Brent L. Top is the Richard L. Evans Distinguished Professor of Religious Understanding at Brigham Young University. A professor of Church History & Doctrine, he is also a former Dean of Religious Education. In his thirty-plus years on the Religion faculty at BYU, Brent has authored or co-authored more than 20 books and numerous articles on doctrinal, historical, sociological, and scriptural subjects. Dr. Top and his family lived in Israel when he taught Old and New Testament at the BYU Jerusalem Center for Near-Eastern Studies. He has traveled extensively in the Holy Land and has led scores of tours. From 2004-2007, Brent served as mission president in the Illinois Peoria Mission where he and his missionaries were continually surrounded by Church History. Since, he has led several tours to those important sites where foundational events of the Restoration transpired. He is a popular speaker at BYU Campus Education Week and has often presented at BYU Women’s Conference and many other settings. He and his wife, Wendy, love to travel with Cruise Lady: Latter-day Adventures and from those tours have made many new life-long friends. Brent and Wendy live in Pleasant Grove, Utah.