Patio Q&A: Christian Classical Education for the World

Friday, June 26 | 2:30-3:15pm

  • International

Join a distinguished group of leaders from the classical Christian education renewal movement as they answer your questions about bringing this education to the nations. Submit your question ahead of time or during the live Q&A.

Dr. Chris Perrin

Christopher Perrin, MDiv, PhD, is the CEO with Classical Academic Press, and a national leader, author, and speaker for the renewal of classical education. He serves as a consultant to classical Christian schools, classical charter schools, and schools converting to the classical model. He is the director of the Alcuin Fellowship, former co-chair of the Society for Classical Learning, an adjunct professor with the honor's program at Messiah College, and previously served for ten years as a classical school headmaster.

Robyn Burlew

Robyn has served as Head of Upper School at Veritas School in Richmond, Virginia, for six years, after serving for fifteen years as a teacher and administrator at Covenant Christian Academy in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She has a B.A. in Biology from Houghton College and a M.Ed. in Integrated Curriculum and Instruction from Covenant College. She enjoys spending time with her three adult daughters and a son-in-law, all of whom live in Richmond. Robyn's leisure time is filled with kayaking, gardening, two golden retrievers, and piano playing. She is a member of Redeemer Anglican Church in Richmond.

Ravi Jain

Ravi Jain has taught calculus and physics at The Geneva School in Orlando, Florida since 2003. He has largely focused on understanding the role of math and science in a classical Christian curriculum, developing a unique integrated math and physics course: “The Scientific Revolution.” Students study and read the works of Kepler, Galileo, Pascal, and Newton in the course. He received a BA in Political Science from Davidson College in North Carolina, where he studied both the natural sciences and the humanities. Before teaching at The Geneva School, Mr. Jain taught math through AP calculus at Seminole Presbyterian School in Tampa, Florida and worked as an associate pastor while completing a master’s degree from Reformed Theological Seminary. He also earned a graduate certificate in mathematics from the University of Central Florida. He is the co-author of The Liberal Arts Tradition: A Philosophy of Christian Classical Education. *Adapted from The Geneva School website

Dr. Brian Williams

Dr. Brian A. Williams is Dean of the Templeton Honors College and Assistant Professor of Ethics & Liberal Studies at Eastern University in Pennsylvania. Previously, he was Lecturer in Theology and Christian Ethics at the University of Oxford and Director of Oxford Conversations, a collection of interviews with influential Christian academics and scholars. He holds an MPhil and DPhil in Christian Ethics from the University of Oxford, an MA and ThM in Systematic and Historical Theology, and a BA in Biblical Studies. Currently, he is an Alcuin Fellow and a Research Fellow with the Institute of Classical Education. Dr. Williams is the author of The Potter’s Rib: The History, Theology, and Practice of Mentoring for Pastoral Formation.

Karen Elliott

Karen has served with the Rafiki Foundation since 1990, including twelve years on the mission field, most of that time in Jos, Nigeria. Upon returning to the U.S., she became the Director of Africa Operations for the Rafiki Home Office and was responsible for managing the ChildCare and Education Programs. She served at the Home Office for ten years before being named Rafiki's Executive Director in January of 2012. Karen was born in Houston, Texas and prior to joining Rafiki, she was in commercial banking in Houston, TX where she maintained multimillion-dollar loan portfolios for small businesses and managed the bank's credit division. She holds a BBA degree in finance/accounting from Southern Methodist University (and also a music minor), and earned her Masters degree in education from University of Texas at Arlington. Karen is a member of St. Andrews Chapel in Sanford, FL and was for many years a teaching leader for Bible Study Fellowship while in Texas and in Africa. Karen views herself as simply a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ who desires to help others come to know God and become lifelong disciples of him and learners of all he has created.