Rev. Dr. Joe Boot

Joe Boot

Rev. Dr. Joseph Boot (M.A., Ph.D.) is a cultural philosopher and theologian, leading Christian apologist, founding pastor of Westminster Chapel in Toronto and founder of the Ezra Institute for Contemporary Christianity (EICC). Originally from Great Britain, he served with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries for seven years as an apologist based in Oxford England and Toronto Canada. Joe has spoken all over the world in 30 countries at numerous universities, seminaries, churches, colleges, and conferences from Eton College and Oxford, to Forman University in Lahore, Pakistan. He regularly addresses pastors and Christian leaders as well as medical, legal, and business professionals in North America, Britain, and the Middle East and has publicly debated leading atheistic thinkers and philosophers in Canada and the United States.

Joe did his undergraduate studies in Theology (Birmingham Christian College, U.K), earned his Master’s degree in Mission Theology (University of Manchester U.K), and holds a Ph.D. in Christian Intellectual Thought (WTS, Florida USA). A contributing author to Thomas Nelson’s major Christian apologetics volume, Beyond Opinion, Joe’s major apologetic works include Searching for Truth (Crossway), Why I Still Believe (Baker), and How Then Shall We Answer (New Wine) which have been published in Europe and North America. His most noted contribution to Christian thought, The Mission of God (Wilberforce Publications/Ezra Press), is a systematic work of cultural theology exploring the biblical worldview as it relates to the Christian’s mission in the world. His latest volume, Gospel Culture develops this theme and serves as an introduction to a scriptural worldview. Joe serves as Senior Fellow for the cultural and apologetics think-tank truthXchange in Southern California; is Senior Fellow of cultural philosophy for the California based Centre for Cultural Leadership and is director of the annual Wilberforce Academy training program in Cambridge U.K as well as faculty for the Alliance Defending Freedom’s Blackstone Legal Academy in Washington DC. In 2011 Joe was recognized by Toronto’s Centre for Mentorship and Theological Reflection as ‘Best Preacher Apologist’ for his contribution to apologetic and expository preaching. Joe is general editor of the Ezra Institute’s Journal, Jubilee, serves as chancellor for Westminster Classical Christian Academy, and is regularly been heard on radio and Television broadcasts. Joe lives in Toronto, Canada with his wife, Jenny, and their three children: Naomi, Hannah, and Isaac.

Steven Martins

Steven Martins

Steven Martins is Director of Ministry Development & Advancement at the Ezra Institute for Contemporary Christianity. He attended Tyndale College University, holds an undergraduate degree in Human Resource Management from York University, and is working towards a Masters of Arts in Christian Apologetics at Veritas Evangelical Seminary. He blogs and writes regularly, and serves with the Ezra Institute as an itinerant speaker and debater.

Steven is bilingual, of Ecuadorian and Portuguese descent, fluent in English and Spanish. He has traveled on missions to provide apologetic training, Bibles and Christian literature in Latin America and the Caribbean. He is also a writer/contributor to The Gospel Coalition’s Latin American branch and Editorial CLIR, the Confraternidad Latinoamericana de Iglesias Reformadas.

Steven founded Nicene International Ministries, a fledgling Canadian apologetic ministry, in 2012 and served as the director and chief itinerant speaker for academic debates, lectures and sermons. In the past few years he has spoken at churches, conferences, and universities in Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America, equipping the English and Spanish church communities. Steven lives in Toronto, Canada with his wife Cindy.

Ryan Eras

Ryan Eras

Ryan Eras is Director of Content and Publishing at the Ezra Institute. He holds an undergraduate degree in History from Tyndale University, and a Master’s in Library and Information Science from the University of Toronto, with a focus on bibliographic control and the history of censorship.

Ryan has served in several educational and support roles, providing bibliographic research and critical editorial assistance for several popular and academic publications. He lives in Toronto with his wife Rachel, and their children, Isabelle, Joanna and Simon.

Anita Benedict

Anita Benedict is Student Support staff at the Ezra Institute for Contemporary Christianity. Anita received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History and her Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Education from Brock University.

Prior to her work in higher education, Anita spent several years living and working with Francis and Edith Schaeffer at L'Abri in Switzerland.

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