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Quick Links:  Larry Blythe, Becky Edmondson, Lucee Price, Loisann FowlerDaniel Martin, David Webb, Dr. Brian Huffling, Tricia Powell, Dr. Whit Jones, Sharon CapraKatie Pennington, Cecelia Schmidt


Larry Blythe

Apologia Online Academy Director and Teacher

B.A. (Pastoral Theology), M.A.A. (Apologetics)

Larry was raised in California by a Christian mother and a wonderful father who became a Christian later in life. Larry became a Believer at the age of 9 and later committed his life to full-time pastoral & educational ministry. He studied Pastoral Theology at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in Southern California where he received his B.A. in 1982. He pastored for 15+ years as an Associate Pastor/Student Ministries (Youth Pastor). During that time, he spoke at numerous youth rallies, camps and other junior high and high school events including teaching seminars for youth pastors with Word of Life Clubs and other student ministry organizations. After many years of witnessing to Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormons, and other people deceived by false teaching and various other aberrant groups, Larry developed a counter-cult ministry reaching many Jehovah's Witnesses for Christ. This led him to seek out further education in the area of Christian apologetics.

Larry earned his M.A.A. (Master of Arts in Apologetics) from Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, NC in 2002. He was ordained at Covenant Baptist Reformed Church in 2002. From 2003-2007 he, along with a ministry team, assisted the president of the Seminary in starting Southern Evangelical Church, also located in Charlotte, and ministered as the Assistant Pastor of Christian Education. Larry developed numerous ministries of the church including "Educational Hour," "Institute for Biblical Studies" (Bible & Apologetics), and many other core programs of the church.

Larry has been a regular guest speaker at the National Christian Apologetics Conference and the Spiritual Counterfeits Conference. He was an instructor of World Religions and New Religious Movements, and Church History at Southern Evangelical Bible College. As the Founder/Director of the Lay Institute for Biblical Studies he taught on various topics including cults, apologetics, theology, OT/NT, and social disciplines. He was one of the original editors of the Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics.

He teaches seminars on a variety of topics at various venues. In addition to teaching subjects related to World Religions, Cults, and general apologetics, Larry's seminar topics include I Don't Have Enough Faith to be An Atheist, I Don't Have Enough Faith To Be An Evolutionist, 10 Fishy Fallacies of Faulty Fish-to-Fishermen Evolution, Fossil Evidence: What Some Evolutionists Don't Want You To Know, Christianity: The Only Rational Worldview, Discovering Above by Digging Below, Science Doesn't Say Anything-Scientists Do!, How to Refute Non-Christian Claims, Is The New Testament a Myth?, Mormonism: A Non-Christian World Religion, and many more. Larry was a regular guest on the weekly radio program The Voice of Truth. He has also been a guest on the local public access television show Giving An Answer speaking on various topics including Scientology, The DaVinci Code, and Jehovah's Witnesses. Larry also taught numerous classes in apologetics and World Religions at a local prison.

Larry joined Apologia Educational Ministries, Inc. in 2008 and started the Apologia Online Academy. While directing Apologia Online Academy, he can often be found lecturing and speaking at conferences conducting Teen Tracks, and guest speaking at other events. Larry enjoys competitive Pickleball (sponsored by HEAD Sports), visiting Disney World, playing the Celtic Whistle (penny whistle), playing with his grandchildren Elijah, Aedan, & Reagan Gordon, and dating his wife Jane. He has been doing amateur paleontology for several years and is the self-proclaimed "fossil hunter." He has a large collection of marine, plant, and insect fossils he has dug from the mountain tops around the U.S.A. He also perform illusions & 'magic' as "Mago Lorenzo." Larry and Jane, live in Matthews, NC.

