LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The annual Lead > Defend conference is right around the corner on March 5. Each year since 2015, the College + Young Leaders (CYL) Team at the Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) has hosted the apologetics and leadership conference for students in 10th grade through college at Immanuel Baptist Church.  

This year, J. Warner Wallace will be the main speaker. Wallace is a Dateline featured cold-case homicide detective, popular national speaker and best-selling author. He has over two decades of investigative experience and with that, Wallace provides his readers and audiences with the tools they will need to investigate the claims of Christianity and make a convincing case for the truth of the Christian worldview.  

To learn more about J. Warner Wallace, visit his website 

You will also get to hear from local leaders and apologists from around the state like Andrea Lennon, Buck Ortega, Jamar Andrews and more for breakout sessions throughout the day. Worship will be led by Cory and Stephanie Epps. 

This year, Lead > Defend is expanding its ministry to reach beyond the high school/college age students. Lead > Defend Foundations will be for 6th-9th graders at the City Center, which is just down the hill from Immanuel.  

Geared more towards that age group, Foundation students will get to hear from Brett Kunkle, founder and president of MAVEN, a movement to equip the next generation to know truth, pursue goodness and create beauty. He has over 25 years of experience working with the next generation and is fully equipped to teach the younger generation about leadership and apologetics.  

These students will also hear from Brett’s wife, Erin Kunkle, Kolby King, and local leaders such as Bill Newton and Adam Venters. Worship will be led by the Kasey Earl Band.  

It’s going to be a jam-packed Saturday, and you won’t want to miss it. Early-bird pricing is still happening meaning the cost is only $35. However, the price goes up after February 21 to $45, so don’t wait!  

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