Dr. Michael Licona

Born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1961, Mike became a Christian at the age of 10 and grew up in a Christian home. He attended Liberty University where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance (Saxophone). During his undergraduate studies, he had a strong desire to know God, devoting himself to studying the Bible daily.  He decided to learn Koine Greek in order to read the New Testament in its original language and later completed a Master’s Degree in Religious Studies.

Toward the end of his graduate work in 1985, Mike began to question the veracity of his faith and wondered if there was any evidence to support it.  He decided not to go into Christian ministry at that time. Finding answers to his questions consumed him and he almost jettisoned his faith.  He investigated the evidence for Christianity and a number of other major world religions.  He also considered the arguments for atheism. His investigation solidified his belief that God exists and that he has actually revealed himself to mankind in Jesus Christ and that the Christian view provides the most plausible and unified theory of reality.

Mike has a Ph.D. in New Testament Studies at the University of Pretoria. He completed all requirements “with distinction” and the highest marks. Mike also has an M.A. in Religious Studies from Liberty University.  He is a frequent speaker on university campuses, churches, Christian groups, retreats, frequently  debates, and has appeared as a guest on numerous radio and television programs.  He is a member of the Evangelical Philosophical Society, the Institute for Biblical Research, and the Society of Biblical Literature.

For more info on who Mike is, please visit: www.risenjesus.com