Who We Are

Reasons for Hope, Inc (rforh) is an apologetics ministry with a mission to equip believers to fulfill the command found in 1 Peter 3:15.

…sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.

  • Reasons for Hope was founded in January 2011 by a board of four men— Randy Baker, Paul Gracey, Carl Kerby and Wade Wacker.
  • Reasons for Hope is a 501(c)(3) ministry of Christian apologetics.
  • Reasons for Hope takes a three-pronged approach to globally communicate its message of the hope found only in Jesus Christ and its mission of equipping, empowering and encouraging believers in their faith:

Statement of Faith

Mission Statement

Reasons for Hope exists to direct people to the Biblical Jesus by offering HOPE*

Helping Christians share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Offsetting secular thinking with Biblical truth.

Providing resources that give Biblical answers to real-world questions.

Encouraging the church to rely on God's Word as the foundation for their thoughts, their words and their actions.


Meet the Team

Our ministry would not be possible without the help and support of our friends and fellow saints. We appreciate all those who give so generously of their time and talents to the ministry of Reasons for Hope. Thank you for all you do to help us spread the message of hope in Jesus Christ.


Bob Gillespie

Speaker & Author

Bob and his wife Lois graduated from Cedarville University in Ohio. Together, they’ve spent over 35 years serving as teachers and missionaries in the US and West Africa. Today, Bob and Lois present dynamic speaking events with Reasons for Hope*.
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Frank L. Figueroa Jr.


Frank has lived on the Island of Oahu, Hawaii, since his birth. It is here that he met and married April, his bride of 21 years. Since Oahu is a “melting pot” of many ethnicities and religions, he has had many opportunities to expose the people of Hawaii to God through the clear and expositional teaching of the Bible.
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Juan Valdes

Speaker & Author

Dr. Juan Valdes is a bi-lingual speaker for Reasons for Hope and senior pastor of a Spanish-speaking congregation in Miami, Florida. With over 25 years experience teaching critical thinking and philosophy, Juan brings dynamic speaking and writing to RforH*.
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Carl Kerby

Founder & President

Carl is the President and a founder of Reasons for Hope. An inspiring and motivating Christian speaker with more than 20 years ministry experience, Carl shares his extensive knowledge and understanding of God’s creation in his talks.
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