MEET OUR TEAM

A multi-disciplinary team drawn together by a common conviction and dedicated to making others great!
 
 

MEET OUR TEAM

A multi-disciplinary team drawn together by a common conviction and dedicated to making others great!
 

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Matt Schmidt

CEO

Matt is the CEO and a founder of Engage 360 Ministries.  Matt was raised in Nebraska where he also did undergraduate studies.  After a three-year process of wrestling through questions dealing with the existence of God, trustworthiness of the Bible, and what Christianity taught; he came to faith in Christ.  This process has given him a passion to help others know their faith and to share their faith effectively. 

Matt and his wife Erica decided to move to Charlotte, NC to pursue a Masters in Philosophy which he completed in the Spring of 2018.  Matt and Erica have 3 children with a fourth on the way.  Erica is a trained educator and they are homeschooling their children using a classical education model.

Matt was drawn to the need for Christians to be able to both share and defend their faith.  However, he became convicted that the fruit from efforts of very talented men and women dedicated to speaking, teaching, writing, and creating materials to help Christians share and defend the faith has not measure up to the quality of their gifts and what they have produced. 

After serving with Ratio Christi (a campus ministry) for 7 years at a private university in Charlotte and as a leader on the Ratio Christi National team, Matt teamed up with others to create Engage 360.  The E360 Team seeks to help bridge the gap between everyday Christians and those in the communities around them.  Matt has a passion to create a team that can faithfully serve Churches and Christian Organizations to help them grow in spiritual depth and effective evangelistic outreach.  In his free time Matt enjoys spending time with his wife and children, reading, and fishing.

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Bob Meisel

COO

Bob is the COO for Engage 360 Ministries. After graduating from High School he entered New Tribes Bible Institute, where in addition to studying God’s Word he met Becky. They married after graduation and immediately entered into missionary training with New Tribes Mission (now Ethnos360). In 1979 they left for the Philippines with their young son and spent the next 24 years serving there as cross-cultural missionaries, first in tribal church planting and then in leadership and administration. Two more sons were born during their time in the PI.

In 2003 God changed their ministry direction and Bob accepted a position as Associate Pastor at Cornerstone Church in Hemet, CA, where he served for 13 years. It was a joy and honor to serve the Church Body that commissioned and sent them out as missionaries. Sensing another ministry change Bob & Becky moved to Charlotte, NC. Their 3 sons and their wives have given them 8 grandchildren, and they love spending time together with them.

Bob holds a BA in Intercultural Ministries. His passion is to selflessly serve Jesus by serving the needs of others, encouraging believers to become fully devoted followers of Christ in every aspect of life.

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Trish Anderson

CFO

Trish is the CFO and member of the training team for Engage 360 Ministries. Responding to God’s call to full time ministry, Trish resigned from twenty+ years in commercial and government accounting industries to work with adults, youth, and kids of all ages to equip them to know what they believe, share and defend those beliefs, and grow deeper in their faith so that they are impassioned to share the truth of the Gospel with others.

Trish is currently attending Southern Evangelical Seminary pursuing a Masters of Arts in Christian Apologetics with a Concentration in Philosophy. Her passion is to use this training to equip local churches to meet the unique challenges of today’s post Christian culture, help them find answers to the important questions in life, and transform their communities with the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Trish lives in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia with her husband Eric. They have two grown children, Marie and James. Trish enjoys spending time at the range with Eric, watching the New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox, time with friends, and reading, reading, reading.

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Greg Walker

Evangelism Director

Greg Walker is the Evangelism Director for Engage 360 Ministries. Greg was raised in Southern Illinois and after High School he left to serve in the military as an Army Airborne Ranger (1/75). After combat deployments in Afghanistan and Iraq, Greg returned home and for years struggled with the effects of war. This led him to moving to Barcelona, Spain where he became an abstract artist and resulted in art shows in Laguna Beach, CA and Charlotte, NC.

Through the struggles of life without Christ, Greg eventually encountered a fellow former Army Ranger who through a trusting relationship shared the Gospel with him. Greg repented and believed in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Since his conversion Greg has been the Assistant Director of Global Cross Ministries, one of the founders and the first Director of the annual Truth Festival, an Associate Pastor, the Chapter Director for Ratio Christi at Appalachian State University, an evangelist, and most importantly a husband and a father. 

Greg holds a BA in Religious Studies, MA in Religion, and is currently completing an MDiv in Apologetics, all from Southern Evangelical Seminary.

Greg has cross-cultural missions experience in China, Honduras, Thailand, and throughout the U.S. He loves to learn from and to share Jesus with people from diverse cultural perspectives. Greg’s primary mission and passion is helping to equip others to be more effective in cross-cultural evangelistic mission through mature Christian community.

