Jojo Ruba - Executive director
Jojo equips Christians to be effective ambassadors for Christ for everyday conversations. He has spoken at venues that include Sunday morning services, secular debates on 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.
Interested in having Jojo speak at your event? Let us know!
Gordon Hawkes - Speaker
Growing up in a small town, Gordon didn't face a lot of opposition to his faith.
And then he went to university.
The constant challenges he met there drove him to search for answers, and he discovered that Christianity stood up to close scrutiny. He also learned that, in order to share his faith, it wasn't enough just to have the right answers. The right answers need to be matched with a tactful manner and a gentle, loving attitude.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts, with a major in philosophy, from the University of British Columbia, and is currently working on his master’s degree in philosophy at the University of Calgary.
Interested in having Gordon speak at your event? Drop us a line!
Karen Woelke - Administrative Assistant/Graphic Designer
Karen works as the administrative assistant and graphic designer for Faith Beyond Belief. She had her first encounter with Christian apologetics when she took Faith Beyond Belief’s Worldview Course three years ago. Apologetics was pivotal to helping her understand and fully accept Christ. Now she is passionate about helping others get over intellectual barriers and to understand their faith.
Karen loves playing board games, painting, reading books, graphic novels, and hiking.
Andrew Manuel - Videographer
Andrew’s passion is working in video production, and he has been responsible for many of the video projects produced for Faith Beyond Belief. In 2016, Andrew moved from being a volunteer to a part-time, donor-supported position with FBB. His goal is to create inspiring and challenging videos to help Christians understand the culture we’re in and to equip them to respond with gentleness and respect. Andrew brings not only technical acumen to the team, but many years of ministry experience as well. He is a graduate from Briercrest Bible College.
PAUL BULLER - SPEAKER
Paul Buller is a husband and father of two, and a practicing engineer. Raised in a Christian home, Paul began to wrestle through the fundamental question of whether the beliefs he had been taught were actually true or not. Over the years he has studied Mormonism, Atheism, the so-called Science /Religion debate, the reliability of the Bible, several topics in philosophy and various other related subjects.
Paul has written two books that relate to Christian Apologetics. His first book - Arguing with Friends is intended to help the reader navigate the minefield of contentious subjects.
Paul’s second book - on the difficult subject of suffering - is written in the wake of his wife's brush with death.
Glen Torhjelm - Staff Writer
Glen Torhjelm was born in Calgary, AB, but spent 30 years in the U.S., mostly in the Phoenix, AZ metropolitan area. Although raised in a Christian home, Glen did not truly make the Christian faith his own until February 8, 1998.
After completing a B.S. in Psychology, Glen attended law school, first at the University of Arizona, and ultimately graduating from Seattle University School of Law after relocating to the Pacific Northwest.
Glen is currently enrolled at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, pursuing an M.Div., with plans to continue towards a M.Th. in Applied Apologetics and a Ph.D. in Christian Ethics in Public Policy.
Glen is a cancer survivor, having undergone surgery and radiation, which concluded in March of 2017. The grace of God in and through this experience has only heightened his resolve to better know and share the reality of God and the love demonstrated by Jesus Christ on the cross.
Glen currently lives with his wife and their two daughters in Calgary, AB.