TEACHING THE FOLLOWING FULL-YEAR COURSES:

  • Essential Apologetics: Defending Christianity
  • Essential Apologetics: Defending Creation Against Darwinian Evolution
  • Critical Theology: Cults & World Religions 
  • Advanced Apologetics: Preparing for College & Beyond

Becky Edmondson

Becky Edmondson

B.S. Biology

Becky is constantly amazed at the grace and kindness of God in her life. She was raised in a Christian home in the mountains of North Carolina and was drawn into a saving relationship with Christ when she was a child. Being the middle daughter between an older sister and two younger twin sisters, she developed a love for home and a large family. Becky is now wife to Rick and mother to Caelen, Hannah, Nathan, and Benjamin!

After graduating from Western Carolina University with a degree in Biology, Pre-Med, Becky married Rick in 1991. While he worked in the engineering field, Becky worked as a PT assistant preparing for her Masters in Physical Therapy until the birth of their first child, Caelen, in 1994. This began her career as a stay-at-home mom and homeschool teacher. After almost 20 years of homeschooling, her 3 oldest have graduated high school and are in the thick of their own college careers.

Becky began teaching during her college years when she tutored students in the areas of anatomy & physiology and physics. That experience sparked her desire to become an educator. Several years later, while homeschooling her four children, she enjoyed tutoring high school and college students in algebra and biology.

When her own children were old enough to officially begin their science studies, Becky founded the Danville School of Arts and Sciences, a community-wide homeschool organization. There she began to teach Apologia science—primarily general science and biology. After moving back to Western North Carolina in 2006, she taught Apologia’s biology and physical science courses in a local co-op.

Becky’s four great loves are Christ, family, teaching, and science. Through Apologia she has the wonderful opportunity of seeing those four loves wed into one united front. Her prayer for her students is that they will not only gain a love and excitement for science but will also walk away with a better understanding of God's universe and their place in it.

TEACHING THE FOLLOWING FULL-YEAR COURSES:

  • Physical Science
  • Biology 

Lucee Price

Lucee Price

B.S. Limnology

Lucee Price is married to an awesome husband and father and lover of Jesus, Rick. She and Rick have been homeschooling since 2001 and live in Florida with their good-natured yellow lab and their 2 curious cats. She and Rick have two inspiring daughters, one graduating from University of Florida in 2020, the other graduating high school in 2022.

After earning her Bachelor’s degree in Limnology (study of freshwater lakes, marshes, and wetlands) in 1996 from the University of Central Florida she became employed as the Lakes Manager locally, where among other things also sat on the Florida Lake Management Society Board as a Treasurer for 3 years and then as the Administrative Assistant for another 3 years. The main focus of the society was to hold state-wide conferences to educate and connect folks making a difference in the environments in Florida.

Lucee has been involved in children’s ministry since 1999 alternating between BSF International Children’s Leader and Children’s Ministry Director for their church. In this homeschool season of life, she has enjoyed leadership with NearHim Home Educators for 16 years including Director of the K-7th Co-op, Special Events Coordinator, Vice-President and President for 4 separate terms. Currently, her passion includes volunteering inside the Jail and Prison ministry in her church to bring worship inside as well as co-leading the "ReNEW" Substance Abuse Empowerment program for women in her local jail.

Lucee is amazed at God’s Creation and absolutely loves mentoring students! She has taught homeschool classes for 15 years using Apologia curriculum as well as leading elementary classes at their co-op. She speaks to groups on the opportunities in 4-H, time management, and helps to organize and implement workshops regarding co-ops, homeschool law, and transcript course writing.

Her personal mission statement is "To Inspire, Equip and Connect people to that which will grow them closer to Christ" and feels teaching Apologia Academy classes is a fulfilling way to do that!

TEACHING THE FOLLOWING FULL-YEAR COURSES:

  • Physical Science Section 5
  • Biology Section 5
  • Marine Biology - All Sections
  • American Government - Constitutional Literacy - All Sections

Loisann Fowler

Loisann Fowler

B.S. Science

Falling in love with the God of creation as she studied His intricate design of human anatomy in high school, Loisann became a life-long science enthusiast. After earning her Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation from Auburn University and working in physical therapy with spinal injury patients, she changed careers to raise and home educate her five children. All are grown and pursuing their life callings while she and husband, Randy, pursue the next season. Having used Apologia curriculum with her family and in co-ops, teaching with Apologia Online Academy gives her great joy, especially when students have “aha!” moments. Along with teaching Biology, Advanced Biology, and Health & Nutrition, she is a Health and Wellness Coach studying for the national certification in functional medicine coaching. 

