Jason DeZurik is a leading Christian speaker for students and host of the radio show, Do Not Keep Silent. As of January 2015 he is the new Morning Show Host for New Morning Praise on WXML - 90.1FM in Northwest Ohio. New Morning Praise is a Monday - Friday program that runs from 6:00a.m. - 8:30a.m. everyday. His reputation for presenting Biblical truth, candid opinions and playful personality have made Do Not Keep Silent one of the most listened to programs on the New Vision FM radio network and #1 on all Christian stations in Northwest Ohio. Because of his 18 years in youth ministry, DeZurik is respected as a leading expert on teen spirituality. Jason’s unique blend of modern Christian music and insightful views on student issues has captured the attention of young at heart followers of all ages. DeZurik also speaks at Christian schools, clubs, youth events, and music festivals. He has spoken in over 20 states in the last 5 years. Online, he maintains a strong social networking presence and leads a team of bloggers for Worldview Warriors, the nonprofit ministry he founded to equip students to impact this generation for Jesus Christ.
DeZurik and his team connect with students using tools of music and the latest technologies, to inspire them to follow Christ, exhort them with stories of struggles and triumphs from interviews with Christ followers, and bring real life answers to living out a Christian worldview.
Jason has a passion for speaking to students in a variety of subjects including: Integrity, Hearing and Obeying God’s Direction, Discipleship, Becoming the Man or Woman God has Called You To Be, Forgiveness, Perseverance, Moving From Spiritual Infancy to Spiritual Maturity, and Advancing the Kingdom of God. He is also an expert in the Creation /Evolution Debate, with over 16 years of intensive study and debate experience. These are just a few of the topics included in the discussions on Do Not Keep Silent and the ministry of Worldview Warriors.
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Katie Erickson is a native of Dearborn, Michigan. She migrated to Ohio to earn her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Ohio Northern University in 2003, and has lived in northwest Ohio ever since. Katie was called to seminary and began her studies at Winebrenner Theological Seminary in 2007, earning her Master of Divinity degree in August 2010 with a specialization in biblical languages of Greek and Hebrew. She has a passion for digging into the original languages of the Bible to interpret them more accurately, both for personal spiritual growth and to help others in their understanding of the Scriptures. She continues to work in the engineering field, currently as a design engineer for Ridge & Associates, Inc. in Findlay, Ohio. Aside from her engineering job, Katie teaches Biblical Hebrew and provides pulpit supply services to various churches whenever there is a need. Her interests include Biblical languages, her pets (cats and frogs), bicycling, computers, and anything to do with technology. Her favorite foods are spaghetti and chocolate (but not together!)
Logan Ames is a speaker, writer, and radio personality for Worldview Warriors and Do Not Keep Silent. He also works full-time as an investigator for Children's Protective Services in Hancock County, Ohio and part-time as lead pastor of Salem Church of God in Big Island Township, just outside of Marion, OH.
Ames grew up in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and spent many years working a variety of jobs in that area. His family attended Hershey Evangelical Free Church in Hershey, Pennsylvania for the first 10 years of his life, then became part of a church-plant from scratch in 1991, helping start Caring Community Church of God in Hershey, PA. He accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior in 1994 and has experienced God's love, discipline, grace, and mercy ever since. At Caring Community, Logan was a member of the Senior High Youth Group in high school, and led it for 4 years as an adult. He also founded the church softball team and led a young adult men's Bible study. Ames began preaching in the church at 18 years old and felt the call to be a pastor at the age of 20. He graduated from Harrisburg Area Community College in 2001 with an associate's in criminal justice, and Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2003 with a bachelor's in criminology. After 5 years of continuing to wrestle with his own fears associated with God's calling, Ames finally made the life-changing decision to move 7 hours away to Findlay, OH in 2008 and began his pursuit of a Master of Divinity degree at Winebrenner Theological Seminary. He graduated with his M-Div., with a specialization in Family Ministry, in 2011.
Since he's been called to Findlay, Logan been blessed to take part in a jail ministry at the local jail and also work for 2.5 years at the local homeless shelter. God has also blessed him with opportunities to preach at 11 different churches, in addition to the jail and homeless shelter, in the northwest Ohio region. He's gone through the trials of losing a job, financial insecurity, breakups of relationships including one engagement, and feeling lonely far away from my family. However, God has always been there for him and always been the hope, peace, and joy in his life when Ames needed it most. Logan Ames writes, "Even when my own sins cast an overwhelming shadow on me, God's love and grace pulled me from the pit. I'm excited to see what the future holds because I know the One who holds the future!"
