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The Academy 

 

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Our Instructors

Dr. Kim Riddlebarger, Senior Pastor

 

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Dr. Kim Riddlebarger is senior pastor of Christ Reformed Church in Anaheim, California (www.christreformed.org), and co-host of the popular White Horse Inn, a radio-internet talk show which first went on the air in 1990 and which can be heard here: (http://www.whitehorseinn.org/).  

A fourth generation Californian, Kim is a graduate of California State University Fullerton (B.A.), Simon Greenleaf University (M.A.), Westminster Seminary California (M.A.R.), and Fuller Theological Seminary (Ph.D.) where he worked under Richard A. Muller.  Kim's dissertation is entitled The Lion of Princeton -- Benjamin Breckinridge Warfield: Apologist, Polemicist.

Kim has served as a visiting lecturer in the graduate program in Reformation studies at Concordia University in Irvine, CA and was the chairman of the Growing Reformed Churches Conference, cosponsored by First Chino URC and Westminster Seminary California, where he served as a member of the board of trustees.  Kim also served as executive vice president of Christians United for Reformation (CURE), the forerunner of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals (ACE).  Kim also served several terms as visiting professor of systematic theology at Westminster Seminary California.   

Kim is an ordained minister in the United Reformed Churches (URCNA), is a regular contributor to publications such as Modern Reformation and TableTalk and has written chapters for the books Power Religion (Moody, 1992), Roman Catholicism: Evangelicals Analyze What Unites and What Divides Us (Moody, 1994), and Christ the Lord (Baker, 1992), Theologia et Apologia (Wipf and Stock, 2006), Called to Serve (Reformed Fellowship, 2007),  Risking the Truth (Christian Focus, 2009). Always Reforming:  Essays in Honor of W. Robert Godfrey (2010), and Planting, Watering, Growing: Planting Confessionally Reformed Churches in the 21st Century (Reformation Heritage, 2011).

Kim is the author of three books:  A Case For Amillennialism, (Baker Books, 2003), and The Man of Sin: Uncovering the Truth About the Antichrist (Baker Books, 2006), and First Corinthians:  The Lectio Continua Expository New Testament Commentary (Tolle Lege Press, 2013).

Kim is married to Micki, and has two adult sons, David and Mark.  Kim is interested in family history and is presently writing a history of the Riddlebarger family. He is also a life-long New York Yankees fan.


Kenneth Richard Samples, Adult Education

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Kenneth Samples serves as senior research scholar of philosophical and theological apologetics at Reasons to Believe, a Christian apologetics organization located in southern California. Ken teaches a weekly adult class at Christ Reformed Church and occasionally conducts the afternoon Lord’s Day worship service. An experienced teacher and educator, he has taught courses in philosophy and religion at several different colleges and universities, and presently serves as an adjunct instructor in apologetics at Biola University.

Kenneth was born and raised in southern California and is a graduate of Cerritos College (A.A.), Concordia University Irvine (B.A.), and Talbot School of Theology (M.A.). He regularly appears on two of Reasons to Believe’s apologetics podcasts Straight Thinking and I Didn’t Know That.

Kenneth worked as Senior Research Consultant and Correspondence Editor at the Christian Research Institute (CRI) for nearly seven years, where he was a regular co-host of the popular call-in radio program the Bible Answer Man.

Kenneth is the author of four theological and apologetics books including Without a Doubt: Answering the 20 Toughest Faith Questions (Baker, 2004), A World of Difference: Putting Christian Truth-Claims to the Worldview Test (Baker, 2007), 7 Truths That Changed the World: Discovering Christianity’s Most Dangerous Ideas (Baker, 2012), and Christian Endgame: Careful Thinking about the End Times (RTB, 2013). He is also the co-author of three other apologetics related books: Lights in the Sky and Little Green Men: A Rational Christian View of UFOs and Extraterrestrials (NavPress, 2002), Prophets of the Apocalypse: David Koresh and Other American Messiahs (Baker, 1994), and The Cult of the Virgin: Catholic Mariology and the Apparitions of Mary (Baker, 1992).

Kenneth has held membership in the American Philosophical Association, the Evangelical Philosophical Society, the Evangelical Theological Society, and The International Society of Christian Apologetics.

On a personal level, Kenneth is an avid Los Angeles Lakers fan, a serious student of World War II, and his favorite musical genre is blue-eyed soul. His favorite Christian thinkers include Augustine of Hippo, Blaise Pascal, and C. S. Lewis.

Kenneth lives in southern California with his lovely wife Joan, and they have three grown children: Sarah, Jacqueline, and Michael.