Matt and Nuria Leighton – Barcelona, Spain
Children: Dan, Jon, Tánia, Àlex, and Marc
Matt began teaching at the FIT-IBSTE (Evangelical Seminary of Spain) in the fall of 2007. He is Professor of New Testament and Hermeneutics, and he serves as the Dean of Students at the seminary. Matt also teaches a few classes in a distance-learning program called El Colegio Bíblico de la Gracia (Grace Bible College). Matt and Núria serve in the Eslgéisa Evangèlica de Vilassar de Mar (Evangelical Church of Vilassar de Mar). The church is located in Núria’s hometown, about 30 minutes north of Barcelona. Matt is an elder with responsibilities that include the oversight of the teaching ministries in the church. Núria is active in the Sunday school program and in music.
James White and Rich Pierce, Alpha & Omega Ministries
James White is the director of Alpha and Omega Ministries, a Christian apologetics organization based in Phoenix, Arizona. He is a professor, having taught Greek, Systematic Theology, and various topics in the field of apologetics. He has authored or contributed to more than twenty four books, including The King James Only Controversy, The Forgotten Trinity, The Potter’s Freedom, and The God Who Justifies. He is an accomplished debater, having engaged in more than one-hundred forty moderated, public debates around the world with leading proponents of Roman Catholicism, Islam, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and Mormonism, as well as critics such as Bart Ehrman, John Dominic Crossan, Marcus Borg, and John Shelby Spong. In recent years James has debated in such locations as Sydney, Australia, as well as mosques in Toronto, London, and South Africa. He is an elder of the Phoenix Reformed Baptist Church, has been married to Kelli for more than thirty two years, and has two children, and one grandchild, Clementine.
Rich Pierce is the President of Alpha and Omega Ministries. Administration is Rich’s primary responsibility at Alpha and Omega and it is his job to see to it that the day to day operations are taken care of so that Dr. White can remain focused on research and teaching. Rich came from the private sector after working as an administrator and eventually getting into computer support. Rich has been with Alpha and Omega Ministries originally in a volunteer capacity since 1987 and then became a full time employee in 1998. A native of Arizona, Rich grew up in Prescott and currently resides in Peoria. Rich is married to Marianne with one son Matthew.