8.30 amCheck In
9 amWhat Christians Believe – Cory Barnes
10 amWhat Do You Believe? – Brent Baskin
11 amBreak-out sessions
12 pmLunch
1 pmWhy Do You Believe? – Daniel Blackaby
2 pmBreak-out sessions
3 pmSharing What You Believe – Lucas Butler
4 pmDismiss



Daniel Blackaby

is the author/co-author of nine books for young adults, including 7 Steps for Knowing, Doing, and Experiencing the Will of God, and When Worlds Collide: Stepping Up and Standing Out in an Anti-God Culture, as well as the imaginative fiction trilogy The Lost City Chronicles. Daniel holds a Ph.D in “Christianity and the Arts” and a Th.M in “Philosophy, Apologetics & Worldview” from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Daniel speaks on cultural engagement, Christianity and the arts, apologetics, and reaching the next generation for Christ.

Cory Barnes

is assistant professor and chair of the Department of Christian Studies at Shorter University in Rome, GA. He is a proud graduate of Shorter University (bachelors) and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (MA, PhD). Cory is the author of From Creed to Canon, a book that explores the relationship between the New Testament manuscripts and early Christian professions of faith. He loves teaching college students and preaching in local churches. Cory is married to Kayla and they have two children Zoey and Noel, both of whom, thankfully, look like their mother. Outside of biblical and theological study and teaching Cory enjoys gardening, raising chickens, camping, and disc golf.

Brent Baskin

has served in local churches for over 20 years. He is the Associate Professor of Christian Studies and Youth Ministry at Shorter University in Rome, GA. He holds a Ph.D. and a Master’s degree in student ministry from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where he focused on adolescent development and family dynamics. He is also a proud alumnus of Ouachita Baptist University (Go Tigers!). His ministry passion is helping students discover their God-given gifts, so they can passionately serve Him. His wife of 18 years, Melissa, also serves on the faculty of Shorter University. They have two daughters, Lauren and Julia. His favorite sports teams are the Arkansas Razorbacks, Green Bay Packers, Dallas Mavericks, and Texas Rangers. He takes full responsibility for their terrible seasons. In his free time, he enjoys running, disc golf, and scrolling through Netflix shows for hours without actually watching anything.

Lucas Butler

is a Tennessee native but has lived in Rome for the past nine years. By the Lord’s grace, he has served the church in vocational ministry for 24 years with much of that time spent in student ministry. He holds degrees from Union University (B.A.) and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div., Ph.D.). His doctorate is in evangelism with a focus on alternative religious movements.

Randy Douglass

(Ed.D.; D.Min) is an Assistant Professor of Christian Studies at Shorter University, where he has taught since 2012.  He specializes in the areas of apologetics, world religions, and teaching methodologies.  He co-authored two books with Norman Geisler: Bringing Your Faith to Work: Answers for Break-Room Skeptics, (Baker Books, 2005), and Integrity at Work: Finding Your Ethical Compass in a Post-Enron World (Baker Books, 2007).

Andrew Bailey

serves as Adjunct Instructor of Christian Studies at Shorter University, where he also servers as the Webmaster/Analyst in the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Research. He earned a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Blue Mountain College and a M.Div. with a specialization in Christian Studies and a Th.M. from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, where he is currently a Ph.D. student in Theology. He enjoys film and remains a die-hard fan of the original Star Wars movies. He lives in Silver Creek, GA with his wife and daughter.

Worship Leader:

Jonathan Hannah

is the current Associate Worship Pastor and Student Worship Director at First Baptist Church of Douglasville, as well as the Chapel Worship Coordinator at Shorter. He graduated from Shorter in 2018 with a B.M. in Worship and Music Leadership. God has given Jonathan a passion for encouraging and equipping students to pursue their calling in worship ministry. He currently lives in Rome with his wife, Hannah.