The Mars Hill Exchange is an ongoing conversation about Christian witness in the 21st century. Taking our cue from Paul’s speech on Mars Hill in Acts 17, we believe that the church is being called to a fresh encounter with culture. While we affirm more traditional understandings of apologetics that focus on intellect and logic, we propose a more holistic approach that addresses both mind and heart. This “cultural apologetic” seeks to present Christianity as both reasonable and desirable. Our hope in these discussions is to empower churches – and particularly pastors – to embrace cultural apologetics as an essential element of witness in a disenchanted world.

Spring 2021 Conversation Series
Paul Gould - Founder and President - Two Tasks Institute
Paul Gould
Paul M. Gould teaches philosophy and apologetics at Palm Beach Atlantic University and is the founder and president of the Two Tasks Institute. He is the author or editor of 10 books including Cultural Apologetics: Renewing the Christian Voice, Conscience, and Imagination in a Disenchanted World (Zondervan, 2019). He is married to Ethel and has four kids and lives in Fort Worth, Texas. You can find out more about Paul at
Conversation Partners
Jon Tyson
Lead Pastor, Church of the City, New York
Jon Tyson is a widely respected church planter and leader in New York City and the author of The Burden is Light. Originally from Australia, Jon moved to the United States two decades ago with a passion to cultivate renewal in the Western Church. His preaching is known for the rare fusion of passion and depth and he regularly speaks at large events around the world including Q Conference and Catalyst.

Jon lives in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan with his wife and two children.

Mike Erre
Founder, Vox Community
Mike Erre founded VOX Community, a church in Orange County, CA birthed out of The VOX Podcast and committed to radical hospitality and countercultural friendship. He also helped start OCUnited , a north orange county non-profit focused on uniting the church and unleashing compassion.

He has published five books: The Jesus of Suburbia (2006), Why Guys Need God (2008), Death By Church (2009), Why the Bible Matters (2010) and Astonished ( 2014).

Mike has been an adjunct professor at Biola University and has spoken at many different colleges, conferences and retreats throughout the United States.