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Julia Garschagen is Director of RZIM Austria, Germany, and Switzerland, and a speaker and apologist at the Zacharias Institut für Wissenschaft, Kultur, und Glaube (the Zacharias Institute for Science, Culture, and Faith) based in Cologne, Germany. She frequently speaks at universities, in businesses and at different events across Germany and Europe about an intellectually robust faith, addressing societal and existential questions from a Christian perspective.
Julia also serves on the leadership of the largest digital youth mission in Germany. She is passionate about listening and responding to the questions and concerns of young people across Germany and Europe. Julia also teaches apologetics at the Johanneum Theological Seminary in Wuppertal.
Before joining the Zacharias Institut as a speaker in 2016, Julia worked for many years as a regional coordinator with SMD (InterVarsity Germany), a network of Christians in schools, at universities, and in workplaces. She also served as a university evangelist in England, speaking at university missions in both the UK and Europe. Prior to this, she worked for a year with people living in extreme poverty in Lima, Peru. This experience inspired her to establish a charity which helps young people in Peru to access and pursue higher education, and to break the cycle of poverty.
Julia studied theology in Wuppertal, Germany, and earned her MA in theology at King’s College London. Key areas of Julia’s research included, among others, the question of suffering (theodicy) and the contemporary critique of the atonement.