Keynote Speakers

Elder James E. Evanson

Elder James E. Evanson was named a member of the Sixth Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 4, 2015.

Elder Evanson received a Bachelor of Science degree in dental materials in 1993 and a doctor of dental surgery in 1995, both from the University of Alberta. Elder Evanson has maintained a general dental practice in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, since 1995.

Elder Evanson has served in a number of Church callings, including full-time missionary in the Arizona Tempe Mission, ward Young Men president, Elders Quorum president, stake Young Men president, high councillor and stake president.

James Eugene Evanson was born in Taber, Alberta, Canada, on August 16, 1968. He married Jody Karil Zobell in 1989. They are the parents of five children. Elder and Sister Evanson reside in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.

His Keynote address with be titled “Building Strong Families and Communities”

Jojo Ruba – Executive Director, Faith Beyond Belief

Jojo equips Christians to be effective ambassadors for Christ for everyday conversations. He has spoken at venues that include Sunday morning services, secular debates at universities and morning chapels at Christian schools.

Jojo focuses on practical ways to defend the faith. He teaches Christians how to explain their worldview using tools that non-Christians can understand. For example, he helps audiences think of the right questions to ask non-believers not just the right answers they ought to give.

Jojo earned a Bachelor of Journalism and a Masters in Political Science from Carleton University in Ottawa. He is executive director of Faith Beyond Belief, based in Calgary, AB, Canada.

Here are some details on what Jojo will speak about:

General Session

Why the Right Worldview Matters

One of the most important assumptions about faith and religion that many make is that it is arrogant to say that your beliefs are right or true. Others, such as atheists, argue that they don’t have to defend their beliefs. Theists are the ones who have make a case for God but the atheist view is neutral and needs no defense.  In this sessions, we’ll explore how defining the word “worldview” helps explain why everyone has a view they have to defend and that no worldview is neutral.