Join us March 3-4, 2017 for the Be Ready Conference


Online registration is closed. Please register at the door.


Anyone following the headlines today will know that it is hard to talk about our faith in this fast-changing world. Many don't trust the Bible as true and Canadians are becoming more and more secular. 

More than ever, Christians need to be ready. We must be prepared to navigate through these challenges and we must learn how to provide biblical answers to our culture's questions as winsome ambassadors for Christ. 

Join us at Be Ready 2017! We'll tackle issues ranging from, “Can we trust the Bible?” with Prof. Mike Licona, to gender identity, with Walt Heyer. We'll also have breakout sessions that deal with porn addiction among women, witnessing to Mormons, and the age of the earth (from both an old earth and a young earth perspective).

Reading today's headlines shouldn't intimidate us. Rather, they should encourage us to share the hope that we have in Christ.




Mike Licona

Mike Licona has a Ph.D. in New Testament Studies (University of Pretoria), which he completed with distinction. He serves as associate professor in theology at Houston Baptist University. Mike was interviewed by Lee Strobel in his book The Case for the Real Jesus and appeared in Strobel’s video The Case for Christ. He is the author of numerous books including the award-winning The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus, co-authored by Gary Habermas. He has spoken on more than 90 university campuses, and has appeared on dozens of radio and television programs.

Walt Heyer

Walt Heyer is a former transgender with a passion to help others who regret gender change. Walt travels extensively to share his story of redemption at conferences, churches and universities. Walt has appeared on numerous radio and television shows in the U.S. and Canada. Walt’s articles have been published online and his many books are a welcome resource in understanding the issue.

Jojo Ruba

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.

James Gimbel

James Gimbel

Rev. Dr. Jim Gimbel has degrees in psychology, theology, and organizational leadership. Born and raised in the U.S., he has served as pastor, graduate professor, and is now president at Concordia Lutheran Seminary, Edmonton. He conducts research on and frequently speaks about Christianity and Pop Culture, factors that contribute to faith development in adolescents and young adults, and his love for the Gospel of Jesus. He and Jill have been married for 38 years and have three grown, married children and three living grandchildren.



Mike Licona


Mike Licona

Should we trust the New Testament? Why were certain books excluded from the Bible and who made the decision?  How certain can we be that the Bible we have today is not a corrupted version of the original? Who wrote the Gospels? In this lecture, Mike Licona wrestles with these questions and provides authentic answers.

Walt Heyer


Walt Heyer

Walt Heyer shares his testimony, recounting his feelings since childhood that he should have been born a girl. As he grew up, he found success. He married a woman, began a family, and built an amazing career. But underneath this veneer, he still felt female. Desperate, he sought out a radical treatment that promised relief, regardless of the cost. But many years later, with the same resolute determination that propelled him to succeed in his career, he relentlessly pursued healing and wholeness, not giving up until he knew without a doubt that he was safe in the arms of Jesus.

Jojo Ruba

Good News in Everyday

Jojo Ruba

Anyone following the news today will know how difficult it is to share biblical truth in our culture. Many doubt the claims of Christ and many are encouraged to leave the Christian faith. But on issues like homosexuality and transgenderism, our challenge is often not about the truthfulness of the gospel but its goodness.  In this presentation, Jojo will explain how Christian ambassadors can provide an “apologetic” for the Christian worldview that explains that it is still good news.

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Why Am I a Protestant?

James Gimbel

It has been 500 years since Martin Luther posted his 95 theses as a request to dialogue with those who had drifted from a biblical view of Christianity. The Reformation was one of the most powerful apologetical movements in history; being a Protestant meant taking a stand in a way that impacts how we live, think, and interact with society, culture, and other religions. Dr. Gimbel answers the question, "Why am I a Protestant?" using an analysis of the very question to build a case for our response.






Friday, March 3

9:00 AM: Pastors' Breakfast
5:30-7 PM: Registration Open
6:30-7 PM: Worship
7-9:30 PM: Dr. Mike Licona
       "Does God Get Mad at Me When I Doubt?"

Saturday, march 4

8:15-8:30 AM: Worship
8:30-9:30 AM: Dr. James Gimbel
       "Why Am I a Protestant?"
9:45-10:45 AM: Walt Heyer
       "Sex Change Regret"
11 AM-12 PM: Jojo Ruba
       "Good News in Everyday Conversations"
12-1:00 PM: LUNCH
1-2 PM: Breakout Session 1
2-3 PM: Breakout Session 2
3-6:36: Afternoon Break/DINNER
6:36-9:00 PM: Mike Licona
       "Should We Trust the New Testament?"






Early Bird: $40 until Feb. 8, 2017

After Feb. 8, 2017: $50

Group Rate (Minimum of 10 people): $40 per person

Student Rate: $40

For a combination of group, student or early bird discounts (with a max. of $20 off regular price),
please email for a special discount code.


Online registration is closed. Please register at the door.


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“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear.”
— 1 Peter 3:15