Board members are listed in this order: officers first, then alphabetically by last name.
L.L. (Don) Veinot, Jr. is President of EMNR’s Board of Directors. Don is also co-founder and president of Midwest Christian Outreach, Inc., a national apologetics ministry and mission to new religious movements based in Wonder Lake, IL, with offices in Florida, Iowa, Ohio and Colorado. He, along with his wife of 47 years, 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, and is co-author of A Matter of Basic Principles: Bill Gothard and the Christian Life, contributing author of Preserving Evangelical Unity: Welcoming Diversity in Non-Essentials, 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. Don is a charter member of the ISCA (International Society of Christian Apologetics).
Bill Honsberger is Vice President of EMNR’s Board of Directors. Bill and his wife Terri live in Aurora, CO, and have eight children. Bill has been working with and around cults for over twenty-five years. For the past twenty years he has worked for Haven Ministries (under the auspices of the Conservative Baptist Home Mission Society for the first 9 years), 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 was AbD at the University of Denver. He is now in the process of completing his Ph.D. at the Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville, KY. He has also taught as an adjunct professor at several Christian schools and for a local community college. He speaks at colleges and churches around the country and has had numerous television, radio and newspaper interviews.
Eric Pement, M.Div., M.B.A., is Executive Director and Secretary/Treasurer of EMNR. He seeks to be a bridge-builder for various Christian ministries. Coming to Jesus Christ as a fourth-generation RLDS believer, he became a devout student of the Bible with a special interest in false prophets and communicating the Gospel to people from different faith systems. For many years wrote about about cults and religious heresies for Cornerstone magazine in Chicago. During that time he served in a variety of leadership roles with EMNR. He founded and compiled the Directory of Cult Research Organizations (1996) and edited Contend for the Faith (1992), a collection of essays on Christian apologetics. Eric works in the IT industry while serving as a research associate for the Centers for Apologetics Research.
James Bjornstad, Past President of EMNR, has served as professor of philosophy at Cedarville College at Cedarville, Ohio, and is one of the founding board members of EMNR. Mr. Bjornstad and as the Executive Director of the Institute of Contemporary Christianity. He holds the following degrees: B.A., Northeastern Bible College, 1967, 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.
Dr. H Wayne House, M.A., Th.D., J.D., is the president of Christian Perspectives International. He is also Distinguished Research Professor of Biblical Studies and Theological 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 a contributing writer with the Christian Research Journal. He serves on the board of Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood and the Institute for Christian Apologetics, as well as various national boards dealing with cults, contemporary issues, theology, and law. He is the author of more than 30 books and more than 100 articles in journals and magazines. He is a former president of the national Evangelical Theological Society and the New Testament editor of Nelson’s Complete Study Bible, an editor of the Nelson Illustrated Bible Commentary, and the general editor of the Baker Encyclopedia on Cults and World Religions, and the Nelson Exegetical Commentary.
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.
Bill McKeever founded Mormonism Research Ministry in 1979 with the hope of informing the Body of Christ about the differences between Mormonism and Christianity. He has also made it an effort to reach out to many individuals who are members of the LDS church with the truth of God’s Word. His many writings include the books, Answering Mormons’ Questions (Bethany House), Questions to Ask Your Mormon Friend (Bethany House), and Mormonism 101 (Baker). The latter two were co-authored with MRM associate Eric Johnson. Bill was also the principal contributor to 10 Questions and Answers on Mormonism (Rose Publishing). He has also acted as consultant and contributor to several other printed works dealing with Mormonism.
Dr. R. Philip Roberts was past-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 one of the co-authors 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 is the newest member of the Board. He is professor of philosophy and theology at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, in New Orleans. He is also the Greer-Heard Chair of Faith and Culture at the seminary. He holds an M.Div. (1992) and a Ph.D. in philosophy (2000) from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. He is the author of several books, and a respected philosopher. Dr Stewart recently edited Can We Trust the Bible on the Historical Jesus?, an interaction between Bart Ehrman and Craig Evans, two of the best-known New Testament scholars today. Stewart also edited The Reliability of the New Testament: Bart Ehrman and Daniel Wallace in Dialogue (2011), a similar discussion in the same vein.
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. He is the editor of The Concise Guide to Today’s Religions and Spirituality and coauthor of The Truth Behind the Secret.
Now with the Lord
Gordon R. Lewis (1926–2016) was the founder and first president of EMNR. Born and reared in Johnson City, New York, he earned degrees from Gordon College (B.A.), Faith Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and Syracuse University (M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy). While Senior Professor of Theology and Philosophy at Denver Seminary, he was 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). He wrote several books, including Testing Christianity’s Truth Claims (1976), Decide for Yourself: A Theological Workbook (1970), Confronting the Cults (1966) and co-authored Integrative Theology (3 vols, 1987-1994) with Bruce Demarest. EMNR would not have existed had it not been for Gordon’s attendance at the international congresses sponsored by the Lausanne Committee. His sensitivity, diplomacy, high standards, and Christian graces still affect EMNR today.