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Can you answer the big questions of our time and all time?

Hear and engage with renowned Christian apologists from Ravi Zacharias International Ministries at this special event for teens, young adults and parents.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 | 6:30pm

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Event Details


Rooted in Truth 2017 is an event by Ravi Zacharias International Ministries hosted by Open Door Christian Schools on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 6:30pm. At this event, teens, young adults and parents will hear and engage with renowned apologists, Abdu Murray, Nathan Betts, and Sanj Kalra from RZIM. After individual messages from Adbu, Nathan, and Sanj, the event will conclude in a panel discussion featuring all three apologists. This time will include a question and answer session open to all attendees. 


COvering topics such as

Do all roads lead to God?

Is Christianity a viable worldview?

Can we trust the Bible?

Why do bad things happen to good people?

Are science and faith compatible?


Rooted in Truth 2017 will be held in the main auditorium of Church of the Open Door, click here for map. Please park in the northwest parking lot and follow signs to the entrance. Registration is free but space is limited, click here to register. Priority given to registered guests. For group information click here or contact us

Meet the Speakers

Abdu Murray

Abdu Murray is North American Director with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries and is the author of two books, including his latest, Grand Central Question: Answering the Critical Concerns of the Major Worldviews. For most of his life, Abdu was a proud Muslim who studied the Qur’an and Islam. After a nine year investigation into the historical, philosophical, and scientific underpinnings of the major world religions and views, Abdu discovered that the historic Christian faith alone can answer the questions of the mind and the longings of the heart.

Abdu has spoken to diverse international audiences and has participated in debates and dialogues across the globe. He has appeared as a guest on numerous radio and television programs all over the world and hosts Embrace the Truth with Abdu Murray, heard worldwide on the internet and podcast.

Abdu holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Michigan and earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School. As an attorney, Abdu was named several times in Best Lawyers in America and Michigan Super Lawyer. Abdu is the Scholar in Residence of Christian Thought and Apologetics at the Josh McDowell Institute of Oklahoma Wesleyan University.

Abdu lives in the Detroit area with his wife and their three children.


Nathan Betts

Nathan Betts is an apologist with RZIM. He frequently speaks on university campuses across the US and Canada, and regularly addresses church congregations. Nathan has written curricula on basic Christianity and apologetics for several major churches in North America and the UK, and his writing has been featured in Converge magazine. Nathan also co-wrote and co-presented RZIM’s Short Answers to Big Questions video series.

Nathan completed his undergraduate degree at Tyndale University and his MA in Bible and Ministry at King’s College London. He is also a graduate of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. He is an avid percussionist and a keen baseball fan. Nathan and his wife, Brittany, live near Seattle, WA, with their two young children.


Sanj Kalra

Sanj Kalra is a speaker for RZIM. He was born in New Delhi, India, and comes from a Hindu background. His family immigrated to Ottawa, Canada, where he grew up through high school. He was then awarded a tennis scholarship at the University of Akron, Ohio, where he was graduated with a degree in Business Management. He has worked in the medical device sales industry for over twenty years.

Despite enjoying unprecedented personal success, Sanj eventually went spinning out of control until, in a state of deep crisis, he had a dramatic encounter with Jesus Christ in June of 2010. Until that point, pleasure and indulgence were all he lived for. The transformation that Jesus brought to him is one of the most remarkable testimonies of our time. He joined the RZIM team in 2015 and now shares his story and messages throughout the globe. The impact he has is particularly felt among the young and the business world. He has spoken at churches and conferences where the response has always been heartwarming.

As part of the RZIM team, Sanj’s role also includes being the Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at RZIM. He is married to Kay and they are blessed with two daughters.

Meet the Emcees 

Brian Dahlen

Brian Dahlen grew up in Burnsville, Minnesota and holds a bachelor’s degree in social science/history and a master’s degree in education. While teaching public high school in the Minneapolis area, he began working part-time in broadcasting as the co-host/producer of a weekly talk radio program. After six years of teaching and two years of part-time broadcasting, Brian began working full-time in Christian radio at WMBI, 90.1FM Moody Radio Chicago. From June 2008 to July of 2015, Brian served in a variety of roles at WMBI from producer to host, and was the co-creator and co-host of a weekly Moody Radio podcast called “What Did They Say Now?”. Brian was also an Adjunct Professor in the Communications Department at the Moody Bible Institute. Brian currently serves as the Host of “Brian and Kathleen Mornings” on Moody Radio in Cleveland, and lives with his wife and five children in Broadview Heights, Ohio.

Kathleen Zion

Kathleen is a Cleveland, Ohio native and has been involved with theater and media for more than 15 years. She has acted in multiple television, film and theater productions. She also graduated from Chicago's Second City Conservancy Program and has taught acting and production classes. She is currently one of the morning host of "Brian and Kathleen Mornings" on Moody Radio Cleveland's WCRF.


Group Leaders & Educators

The morning session of Rooted in Truth 2017 is specifically designed for school groups grades 7-12 and begins at 10:15am on February 22, 2017. Youth leaders, educators or other group leaders interested in bringing a group to this event, please see the group guide below for information on the morning session or contact us for more information.  

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Group Event GuidE For Morning Session



Open dooR Christian schools

8287 West Ridge Road, Elyria Ohio

Please park in the northwest parking lot and follow signs to the main auditorium.


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