- PhD., University of California
- M.A., University of Southern California
- B.A., University of California, Los Angeles
Sean McDowell is a gifted communicator with a passion for reaching the younger generation with the Gospel message. He connects with youth in a tangible way through humor and stories while imparting hard evidence and logical support for viewing all areas of life through a Biblical worldview. He recently joined Biola University’s Master of Arts Program in Christian Apologetics as an assistant professor. In the spring term, he will begin regular teaching of graduate students in courses such as “Scripture, Authority, Canon, and Criticism,” “In Defense of the Resurrection,” “Comparative Religions” and others. Concurrently, he serves as Head of the Bible Department at Capistrano Valley Christian Schools where he teaches an honors Bible class.
As a high school teacher, Sean has exceptional insight into the prevailing culture and imparts his observations poignantly to fellow educators, pastors, and parents alike.
In 2008 he received the Educator of the Year award for San Juan Capistrano, California. His apologetics training was awarded Exemplary Status by the Association of Christian Schools International. Sean is listed among the top 100 apologists. He graduated summa cum laude from Talbot Theological Seminary with a double Master’s degree in Theology and Philosophy. He is pursuing a Ph.D. in Apologetics and Worldview Studies from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Traveling throughout the United States and abroad, Sean speaks at camps, churches, schools, universities, and conferences. He has spoken for organizations including Focus on the Family, the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, Campus Crusade for Christ, Youth Specialties, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Association of Christian Schools International. Sean has also appeared as a guest on radio shows such as Focus on the Family, Point of View, Converse with Scholars, Stand to Reason as well as shows hosted by Hugh Hewitt, Michael Reagan, and others.
Sean recently released GodQuest, a six week DVD-based curriculum complete with fiction and non-fiction books and a workbook. He is the co-author of Is God Just a Human Invention?, Understanding Intelligent Design along with William A. Dembski, Experience Your Bible, The Unshakable Truth: How You Can Experience the Twelve Essentials of a Relevant Faith, Evidence for the Resurrection and More Than A Carpenter with his father, Josh McDowell. Sean is the General Editor for Apologetics for a New Generation and The Apologetics Study Bible for Students. He has also written Ethix: Being Bold in a Whatever World, and has contributed to YouthWorker Journal, Decision Magazine, and the Christian Research Journal. Follow the dialogue with Sean as he blogs regularly at www.conversantlife.com.
In April, 2000, Sean married his high school sweetheart, Stephanie. They have three children and live in San Juan Capistrano, California. Sean played college basketball at Biola University and was the captain his senior year on a team that went 30-7. He likes to brag about his ping-pong skills.
See www.seanmcdowell.org for Sean’s blog, articles, videos, and many other resources.