Jason was raised in a Christian home by loving, Christian parents. He accepted Jesus Christ as his savior at the age of eight. However, Jason, as a young adult, started to doubt the Christian faith for a time. At the age of 24, he found out that he had ocular melanoma. This means that he had cancer in one of his eyes. He was told by a local doctor in Pensacola that there is a chance that it may have spread to his brain.
Once he found out that he had cancer, he decided that if he was ever going to get answers to the “big questions” in life, he might as well start now. Jason read about religions including Islam, Hinduism, and Christianity. He also read about atheists and the arguments that they have against the existence of God. He then became very interested in philosophy after being exposed to the works of Dr. William Lane Craig. This studying caused Jason to reaffirm his Christian faith, and he started debating and witnessing to atheists on social media and other websites on the internet.
One day, when Jason was in the waiting room for his first appointment at the Callahan Eye Foundation in Birmingham, AL, he was reading a book called “Creation Astronomy” by Dr Donald DeYoung. It then dawned on him, “I’m 24 years old and I’m already facing my mortality, but what about those who have not come to recognize the truth of Christianity?”
The question that he asked himself at Dr. Callahan’s office plagued him throughout 2012. Finally, in December of 2012, Jason finally did what he was feeling lead to do. He started a ministry that he called “Answers for Hope.”
Jason Petersen’s apologetic is greatly influenced by the Jesus Christ, the Apostle Paul, and the late Christian philosopher Dr. Gordon H. Clark. He did three years of undergraduate studies at Pensacola Junior College, which is now known as Pensacola State College in Pensacola, FL. He also studied at George Stone Technical Center in Pensacola, FL. He has completed the distance Certificate in Apologetics Program at Biola University, which is located in La Mirada, CA. He has also studied at Columbia Evangelical Seminary for a short period of time under Dr. Rick Walston and Dr. Phil Fernandes. Jason Petersen is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity at Whitefield Theological Seminary, which is located in Lakeland, FL. He is studying under Dr. Kenneth Talbot (a former student of Gordon H. Clark).