Welcome to Austin Think Week
April 2-7, 2017


Austin ThinkWeek is an opportunity to consider the big questions of life, faith and God. The whole community is involved, from pubs to University Campuses, including engagement with local business, as the Festival of Thought Local Series comes to Austin.



(Events below are FREE, except lunch events)
April 2, Sunday                                                                                                                                                                                

11:00am - Conversational Apologetics (Austin Ridge Bible Church)                                                            
6:30pm -
Tolerance: Love without Compromise (Crestview Baptist, Georgetown)                       
7:00pm -
Why would a loving God judge people? (Crown & Anchor Pub, Austin)                          

April 3, Monday                                                                                                                                                                              

6:30pm - How could there be only one way to God? (Crestview Baptist, Georgetown)             

April 4, Tuesday                                                                                                                                                                           

6:30pm - How can a good God exist if there is so much suffering? (Crestview, Georgetown)
7:00pm -
Is the God of the Bible sexist? (Whitestone Brewery, Cedar Park)                                     
8:00pm -
Isn't the Bible sexist? (North Austin)                                                                                                       

April 5, Wednesday                                                                                                                                                                  

2:00pm - Austin Pastors Coffee (Headliners, Austin)                                                                                       
7:00pm -
Sexuality.  Where do we go from here? (Austin Oaks Church)                                             
8:30pm -
Why I'm not an atheist?"(Southwestern U, Georgetown)                                                       

April 6, Thursday                                                                                                                                                                     

11:30am - Conversational Apologetics - Pursuing answers to life's big questions (Austin)   
11:30am -  
Why Integrity Still Matters (NYL Offices, Austin)                                                                     
3:30pm -
Does Integrity Matter in Business? (Harris Preston & Partners, Austin)                 
5:30pm -
How can there be only one way to God? (Lazarus Brewing, Austin)                            
8:00pm -
Sexuality. (University of Texas, Austin)                                                                                           

April 7, Friday                                                                                                                                                                        

11:30am - The importance of faith and work.  What's next? (Austin Business Leaders)           


Our Speakers

Daniel Rangel

 Daniel Rangel is a fulltime OCCA Fellow based in Dallas, TX. He is a gifted communicator speaking regularly with other businesses, universities, and churches in the United States and Latin America. Daniel was born and raised in Houston and received his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University. After graduation, Daniel worked as a fulltime engineer before going on to study at Oxford.  He passionately seeks to bring clarity to questions regarding the Christian faith. Daniel also desires to represent the Christian responsibility to work for social justice by creating leadership and educational opportunities. He is fluent in both Spanish and English. 


Jo Vitale

Jo Vitale is Dean of Studies at the Zacharias Institute and an Itinerant Speaker for RZIM. Prior to joining the US team, Jo was a speaker for RZIM Europe, where she also served in teaching roles at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics.  During her years in Oxford, Jo graduated with a First-Class degree in Theology from the University of Oxford. Jo then completed an MSt in Biblical Interpretation, and a Dphil (PhD) in Old Testament studies, both at the University of Oxford. Her doctoral dissertation was on the subject of 'women and beauty in the Old Testament'.  Although a UK national, Jo is now based at the Zacharias Institute in Atlanta, Georgia, where she is appreciating the joys of southern hospitality!


Michelle Tepper

Michelle Tepper is an itinerant speaker for RZIM, teaching worldwide on a number of subjects, including the problem of pain, God’s character, sex, relationships, and love.  Since 2011, Michelle has been speaking overseas as a part of the RZIM European team and as a guest lecturer at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics.  Michelle has strong ties to Oxford since she met and married her husband there while studying abroad at Oxford University, during which she finished her bachelor’s degree in political science from Stetson University. Michelle then went on to pursue further studies in theology at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics (OCCA).


Andy Moore

Andy is a Speaker for RZIM and co-leads Festival of Thought, which focuses on apologetics for the corporate world. Andy has a background in business having previously worked as an advisor to Private Equity houses in London and in Financial Operations for a NASDAQ-listed multinational. He continues to serve on the Board of Trustees for several charities in London.  Andy is a Chartered Accountant in England and Wales and the holder of Certificates in Christian Apologetics and Theological Studies from the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics and University of Oxford respectively.  Andy is also a keen sportsman and has played rugby to a representative level within Ireland. 


Nathan Rittenhouse

Nathan Rittenhouse is an Itinerant Speaker with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. He was graduated from Bridgewater College in Virginia with a double major in Physics and Philosophy and Religion, and a minor in Mathematics before attending the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. He holds an M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.Nathan has interests in topics of science and religion, church history, and systematic theology. As a student, Nathan refreshed his mind by running track and cross-country and continues to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities with his wife and kids.

About Austin THINK WEEK

Austin THINK WEEK is an opportunity to actively explore key life questions in cool venues around Austin - kind of like a Festival for Thinkers. With thought provoking speakers and "live" Q&A, this week aims to bring meaningful discussion and answers to some of the many questions a lot of us wrestle with these days. Designed for those of all beliefs and none - and for those with intellectual objections and heartfelt concerns about the Christian worldview.

A line up of over 20 different talks  some public and some private, are scheduled starting Sunday, April 2, and running through Friday, April 7, all talks are free of charge except for a couple at lunch that include a meal.

Join the conversation!

Contact Us

We hope to see you during Austin Think Week!

If you have any questions, or would like to host an event, please drop us a line.