Rich Knopp is the Executive Director of Room For Doubt and Professor Emeritus of Philosophy & Christian Apologetics at Lincoln Christian University where he taught from 1983-2022.
Rich produces and offers multimedia presentations for conventions, conferences, colleges, Christian camps, and churches. He provides and oversees content on the R4D website and mobile app.
He served as the Director of WorldViewEyes from 2000-2022. This high school youth program received five grants from the Lilly Endowment of over $1,000,000. It helped youth understand different worldviews and challenged them to live a consistently-applied Christian worldview.
His formal education was done at St. Louis Christian College (BA in Christian Ministry), Lincoln Christian Seminary (MDiv in Philosophy & Theology), Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (MA in Philosophy), and the University of Illinois at Champaign (PhD in Philosophy).
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. His most recent work is Truth about God: What Can We Know and How Can We Know It? (2021). In addition, Rich has articles in four journals, chapters on Christianity and science in two books (Taking Every Thought Captive and Theology in the Present Age), a chapter on Christian ethics in I Am Put Here for a Defense of the Gospel, and a chapter on philosophy of science in relation to the Stone-Campbell heritage in Restoration and Philosophy.
He has delivered special lectureships or multimedia presentations at a number of professional conferences, including 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, a campus ministry at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.
His multimedia presentations have been given in many church and parachurch events, including Christ in Youth conferences; state Christian teen conventions; Church Leader conferences; Christian camps in Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, West Virginia, and Oregon; the Christian Camp Leaders conference; the Association of College Ministries; the Michigan Christian Convention; the North American Christian Convention; and the International Conference on Missions. His presentations have been attended by over 80,000 youth and adults in 22 states, Canada, and China.
Rich and his wife, Paula, have three married children and seven grandchildren. He has traveled to Canada, England, France, Italy, New Zealand, Fiji, Australia, Jamaica, Greece, Turkey, Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and China. In sports, Rich played second base for a AAA high school state champion baseball team in North Carolina, and 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.