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Blair Ridge Baptist Church

4502 Blairs Ferry Rd

Cedar Rapids, IA 52411

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Think Like Christ's 2021 Seeking TRUTH Youth Conference Come join us for our Think Like Christ Youth Conference in Cedar Rapids, IA

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***Special Announcement*** The Debunked Bus will be joining us for the conference. Come check it out

Think Like Christ Youth Conference 2021

Come join us April 17 2021 for our Think Like Christ Youth Conference

Conference will include Worship, Preaching, Workshops, and Games.  Lunch will also be provided.  Youth Conference is FREE of charge and is for Jr. High and High School aged youth.  Youth sponsors and parents are also invited to attend.

Also early-bird register by April 1st, 2021 to receiver a FREE shirt. 

Check-in begins at 9:30 AM, April  17th, 2021. Conference will end at 6PM

Keynote speakers are: Dr. Nathan Oppman from The Family Leader and Pastor Thomas Osterkamp from Good New Baptist Church and Carl Kerby from Reasons for Hope

Workshops Speakers are: Dr. Nathan Oppman, Pastor Thomas and Lysandra Osterkamp, Carl Kerby, and Joel Willoughby

About Nathan

Nathan joined The FAMiLY LEADER in 2015, where the mission is to inspire Christlike leadership in the home, church, and government.

He has a passion to encourage biblical thinking in our culture. Nathan received a B.A. in political science, an M.A. in history, and an Ed.D. in curriculum and instruction from Bob Jones University. Before joining the team at TFL, Nathan gained valuable public policy and worldview teaching experience as the lectures and student intern coordinator at the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C.. He also developed business and supervisory skills while working for two years in local branch management of a national car rental company.

During two of his graduate years, Nathan had the privilege of teaching history of civilization discussion classes to several hundred undergraduate students and is currently and adjunct at Faith Baptist Bible College in Ankeny, Iowa where he teaches government and history courses. He speaks to churches, conferences, school and college groups, and others regarding Christian citizenship, history, and developing scripturally sound public policy.

Nathan’s interests include sports, historical reading, ministering at his local church, and spending time with his wife. Nathan and his wife, Joy, reside in Des Moines, Iowa.


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About Thomas and Lysandra

Thomas and Lysandra Osterkamp have a heart to reach people where they are with the love of Jesus and help them take their next step in their walk with God. They enjoy sharing the truths of the Bible in an authentic yet practical way, because they believe that it’s not enough for us to know what the Bible says, we have to know what to do with what it says.

Thomas and Lysandra serve together at Good News Baptist Church in Cedar Rapids, IA where Thomas has been the Lead Pastor for over ten years. They speak regularly across the country and internationally at marriage conferences and retreats, youth camps and conferences, pastor’s conferences, as well as church services and events. Marriage and family are their favorite topics to talk about. They even host a weekly podcast called the Family Meeting that is all about family relationships.

Thomas and Lysandra have been together for 24 years and married for 17. They have four daughters, Kathryne, Isabella, Abigail, and Violet Rose. They love to travel and go on family adventures. Out of all the places that they have been and all of the things that they have done, their two favorites are walking on the beach and hiking in the mountains.


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About Carl

Carl was first introduced to apologetics by two pilots after he’d told them evolution was compatible with the Bible, which is what he’d been taught in Sunday school. These men pulled out their Bible and showed him that what the WORLD taught wasn’t the same as what the WORD taught. With 50% to 88% of the younger generation raised in the church leaving the church by the age of 18, Carl’s desire is for them to KNOW what they’re walking away from. This can only happen if they’re able to critically think and evaluate arguments so they can determine truth.

Carl would say he doesn’t enjoy speaking, at times he’s terrified of it. However, seeing people get excited because they realize they can trust the Word of God inspires him to continue on. When he’s not speaking, Carl loves being with his family and friends. He also enjoys the ocean - snorkeling, boogie boarding or fishing. Carl has two honorary Doctorates and a degree in Biblical Studies. However, his most important credentials would be SSBGTFIC – (Sinner Saved By Grace Through Faith In Christ) and husband/father and grandfather.


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About Joel

Joel accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior from sin and the 2nd death by grace through faith when he was a young boy. He spent a few of his teenage years living for himself until God humbled him and brought him back to His service. Joel attended Pensacola Christian College and earned a BA in Bible with a Pastoral concentration and Minor in Greek in 2009. That same year Joel married Danielle and the Lord blessed them with Roger in 2011 and Isaiah in 2013. Joel earned a MA in Biblical Studies from Faith Theological Seminary in 2015 and began to teach Jr. High and High School Bible classes for Ankeny Christian Academy. In the Lord's providence, He took Joel's wife Danielle to her heavenly home on her 29th birthday in August, 2017. By God's grace, Joel married Beth in November, 2018 and the Lord blessed them with Valerie in October, 2019. Ever since September, 2004, when Joel was 18, after high school, he has been faithfully pursuing God with all of his heart, body, soul, and mind. Joel's wife and children are great supporters and walk with God as well. Joel began Brains and Bibles officially in March, 2020 and since then many souls have been affected for eternity.


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****Covid-19 Update. We will be observing physical distancing in the main sessions and workshops. Because of the nature of our games, we cannot guarantee physical distancing during game time. You will not be required to participate in games if you do not wish. Masks will not be required, but you are welcome to wear them to the event. We ask that you sit with those you come with during the main sessions to to help lessen exposure. We also ask that you do not attend if you have any Covid-19 symptoms or have been in contact with someone who has Covid-19 in the last 14 days.

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