2017 Speakers

Joel Tay

Joel became a Christian at the age of seven after his father, a pastor, shared the Gospel with him. Ever since, he has been interested in the defense of the faith and preached his first sermon to the youth congregation at his church when he was just 15 years of age on the subject of creation and evolution. In 2001, He graduated with a Diploma in Biotechnology (equivalent to a 3 year Associate Degree) from Ngee Ann Polytechnic (Singapore) with an emphasis on the commercial viability of rooftop hydroponics in Singapore. It was around this time that Joel first attended a CMI talk and was blown away to hear answers to some of the nagging questions about creation and evolution. This ignited a passion to share the Gospel through creation apologetics. He became actively involved with Campus Christian Movement, as well as an open air preaching ministry (Operation 513). In 2008, Joel completed a Bachelor of Science from the University of Queensland (Australia), majoring in two fields of studies: Evolutionary Biology and Genetics, with the sole purpose of increasing his own ‘science’ apologetics arsenal to the non-believer. He also has a Master’s degree in Divinity (Theology) from Trinity Theological College in Singapore and a Joel became a Christian at the age of seven after his father, a pastor, shared the Gospel with him. Ever since, he has been interested in the defense of the
faith and preached his first sermon to the youth congregation at his church when he was just 15 years of age on the subject of creation and evolution. In 2001, He graduated with a Diploma in Biotechnology (equivalent to a 3 year Associate Degree) from Ngee Ann Polytechnic (Singapore) with an emphasis on the commercial viability of rooftop hydroponics in Singapore. It was around this time that Joel first attended a CMI talk and was blown away to hear answers to some of the nagging questions about creation and evolution. This ignited a passion to share the Gospel through creation apologetics. He became actively involved with Campus Christian Movement, as well as an open air preaching ministry (Operation 513). In 2008, Joel completed a Bachelor of Science from the University of Queensland (Australia), majoring in two fields of studies: Evolutionary Biology and Genetics, with the sole purpose of increasing his own ‘science’ apologetics arsenal to the non-believer. He also has a Master’s degree in Divinity (Theology) from Trinity Theological College in Singapore and a

Rebecca Farris

Rebecca Keliher Farris, the Well Planned Gal, has inspired and supported thousands of homeschool moms each year through her speaking, talk show, daily planners, magazines, and online resources.

Each year, Rebecca travels to homeschool conventions and women’s conferences sharing her inspirational story of grace. Challenging women to discover the unique journey God has for them, Rebecca mentors women in their work, marriage, parenting adventures, and life.

Mikala Streeter

Mikala is the Founder and Principal of The LIFE School, a progressive learning community with two programs: an in-person high school in Atlanta, GA and a virtual unschooling program for grades 7-12. At The LIFE School, students are empowered to discover and pursue their passions, grow as leaders, and engage as citizens. Mikala is an experienced educator who is committed to empowering students from all backgrounds. Over the last 7 years, she has taught middle and high school computer science, math, and engineering design courses, designed curriculum, and coached and trained teachers around the world. Prior to founding The LIFE School, Mikala also co-founded an educational technology company focused on college access. She has a B.S. in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a M.A. in Education (Learning, Design, and Technology) from Stanford University.

Jennifer S. Kramer

Jennifer S. Kramer has a 17 year background in educational & athletic administration, non-profit development, public speaking, coaching and teaching. She has her BA in Social Science Education and Spanish and her M.Ed. in Educational Leadership. She served as an Assistant Principal, department head, Athletic Director and chair of the SACS/SAIS committee at a private school in Alpharetta, GA. She currently runs Operations, Development & Education for The United Intentions Foundation. Her passion is to empower children to become more resilient and turn challenges into opportunities by utilizing the principles of gratitude and kindness.

Christopher Williams

Director and Chair of Early College at Young Harris College 10+ years in higher education and dual enrollment Ed.D of Higher Education/Adult Learning

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