Calling central Florida home, when not teaching or coaching she enjoys visiting her adult children, encouraging women in their callings through mentoring, speaking and teaching, traveling, triathlons, gardening, kayaking, paddle boarding, hiking, reading, and eating good food.

TEACHING THE FOLLOWING FULL-YEAR COURSES:

  • Health & Nutrition - All Sections
  • Biology
  • Advanced Biology: The Human Body - All Sections

Daniel T. Martin

B.S. Biochemistry, Entomology, M.S. Entomology

Dan Martin currently resides in Madison, Wisconsin, with his wife, Allyson and son, Gideon. Dan and Allyson are both alumni of Purdue University. He has a B.S. in biochemistry and completed his M.S. in entomology with a focus on insect physiology. He has been teaching since graduate school in 2012 and has been teaching Chemistry and Physics for the Apologia Online Academy since 2014.

Dan has always been fascinated with web development and using the digital space to enhance our way of life. From a young age he has been tinkering with digital media creation from websites to image editing to video content creation to live streaming. Dan finds it truly inspiring how God uses all the elements of our life to do His will.

When Dan is not teaching, he and Allyson lead a young adults Bible study and both love playing board games with friends and family. They also take every opportunity to explore Wisconsin with Gideon and show him all of their favorite things.

TEACHING THE FOLLOWING FULL-YEAR COURSES:

  • Chemistry
  • Physics - All Sections
  • Advanced Chemistry - All Sections
  • Advanced Physics - All Sections

David Webb

David Webb

Author

David Webb is a co-author of the What We Believe series, Apologia’s award-winning biblical worldview curriculum. As a longtime veteran of Christian publishing, he has developed books and resources alongside many of today’s leading Christian writers, including Randy Alcorn, Andy Stanley, Joshua Harris, Shaunti Feldhahn, Bruce Wilkinson, Coach Joe Gibbs, and Dr. James Dobson.

Today, David serves as executive editor for Apologia Educational Ministries. His books with John Hay of Summit Ministries include Who Is God?, Who Am I?, Who Is My Neighbor?, and What on Earth Can I Do? David has been a homeschooling dad since 1990.

TEACHING THE FOLLOWING FULL-YEAR COURSES:

  • What We Believe - ALL COURSES

Dr. Brian Huffling

Dr. Brian Huffling

B.A. History, M.A. Apologetics, Biblical Studies, and Philosophy, Ph.D. Philosophy of Religion

Dr. Huffling is from Charlotte, NC and has been married to Lacey for 11.5 years. He has a BA in History with a minor in Bible from Lee University; an MA in Apologetics, Biblical Studies, and Philosophy from Southern Evangelical Seminary; and a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Religion from SES. He has served on various church staffs. He has served in the Marines, Navy, and is currently a reserve chaplain with the Air Force at the Air Force Academy. He is ordained with the Southern Baptist Convention and endorsed for military chaplaincy with the Associated Gospel Churches.

Brian has taught Apologetics and Worldview at Arborbrook Christian Academy, various courses at The Art Institute of Charlotte, and currently teaches as Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Theology at SES. He served as the Director of Undergraduate Program at SES for 2 years and is now the Director of SES’s Ph.D. program and the Dean of Students.

TEACHING THE FOLLOWING FULL-YEAR COURSES:

  • Latin - All Sections
  • Introduction to Logic/Thinking Like A Christian - All Sections
  • Philosophy and Ethics - All Sections

Tricia Powell

Tricia Powell

B.S., Colson Fellow Graduate

Tricia Powell, is a bi-lingual native of Puerto Rico with a degree in Business Administration. Before answering the call to motherhood, she managed large-scale projects for major corporations. She is a graduate of the 2014-2015 Chuck Colson Fellows Worldview Program. She currently serves on the advisory board of The Hosea Initiative, teaching worldview and its impact on social issues.

