Rich Knopp is Professor of Philosophy & Christian Apologetics at Lincoln Christian University, where he has taught since 1983. His formal education was done at St. Louis Christian College (BA in Christian Ministry), Lincoln Christian Seminary (MDiv – Philosophy & Theology), Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (MA in Philosophy), and the University of Illinois at Champaign (PhD in Philosophy).
Rich is the Program Director of Room For Doubt and the presenter for Room For Doubt’s seminars and workshops at conventions, conferences, colleges, Christian camps, and churches. He provides and manages the content on the R4D website and mobile app and writes the scripts for the program’s animated videos.
He also serves as the Director of WorldViewEyes, a youth-oriented program launched in 2000 that has received five grants from the Lilly Endowment totaling over $1,000,000. It helps youth understand different worldviews and challenges them to live a consistently-applied Christian worldview. He has written and produced the program’s multimedia presentations that have been attended by about 80,000 youth and adults in 22 states, Canada, and China.
His particular interest is the relationship between science and the Christian faith. He was a $10,000 award winner from the Templeton Foundation for developing an integrative seminary course in science and religion. In addition to articles in four journals, he has chapters dealing with Christianity and science in two books, a chapter on ethics in a tribute book for Dr. Norman Geisler, and a chapter on philosophy of science in relation to the Stone-Campbell religious tradition.
He has delivered special lectureships or presentations at a number of popular and professional conferences, including the North American Christian Convention; the International Conference on Missions, The Stone-Campbell Journal Conference; the Midwest and National Evangelical Theological and Philosophical Society Conferences; the Wheaton Theology Conference; and the Center for Research in Science at Azusa Pacific University. He also serves on the board for the Christian Campus Foundation (Axiom), a campus ministry at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.
Rich and his wife, Paula, have three married children and seven grandchildren. He has traveled to England, France, Italy, New Zealand, Fiji, Australia, Jamaica, Greece, Turkey, and China. He was a gifted athlete who was a high school all-state second baseman in North Carolina and played for a AAA State Champion baseball team. In 2013, he was inducted into the inaugural class of the Athletic Hall of Fame for basketball at St. Louis Christian College where he held the all-time scoring record (2,225 pts.) for about 20 years. He is still second on their all-time scoring list, second in average pts/game (22.7), and first in free throws made (515).