Dr. Ravi Zacharias & Thomas McGinnis
Dr. Ravi Zacharias spoke to a crowd of nearly 1,400 people for Wilson Hall’s fifth annual Mission Series held in the Nash Student Center on November 18. One of the foremost theologians of our time, he delivered a message titled “Atheism and Theism – Differing Answers, Drastic Ramifications.” Dr. Zacharias, a renowned Christian apologist who speaks and lectures around the world, has authored or edited over 20 books which have been translated into numerous languages.
During his 42 years as a speaker he has been in high demand at scores of well-known universities and colleges, such as Harvard University and Oxford University, but his presentation at Wilson Hall was the first time he has ever spoken at a school. Prior to his visit at Wilson Hall, Dr. Zacharias, who is a visiting scholar at Cambridge University, was at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics in Oxford, England, and his next speaking engagement will be in Kiev, Ukraine.
Following his presentation, he graciously met with the members of Wilson Hall’s Senior Class to autograph copies of his most recent book, Why Suffering? Finding Meaning and Comfort When Life Doesn’t Make Sense. He also posed with each student for a photo opportunity.
Dr. Zacharias has twice spoken at the Annual Prayer Breakfast at the United Nations in New York. He has also addressed the writers of the peace accord in South Africa, the president’s cabinet and parliament in Peru, and military officers at the Center for Geopolitical Strategy in Moscow. At the invitation of the president of Nigeria, he addressed delegates at the First Annual Prayer Breakfast for African Leaders held in Mozambique. Dr. Zacharias has addressed The White House and The Pentagon, and he has appeared on national news broadcasts on networks such as CNN and Fox.
Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, which is celebrating its 30th year, has offices in 12 countries spanning four continents.
In the fall of 2009, a family approached Wilson Hall with the idea of doing something for the community with a particular focus on young people. The family was interested in something that would impact the lives of our young people for the better and for their future. From that meeting was born the idea of bringing in a well-known, inspirational speaker who might offer to the local population a message of encouragement, a challenge to leadership, an invitation for the greater good. As a reflection of the desires of this community-minded family, the event was named the Wilson Hall Mission Series.