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The A-Team Blog addresses issues related to the study and practice of Christianity within its cultural context and promotes goodness, beauty and truth.

Roger OvertonRoger N. Overton

Roger Overton is currently pursuing a Masters degree at Talbot School of Theology. He has addressed various churches, schools and youth camps throughout the United States. Roger was co-editor of The   New Media Frontier (Crossway, 2008) and God and Governing (Pickwick Publications – Wipf & Stock, 2009). Roger loves to watch LOST, the Red Sox and listen to movie scores.

Amy HallAmy K. Hall

Amy Hall moved to Los Angeles in 1997 to work as an oh-so-glamorous production assistant in the film industry.  It was while she was driving to Home Depot yet again to pick up nails (or something like that) that she first heard an advertisement for the new M.A. in Christian Apologetics at Biola University.  It was a perfect fit for her passion for truth and her (somewhat annoyingly) analytical, questioning mind.  Four years of school-on-nights-and-weekends later, she had her degree.  After some teaching, a few speaking engagements, and some volunteering at Stand to Reason (an apologetics organization), Amy was drafted by Roger into the original A-Team and has been blogging ever since.

In 2007, after ten years of working in visual effects, Amy left “The Industry” to work in apologetics full time at Stand to Reason.  Her goal is to help Christians truly grasp the fact that Christianity = Reality, giving them the confidence and ability to apply and live out this truth in every area of their lives so that they may know, love, and serve Christ as whole people, in the fullest way possible.

She is still uncomfortable writing about herself in the third person.

David NilsenDavid Nilsen

In 2003 I graduated from high school with no set direction for my life. I spent a year in Iowa before returning to California to attend Junior College. I changed majors 3 times; from Physics to Business to Film (as you can see, no direction). I was a Christian, attending church regularly, but furthering the cause of Christ in this fallen world was not a high priority.

In 2005 I picked up an issue of TableTalk magazine, and I was re-introduced to the work of R. C. Sproul (whom I had read once in high school). Later that year, while taking a biology class with an ardent atheist professor, I picked up a copy of Lee Strobel’s “The Case For A Creator.” In the Fall of 2006 I came to Biola University and was introduced to the works of J. P. Moreland and John Mark Reynolds. My fate was sealed.

Just a few years ago, I was passionless. Now I have two passions: Studying the Word of God and engaging in the task of Apologetics. 1 Peter 3:15 exhorts all Christians to be ready to give an answer for the hope that we have. My goal is to be able to give my answer articulately and powerfully, but even more importantly, in love. There are many purposes for apologetics, but by far the most important is the opening of minds and the softening of hearts for the work of the Holy Spirit. If we don’t care about and pray for those with whom we engage in apologetics, we fail to fulfill this purpose. As a wise man once said, “Take a stand for the Truth, but do it in love fool!”

Education Info:
–Currently: M.A. in Historical Theology student, Westminster Seminary California
–2008: B.A. in Philosophy, Biola University
–2006: A.A. in Liberal Arts, Palomar College

Aaron SnellAaron Snell

Aaron is, first and foremost, a follower of Jesus of Nazareth.  He spends his days as a high school choir teacher who uses much of his mental energy thinking about theology, and is passionate about pursuing the knowledge of God so that his life may be more fully conformed to the image of Christ.

Aaron has served as a church elder and is currently working to complete his MA in Christian Apologetics from Biola University.  Previous to joining the A-Team, he blogged off-and-on at The Crucible.  He is a musician, a lover of books and careful thinking, and a proponent (and practicing homeschooler) of Classical Christian Education.

Aaron has been married to his best friend Amy (not Hall) since 1997 and has two children, Elijah and Jonah.  You can email him at aaron-snell at sbcglobal dot net.

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