Karl Keating is the founder and president of Catholic Answers, the nation's largest lay-run apologetics and evangelization organization. He has worked full-time as an apologist since 1988, after having spent a dozen years as an attorney.
He is the author of the books Catholicism and Fundamentalism, What Catholics Really Believe, The Usual Suspects, Nothing But the Truth, and Controversies. He has written numerous tracts and articles that defend and explain the teachings of the Church and has lectured throughout the country.
The publisher of This Rock magazine, Karl has been a columnist for such publications as the National Catholic Register and the Canadian Catholic Review. He appears frequently on the Catholic Answers Live radio program, bringing his expertise to the Q&A Open Forum, where people around the world call in with their questions about the faith.
A member of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, Karl was the 2005 recipient of the Blessed Frederic Ozanam Award for Catholic Social Action from the Society of Catholic Social Scientists. He presently is working on several book projects.
Christopher Check A graduate of Rice University, Chris served for seven years as a field artillery officer in the Marine Corps, attaining the grade of captain. Following that, he served for nearly two decades as Executive Vice President of The Rockford Institute.
He writes and lectures on Church and military history, lives of saints, and the dangers of modern communication technology. He has lectured at parishes, schools, colleges, and seminaries across the U.S. and in Europe. His writings have appeared in many Catholic and secular journals, including Chronicles, Catholic Answers Magazine, Crisis, and The Wanderer.
Chris joined Catholic Answers as Director of Development in August 2012. He and his wife, Jacqueline, have four sons.
Fr. Brian Harrison, O.S.
The Rev. Brian W. Harrison, O.S., M.A., S.T.D., a priest of the Society of the Oblates of Wisdom, is an emeritus Professor of Theology of the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico in Ponce, P.R.. He has also had long pastoral experience in the city of Ponce, including the pastorate of a city parish, work as a prison chaplain, and as a 'Defender of the Bond' for Puerto Rico's marriage tribunals.
He was born in Australia and, after being raised as a Presbyterian, converted to the Catholic faith in 1972. In 1979 he began studies for the priesthood in the major seminary of Sydney, and after completing his Licentiate in Theology at Rome's Angelicum university was ordained as a priest in Saint Peter's Basilica in 1985 by His Holiness Pope John Paul II. In 1997 he gained his doctorate in Systematic Theology, summa cum laude, from the Pontifical Athenaeum (now University) of the Holy Cross in Rome.
Since 2007 Fr. Harrison has been scholar-in-residence at the Oblates of Wisdom house of studies in St. Louis, Missouri, is well-known as a speaker and writer. Since January 2012 he has also been the Chaplain of St. Mary of Victories Chapel, adjoining the house of studies. He is the author of two books and over 120 articles in Catholic books, magazines and journals in the U.S.A., Australia, Britain, France, Spain and Puerto Rico. His special interest in theological and liturgical matters, in keeping with the charism of the Oblates of Wisdom, is upholding a 'hermeneutic of continuity' between the teachings of Vatican Council II and the bimillennial heritage of Catholic Tradition.
Patrick Madrid is the publisher of Envoy magazine and the director of the Envoy Institute of Belmont Abbey College. Patrick is the author or editor of 15 books including Pope Fiction,Search and Rescue, Does the Bible Really Say That?, and The Godless Delusion: A Catholic Challenge to Modern Atheism. He edited and co-authored the acclaimed multi-volume Surprised by Truth series.
Active in apologetics since 1987, he worked at Catholic Answers for eight years (1988-1996), where he served as vice president and helped co-found that apostolate's flagship magazine, This Rock, in January of 1990.
He is the host of several EWTN television series, including Pope Fiction, Search & Rescue, and Where Is That In the Bible?, and he hosts the Thursday edition of EWTN Radio's Open Line broadcast, heard on approximately 140 AM and FM stations across the United States, as well as on the Sirius Satellite Radio Network. He is also a regular guest on the Sirius Radio's The Catholic Channel.
Patrick and his wife Nancy have been married for 29 years and have been blessed with 11 healthy and happy children and eight grandchildren.