Meet our Summit Semester faculty

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.

Visiting Scholars:

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.

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.

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.

 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.

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 bus driver, 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).

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