About Bill Pratt
Why am I writing this blog?
I am passionate about intellectually defending and explaining the Christian faith to all who will listen. I especially like to tackle tough questions that many folks have, but are afraid to ask. If you’ve ever wanted to dig into the Christian faith and seek answers that your friends, parents, or pastor can’t answer, then you’ve come to the right place. I don’t claim to have all the answers, but I can help honest questioners with their search for honest answers.
It is my goal to provide a place where people can clear away any intellectual barriers to the Christian faith that are plaguing them. I understand these barriers, as I have had many in my own life. In clearing away those barriers, I hope to give people a clear view of Jesus Christ, the only One worth seeing.
What are my credentials?
I have been studying Christian apologetics (rational defense of the Christian faith), theology, and philosophy for 14 years. I hold a Masters Degree in Christian Apologetics from Southern Evangelical Seminary, which is one of the finest apologetics seminaries in the world. I teach and speak about apologetics at my local church, Cornerstone Baptist Church, in Greensboro, NC. My wife and I have written a youth small group curriculum which marches through the Bible chronologically, hitting the highlights. This curriculum has been in use at Cornerstone for three years.
I have been married to my beautiful wife for 23 years and we have two children – a 20-year old son and a 17-year old daughter. I am vice president of technology for a semiconductor start-up based in Greensboro, NC.
I was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS) for a large portion of my adult life. During my time in the Church, I held a Temple Recommend and served in a number of leadership positions, including the Elder’s Quorum Presidency, the Bishopric, and the Stake High Council. In 2001, I began studying the history of the LDS Church and became concerned with several issues I discovered.
Of primary concern was the fact that the Church’s version of history, as taught in LDS Chapels, did not match that found in independent firsthand accounts. In short, it appeared to be “whitewashed”. This discovery led me into several years of serious prayer and study, seeking the Lord’s guidance while comparing the teachings of the LDS Church with that of the Bible and the history of Christianity in general. In the end, the Lord led me to the conclusion that the LDS Church is not, as Mormons call it, “true”. Shortly after this time, He called me and my family to become Christian.
Over the last several years, I have developed a passion for Christian history and theology and the teachings of the ancient Eastern Orthodox Church in particular. Because of my background, I have a heart for those who are misled and trapped by false doctrines and have a great desire for them to partake of the blessings that come from walking in a relationship with the Holy Trinity as taught by the Holy Apostles.
I have been married to my gorgeous wife for 18 years, and we have four beautiful children who keep us very busy. I work as a Branch Manager for a small mortgage company in NC. We attend Holy Cross Orthodox Church in High Point, NC, a mission Parish for the Orthodox Church in America.