Meet the Speakers
Abdu Murray is North American Director with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries and is the author of three books, including his latest, Saving Truth: Finding Meaning & Clarity in a Post-Truth World. For most of his life, Abdu was a proud Muslim who studied the Qur’an and Islam. After a nine year investigation into the historical, philosophical, and scientific underpinnings of the major world religions and views, Abdu discovered that the historic Christian faith can answer the questions of the mind and the longings of the heart.
Abdu has spoken to diverse international audiences and has participated in debates and dialogues across the globe. He has appeared as a guest on numerous radio and television programs all over the world.
Abdu holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Michigan and earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School. As an attorney, Abdu was named several times in Best Lawyers in America and Michigan Super Lawyer. Abdu is the Scholar in Residence of Christian Thought and Apologetics at the Josh McDowell Institute of Oklahoma Wesleyan University.
Abdu lives in the Detroit area with his wife and their three children.
Alycia Wood graduated from Roberts Wesleyan College with a degree in Criminal Justice and from Marygrove College with a Master’s in Social Justice. She also graduated from the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics and spent two years as a Fellow with RZIM in New England. Alycia’s speaking background is quite diverse. From universities (such as MIT, UCONN, Harvard, University of Massachusetts, Boston University, Dartmouth College, and Brown University), to retreats, from conferences to men’s and women’s prisons, Alycia has addressed major issues surrounding faith to diverse audiences.
Additionally, she has traveled to countries such as Haiti, Honduras, the Dominican Republic, and Jamaica, volunteering at soup kitchens and orphanages as her passions for “showing Christ” extends beyond her local environment.
In her spare time, Alycia enjoys music and is a lover of all things football and hockey.
Brandon Cleaver is an Itinerant speaker who has a passion for sharing the truth about Jesus Christ and the Christian worldview. He graduated from Michigan State University with a major in Journalism and minor in Sociology. He recently completed a Master’s in Christian Apologetics from Biola University and is currently working toward a Master’s of Divinity, Interdisciplinary Studies degree at Moody Theological Seminary.
Brandon enjoys speaking on topics such as slavery in the Bible, culture/Christianity, ethics, urban issues, and various worldviews. For several years, Brandon served as co-chapter director for the Wayne State Ratio Christi chapter, engaging faculty and students in conversations concerning the intellectual and existential implications of the Christian worldview. He served as a Stephen Minister and on the Stephen Ministry leadership team. Brandon occasionally serves alongside Inner City Detroit Cru. He also recently started a podcast called Across Contexts, which focuses on Contextual Apologetics. That being, defending the Christian worldview and communicating the Gospel by understanding the importance and dynamics of cross-cultural dialogue.
Brandon enjoys playing sports and reading, but mostly spending time with his two sons, daughter, and wonderful wife.
Meet the Emcees
Brian Dahlen grew up in Burnsville, Minnesota and holds a bachelor’s degree in social science/history and a master’s degree in education. While teaching public high school in the Minneapolis area, he began working part-time in broadcasting as the co-host/producer of a weekly talk radio program. After six years of teaching and two years of part-time broadcasting, Brian began working full-time in Christian radio at WMBI, 90.1FM Moody Radio Chicago. From June 2008 to July of 2015, Brian served in a variety of roles at WMBI from producer to host, and was the co-creator and co-host of a weekly Moody Radio podcast called “What Did They Say Now?”. Brian was also an Adjunct Professor in the Communications Department at the Moody Bible Institute. Brian currently serves as the host of “Brian and Jannelle in the Mornings” on Moody Radio in Cleveland, and lives with his wife and five children in Broadview Heights, Ohio.
Jannelle Nevels brings a lifetime of experience to her role as a morning show host. She attended Oberlin College, where she met her husband, and then earned her degree in mechanical engineering from Case Western Reserve University. Jannelle homeschools their six children, manages the family's real estate business, and attends Christ Community Chapel in Hudson. She has been a contributor to Pause for Prayer since 2012. Jannelle currently serves as the Co-host of “Brian and Jannelle in the Mornings.”