Greg and his wife Lindsey have three children and they love the outdoors and traveling.  

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Dr. David Haines

Content Director

David Haines and his wife live on a small farm in Québec with their 4 children. He holds a BTh. from CTS, an M.A. in philosophy from Southern Evangelical Seminary, and a PhD. in philosophy from Université Laval.

David is a member of the pastoral team of a French-speaking church in Québec. He is also the associate professor of philosophy and religion at VIU, the associate professor of ethics at SEMBEQ, and has taught the history of Christian Apologetics at FTE-Acadia.

David is also the founding president of Association Axiome, an association of French Evangelical scholars, and the Christian Philosophy and Apologetics Center. He has published a number of academic articles on natural theology, Christian apologetics, and philosophy, and co-authored the book Natural Law: A Brief Introduction and Biblical Defense.

His academic research focuses on Ancient and Medieval metaphysics, C. S. Lewis, Thomism, natural theology, and early reformed views on the interaction between philosophy and theology.

In his free time, David enjoys reading, writing, juggling, fishing, archery, and working with his family to take care of his small farm.

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Daniel Ippolito

Private and Homeschool Engagement Director

Dan was born in Central Georgia and raised in the northwest Atlanta area. He graduated from Marietta High School in 1996, after which he married his High School sweetheart, Kathy, and enlisted in the United States Air Force. Together, Dan and Kathy have five children and have been a homeschooling family since 2009. The Ippolito family retired from active duty in 2014, and Dan entered Gospel ministry shortly thereafter. He holds seminary degrees in Religious Education and Apologetics from Liberty University and Southern Evangelical Seminary, respectively. He is projected to complete his Doctor of Ministry in Apologetics in Fall of 2018. 

In addition to his role as Private and Homeschool Engagement Director with Engage 360 Ministries, Dan serves as the Director of Veritas Classical Schools, Dawson County, Georgia--alongside Kathy, who also serves as a teacher and Administrative Assistant. He also leads a Ratio Christi chapter at the University of North Georgia discipling and training college students.  Dan is passionate about evangelism, apologetics, and classical education. It is both his calling and pleasure to equip the saints for the work of ministry and evangelism. (Mt 9:37-38, 28:18-20; Jn. 10:16; Acts 1:8; Rom 10:11-15; Eph. 4:12; Phlm. 6)

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Joshua Erlien

Church Engagement Director

Joshua Erlien is a teacher, writer, community apologist, and a homeschool dad. He has served as the director for the UNC Charlotte Ratio Christi chapter since 2011. His experience with college students has clarified and focused his perspective on outreach and discipleship.

Joshua has worked with TEAM at Southern Evangelical Seminary speaking in a lecture tour in Italy, and conferences and panel Q & A forums locally. As a Community Apologist, Joshua speaks to churches, community groups, and families on apologetics issues with a focus on commending Jesus Christ through winsome conversation.

Joshua and his wife, Nita, have four children and reside in Charlotte. They are passionate about helping families and students thrive by passing on the faith to the next generation in an intellectually credible and compelling way.

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Ibrahim Inuwa

Media Co-Director

Audio Production


Ibrahim Inuwa’s passion for discipleship and evangelism led him to join the team of Engage 360, in the summer of 2018, as a founding member and Co-Director of Media.

At Wheaton College, Ibrahim became acquainted with film editing, audio production, and radio broadcasting while completing his undergraduate Communications studies.

For several years, Ibrahim consumed web-based audio broadcasts and came to appreciate their utility at reaching extensive and culturally-diverse audiences. He has since developed his audio engineering aptitude, with the objective of contributing to collaborative ministry projects. One of which is a podcast for Engage 360. His personal mission is to help inform, equip, and to urge Christians to become fully engaged followers of Christ.

Ibrahim has been an Associate Minister, Interim Pastor, and has spoken at numerous venues (i.e., Southern Evangelical Seminary’s TEAM Ministry, along with the National Conference on Christian Apologetics).

Ibrahim earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communication, with minor emphasis in Biblical & Theological Studies, at Wheaton College. He is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Apologetics at Southern Evangelical Seminary.

Ibrahim and his wife Kim are passionate about reaching the next generation, for Christ and His Kingdom.

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Greg West

Media Co-Director

Electronic Media


Greg West is the Founder of The Poached Egg (TPE), named one of 2018’s top 100 blogs on Christianity, Jesus, and the Bible. Inspired by his personal studies in Christian Apologetics, Greg launched TPE in 2010 to provide an internet resource where others could find the information they needed to remain strong in their faith and know how to defend it and not become a statistic like he had once become.

