“I always felt a little nervous around my non-Christian friends, especially those who ask for my point of view. I was genuinely concerned that a difficult question would arise, and, without a clear answer, I would misrepresent the truth at a critical moment. Those fears are long gone.”– Sophie, Student
Why Base Camp?
Studies show that younger generations have a lot more questions and doubt than the previous generations. Yet 27% of Gen Z says “the church is not a safe place to express doubts.”
What is Base Camp?
At Faith Ascent, we believe that good questions deserve good answers. Base Camp is an engaging and safe place for students to ask questions, express their doubts, and learn from dedicated Christians and experts in their fields.
We provide intensive apologetics and worldview training from leading thinkers and speakers in Christian apologetics, including author and speaker Ryan Dobson, son of Dr. James Dobson, WashU professor Dr. S. Joshua Swamidass, and Director of NGIM Dr. Thomas McCuddy.
Learn more about Mr. Metaxas and all of our speakers at Base Camp this year below! We’ll cover topics such as:
- the historical reliability of the Bible
- science and faith
- evidence for the resurrection
- social justice and Christianity
- conversational apologetics
- living for truth and faith in today’s culture
- the goodness of God in the midst of pain and suffering
We’ve been holding summer camps and seminars for over ten years, answering questions, providing resources, and strengthening faith.
Watch real students share how their experience at Base Camp impacted their doubts and and grew their confidence in the gospel.
Wednesday, July 28 – Friday, July 30, 2021
9 am – 4 pm, lunch provided
West County Assembly of God
13431 N Outer 40 Road
Town and Country, MO 63017
Base Camp tuition for 3 days of intensive learning and interactive courses is $200 per student. Scholarships are available for those who have financial need. You can apply for a scholarship at the link below.
We are also pleased to offer group discounts for churches! Please contact us at email@example.com or call 314.540.1155 to learn more.
Our 2021 Base Camp Speakers
Eric Metaxas is a critically acclaimed author and speaker and we are thrilled to have him with us this year! Mr. Metaxas has written many books, including Bonhoeffer, Martin Luther, If You Can Keep It, Miracles, Seven Women, Seven Men, and Amazing Grace.
He’ll be speaking on how to hold on to your faith in the midst of skepticism on college campuses and in a secular business world and much more.
We’re privileged to have the rare opportunity of hosting Mr. Metaxas in an intimate small group environment. Space is limited so register today!
Ryan Dobson, son of Dr. James Dobson, combined his natural abilities and passion for public speaking to engage and challenge parents and families, and with his wife Laura, founded REBEL Parenting.
Ryan is the author of six books, including multiple best-sellers, a radio host, has a Top 20 iTunes podcast, spoken for more than one million people, and has appeared in numerous major media outlets. He and Laura live in Colorado with their two children.
We are so excited to have Ryan speak on pain and suffering, conversational apologetics, social justice and Jesus!
Dr. Swamidass, a Base Camp favorite, is returning to Base Camp! He’ll be with us Wednesday to speak on science and faith, evolution and intelligent design, and loves answering tough questions from students.
S. Joshua Swamidass is an associate professor in the Division of Laboratory and Genomic Medicine at Washington University in St Louis. He holds an MD and PhD from the University of California, Irvine. A scientist and a physician, he uses computational methods to study information at the intersection of medicine, chemistry, and biology.
Dr. Swamidass is a national voice in the dialogue between science and the Christian faith, where he explains how mainstream science can be understood within the context of historic Christian faith. He is the author of The Genealogical Adam and Eve: The Surprising Science of Universal Ancestry.
Dr. Thomas McCuddy has served as the first Director of the Norm Geisler Institute since its inception in 2018. Thomas is also a professor, directing the apologetics program at Carolina College of Biblical Studies. He earned his Master’s of Divinity and Doctorate of Ministry from Southern Evangelical Seminary.
Dr. McCuddy has dedicated much of his life’s work to helping others understand how to hold an evidence-based faith and hold meaningful conversations with both Christians and non-Christians, which is why we are delighted to have him at Base Camp in 2021!
He’ll be with us July 30th for interactive sessions on conversational apologetics, philosophy, and much more!
Base Camp 2021 Schedule
Wednesday July 28th
9am Arrival & Check-In
9:15am Prayer & Worship
9:30am Session 1: Dr. Joshua Swamidass – What Are the Essentials? What is Our Foundation?
10:45am Session 2: Dr. Joshua Swamidass – Science & Faith; Human Origins: The Genealogical Adam & Eve
1:00pm Session 3: Brent Roam – Reimagining Race Through the Eye of God
2:30pm Session 4: Jannique Stewart – Time to Speak Up: Speaking Truth In a Relativistic Cancel Culture
Thursday July 29th
9am Arrival, Welcome & Worship
9:15am Session 5: Dia D. Hicks, MA, LPC, CADC, MCBQS – Mental Health, Trauma, & Church Wounds
10:30am Session 6: Ryan Dobson – Trusting God When Things Crash & Burn?
12:30pm Session 7: Eric Metaxas – Faith On Campus & At Work
1:45pm Session 8: Eric Metaxas (alumni invited) – Standing In Faith – Examples From History
3:00pm Break & Eric Metaxas Book Signing
3:15pm Session 9: Dr. Thomas McCuddy – Ethics
Friday July 30th
9am Arrival, Welcome & Worship
9:15am Session 10: Ryan Dobson – Navigating the Woke Culture
10:45am Session 11: Ryan Dobson – Conversational Apologetics – Navigating Tough Conversations
1:00pm Session 12: Dr. Thomas McCuddy – 12 Points As a Conversational Apologetics Tool
2:00pm Session 13: Dr. Thomas McCuddy – Christian Philosophy As True Wisdom
3:15pm Moderated Panel Q&A: Dr. Thomas McCuddy, Dr. Joshua Swamidass & Brent Roam