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Mary Jo Sharp

Christian Speaker
Beaverton Oregon 97005

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Position Christian Woman Speaker
Website
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Location
Beaverton, OR 97005
United States of America

Speaking Ministry Details

Salvation Date
1994
Home Church
Parkside Fellowship Church
Relationship to Church
Pastors Wife at
Speaking Experience
Full Time (over 20 events per year)
Fee Range
Bureau Level Fees

More About Mary Jo Sharp


A former atheist who came to faith, Mary Jo Sharp has experienced two worlds of American culture: the post-Christian culture of the Pacific Northwest and the evangelical culture of the Bible Belt. She first encountered apologetics in her own spiritual search while seeking answers. Mary Jo is now an assistant professor of apologetics at Houston Baptist University and the founder and director of Confident Christianity Apologetics Ministry. She has been featured in Christianity Today’s cover story “The Unexpected Defenders” and is an international speaker on apologetics, focusing on love and logic to uncover truth. 

She serves on faculty with Summit Ministries Student Conferencesand is a guest lecturer with Ravi Zacharias International MinistriesMary Jo is a published author with Kregel Publications, B&H Publicationsand ZondervanShe is the author of the top-selling Bible study, “Why Do You Believe That?” as well as Living in Truth with LifeWay Christian Resources. She recently released her book Why I Still Believe. A clear communicator with a heart for people, Mary Jo finds great joy in sharing the deep truths of her Lord and Savior. 

Mary Jo is also the founder of Confident Christianity, a Christian apologetics ministry that addresses the hard questions of Christianity through research, writing, training and debate.

She lives with her husband and family in Portland, Oregon.

Mary Jo Sharp Recommendations


Submitted by Nassau Bay Baptist Church on Wednesday, Oct 26, 2022

Dr. David B. Fannin, Senior Pastor

"Having heard her speak in several different venues, I can wholeheartedly recommend Mary Jo as a gifted speaker..."

  • On Topic

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  • Engaging

  • Memorable

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  • Recommended

Submitted by North American Mission Board on Wednesday, Mar 23, 2022

Dr. Michael Licona, Apologetics Coordinator

"It's rare to discover someone who is an excellent communicator who can relate to a wide number of audiences; adult, collegiate, high school, men and women alike. Mary Jo is one of the few who can. She engages her audience as she trains them to defend their faith effectively, employing relevant answers to a seeking generation."

  • On Topic

  • Biblical

  • Engaging

  • Memorable

  • Authentic

  • Recommended

Submitted by Palm Beach Atlantic University on Thursday, Dec 30, 2021

Dr. Paul Copan, Professor And Pledger Family Chair Of Philosophy And Ethics

I am very pleased to recommend Mary Jo Sharp and her Confident Christianity apologetics ministry. Winsome and gracious, Mary Jo is an effective communicator who offers a fresh perspective and a clear articulation of the truth and defensibility of the gospel.

  • On Topic

  • Biblical

  • Engaging

  • Memorable

  • Authentic

  • Recommended

Submitted by Southern Baptist Of Texas Convention on Saturday, Oct 31, 2015

Shirley Moses, Women's Ministry Consultant

When I think of Mary Jo, the first thing that comes to mind is that she is totally sold out to her Lord and her ministry calling. It has been a blessing to see how God is using her to be a powerful teacher of His Word. She teaches with clarity, conviction, and compassion. Her unique approach to teaching Apologetics has truly been a blessing to the women of Texas."

  • On Topic

  • Biblical

  • Engaging

  • Memorable

  • Authentic

  • Recommended

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Mary Jo Sharp Speaking Topics


Does Life Have Meaning Apart from God?

Do you know someone who has struggled with or is struggling with the question of our purpose in this world? What does God have to do with establishing meaning for human life? In this...


A Redefining of Faith and How Christians Can Respond

Faith is much more complex than taking a blind leap or “believing in what you know ain’t so.”  However, these catch phrases frame a principal conception of faith...


Why I Still Believe: My Desire to Walk Away and the Reasons I Stayed

At a time when de-conversion stories have become all too common, Mary Jo gives an earnest response through sharing her own journey of struggling with hypocrisy in the church and with...


Why I Changed My Mind: How a Former Atheist Became a Confident Christian

In the search for truth about God and man, Mary Jo encountered some “strange things” about the nature of our world. She uncovered the existence of two transcendentals—goodness...


If God is So Good, Why Are Christians So Bad?

A growing objection to Christianity is based in the attitudes and behaviors of Christians themselves. “I don’t want to go to church, it’s full of hypocrites.”...


Deconversion and Doubt: Holding onto Faith When Others Are Letting Go

Doubting belief in God doesn’t always end in a deconversion. Mary Jo shares her story of how hypocrisy in the church caused her to question her faith. She then offers a realistic...


Conversational Apologetics

Engaging in conversation can seem intimidating at times. This session will focus on four elements of good dialogue; including how to use common questions to uncover what people really...

Posted by Mary Jo Sharp on 10/26/2022


Encountering the Problem of Evil in Everyday Conversations

The problem of evil is certainly the greatest obstacle to belief in the existence of God. It is commonly stated, "If God is good, why is there so much evil in the world?"...


In Defense of the Resurrection of Jesus - The Minimal Facts Approach

The Resurrection of Jesus is the foundational doctrine upon which Christianity rises or falls (1 Cor. 15:14-20). In this session, we explore four facts about Jesus that a consensus...


Is the Story of Christ a Copy of the Pagan Myths?

A common objection to Christianity is the claim that the story of Jesus was borrowed from pagan mythology (for example, the worship of Horus or Mithras).  This session will provide...


Responding to the Intolerance of the New Tolerance

We live in a confused world in which the truth is exchanged for lies. One exchange that is affecting Christians is that tolerance is exchanged for intolerance. Not only are people...


Transformative Apologetics: Shouldn’t the Reality of God Change Our Lives?

The existence of God as a real being; that he is the creator of all reality should have a noticeable impact in our lives. Others should see evidence of our belief and trust in a real...


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