Staff Overview

Stand to Reason faculty members are available to teach in order to help you effectively engage the culture around you with knowledge, wisdom, and character. STR teachers teach lectures and seminars, preach sermons, and lead workshops geared towards helping Christians gain the practical tools they need to make a difference in their world, giving them both the knowledge and confidence to be players in the world of ideas.

Greg Koukl

Greg Koukl

Greg Koukl started out thinking he was too smart to become a Christian and ended up giving his life for the defense of the Christian faith. A central theme of Greg’s speaking and writing is that Christianity can compete in the marketplace of ideas when it’s properly understood and properly articulated. Greg is founder and president of Stand to Reason and is an author and talk show host.

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Brett Kunkle

Brett Kunkle is passionate about seeing people “transformed by the renewing of thier minds” and trains both adults and students to apply the Christian worldview to every area of their lives. As Student Impact Director at STR, he has created a one-of-a-kind training experience that immerses students in real-life apologetics, theology, and evangelism. 

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Alan Shlemon

Alan Shlemon excels at making complex issues accessible to anyone, and is known for teaching on some of the most controversial issues of our time, including abortion, evolution, homosexuality, bioethics, and Islam. Alan has spoken to thousands of students and adults across the country at churches, conferences, and on college campuses, and has been a guest on both television and radio.

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Tim Barnett

Tim is a dynamic speaker who trains Christians to think clearly about what they believe and why they believe it. Tim is a full-time apologist, a science teacher and works part-time at his local church. Tim has degrees in Physics and Education and is working on an MA in Philosophy from Southern Evangelical Seminary. Tim lives with his wife and two children, in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada.


Melinda Penner

Melinda graduated from Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska with her B.S. in Education, and then earned a B.A. in theology from Christ College in Irvine, CA. She also completed her M.A. in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics at Talbot School of Theology. She taught middle school in Christian schools until founding Stand to Reason with Greg.  She is the executive director of Stand to Reason.

Amy Hall

Amy worked in the film industry for ten years before coming on staff with STR, though she'd volunteered for years. Now she contributes to STR's online content. Amy has a B.A. in mass communication and journalism from CSU Fresno and an M.A. in Christian apologetics from Biola. She plays flute in a community concert band.

Derek White

Our resource manager, Derek, first moved to Southern California from Missouri in 2003. He has an interest in theology, holds a B.A. in English composition from Truman State University, and has an M.A. in Christian apologetics from Biola. 

Kyle Scheele

Kyle manages STR's warehouse.

Ocean Wilson

Ocean had the privilege of working in Christian ministry from 2001-2014 as an editor and proofreader in the publishing department of a worldwide church organization. She is now excited to be part of the STR team as office manager and donor relations coordinator.

Crissy Pauley

Crissy was born and raised in Anaheim, California. She graduated with a B.A. in History from Cal State Long Beach. She is a graphic artist and manages online content and communication. 

Dawnielle Hodgman

Dawnielle graduated from East Carolina University with a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in Psychology. She's been involved in youth ministry for over 15 years and is passionate about seeing young people develop a love for developing a robust Christian worldview. Dawnielle is very excited about assisting Brett, and Alan at STR.

Brooke Posey

Brooke holds a B.A. in Music and Worship Arts from Vanguard University and an M.A. in Visual Culture from the University of Nottingham. Prior to living in England for a year, Brooke worked with media arts for two years at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach. Brooke is thrilled to be on staff with STR as the Media Assistant.

Emily Meier

While still a student, currently pursuing a degree in Elementary Education at Cal State Fullerton, Emily assists in STR's warehouse.

Melissa Ralph

Melissa attended a conference with Greg Koukl because of her interest in studying theology and learning more about God. She's been an enthusiastic supporter of STR ever since and is the STR office assistant. Melissa also enjoys serving her church community, helping the homeless, and being a mom.

Meg Crowley

Meg graduated from Occidental College with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Religious Studies and went on U.S.C. for her Graduate Certificate in Management Effectiveness. She loves combining strategic planning and creativity, which has kept her in the marketing field for decades. Meg is now assisting STR with getting more of their “Good News” out into the heads and hearts of those who need it.