As part of its annual Biblical Worldview Institute (BWi), Prestonwood Christian Academy (PCA), a ministry of Prestonwood Baptist Church, led by Pastor Jack Graham, is hosting seven nationally recognized experts to discuss their perspectives on the theme of “Christians Confronting the Culture.

BWi’s three-day program will also continue with its annual Parent Night, featuring a session focused solely on the culturally trending topic of the parent’s role in shaping a child’s sexual identity.

PCA’s Biblical Worldview Conference annually attracts national speakers to speak about culturally relevant topics to parents, students and the community. Schools and the public are invited to attend the Thursday and Friday line-up of speakers. Previous speakers include Christian author and scientist Dr. William Dembski and the late author and atheist Christopher Hitchins, who debated one another on the existence of God, which went viral around the world within hours.


Afshin Ziafat – Ziafat is a former Muslim who was born in Houston, Texas, who gave his life to Christ his senior year of high school. He is currently Lead Pastor of Providence Church in Frisco, Texas and founder of Afshin Ziafat Ministries. He received his Master of Divinity with Biblical Language degree from Southwestern Seminary in Ft. Worth. His topic will be “Preparing to Be a Cultural Transformer.”

Jeff Lewis – Lewis is an assistant Professor of Intercultural Studies at California Baptist University, will discuss “missional” lifestyle in cultural evangelism.

Phil Cooke – An international-known author and cultural advisor, Phil Cooke will “Social Media: New Ways to Engage the Culture.” Cooke is the author of several books, including “Jolt: Mastering Our Culture of Technology, Disruption and Distraction.”

Donovan Campbell – Campbell is a young, inspiring U.S. Marine Commander who served three combat deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan. He authored “Joker One: A Marine Platoon’s Story of Courage, Leadership, and Brotherhood” and will share his insights on leadership for young people.

Sean McDowell – McDowell is the Head of the Bible Department at Capistrano Valley Christian Schools where he teaches Philosophy, Theology and Apologetics. He is the son of Josh McDowell. McDowell will provide a powerful, relevant presentation on the social cost of pornography titled, “Pornography and the Sexualized Culture.”

Andy Hein – Hein is the Director of Church Mobilization for the International Justice Mission and will speak about the importance of standing for and promoting justice in our world today titled, “Christian Response to Injustice.”

Ricky Chelette – Also in his second appearance at BWi’s Thursday night Parent Night, Chelete is the Executive Director of Hope Ministries. He will present the important topic of “Sexual Wholeness: Forming Your Child’s Sexual Identity.”

WHEN:           Thursday, November 15, 2012; 8:30 -11:30 a.m. (CST) – Afshin Ziafat, Jeff Lewis, Phil Cooke

                      Thursday, November 15, 2012; 7:00-9:00 p.m. (CST) – Ricky Chelette

                      Friday, November 16, 2012; 8:00-11:30 a.m. (CST) – Sean McDowell, Andy Hein, Donovan Campbell

WHERE:           Prestonwood Baptist Church (Plano Campus) Worship Center (see for    


DETAILS:          BWi is open to the public. Free registration may be secured by visiting  

               or on-site the morning of the program.

Media are invited to pre-credential by contacting Vicki Morgan and to attend all, or a portion, of the Biblical Worldview Institute. Pre-event and day-off event interviews with speakers or PCA administration are also available through Vicki Morgan.

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