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Sean McDowell

Author, Conference Speaker, Youth Minister

Sean McDowell challenges both young people and adults to deepen their walk with Christ. Sean mentored under his father, Josh McDowell, and is a popular speaker at churches, conferences, camps, and schools nationwide. 

Travels From:
San Juan Capistrano, CA

Booking Fee:
Call 866-400-2036 for a quote

Sean McDowell is a gifted communicator with a passion for reaching the younger generation with the Gospel message. He connects with youth in a tangible way through humor and stories while imparting hard evidence and logical support for viewing all areas of life through a Biblical worldview.

He recently joined  Biola University’s Master of Arts Program in Christian Apologetics as an assistant professor. In the spring term, he will begin regular teaching of graduate students in courses such as “Scripture, Authority, Canon, and Criticism,” “In Defense of the Resurrection,” “Comparative Religions” and others.  Concurrently, he serves as Head of the Bible Department at Capistrano Valley Christian Schools where he teaches an honors Bible class. 

As a high school teacher, Sean has exceptional insight into the prevailing culture and imparts his observations poignantly to fellow educators, pastors, and parents alike.

Sean is listed among the top 100 apologists. In 2008 he received the Educator of the Year award for San Juan Capistrano, California. His apologetics training was awarded Exemplary Status by the Association of Christian Schools International. He graduated summa cum laude from Talbot Theological Seminary with a double Master’s degree in Theology and Philosophy. He is pursuing a Ph.D. in Apologetics and Worldview Studies from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Traveling throughout the United States and abroad, Sean speaks at camps, churches, schools, universities, and conferences. He has spoken for organizations including Focus on the Family, the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, Campus Crusade for Christ, Youth Specialties, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Association of Christian Schools International. Sean has also appeared as a guest on radio shows such as Focus on the Family, Point of View, Converse with Scholars, Stand to Reason as well as shows hosted by Hugh Hewitt, Michael Reagan, and others

In April, 2000, Sean married his high school sweetheart, Stephanie. They have three children and live in San Juan Capistrano, California.


Visit Sean's website Sean’s blog, articles, videos, and many other resources.

"Sean has a message every teacher, youth worker, and parent needs to hear." - Lee Strobel, Author, Speaker

"Sean McDowell is one of the most knowledgeable, gifted, and passionate young leaders I know on the topics of worldview analysis and biblical worldview integration." - Director, ACSI Southern California

"More than ever in our emerging culture, do we need to be able to discern and understand the times through a biblical lens. Sean is someone who has that rare gift to understand today’s culture and to reach both the hearts and minds of today’s youth." -Pastor, Vintage Faith Church

"We invited Sean to speak to our students at summer camp and we couldn't have been more pleased! Sean has a great ability to combine solid, biblical content with fun and humor that kept our kids completely engaged. In one week's time, they heard Sean speak about 8 times and were still asking for more!"  - Junior High Pastor, Saddleback Church

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