Dr. Scott Carroll- Co Producer
Dr. Scott Carroll is widely recognized by secular and religious essay writing institutions as a leading expert (if not the leading expert) in his field of ancient manuscripts. His reputation precedes him in the fields of archeology and artifacts.
With a vivacious camera presence, he has been featured on television, radio and in written publications, including the New York Times, CBN and the Huffington Post.
Scott holds a Ph.D. in Ancient History from Miami University, an M.A. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a B.A. in History from Tennessee Temple University.
He excelled in ancient language study at Hebrew Union College and has a working knowledge of 13 languages (though he admits he is “rusty” and “proficient in only seven or eight”). His linguistic skills are invaluable on a daily basis in identifying and preparing for publication many of the earliest classical and biblical texts known. He has been directly involved with the discovery and publication of many of the most significant biblical discoveries in the past 50 years.
“Doc” is a seasoned archeologist and directed an excavation in Egypt of the earliest-known unoccupied monastery. Over the past 20 years, has built the two largest privately-held collections of Bibles and biblically-related artifacts in the world: the Van Kampen Collection and the Green Collection. Together, these collections contain nearly 80,000 items. The total estimated appraised value of the combined collections approaches $700 million.
He curated the traveling “Passages” exhibition and led it to St. Peter's Square in Vatican City attracting hundreds of thousands of people during Holy Week. He will be launching a new traveling exhibition and educational program in Asia the summer of 2016. He has published numerous academic articles and three books.
As passionate educator, he has served as a professor and/or research scholar at the world’s leading institutions, including Cambridge University. He was honored as “Teacher of the Year” three times at different universities during his posts as a university professor.
He speaks and teaches around the globe and has recently started The Manuscript Research Initiative, which is pioneering cutting-edge educational opportunities for graduate students in Nigeria and Kenya.
Todd Hillard- Co Producer
Todd Hillard is a husband, father, and award-winning free-lance writer. He has collaborated/ghost written more than 25 trade-length books including The Bible in America: What We Believe about the Most Important Book in our History, for Steve Green, the founder of the National Museum of the Bible near the Washington DC Mall.
Working with leading mainline publishers, he specializes in Christian non-fiction genre, while also working in fiction and screenwriting.
He is good friends with Bob Cornuke and Scott Carroll. His mission is to take their raw ideas and create cohesive, compelling story lines. As an author and collaborator, he can begin with an original or assigned idea, research it and complete it with a special flair of authenticity and humor.
Todd is also the owner of Ancient Asset Investments, a brokerage firm of dealing with ancient Biblical Manuscripts. AAI’s purpose is to bring new life to rare artifacts by placing them with “guardians” who will care for them and share them with the world again in order to catalyze a global movement of artifact-drive academia.
As a 25 year veteran of faith-based non-profit organizations, he has logged thousands of hours as a lecturer, classroom instructor, small group facilitator and one-on-one mentor. His passion for the personal learning process overflows not only in his writing and business, but in all areas of his professional and personal life.
Christian Widener, PhD
Dr. Christian A. Widener is an associate professor with a joint appointment in the mechanical engineering and metallurgical and materials engineering departments at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SDSM&T).
He is the Director of the Arbegast Materials Processing and Joining Laboratory (AMP), a cutting-edge research facility dedicated to additive manufacturing (3-D printing) and metals processing, joining, and cladding technologies. Dr. Widener also directs the Advanced Manufacturing Process Technology Center (AMPTEC), a South Dakota Governor’s Research Center, which focuses on using advanced manufacturing processes for additive manufacturing and repair for industrial and defense-related applications.
Dr. Widener received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Wichita State University in 2005, and has more than 50 publications and international conference proceedings on properties, applications development, and repair using friction stir welding and cold spray technologies.
Christian has been a follower of Jesus Christ and a student of His Word for more than 25 years. He also has a passion for evangelism, apologetics, eschatology and the scientific defense of Scripture.
Father Columba Stewart, OSB, D.Phil.
The career of Father Columba Stewart links the ancient past with current events in the world’s most volatile regions. His travels are a stark contrast to the steady routine of Benedictine monastic life in Minnesota. He is the executive director of the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML) at Saint John’s University in Collegeville, MN, dedicated to the preservation and study of humanity’s manuscript heritage.
Since 2003, Father Columba has traveled throughout the Middle East, Horn of Africa, Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and South India, cultivating relationships with monastic, ecclesiastical, and academic communities possessing manuscript collections from the antique, medieval and early modern periods. He has overseen the expansion of HMML’s preservation projects from one project in Lebanon to projects located in nine countries.
During the last decade, HMML has photographed 40,000+ manuscripts in many of the world’s most dangerous and difficult-to-reach places. HMML also seeks to preserve the manuscript collections of persecuted minorities, and has conducted quiet but extensive projects to digitize manuscripts belonging to remnants of Armenian and Syrian communities that survived the 1915-1922 massacres in Turkey.
In February 2009, Father Columba was in Iraq to explore manuscript preservation with Assyrian and Chaldean Christian leaders displaced by war and terrorism and subsequently secured a major digitization effort across the country. He will also be digitizing major manuscript collections in Ethiopia’s ancient and threatened Christian culture. HMML has also partnered with libraries of Islamic manuscripts in Harar, Ethiopia and the Old City of Jerusalem, Israel.
A graduate of Harvard, Yale, and Oxford universities, Father Columba has been published extensively in the field of early Christian monasticism. In 2009-2010 he was the recipient of a research fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and a residential fellowship in Byzantine Studies at the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library in Washington, DC. Father Columba has made HMML a charter member of the World Digital Library, a project between the United States Library of Congress, UNESCO, and 30 libraries and archives.
He is a member of the International Joint Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Catholic Church and Oriental Orthodox Churches. Under his leadership, HMML was awarded the 2011 National Medal of Honor from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) —the highest award a library can receive in the United States. In 2012, HMML received a National Leadership Grant from the IMLS to create vHMML, an online environment for manuscript studies in several languages.
Josh Mc Dowell
Joslin "Josh" McDowell is a Christian apologist, evangelist, and writer. He is within the Evangelical tradition of Protestant Christianity, and is the author or co-author of some 150 books translated into 100+ languages. His best-known book is Evidence That Demands a Verdict, which was ranked 13th in Christianity Today 's list of most influential evangelical books published after World War II. Other well-known titles are More Than a Carpenter, A Ready Defense and Right from Wrong..
Since 1961, Josh has given more than 27,000 presentations to more than 25,000,000 people in 125 countries.