Faculty


Megan Almon, a former University of Georgia gymnast, was a part of UGA’s 2002 SEC Championship team. She worked as an award-winning journalist until 2008 when she decided to pursue a career speaking and teaching about Christian apologetics — especially in the area of bioethics. She joined Life Training Institute in 2009 and was awarded an M.A. in Christian apologetics from Biola University in 2011. Megan and her husband, Tripp — Director of Programs and Summit Semester for Summit Ministries — have been married since 2003 and have two children, Neely and Rogan. Megan enjoys spending time with her family at home in Manitou Springs, Colorado, and is still known to practice handstands in her kitchen. She has spoken to high school-and-college assemblies and classrooms, youth organizations, women’s groups, pregnancy resource centers, congregations, and legislators across the nation on multiple topics. ​More about Megan

Dr. Travis Ricketts

Dr. Travis Ricketts has been a professor of history and government at Bryan College for over a quarter of a century. (Clearly, he’s not as old as that makes him sound.) In his doctoral program, he emphasized American political, religious, and military history. To those interests (and classes), over the last decade his faith has compelled an interest in human flourishing, particularly what enables it and what hinders it. When not invested in academic pursuits, his passions are the church, his summer travels with one of these (www.tnvalleyled.com ), which gains him backstage access to many intriguing political, musical, and sporting events, his family, and various sports. Noting that, it would be reasonable to presume that he’s accomplished in the realm of sports, but that would be incorrect. However, his wife played basketball for the Jayhawks, his daughter played soccer for the Razorbacks, and both sons played soccer for Bryan College, with one of them continuing professional pursuit of the sport (currently in USL League One).

Dr. Paul Gould is a philosopher, scholar, teacher, husband, and father. Most importantly he is a follower of Christ. Paul has a Masters in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics from Talbot School of Theology and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Purdue University. He is the founder and president of the Two Tasks Institute and a Visiting Fellow at the Henry Center for Theological Understanding at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Paul is married to Ethel and has four wonderful kids – Austin, Madeleine, Travis, and Joshua. More about Paul

Dr. Gary Hartenburg is the Director of the Honors College and an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Houston Baptist University. His primary research interests are in ancient philosophy, especially Plato and his student, Aristotle. He enjoys thinking about the history and philosophy of education and recently completed a book on Aristotle’s philosophy of education, Aristotle: Education for Virtue and Leisure. One of his favorite aspects of the Honors College curriculum is the study of the history of astronomy and physics, beginning with Plato’s Timaeus and Aristotle’s Physics, continuing through Ptolemy’s Almagest, Copernicus’s Revolutions, Galileo’s Dialogue, and Newton’s Principia, and closing with Einstein’s Relativity, Heisenberg’s Physics and Philosophy, and Thomas Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. He and his poet-wife homeschool their children in the suburbs of Houston. More about Gary

Dustin Jizmejian is the Sr. Director of Conferences and Events. 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.

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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. More about Jeff

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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. Daniel Spanjer graduated from Nyack College with a BA in History and from Reformed Theological Seminary (Orlando) with an MA Theology. In April 2016, he successfully defended his dissertation at the University at Albany, SUNY. He has taught at Nyack College, University at Albany, and is currently the Chair of the Arts and Sciences Department and Professor of History at Lancaster Bible College. He also serves the college as the director of the Alcuin Society, a scholarly organization which serves campus faculty. Dr. Spanjer has published several essays for the new Encyclopedia of Christianity and developing a book for Square Halo Books on the history of the Western Church. Dan is a pilot and has worked as a mechanic, commercial fisherman, grant administrator, and golf course greenskeeper. He is married to Tara Spanjer and they have three daughters: Meghan, Emily, and Katelyn. More about Daniel

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 a 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. More about Don

Josh Bales
Josh Bales is equal parts Singer-Songwriter, Anglican/Episcopal Priest, and Licensed Mental Health Counselor.  He holds both an M.Div. and M.A. in Counseling from Reformed Theological Seminary, a Certificate in Anglican Studies from Nashotah House Theological Seminary, and is a Senior Fellow for the Colson Center. Josh’s music has gained a following of fans from all walks of life after recording multiple albums and touring for more than 20 years.  In 2006 Josh released “Underneath The Armor” (Only The Sinner, A Hymn For All The World, Ten Thousand Places). In 2012 Josh’s fans funded “Count The Stars,” an album recorded with multi-award winning producer, Ed Cash. In 2015, in addition to “Somehow I Knew,” Josh issued a collection of hymns and sacred songs called “The Birds Their Carols Raise.”  His latest album is a second volume of hymns called “Come Away From Rush & Hurry,” released in 2018. Originally from Chattanooga, TN Josh now lives in Orlando, FL. where he serves as Canon Priest at the Cathedral Church of Saint Luke.
Ben & Claire Keiser Summit Ministries

Ben and Claire Keiser: Ben is a writer, teacher, and student. He holds a Masters of Arts in Theological Studies and is currently an MDiv student at Regent College. He also writes curriculum for Summit Ministries. Claire teaches English and the humanities at the University School in Colorado Springs and is passionate about the impact stories have on our lives. She studied English and Philosophy at Belhaven University and is working on an M.A. in English from Middlebury College in Vermont. Both Ben and Claire are interested in helping students connect their own story to God’s story through interacting with great literature. Some of their favorite authors are C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Shakespeare, Graham Greene, Jane Austen, Tom Wright, and Henri Nouwen.

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Dr. Simon Mould has a passion for applying timeless, universal principles that enable Christian leaders to be better positioned to influence the economic and cultural problems of our time. Simon has over 25 years of teaching and executive leadership experience in Christian educational institutions and various for-profit and non-profit organizations.

His primary experience has been applying a classical Christian worldview approach to curriculum development and teaching economics and current world affairs to prepare Christians to think critically and engage in cultural issues winsomely.

Raised in the UK, Simon studied economics and international affairs during the 1980s, witnessing Britain’s transformation from a largely socialist nanny-state to becoming a leading global economy. He moved to the U.S. in the early 90s and completed his graduate and doctoral work in international affairs and curriculum design.

Simon and his wife Sarah have three adult children. They love watching British TV dramas and enjoy getting out in the great North West.

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