feels privileged to teach theology and philosophy at Lincoln Christian Seminary, and he looks forward to many fruitful years.
Paul has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in more than 30 countries on four continents. He and his wife have two sons and four grandchildren.
Bob earned two undergraduate degrees from Kentucky Christian College (BA and BTh in Bible) and the MDiv in New Testament from Emmanuel School of Religion. In 1990, he earned his PhD in Historical Theology from St. Louis University.
Continually in demand as an interim minister in Central Illinois, Bob has also ministered in West Virginia, Tennessee, and Missouri. He has also worked in short-term missions in Chile, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic.
Bob’s articles and reviews have appeared in Christian Standard, Church History, the Stone-Campbell Journal, Encyclopedia of Early Christianity, and Encyclopedia of the Stone-Campbell Movement. He is a member of the North American Patristics Society and the American Society of Church History. He has served on national dialogue teams representing Christian Churches and Churches of Christ with Church of God, and in Stone-Campbell dialogue with Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and Churches of Christ.
Bob and his wife Mary Ann raised two adopted daughters and reside in America’s heartland.