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Dave Raymond

History

Dave Raymond lives in rural Middle Tennessee with his wife and 6 children where he has taught the humanities for more than 12 years. He has taught the disciplines of history, literature, composition, civics, economics, and Latin through Quiller Tutorials, Franklin Classical School, and Foundations Christian Academy. This may come as a surprise, but he is featured in Dave Raymond’s American History, Modernity, Antiquity, and Christendom.

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Dwane Thomas

Latin & Vocab

Dwane has been studying languages for most of his life. He grew up in Europe surrounded by the Dutch and German languages. For almost 20 years he has been teaching Latin in the classroom and, more recently, online. Dwane and his wife have five wonderful children whom they homeschooled. Featured in Visual Latin and WordUp!

Kurt Wise

Biology

Dr. Wise earned his BA in geology from the University of Chicago, and his MA and PhD degrees in paleontology from Harvard University. He founded and directed the Center for Origins Research at Bryan College and taught biology there for 17 years. He then led the Center for Theology and Science at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary for 3 years, before founding and directing the Center for Creation Research and teaching biology at Truett McConnell University for the last 7 years. His fieldwork has included research in early Flood rocks in the Death Valley region, late Flood rocks in Wyoming, and post-Flood caves in Tennessee. Featured in Devotional Biology and Creation Science.

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Jonathan Rogers

Writing & Grammar

Jonathan Rogers is the author of The Terrible Speed of Mercy, one of the finest biographies of Flannery O’Connor we’ve ever read. His other books include the Wilderking Trilogy–The Bark of the Bog Owl, The Secret of the Swamp King, and The Way of the Wilderking–as well as The World According to Narnia and a biography of Saint Patrick. He has spent most of his adult life in Nashville, Tennessee, where he and his wife Lou Alice are raising a houseful of robustious children. He is featured in Grammar for Writers and Creative Writing.

R.C. Sproul, Jr.

Economics

Dr. R.C. Sproul, Jr. has taught philosophy and theology at Reformation Bible College, and been a teaching fellow for Ligonier Ministries. Since college, economics has been one of his primary areas of expertise. He delights in explaining how the glory of the gospel truth means that Jesus changes everything. He has eight children. Featured in Economics for Everybody.

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Wes Callihan

Old Western Culture

Wesley Callihan grew up on a farm in Idaho and graduated in History from the University of Idaho in 1983. He has taught classics and the Great Books at Logos School in Moscow, Idaho; the University of Idaho; New St. Andrews College in Moscow, Idaho; and at Veritas Academy in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Wes likes to read, garden, watch movies, fish and hunt, travel. He and his wife have six children. Featured in Old Western Culture: Greeks, Romans, Christendom, and Early Moderns.

Thomas Purifoy Jr

Bible, FilmmakinG, Music

A creative filmmaker who develops unique learning resources intended to advance the Kingdom of God. Thomas helped develop a classical-based curriculum, and taught philosophy, Old Testament, film and history at the American School of Lyon, France. Thomas studied English at Vanderbilt University and is a former Officer in the US Navy. He currently oversees Compass Classroom and Compass Cinema. Featured in Filmmaking from the First Directors, Old Testament, and The Story of Great Music.

Ben Crist

Literature

Ben has taught Latin and the Humanities in Classical and Christian schools for 16 years. In addition to classroom and tutorial instruction, he has worked in school administration, curriculum development, and teacher training. Ben is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and serves as a deacon in his church. He lives with his wife and four children in Franklin, Tennessee where they homeschool. Featured in American Literature.

Mary-Pierson Purifoy

Mary-Pierson Purifoy

Literature

Mary Pierson was homeschooled until graduating from high school in 2020. For a semester, she attended Samford University in Birmingham, AL but transferred to Truett McConnell University in Cleveland, GA. She was a history major at both colleges and loved it. She has loved teaching history and literature and hopes to continue for many years. Featured in live literature courses.

Brian Kohl

Logic

Brian Kohl is the editorial director for Canon Press, and over the past seven years has been a high school and undergraduate instructor. He and his wife Christy have two sons and live in the Pacific Northwest. Featured in both Introductory and Intermediate Logic.

Mitch Stokes

Mitch Stokes

Calculus

Dr. Stokes (PhD, Notre Dame) is a senior fellow of philosophy at New St. Andrews College in Moscow, Idaho. In addition to studying philosophy under world-renowned philosopher Alvin Plantinga, Stokes holds degrees in philosophy, religion and mechanical engineering, and holds five patents in aeroderivative gas turbine technology. He is the author of Calculus for Everyone (Roman Roads Press), books on apologetics, and biographies of Newton and Galileo. Featured in Calculus for Everyone.

Francis Schaeffer

Francis Schaeffer

Philosophy & Worldview

Francis A. Schaeffer—an American Evangelical theologian, philosopher, and Presbyterian pastor—is most famous for his writings and his establishment of the L’Abri community in Switzerland. Opposed to theological modernism, Shaeffer promoted an orthodox Protestant faith and a pre-suppositional approach to Christian apologetics, which he believed would answer the questions of the age. A number of scholars credit his ideas with helping spark the rise of the Christian Right in the United States. Featured in How Should We Then Live?

RC Sproul

R.C. Sproul

Philosophy & Worldview

Dr. R.C. Sproul was founder of Ligonier Ministries, founding pastor of Saint Andrew’s Chapel in Sanford, Fla., and first president of Reformation Bible College. He was author of more than one hundred books and could be heard daily on the Renewing Your Mind radio broadcast in the United States and internationally. Featured in Consequences of Ideas.

Carl Trueman

Carl Trueman

Philosophy & Worldview

Carl R. Trueman (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is professor of biblical and religious studies at Grove City College. He is a contributing editor at First Things, an esteemed church historian, and a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. Trueman has authored or edited more than a dozen books, including Strange New World; The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self; and Histories and Fallacies. He is a member of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Featured in Strange New World.

Matt Whitling

Grammar of Poetry

Matt is the principal of Logos School in Moscow, Idaho, as well as a featured speaker at conferences around the country. He personally loves literature and poetry, and has many years imparting that same love to middle school students. He and his wife have seven children. Featured in Grammar of Poetry.

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