Institutes: Summit Semester
Summit Semester is proud to have Dr. Michael Bauman as our Scholar-in-Residence. Dr. Bauman comes to us from Hillsdale College, in Hillsdale, Michigan, where he is Professor of Theology and Culture and Director of Christian Studies. He also is a former president of the Evangelical Philosophical Society, and was once a member of the editorial department of Newsweek magazine. Dr. Bauman has published numerous books, articles and political editorials; his books include God and Man in the Twentieth Century, Man and Creation, and Are You Politically Correct?. He is a contributing editor for Ultra Cycling magazine and co-editor of The Schwarz Report. His latest books are 90 Days in the Christian Classics and Christianity A to Z.
Dr. Gary Hartenburg is director of Houston Baptist University’s honors college. Dr. Hartenburg specializes in ancient philosophy and generalizes in other areas of philosophy, theology, and liturature. His interest in ancient philosophy concerns the intersection of epistemology and metaphysics as well as the difference between knowledge and belief. When not reading works of and about the ancient philosophers, he enjoys reading poetry and novels, in particular the poetry of T. S. Eliot and the novels of Jane Austen and Leo Tolstoy. Dr. Hartenburg also enjoys teaching and thinking about business ethics, though he thinks that even that topic is best understood by reading through the ancient works on ethics.
Dr. Don Williams is the Director of the School of Arts and Sciences and Associate Professor of English at Toccoa Falls College, in Toccoa Falls, Georgia. Both an accomplished poet and literary critic, Dr. Williams is also a former president of the Evangelical Philosophical Society and an ordained minister in the Evangelical Free Church of America. He lectures widely on C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. In addition to his many valuable books including Inklings of Reality, Mere Humanity, and Credo: Meditations on the Nicene Creed, Dr. Williams’ articles have appeared in Touchstone and Modern Reformation.
Dr. Jeff Myers is president of Summit Ministries. He also serves as Distinguished Service Professor and Senior Fellow for Leadership Studies at Bryan College in Dayton, TN. Dr. Myers speaks to more than 50,000 people each year in corporations, schools, homeschool conferences, parent groups, and youth-serving organizations. Over the last decade, Dr. Myers has worked with Summit Ministries to develop cutting-edge leadership experiences in Colorado, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Alberta, Canada. Dr. Myers’ many books and video courses include the Understanding the Times series, Playpen to Podium, Secrets of Great Communicators, Secrets of the World-Changers, Secrets of Everyday Leaders, For Such a Time as This, Handoff, and Cultivate. Dr. Myers earned a Ph.D. in Communications from the University of Denver. He and his family live in Manitou Springs, CO.
Dr. Ken Turner is a Professor of Bible at Bryan College. After majoring in Physics & Math Education at Arizona State University, he attended The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he received his M.Div and Ph.D. in Old Testament Theology. He has published a book and several scholarly articles and is currently editing a book on Deuteronomy, writing a commentary on Habakkuk, and developing homeschool & church curricula on creation-evolution issues. Dr. Turner is married to Raegan and has 4 children.
Eric Smith loves to help students know God through a thorough understanding of the Bible. Since joining Summit in 2000, Eric has spoken to numerous groups on worldview, Bible, and Christian living topics. He teaches the Bible course at Summit’s Colorado Student Conferences and Summit Semester. In addition to teaching, Eric enjoys his role in program and staff development. He launched and led Summit Semester from 2006 to 2010, and has been on the leadership team of Summit’s Colorado Student Conferences since he joined Summit. Currently Eric is a member of the Adjunct Faculty at Bryan College, Dayton, TN. He holds a Masters of Divinity degree from Denver Seminary, and a B.S. in Business Administration from Miami University (OH).
Matthew Lee Anderson, M.Phil., is the founder of Mere Orthodoxy and the author of Earthen Vessels: Why Our Bodies Matter to Our Faith and The End of Our Exploring: A Book About Questioning and the Confidence of Faith. He is pursuing a D.Phil. in Christian Ethics at Oxford University, and lives in Waco, Texas, with his wife of ten years.
Dr. Steven Garber is the principal of The Washington Institute for Faith, Vocation & Culture, which is focused on reframing the way people understand life, especially the meaning of vocation and the common good. A consultant to foundations, corporations, and educational institutions, he is a teacher of many people in many places. The author of The Fabric of Faithfulness: Weaving Together Belief and Behavior, and Visions of Vocation: Common Grace for the Common Good, he is also a contributor to the books, Faith Goes to Work: Reflections from the Marketplace, and Get Up Off Your Knees: Preaching the U2 Catalogue. He lives with his wife Meg in Virginia.