EMNR – Board of Directors
EMNR’s Board of Directors include:
- Don Veinot
Don Veinot was elected as the President of EMNR in 2006. He is the co-founder and President of Midwest Christian Outreach, Inc., a national apologetics ministry and mission to new religious movements based in Lombard, IL. He and his wife, Joy, have been involved in discernment ministry as missionaries to New Religious Movements since 1987. He is a frequent guest on various radio and television broadcasts as well as being a staff researcher and writer for the Midwest Outreach Journal and is co-author of, A Matter of Basic Principles: Bill Gothard and the Christian Life as well as articles in the CRI Journal, PFO Quarterly Journal, Campus Life Magazine and other periodicals. He was ordained to the ministry by West Suburban Community Church of Lombard, IL, at the Garden of Gethsemane in Jerusalem, Israel in March of 1997.
- Eric Pement
Eric Pement has served in a variety of capacities at EMNR, the most recent being his election as our Vice President in 2006. He is a former member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints. Eric is widely known for his expertise on new religious movements. He worked for over 22 years at Cornerstone magazine, and was most recently the executive editor, specializing in apologetics, cults, world religions, and controversial issues. In addition to the numerous articles he has written, Eric also compiled The 1986 Directory of Cult Research Organizations (revised editions in ’87, ’88, ’90, ’91, ’93 and ’96) and was the editor of Contend for the Faith, a compilation of papers presented at the 1989 Rockford Conference on Discernment and Evangelism. He is currently attending North Park Theological Seminary’s School of Business and Nonprofit Management at North Park University.
- James Bjornstad
James Bjornstad serves as professor of philosophy at Cedarville College at Cedarville, Ohio. Mr. Bjornstad also serves as the Executive Director of the Institute of Contemporary Christianity. B.A., Northeastern Bible College, 1967. He holds the following degrees: Th.B., Northeastern Bible College, MRE., New York Theological Seminary, and Ph.D., New York University, ABD. In much demand as a speaker, he is also the author of six books. Professor Bjornstad brings a wealth of experience to the EMNR Board and to those he ministers alongside having been involved in researching religious movements and practices for over thirty-two years.
- Bill Honsberger
Bill Honsberger and his wife Terri live in Centennial, CO. They have eight children, five of whom are adopted. Bill has been working with and around cults for over twenty years. For the past fourteen years (nine under the auspices of the Conservative Baptist Home Mission Society) he has worked for Haven Ministries, a ministry that focuses on evangelizing people in cults, the New Spirituality and other non-Christian religions. Haven Ministries also works on educating the church as to the issues raised by non-Christian religions. Bill has a Bachelors degree from Western Bible College in Pastoral Theology, a Master of Arts Degree in Systematic Theology from Denver Seminary, numerous hours in graduate study in Philosophy and History at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Colorado-Boulder, and is now a PhD Candidate at the University of Denver. He has also taught as an adjunct professor at several Christian schools. He speaks at colleges and churches around the country and has done many television, radio and newspaper interviews.
- Dr. H. Wayne House, M.A., Th.D., J.D
Dr. H Wayne House, M.A., Th.D., J.D., is the president of Christian Perspectives International. He is also Distinguished Professor of Biblical Studies and Apologetics at Faith Seminary, Tacoma, Washington and a professor law at Trinity Law School, of Trinity International University, Santa Ana, California. He has earned doctorates in law and theology, and has taught Bible, theology, ethics, and law at a number of institutions. Dr. House is editor of the Journal of Christian Apologetics and contributing writer with the Christian Research Journal. He serves on the board of Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, the National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools, the Institute for Christian Apologetics, the board of reference for Stand to Reason, as well as various national boards dealing with cults, contemporary issues, theology, and law. He is the author of almost 20 books and more than thirty journal articles. He is New Testament editor of Nelson’s Complete Study Bible and the former president of the national Evangelical Theological Society.
