Live Interview: The Andrew Brunson Story

Monday morning forum
April 8, 2019 • 8:15 a.m.

Learn the “art of interviewing” and hear the riveting story of American pastor Andrew Brunson.

“Interviewing is the heart of journalism. Yet too few journalists have ever received education or training in this critical skill. For most journalists the only way to learn is on the job, mostly through painful trial and error.” — Chip Scanlan, Poynter Institute


Andrew Brunson
For 23 years, Andrew and his wife Norine were American missionaries in Turkey doing church planting, training, and ministering to refugees. Then Andrew was falsely charged with terrorism and espionage. What followed was two years of imprisonment in a Turkish prison. On October 28, 2018, Andrew was convicted by Turkish authorities, sentenced to time served, and then immediately released and allowed to return to America.

Dean Nelson
Andrew will be telling his story in an interview conducted by Dean Nelson, the founder and director of the journalism program at Point Loma Nazarene University. Dean is also the founder and host of the annual Writer’s Symposium By The Sea, where he has interviewed writers such as Ray Bradbury, Garrison Keillor, Joyce Carol Oates, Jeannette Walls, Anne Lamott, Tracy Kidder, Eugene Peterson, Philip Yancey, Barbara Brown Taylor, Rob Bell, Shauna Niequist, Donald Miller and dozens of others. He has also written for the New York Times for 25 years, for the Boston Globe, and writes for several magazines. Dean is the author of “Talk to Me: How to Ask Better Questions, Get Better Answers, and Interview Anyone Like a Pro” published by HarperCollins.

Biblical Literacy: Advancing the Knowledge and Comprehension of Scripture

Tuesday morning forum
April 9, 2019 • 8:15 a.m.

Four evangelical leaders from prominent Bible-centered organizations will present their perspectives on Biblical Literacy, which is the 2019 EPA Cause of the Year (sponsored by Biblica).


Bill Crowder | Our Daily Bread Ministries 
Bill Crowder joined the Our Daily Bread Ministries staff in 2001 after more than 20 years in the pastorate. As vice president of teaching content, Bill provides biblical and theological evaluation of the ministry’s content for their various ministry efforts. Additionally, Bill spends much of his time in a Bible-conference ministry around the world. Bill is a contributing writer for the Our Daily Bread devotional and has written many Bible study booklets for ODBM’s Discovery Series. He has also published several books with Discovery House Publishers, the latest being Seeing the Heart of Christ: How Jesus Cares for Hurting People. Bill also serves as a co-host with Mart DeHaan, Elisa Morgan, and Daniel Ryan Day on the “Discover The Word” daily radio program, heard nationwide.

Esteban Fernandez | Biblica – The International Bible Society
Esteban is a communicator, journalist, and pastor. He is the director of Latin Ministries for Biblica – The International Bible Society. For more than a decade, he conducted the work of Vida Publisher, and he is considered one of the most dynamic and innovative executives of the Christian publishing industry in Spanish, according to the magazine Críticas, a publication of Publishers Weekly. He was recognized as “Publisher of the Year” in 2007 by the Spanish Evangelical Publisher Association (SEPA). Along with his wife Patricia, he is founder and president of the leadership-training ministry, Nuestra Fortaleza (Our Strength). He works in favor of the Latin community in the United States.

Mart Green | Every Tribe Every Nation
Mart Green is the Ministry Investment Officer for Hobby Lobby and is the founder of Mardel Christian and Education Supply stores. His retail career began with his parents, who founded Hobby Lobby in their home, they now have over 800 stores in 47 states. He is also a leading champion of illumiNations, a collective impact alliance, working to eradicate Bible poverty by 2033. Matt is a member of the Every Tribe Every Nation alliance. Every Tribe Entertainment (ETE) has released two films: Beyond the Gates of Splendor, a 2002 documentary, and End of the Spear, a 2005 adventure drama, both about the 1956 killing of five missionaries in Ecuador.

Brian Russell | YouVersion
For more than a decade, Brian Russell was active in cross-cultural work and Kingdom business ventures in North Africa. Now Brian is the Executive Director of YouVersion, maker of the Bible App and the Bible App for Kids, installed on more than 350 million devices around the world. YouVersion is a ministry of Life.Church, one of the largest churches in the United States, with approximately 86,000 people attending 32 physical locations each weekend. In addition, more than 270,000 attend its online campus every week. Brian lives with his wife Maureen and their four children in Edmond, Oklahoma.