Steve Risner hails from a small town in northwest Ohio known as Sycamore—he grew up five miles outside of town, but his mail read “Sycamore, OH” on it. He was raised in an Assembly of God church his entire life (although he dabbled with Foursquare a bit here and there). He currently leads worship and the men’s group at New Beginnings Assembly of God where he also has been an adult leader in the youth group for nearly
10 years. Steve has participated in youth ministry and college groups since graduating from high school. He has a heart for our youth and sees a major connection between the fatherlessness of our nation and many of the problems our youth are facing.
Steve has been a practicing chiropractor for over a decade. He first practiced in Seattle, WA and then returned home in 2004 to open his own practice where he
and his wife, Michelle, work together. The Risner Spinal Center in Findlay, Ohio opened in 2005. His education in biology and, more particularly, anatomy and physiology have inspired him to study the science of evolution and creation. He’s been involved in the creation/evolution debate since 1993 when he first attended a seminar on the subject. He was 15 and hasn’t looked back since.
Steve enjoys music of all kinds and various outdoor activities but his true
love—where he finds real enjoyment—is in the lives of his children. He and his wife Michelle have 4 boys ranging in age from 2 to 11 years and they just had their 5th child—a beautiful baby girl.
Bill is the second oldest of five brothers in his family. He hails from a competitive athletic background; he played football for seven years and wrestled for twenty years (including a year in college and four years of coaching). Despite his love for athletics, he left the field of competition to pursue ministry opportunities on the streets of Cleveland. After graduating from Cleveland State University, he pursued his love for ministry by enrolling as a student at Winebrenner Theological Seminary. He graduated with a Master’s of Divinity with a focus in Biblical Studies in 2010 and desires to use his relationship with Jesus and knowledge of the Bible to help people live their lives to the fullest.
Ami Samuels joined the Worldview Warriors team this year and is the author of children’s book “How Do I Know God Is With Me” and a captivating Christian speaker. Her energetic personality and humorous stories will help you enjoy a time of fellowship and laughter while encouraging you in your Christian walk. Ami’s desire as a speaker is to motivate everyone to draw one step closer to God in their daily life through Bible study and prayer. Ami has been able to speak at many events. She has shared her message at Kentucky Christian University, Lindsey Wilson College, Get Real inC, mother/daughter banquets, retreats, and even Mops groups. As she shares from personal experience her down to earth approach to life and Christianity are sure to encourage you to be the best person you can be in Christ.
Nathan Buck is particularly passionate about God's Word. He is driven to preach and teach the depths of God's Word, not just the highlights. The most important thing to him is for people to "get it," to see and understand God's Word in the big picture of its native culture. He believes God painted profoundly rich pictures in the Bible that are meant to impact our hearts, challenge our perceptions, and change the way we live. Nate and his wife Alison are church planters, and catalytic leaders. They have been in music/drama/arts ministries, support ministries, local and national level leadership in their denominational “tribe,” and most recently invested 12 years with Nate as the Lead and Founding pastor of a local church. Nate has written peer reviewed theological sections of their denomination’s “We Believe” document, and has served local pastors on the council for credentialing and restoration. He brings the heart of an artist, the passion of an athlete, and the intensity of a 50K Watt light-bulb to his work and teaching. His spare time is spent in his hobbyist business – Yatzar Earthenware - as well as in gardening, roasting coffee, running, bowling, disc golf, and enjoying his family – but not necessarily in that order. He is grateful for the tremendous partnership of his wife Alison and the support of their three children.
Charlie Wolcott has a great passion for youth and to teach and raise the upcoming generation to know Jesus Christ and to walk in his ways. He gave his life to Jesus Christ when he was seven years old and has not turned back since. He was raised as a missionary kid with 22 years of missions experience through International Family Missions, where he helped his parents serve and facilitate short-term mission teams to Juarez, Mexico. In college, as he got his Bachelor's in Computer Science, was involved with the Intervarsity Christians Fellowship chapter on campus, served on the leadership team for four years, and spearheaded three major outreaches on the campus.
Charlie has been a competitive fencer for over 15 years and uses the sport as a visual tool to teach about the Armor of God, spiritual warfare, and practical life lessons. This experience has given him the background to write a few books. His trilogy, "The Battle Cry Saga" is slated for release throughout 2014 with more information to be announced as it comes. He is undertaking a 4 part seminar in 2014 and 2015 with the Creation Truth Foundation on Biblical Foundations with the goal to teach the subject in small groups at home or beyond. He lives in El Paso, Texas.