- Dr. Gordon Lewis
Dr. Gordon Lewis, one of the founders and the first president of EMNR, now serves as Board Member Emeritus. Dr. Lewis was born and reared in Johnson City, New York and earned degrees from Gordon College (BA), Faith Theological Seminary (MDiv) and Syracuse University (MA and Ph.D. in Philosophy). The Senior Professor of Theology and Philosophy at Denver Seminary, he has been visiting professor at Union Biblical Seminary, India, and other schools. Dr. Lewis was President of the Evangelical Theological Society (1992) and of the Evangelical Philosophical Society (1978). Dr. Lewis has authored several books, including Testing Christianity’s Truth Claims: Approaches to Apologetics, Decide for Yourself: A Theological Workbook, Confronting the Cults and is co-author of the 3 volume Integrative Theology. He contributed chapters to 14 other books, published many articles and has produced a recorded course on apologetics. Further information about his “Resources for Principled Living and Serving” is available from him upon request.
- Janice Lyons
Janice Lyons is director of CINAM (Current Issues in Alternative Medicine) a non-profit Christian based information and resource organization which seeks to educate the church as well as the wider audience of health consumers about issues which occur with “alternative” and other fringe health practices. CINAM evaluates alternative health practices, products, and promoters, considering both science and the spiritual/philosophical issues. Janice is an RN and LPC. She and her husband have previously served as missionaries to India.
- Dr. R. Philip Roberts
Dr. R. Philip Roberts is president of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri. Previously he served as Vice President, Strategic Cities Strategies Group of the Southern Baptist Convention‘s (SBC) North American Mission Board. He also serves as the Executive Director of Christian Ministries to the U.N. Community office in New York City as well as ministries to government leaders in Washington, D.C. Phil was a professor at Southeastern and Southern Baptist Theological Seminaries and had served as the pastor of churches in Belgium, England and Germany. He has also previously served as the Director of the Interfaith Witness Department where he was greatly involved in the production of the SBC produced video, The Mormon Puzzle, which brought him into extensive dialogue with LDS leaders and experts including, the co-author of the controversial book How Wide the Divide, Stephen Robinson. Dr. Roberts was also a contributor to the Counterfeit Gospel of Mormonism.
- Robert B. Stewart
Robert B. Stewart is assistant professor of philosophy and theology at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Previously he was adjunct professor of historical theology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Bob received his M.Div. and Doctor of Philosophy and Theology at Southwestern. Bob has written a number of scholarly articles and book reviews for academic journals. He also serves as interim pastor of Oak Park Baptist Church in New Orleans.
- Bob Waldrep
Bob Waldrep serves as the Executive Director of EMNR. Bob is also the Director of the Alabama office of Watchman Fellowship. He has written numerous articles for the Watchman Expositor and the Vantage Point about various cults and new religious trends. Rev. Waldrep has also appeared as an expert source for radio and television programs and print media, both locally and nationally, including: ABC’s World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, ABC’s Night Line, MSNBC with Brian Williams, CNN, USA Today, Time Magazine, and Newsweek. He holds degrees from Jacksonville State University (BS in Ed) and Birmingham Theological Seminary (MRE).
- James Walker
James Walker is the president of Watchman Fellowship, and a former fourth generation Mormon with over fifteen years of ministry experience in the field of Christian evangelism to cults, apologetics and discernment. He has been interviewed as an expert on new religious movements and cults on a variety of network television programs including Nightline, ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, and The News Hour with Jim Lehrer. He has spoken at hundreds of churches, colleges, universities, and seminaries throughout the U.S. and internationally. Rev. Walker is an ordained Baptist minister and holds a B.A. in Biblical Studies and an M.A. in Theology (summa cum laude) from the Criswell College in Dallas. He serves on the faculty of Arlington Baptist College as an adjunct professor, and is a member of Who’s Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges.
– Source: Information from: Our Board of Directors, last accessed May 22, 2006