Having grown up in a Christian home actively involved in his faith, Greg was quickly influenced by the culture and became agnostic once he left the “safety” of church and home. The Lord eventually drew Greg back to Christianity, but it was through the discovery of apologetics that Greg deepened his faith and learned how to defend it.

Almost 20 years later, TPE is bringing articles, Kindle deals, videos, and book reviews to the TPE Community on a daily basis with nearly 10,000 posts that have helped readers strengthen and defend their faith in a world that is increasingly hostile to Christianity and the Christian Worldview.

Greg is the Media Co-Director of Engage 360 committed to helping churches and Christian organizations defend and share their faith.

When not studying apologetics, or looking for great articles to share, Greg enjoys studying American History and spending time with his teenage son. Greg is a US Army veteran who served stateside in the 101st Airborne Division and in South Korea in the 2nd Infantry Division.

Greg’s passion is to raise awareness of the need for apologetics training in the Church and in the home.

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Shawn Shroyer

Technology Coordinator

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Chris Van Allsburg

Content Contributor

Chris was born and raised in Grand Haven, Michigan, playing baseball, riding bikes, and going to the beach on the shores of Lake Michigan. He was raised in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod and always believed in God. However, Chris suffered childhood trauma at age 13 when his mother was in a head-on collision which left her bodily mangled, mentally damaged, and the other driver - a mother of four - gone. While he never stopped believing in God, he certainly lived a life of running away from the pain. He gave the Lord the middle finger and lived a party life for about a decade. At age 22, the Holy Spirit performed a radical work of grace in Chris through the preaching of Pastor Glenn Shelton at Lakeshore Lutheran Church in Grand Haven. God's presence in Chris's life was now all-too real, and it was a dramatic experience.

Not all was peaches and cream though. Chris soon found out that deep skepticism against Christian belief came from many fronts - especially on the college campus. This hostility to the Christian faith inspired in Chris the desire to know why Christianity is true, and what evidences for it were available. And this wasn't just to make him more equipped at sharing his faith. He had his own questions as well. Big questions. This led Chris to study apologetics and eventually earn a Master of Divinity with biblical languages. Years later he earned a Master's degree in Philosophy.

Today, Chris is a chapter director with Ratio Christi, a campus apologetics ministry. He also teaches ethics at the local community college where he lives. He also helps educate his three children at home in the classical method, teaching Latin, Logic, History, Writing, Rhetoric, and more. He has been to Ethiopia six times, teaching philosophy and theology there, and serving with a non-profit child sponsorship ministry which helps widows and orphans affected by HIV. Chris is just as interested in enabling personal well-being in others he is in apologetics, philosophy, etc.

He is an avid student of music theory for guitar and aspires to someday be a shred god on his Fender Stratocaster. His hobbies are mountain biking, hiking, shredding on his Strat, and reading. His favorite book is The Lord of the Rings. He lives in Hickory, NC with his wife Monica and three daughters. Someday, he hopes to have a "real job."

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Darrell Zamora

Web Development Assistant

Darrell is a graduate of Southern Evangelical Bible College (SEBC) with a degree in Religious Studies. 

He has been married to his wife, Tiffany, since 2014 and they have a precious baby girl named Grace. 

Darrell has taught on various topics through the ministry T.E.A.M at SEBC which include Mormonism, The Reliability of The Bible, God's Existence and Jehovah's Witnesses. 

He has a passion for evangelism and equipping Christians to defend their faith. 

He is the owner of a small business in Charlotte, NC. and assists with the website development for Engage360.

His hobbies include playing basketball, bowling, and reading.  


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Dr. Richard Howe

Philosophy, Theology, and Cults/Occult Consultant

Dr. Richard G. Howe has taught courses in philosophy at the University of Mississippi (Graduate TA), Mississippi State University (Instructor), Marquette University (Graduate TA), the University of Arkansas (Graduate TA) and Luther Rice University (Assistant Professor).

He has a BA in Bible from Mississippi College, an MA in Philosophy from the University of Mississippi, and a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Arkansas. Dr. Howe is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and Apologetics at Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, NC where he still teaches part-time and is the Past President of the International Society of Christian Apologetics.

He is an author of / contributor to several apologetic books including Religion of the Force: Exploring the Religious Philosophies of the Jedi Force in the Star Wars Saga (with Norman Geisler), The Popular Encyclopedia of ApologeticsReasons for FaithTo Everyone an AnswerThe Jesus Quest: The Danger from Within, and a festschrift in honor of Norman L. Geisler.

He has spoken and debated in churches and universities in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Africa on issues relating to the defense of the Christian faith. In their free time, Richard and his wife Rebekah enjoy international travel.

