Meet the team

The RZIM itinerant speaking team is complemented by our lecturers and tutors at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics (OCCA), all of whom act as additional speaking resources for the trust, wherever possible. This combined team comprise some of the leading Christian thinkers of our time, with more than 150 years’ speaking and preaching experience between them. With additional support from the global team of itinerant speakers, the trust has a wealth of evangelist-apologists to call upon. Because the demand for our unique ministry continues to grow, we have also begun to develop a team of associate speakers throughout Europe.

The following list represents our main speaking team:

Michael Ramsden

Michael Ramsden

Michael Ramsden is the Regional Director of RZIM for Europe, the Middle East and Africa and has been part of RZIM since its foundation in Europe in 1997. Michael is also joint Director of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics and Honorary Fellow at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. Michael was brought up in the Middle East and later moved to England where he worked for the Lord Chancellor’s department investing funds. While doing research in Law and Economics at Sheffield University, he taught Moral Philosophy and lectured for the International Seminar for Jurisprudence and Human Rights in Strasbourg.
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Amy Orr-Ewing

Amy Orr-Ewing

Amy Orr-Ewing is the Training Director of the RZIM and Director of Programmes for the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. She speaks at many universities, churches, and conferences. Her book Why Trust the Bible? (published as Is the Bible Intolerant? in North America) was shortlisted for the 2006 UK Christian Book Awards, and But Is It Real? (published as Is Believing in God Irrational? in North America) was released in the summer of 2008.
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Ravi Zacharias

Ravi Zacharias

Ravi Zacharias is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of RZIM. He has spoken in over 50 countries and in many universities, such as Harvard, Princeton, and Oxford. He has addressed writers of the peace accord in South Africa, the presidential cabinet and parliament in Peru, and officers at the Lenin Military Academy in Moscow. Ravi has also spoken at the National Day of Prayer in Washington, D.C., the Pentagon, and twice at the United Nations Annual Prayer Breakfast. He has written numerous books, including the Gold Medallion winner, Can Man Live Without God. His weekly radio program, Let My People Think, is aired on almost 1700 outlets worldwide.
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“Alister McGrath

Alister McGrath

Alister McGrath is Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion at the University of Oxford, as well as the President of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. He travels extensively to speak at conferences and missions. His writings include his acclaimed book on apologetics, Bridge Building, his widely popular Christian Theology: An Introduction and various titles on science and religion, such as A Fine Tuned Universe and The Open Secret: A New Vision for Natural Theology. He has also written a number of titles on atheism including Dawkins’ God, The Dawkins Delusion? and The Twilight of Atheism.
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John Lennox

John Lennox

John Lennox is Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University, and Adjunct Professor at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. He is also a Fellow in Mathematics and Philosophy of Science at Green Templeton College, Oxford. Interested in the interface of science, philosophy, and theology, he lectures worldwide and has written books on Christian apologetics, including God’s Undertaker, Has Science Buried God?, God and Stephen Hawking, Seven Days that Divide the World and Gunning for God. Professor Lennox has debated a number of prominent atheists including Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and Peter Singer.
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Vlad Criznic

Vlad Criznic

Vlad Criznic is the Director of RZIM, Romania. He grew up in a non-Christian family in the western part of Romania and became a Christian when he was 16. Ever since, he was involved with various ministries in doing evangelistic camps and events for the youth ministries of Romanian Evangelical Churches. Among them is Josiah Venture and the Romanian Missionary Society. Graduating in 2008 from the Emanuel University of Oradea with a B.A. in Pastoral Theology, following apologetics training while being an Associate of the RZIM in Oxford. Vlad is married to Dora; they live in Arad, Romania, leading the RZIM Romania, travelling through Romania and Eastern Europe in order to preach, teach and defend Christianity.
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Vince Vitale

Vince Vitale

Vince Vitale is a speaker for the Zacharias Trust and Senior Tutor at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. He is also Tutor in Philosophy and Mission at Wycliffe Hall and a member of the Faculty of Theology and Religion at the University of Oxford. Before coming to Oxford, Vince taught in the Philosophy and Religion Departments of his alma mater, Princeton University, where as an undergraduate he took an unexpected journey that led him to put his trust in God. While teaching at Princeton, Vince served as Faculty Director of the campus ministry Athletes in Action.
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Tom Price

Tom Price

Tom Price is an Academic Tutor at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics, a speaker for RZIM, and an independent itinerant evangelist/apologist. He studied Philosophy at university and later completed an MA in Christian Apologetics. Before studying for his Masters, Tom worked for the University and Colleges Christian Fellowship as the founding editor of their apologetics website (www.bethinking.org). Currently, as well as his work with the OCCA, Tom is also involved with Damaris – an educational charity that seeks to help people across the world explore spiritual and moral issues underlying their contemporary culture.
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Sharon Dirckx

