Kids in our homes and in our church started asking questions that we didn’t feel like we had good answers for. Not the easy soft-ball inquiries like what was the name of the giant that David killed or how many people were on the Ark with Noah, but real questions. Real tough questions, like:
· “Dad, how do we know that Christianity is right?”
· “How do we know the Bible is true?”
· “Why would God allow bad things to happen to the good people that we love?”
We knew that the research said that 70% of kids raised in the church, in good Christian homes and who had parents who loved the Lord, would leave the faith by the time they finish college. And we wanted to do something about it.
So, a few of us got together and started studying the Bible to find answers to these questions. We found out the Bible had a LOT to say. If anything, we were overwhelmed by the amount of content we found in the Bible, and actually struggled to consume and digest and synthesize it all into easy to convey answers. That’s when we also found some great resources online from guys like Greg Koukl and Jeff Durbin, lots of informational materials as well as practical examples of what this looks like in real life. And along the way, we learned a few things:
· The Bible does have answers. Good answers. Really clear and consistent answers.
· It’s better to teach people to find the answers themselves than to have them rely on you for everything.
· Not all questions are good questions, sometimes people need help to ask better questions.
And so the ministry was formed: Christians who had gained the confidence that there were answers, finding them and teaching others how to also find them, and engaging with a confused world that often doesn’t even know how to think and ask good questions in the first place.
What we Do
the Ambassador’s Forum is a local Northwest Christian Apologetics ministry that exists “to make God known, AS HE IS”. Our ministry has been creating and presenting its own original content in the areas of science, scripture reliability, worldview, world religions, current social topics, and more.
We also host large oregon apologetics conferences every year with nationally known speakers to bring the community around Portland together to discuss and engage matters of truth in a relevant environment.
We have a special emphasis on youth, because we know THAT is where this spiritual battle will be won or lost!
Meet the Team
Roy is passionate about Jesus! From day one Roy has challenged his own faith with piercing questions and relentless examination. He thinks that anything worth believing in should be able to stand up to any question or doubt, and encourages everyone he meets to put the Bible to the test and go where the data leads. Of course that means you have to start by actually reading the Bible!
Roy is the leader of the Ambassadors Forum, a local Northwest Christian Apologetics ministry that exists “to make God known, AS HE IS”. This ministry has been creating and presenting its own original content in the areas of science, scripture reliability, worldview, world religions, and current social topics. They also host large conferences to bring the community around Portland together to discuss and engage matters of truth in a relevant environment. Roy especially loves engaging with youth, because they still have the chutzpah to call out failed ideas!
Roy earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. He has worked in the R&D sector of the Semiconductor Industry for over 20 years (and still does), has published papers and presented at conferences, and has over a dozen patents. Roy is married, with seven kids (5 girls and 2 boys) and lives near Portland, OR.
Herb has extensive experience in litigation of constitutional and civil rights claims with an emphasis on religious liberty and conscience matters. He is admitted to practice before all Oregon trial and appellate courts, as well as the U.S. District Court for Oregon, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.
Adrian Toader is a member of the Southwest Hills Ambassador’s forum who has been teaching on apologetics topics for over 10 years. He is a former public school teacher with a Masters in teaching and has extensive experience engaging the secular culture.
Rob enjoys equipping people to share their faith more effectively. He is a member of Southwest Hills Baptist Church and is a member of the Ambassadors Forum. He also is involved with a parachurch organization “Training Leaders International” which helps train pastors overseas with little or no access to theological education. Rob is a M. Div. graduate of Talbot School of Theology. He has been married to his wife, Beate for twenty years and has a 12 year old son.