Faculty


Almon

Megan Almon has been a speaker and writer with the Life Training Institute since 2009. She travels around the nation teaching students how to make a reasonable and persuasive case for the pro-life view and the Christian worldview, and how to defend their views winsomely in the marketplace of ideas.

Megan was a member of the 2002 University of Georgia Women’s Gymnastics SEC Championship team. She graduated from UGA in 2004 with a degree in journalism and worked as an award-winning writer until she left her career to pursue a master’s degree in Christian Apologetics from Biola University, which she completed in 2011.

She lives in Manitou Springs, Colorado with her husband and best friend, Tripp, and their children — Neely, 12, and Rogan, 6. Her family is known to practice handstands in their living room, and to enjoy riding trials motorcycles competitively.

Megan teaches various audiences on topics including The Case for Life, Christianity as a Worldview, The Resurrection, Art & Beauty, and Identity.
Matt Anderson

Dr. Matthew Lee Anderson 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

Bauman

Dr. Michael 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.

Hartenburg

Dr. Gary Hartenburg is the director of Houston Baptist University’s Honors College and assistant professor in the philosophy department. He has a PhD in philosophy from the University of California in Irvine, an MA in philosophy of religion and ethics from Biola University, and a BA in theology and biblical studies from Moody Bible Institute. Dr. Hartenburg specializes in ancient philosophy, ethics, and philosophy of religion. Because the HBU Honors College is an interdisciplinary program, he teaches a wide range of literary, historical, biblical, scientific, philosophical, and theological works. Some of his favorite authors are Plato, Horace, Thomas Aquinas, Dante, John Calvin, Jane Austen, Leo Tolstoy, T. S. Eliot, and Elizabeth Anscombe. He currently lives in Houston, Texas, with his wife, Jennifer, and their children, Katherine and Jude. He is also a ardent fan of the Detroit Tigers.

 

Jizmejian

Dustin Jizmejian is the Director of Programs. Starting in 2003, Dustin has been working on Summit’s Summer Staff while pursuing an undergraduate degree from Biola University and a graduate degree from Denver Seminary. After graduation from Seminary, Dustin took a position at Philadelphia Biblical University as a Resident Director, only to be called back by Summit Ministries to direct the Semester program in 2011. In 2017, Dustin accepted a change in position at Summit to Director of Programs. While Dustin directs programs he also speaks on topics ranging from God’s Will, The Christian Worldview, Christian Community, Biblical Theology, Leadership, and Pornography. In addition to his Masters from Denver Seminary, Dustin is pursuing a degree in Leadership, Theology, and Society from Regent College in Vancouver, Canada. Dustin and his wife Ruthann have been married for 10 years and have four children, Rafferty, Cosette, Briar, and Trask and they call Colorado Springs their home.

Dr. Jeff Myers

Dr. Jeff Myers is president of Summit Ministries, a highly respected worldview training program whose tens of thousands of graduates are making a difference in politics, law, academics, medicine, science, and business. In the last 20 years, Dr. Myers has become one of America’s most respected authorities on youth leadership development. Focus on the Family founder James Dobson referred to him as “a very gifted and inspirational young leader.” Evangelist Josh McDowell called him “a man who is 100% sold out to preparing the next generation to reflect the character of Christ in the culture.” Through his appearances on Fox News and other media programs, Dr. Myers has become a fresh voice offering humor and insight from a Christian worldview. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree and teaches leadership courses through Lumerit and Belhaven University. Jeff and his family live in Colorado.

Eric Smith loves Jesus and is working by God’s power to walk in the Spirit, pray without ceasing, love his wife like Christ loved the church, bear the burdens of others, love his neighbors, and so on.  After ignoring God up to and through college, Eric accepted God’s gracious gift of salvation at the age of 22.  A few years later, Eric attended Summit’s Colorado Summer Conference, and then went on to work with Summit Ministries for 16 years, where he served many roles including a bus driver, a lead hiker on Pikes Peak climb, and Summit Semester Director. Now Eric co-pastors a new church in Colorado Springs, CO and lives in the Springs with his bride, six kids, seven chickens, two rabbits, and a dog.  He grew up in Michigan and remains an avid fan of the Detroit Tigers and Red Wings. He holds a Masters of Divinity degree from Denver Seminary, and a bachelor degree in business from Miami University (OH).

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. His writings focus on Deuteronomy, Habakkuk, and the science/faith issues surrounding the early chapters of Genesis. Dr. Turner is married to Raegan and has 5 children.

 

Dr. Don Williams is R. A. Forrest Scholar at Toccoa Falls College, in Toccoa Falls, Georgia. An accomplished poet, apologist, and cultural critic, Dr. Williams is also past president of the International Society of Christian Apologetics 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, Deeper Magic: The Theology behind the Writings of C. S. Lewis, and An Encouraging Thought: The Christian Worldview in the Writings of J. R. R. Tolkien, Dr. Williams’ articles frequently appear in publications such as Touchstone and Christian Research Journal.