Sharon Dirckx

Sharon Dirckx is an Academic Tutor at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. Originally from a scientific background she has a Ph.D. in brain imaging from the University of Cambridge and has held research positions in the USA and the University of Oxford, UK. During its founding year in 2004/5, Sharon graduated from the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. She has since been invited to speak and lecture in a variety of contexts and has also appeared on BBC Songs of Praise, Premier Christian Radio and BBC Radio 2 Good Morning Sunday with Clare Balding. Her topics of interest include the interface between science and faith, and suffering.
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Frog Orr-Ewing

Frog Orr-Ewing

Frog Orr-Ewing is Chaplain and Missioner at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. Frog became the youngest incumbent in the country as vicar of All Saints church in Peckham after a curacy at St Aldates Church in Oxford. Despite Peckham’s many challenges, over seven years the congregation witnessed marked growth and breakthroughs in community engagement and mission, and now numbers several hundred with youth and children’s activities to about 1000 children in the local area. Frog and Amy were sent with the Blessing of the Peckham congregation on Pentecost in May 2010 to plant Latimer Minster.
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Michelle Tepper

Michelle Tepper

Michelle Tepper is an itinerant speaker for RZIM Europe and a guest lecturer at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. She is an extremely gifted communicator and Christian apologist engaging on a variety of faith issues in various forums around the UK and Europe, as well as addressing audiences across Canada and North America. Born and raised in Florida, USA, Michelle went to Oxford University to complete her degree in Political Science at New College, where she met her husband Peter, an ordained minister.
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Tanya Walker

Tanya Walker is an Apologist for RZIM Europe and a guest lecturer at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics (OCCA).  Her undergraduate degree was in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Christ Church, Oxford University, and she holds an MA in Islamic Studies and a PhD which considers the implications of Islamic law in the West (both from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London). Tanya co-leads the RZIM Europe training weekends. She has been invited to address a range of groups and contexts, including the Parliamentary Forum on Religious Freedom in Ottowa and the Global Church Forum arising from the Lausanne Congress, as well as university missions and church groups.  Tanya is married to Toby and they have a little girl called Georgia. They are based in Oxford.

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Simon Edwards

Simon Edwards

Simon Edwards is an apologist for RZIM and a graduate of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. He holds separate degrees in law, economics and education from the University of Queensland, Australia. He also recently completed post-graduate studies in theology at the University of Oxford. Simon brings with him a diverse experience of Christian ministry, legal, government and teaching experience. Prior to joining RZIM, Simon lived and worked in Australia as a lawyer, specializing in private practice in commercial law and in government practice in constitutional law. He also worked for two years in a secondary school as a religious education teacher.
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Christian Hofreiter

Christian Hofreiter

Christian Hofreiter is RZIM Director for Germany, Austria and Switzerland, and a Research Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics (OCCA). A native of Austria, he has studied, lived and worked in Innsbruck, Brussels, London, Los Angeles, Washington, DC and Oxford, and is now based in Vienna, Austria.
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Andy Wickham

Andy Wickham

Andy Wickham is the director of RZIM Spain. He studied Theology at Schloss Mittersill, Austria, graduated from the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics in 2008, and earned his MTh in Old Testament Theology on the book of Malachi through UNISA. He has served across Spain discipling university students, debating skeptics, guiding evangelistic initiatives, addressing audiences on faith and apologetics, and training Christians to engage with skeptics. He has recently started Proclama, an initiative to raise a generation of passionate university evangelists who are equipped to proclaim the gospel in the Spanish academic context.
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Mahlatse Winston Mashua

Mahlatse Winston Mashua

Mahlatse Winston Mashua is the Director of RZIM Zacharias Trust in South Africa. He grew up in Bushbuckridge, in the Mpumalanga Province, within a household that practiced Ancestralism (a traditional African religion). He came to know Jesus early in his life when he had a miraculous encounter during a visit to his village by itinerant missionaries. He went on to study biochemistry at the University of KwaZulu Natal, and, more recently, apologetics at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. He served as a pastor for a church in Durban for seven years where he was also involved with training the congregation in evangelism and discipleship. He regularly speaks evangelistically in many different contexts including rural villages, townships, and university campuses. Mahlatse is married to Lusanda and they live in Durban.
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Kosta Milkov

Kosta Milkov

Kosta Milkov is the director of RZIM Macedonia and is the founder and director of Balkan Institute for Faith and Culture. He earned an MA in Theology from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. From 2005-2010 he lived in England where he earned the degrees of MSt and a Dphil in the field of early Christian studies and Patristics at the University of Oxford, for which he received Langham International Partnership scholarship. Kosta and his wife Nada, with their daughter Gabriela, live in Skopje Macedonia. Kosta has been involved in research work, which includes his participation in the postdoctoral research seminar organised by Langham International Partnership, the Balkan Strategy Report for the Global Scripture Impact of the American Bible Society, as well as writing numerous newspaper and magazine articles for the Macedonian press.
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