Who Are We?
Ultimate Questions is a team and initiative that explores life's biggest questions, responding to the most difficult objections, and point others to the One who is the ultimate answer.
With the launch of this ministry we aim to have a national presence, being a resource to campuses across the country in helping with outreach. Seeking to reach, teach, and equip students to provide credible answers to the ultimate questions in order that they may come to know Jesus and experience His power to change the world. In the next year (2017-2018) we aim to have weekly blogs, a podcast, short videos, provide new, attractive, and relevant outreach materials, coach campuses in effective outreach strategies, and our team will speak at various campuses and events across Canada. Lord willing, we will expand our team to include locally based men and women in major cities throughout the country.
Nick Hill Nick has been a campus staff member with Power to Change at the University of Toronto for the last seven years and more recently was appointed to co-lead the Ultimate Questions Canadian Team. He disciples and trains Christian university students to know what and why they believe and how to share their faith. He loves to spend time with students and professors of different worldviews to learn and to discuss the big questions of life. Nick has organized, has consulted on, and been the creative director for many outreach events at the University of Toronto. These events have been designed with the purpose of clearing away misunderstandings and roadblocks that keep students and professors from engaging with Jesus Christ. Some of these events have included: “Is it True? Getting to the Heart of the World’s Religions”, “Why? Exploring Life’s Key Questions?,” “Bad Arguments Against True Religion,” “Has Science Made God Irrelevant?” and the “Relevant Series.”
Nick is a founding and ongoing member of the Religion and Society Series leadership team. Although based locally, it is designed to impact Canada and beyond. This initiative has reached thousands around the world. Nick consults in areas of creativity, branding, strategy, and marketing.
Nick has a certificate of Christian studies from Covenant Bible College and received a BA in Christianity and Culture from Trinity Western University. He has done graduate work in theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Briercrest Seminary, and summer studies at the Jonathan Edwards Center, Yale Divinity School.
When not engaged in dialoguing with others about Jesus, Nick enjoys rock climbing both at his local gym and outdoors. He lives in Toronto with his wife Jen and their four wonderful children: Grace, Iain, Jacob, and Kate.
PETERPeter Kupisz, has an MA in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics from Biola University and an MA in the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology from the University of Toronto. He worked as an Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at Biola University and as a full-time Instructor at Dongju College in South Korea. During his time in Korea he started a Facebook page that eventually became known as Mars Summit. Shortly after joining Power to Change staff in 2014, a new apologetics team was formed and Peter was appointed co-director along with Nick Hill. As part of his ministry he regularly speaks on campuses in Canada and other parts of the world including Korea, Indonesia and Brazil.
KIRKDr. Kirk Durston is a scientist and a philosopher with a PhD in Biophysics (Guelph), an MA in Philosophy (Manitoba), a BSc in Mechanical Engineering and Physics (Manitoba). His work involves a significant amount of time thinking, writing and speaking about the interaction of science, theology and philosophy within the context of authentic Christianity. His work involves a significant amount of time thinking, writing and speaking about the interaction of science, theology and philosophy within the context of authentic Christianity. He enjoys landscape photography, antiques of various types, wilderness canoeing and camping, fly fishing, amateur astronomy, reading, and enjoying family and friends.
Kirk grew up on a cattle and grain farm in central Manitoba, Canada, where he spent countless hours wandering around on his own in the forest as a young boy, fascinated with the plants and animals that are native to that region of the province. Throughout his teen years he spent six days a week working as a farm hand with cattle and grain. He left his father’s farm at the age of 19 to go to university. He has published peer reviewed articles in both science and philosophy journals. Kirk has been married for 37 years to Patti and they have six children and three grandchildren.
George Simopoulos received a BA from the University of Toronto, specializing in Political Science, with a secondary major in Ethics, Society and Law and is doing graduate work at Wycliffe, U of T. He loves to engage campus life by asking the big questions not often discussed in class. In high school, George was struck with a painful brain condition that left him in bed most of the day. After discovering Jesus in the midst of his pain, George set out on a lifelong journey of helping people discover where God is when life hurts.
Wesley Huff was born in Multan, Pakistan and spent a portion of his childhood in the Middle East. He has a BA in Sociology from York University, a Masters from Tyndale University, and is a PhD student in New Testament at the University of Toronto. While being an avid blogger, he is a contributor to the Gospel Coalition Canada, the Online Apologetics Academy, and has written numerous entries for the Melton’s Encyclopedia of American Religions (9th Ed.). Wesley has a passion for the study of the historical reliability of the Bible, focusing a great deal of both his personal and formal study on the academic field of textual criticism. After growing up in majority Muslim countries, his areas of interest also include inter-faith dialogue between Islam and Christianity, primarily in the textual histories of the Bible and Qur’an.
After being diagnosed with a rare neurological condition at the age of 11 that left him paralyzed from the waist down, Wes experienced a miraculous recovery that the doctors themselves said they had no medical explanation for. This experience, along with a great deal of study and soul searching in his later teens, is what solidified his interest in the subjects of faith, and engaging the beliefs and worldview perspectives of others. He has been participating in public dialogues on issues of faith, belief, and religion for the last six years. An avid athlete, during his undergrad he competed nationally as a varsity athlete on the York University track and field team. He enjoys canoeing, archery, and cats (although not all three at the same time). Wes lives in Toronto with his wife Melissa.
Jon Topping has always enjoyed the intersection of philosophy and faith. He loves to have deep conversations with those who are either struggling in their faith, or have challenges against the faith. Jon sees the different roadblocks that hold people back from considering the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and he knows God has put him on this earth to help clear these away so that the faith of young people can be strengthened, and so that the Gospel can be brought to people who wouldn’t otherwise consider it. Jon is a part-time professor at the Master’s College, teaching philosophy, apologetics, and ethics (also having taught at Tyndale University) and is a pastor to youth at Emmanuel Community Church. Jon holds an MA in the Philosophy of Religion and Ethics from Biola University and a BA with a double major in philosophy and religious studies from Tyndale University. Jon, his wife Leah, and daughter Laura, live in Port Perry.
Michael Horner has over 40 years of experience passionately presenting the case for the Christian faith. During this time he has participated in more than 80 public dialogues and hundreds of lectures on Canadian and American university campuses and beyond. Having received an MA in Philosophy from the University of Toronto, he was also an instructor in Philosophy at Trinity Western University for 20 years.