Dr. Howe will assist Engage 360 as a content contributor and consultant helping to develop materials within his areas of expertise.


Prem Isaac

Science and Discipleship Consultant

Prem Isaac has been a professional software developer for the past 26 years. Prem was raised in India, Nigeria, and the United States. He holds an Undergraduate degree in Physics and Computer Science, and a Master’s degree in  Philosophy. Despite his Christian background, he became an evolutionist in his pre-teen years when his interest in science led him to ask questions that his church could not answer. In 1989, Prem came to Christ in New York City and got involved with street evangelism and young adult discipleship. Siince 1998, Prem has taught New Testament and Apologetics at churches and colleges, across the United States. In 2007, he was the plenary speaker for the ‘Jesus Week’ kickoff at Columbia University, and in 2011 co-taught Systematic Theology at his church with his professor, the noted Christian apologist Dr. Norman Geisler. As an apologist, Prem’s overseas experience has included teaching/training  engagements in India, Qatar, and French Canada, training missionaries in Norway, and addressing members of the Philosophy faculty at Potchefstroom University in South Africa. 

Prem resides in Charlotte, NC with his wife Annie, and two children and attends Calvary Church, where he teaches a multi-ethnic, multi-generational adult fellowship on a weekly basis. He is a speaker for Southern Evangelical Seminary, for the National Conference for Christian Apologetics, and for Ratio Christi, a global university apologetics movement, for which he also served as an International Director.


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Tony Gurule

Evangelism and Islamic Outreach Consultant

Tony Gurule is a full-time missionary on Ratio Christi's National Staff. He is the host of RC's Truth Matters television show, and he also hosts two shows each week for the Aramaic Broadcasting Network: Colliding Worldviews and Islam & The News. All three shows air LIVE on ABN's Trinity Channel and are broadcast throughout the world.

Also, as RC's Assistant Director of Chapter Formation, Tony gives human resource support to Ratio Christi's staff, creates and maintains web pages on the RC website, and helps establish RC chapters on university, college, community college, and high school campuses throughout the world. He is also a Community Apologist who speaks in churches and organizations to inform and equip both adults and youth, especially in the areas of evangelism, apologetics, and Islam.


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Mark McGee

Communications Consultant

Mark McGee has worked in journalism and communications since 1968. His experience includes radio, television, print and online journalism as an investigative reporter, news correspondent, anchor, executive producer, and news director, and as a communications director and consultant. Mark is the author of three paperback books and more than 200 Ebooks. Most topics are about evangelism, discipleship and apologetics.

Mark was an atheist until he investigated theism and Christianity in 1971 from scientific, philosophical and historical evidence. He has worked with many churches and evangelistic and apologetics ministries since then including the Christian Apologetics Alliance and Ratio Christi. Mark currently works in student ministry at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). He trained in Bible and Theology at Luther Rice University and Apologetics at Biola University.

Mark has been active in martial arts and self-defense training since 1961 and has been teaching from a Christian perspective since 1971. He continues to teach public and private classes in the Huntsville, Alabama area and serves as Co-Founder of Grace Martial Arts with ministries in Florida and Alabama. Mark has been involved with Karate for Christ International since 1972.


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Mike Willenborg

Content Contributor


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Christian Drake

Board Member

Christian currently serves as Regional Director of Finance & Operation for KIPP Charlotte where he manages all regional finance activities, HR, and technology work and ensures that the organization is in compliance with financial and government regulations. Prior to joining the team at KIPP Charlotte, Christian served as Operations Controller for Canteen, a Division of Compass Group North America where he was responsible for financial and operational oversight of multiple business lines in the group’s Mid-South division with annual revenues in excess of $175 million dollars. Prior to his role with Compass Group, from 2014-2016, Christian’s ministry work included serving at Southern Evangelical Seminary in various capacities, including, Chief Operating Officer. More recently, in February 2017, Christian was appointed to the Board of Trustees at Southern Evangelical Seminary. Christian also previously served as Chief Financial Officer for Ratio Christi, an international campus alliance from 20152018

A veteran in the non-profit and for profit arenas alike, Christian served as Chief Operating Officer of the National Children’s Oral Health Foundation from 2006-2014 where he was responsible for directing all aspects of daily operations, including: finance, marketing, human resources, IT, and development. Before getting involved in non-profit management, Christian spent 15 years in the publishing industry where he managed a multi-state weekly publication in the financial sector.

Throughout his career Christian has developed extensive management experience and has a significant track record of demonstrated successes in the areas of financial management, non-profit regulations, internal controls, and strategic planning. Mr. Drake has a passion for process improvement and looks forward to continuing to hone these skills through his various professional endeavors.

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