Lisa Victoria Fields grew up as a pastor’s kid; however, she had no ministry ambitions. Growing up, Lisa wanted to be a stockbroker. She planned to move to New York and work on Wall Street, but God had another plan. In 2005, Lisa started her undergraduate career at University of North Florida (UNF) with a major in Investment Finance. It was during the end of her first year of college that she encountered God in a very real way. She then began to pursue God like never before. She decided to take a religion course at UNF to cultivate a deeper knowledge of God’s word. However, she was shocked on the first day of class when her New Testament professor declared, “I’m going to change everything you thought you knew about Jesus.” With this statement, her professor quickly shattered her expectations for the course. Lisa was presented with information about the Bible that she had never encountered. The professor focused on biblical contradictions and textual criticism. Lisa’s faith was challenged on a level that it had never been before. It forced her to rethink what she believed. Through months of prayer and reflection, Lisa was faced with a decision, believe the bible or abandon the faith. She chose the bible, however, not with blind faith but faith informed by theological evidence. Since that time, Lisa has been on a mission to equip believers with the tools to defend the faith. She believes that one of the greatest tools to defend the faith is biblical literacy.
Lisa graduated from University of North Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Communications and Religious Studies and Liberty University with a Master of Divinity with a focus in Theology.
Lisa is the founder and President of the Jude 3 Project. She has spoken at evangelism, apologetic and biblical literacy events at various universities and churches. She has a passion for teaching the Word of God. In addition to her work in ministry, Lisa hosts a secular podcast for young professionals called Brunch Culture. She believes it's important for Christians to engage the culture and represent a biblical worldview. Above all, Lisa hopes to be marked by her love for God and people, because in her mind that is the only thing that really matters.
Dr. Van Gayton is the director of Black Church Curriculum for the Jude 3 Project, He also is the on Jude 3 Project speaking team. He has been a Bible teacher and Principal at private Christian schools and a Professor of Apologetics. He holds a Doctorate of Ministry from Reformed Theological Seminary. He has been an adjunct professor at Jamestown Community College, Olean extension, where he taught Philosophy of Religion. Dr. Gayton was also an adjunct at the University of Buffalo teaching the African American Religious Experience.
Dr. Gayton has traveled around the world including Africa, Europe, Central America and South America, speaking at leadership seminars for clergy and has lectured at several universities and churches for Black History Month. He was on the Board of Directors for the Institute of Religion and Public Policy in Washington, DC. Dr. Gayton has most recently lectured at Harvard Divinity School.
He is a member of the Society of Pentecostal Studies, a group of scholars from many denominations addressing relevant issues in the church and world today.
He has been married to his high school sweetheart, Ellen, for forty-four years. They have a daughter, Tabetha, and granddaughter, Jasmine. When he is not teaching, he enjoys reading, working out and being on the golf course.