Tricia discovered her love of teaching when she volunteered and mentored students in the youth group at her local church. Her desire to inspire continued when she worked for a foreign exchange program where she supervised students from around the world. She hosted seven students of her own during her four-year tenure with this program.

She proceeded to redirect her energy to her first ministry, her family, and began homeschooling her own children. She has taught Spanish, History, Government, and Classical Literature at her local co-op. In the Fall of 2015, with the combination of her gifts and experience Tricia was able to bring worldview training into the classroom for the Apologia Online Academy (AOA). She is excited to continue to use the combination of her gifts and experience and teach to the AOA students.

Tricia resides in Florida with her husband of 25 years, two daughters and their fluffy puppy, Finley. She enjoys reading, glamping (it's like camping sans the dirt) blogging, and she's a self-professed coffee addict. She looks forward to engaging the hearts and minds of your students for Christ.

TEACHING THE FOLLOWING FULL-YEAR COURSES:

  • Spanish I & II - All Sections
  • British Literature: A Journey to Narnia
  • Economics & Personal Finance
  • A Survey of Competing Worldviews

DR. WHIT JONES

Dr. Whit Jones

M.A., Ph.D, Author

Dr. Jones is a professor of English at Bryan College, where for twenty-eight years he has taught Introduction to Literary Criticism (Theory), Shakespeare, Southern Literature, Lewis and Tolkien, the British literature surveys, and World Literature I, along with freshman, sophomore, and junior composition and literature.

He has published reviews, articles, and literary dictionary entries and given a number of conference papers on literature as a member of both Christian and secular professional societies. His dissertation on Southern novelist Walker Percy won the William Dougald MacMillan Award for the best English-Department dissertation of the year in 1997 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he received his M.A. and Ph.D.

He is the author of American Literature, the Apologia text for Christian high schoolers, and is currently working on the British Literature text for Apologia. He plans at some point to revise his dissertation for publication as a scholarly book. He has served as an elder in his church and for years has taught a Sunday School class that covers subjects such as the Christian imagination, marriage, parenting, books of scripture, studied inductively, and books by Christian writers such as C. S. Lewis, John Eldridge, and Ken Sande.

His wife, Amy, has her Master’s degree in Special Education and has home-schooled their four children—Will, Mary Clare, Sam, and Cliff. Whit and Amy live in Dayton, Tennessee. They are now beginning to help a bit with the homeschooling of their grandchildren.

TEACHING THE FOLLOWING FULL-YEAR COURSES:

  • American Literature - All Sections
  • Literature Classics: Shakespeare

Sharon Capra

Sharon Capra

Incredible teacher of all Apologia Science curricula

Sharon Capra has nearly three decades experience teaching a variety of science, history, art, English and literature courses. Her teaching philosophy is geared towards ensuring her students grasp the core concepts of their subject and grow in understanding of the topics presented. She has used the Apologia curriculum to teach General Science, Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. Sharon believes the Apologia materials assist the student in understanding God's amazing world.

At home and in her local community, Sharon has taught science to over four hundred high school students, to include homeschooling her twelve children and four of her grandchildren. She regularly assists in tutoring struggling students. For the past 14 years, she has organized a science fair for her students and other members of local homeschool co-ops. In an effort to promote science fairs, she has taught public school teachers in Florida and New York on how to implement science fairs into their yearly planning. Additionally, she was a judge at the International Science Fair in Los Angeles, California.

In addition to teaching high school students, Sharon teaches adult Bible studies, leads a bi-monthly devotion for the seniors at a local nursing home, is trained as a doula, and has been, and continues to be a keynote speaker at numerous women's Christian conferences on the east coast.

A graduate of Albany Business College in New York, Sharon enjoys quilting, gardening, traveling, reading the Bible and is the author of the book, Tell Those Who Mourn. Sharon's book speaks to her personal and family struggles in dealing with the death of her oldest son in combat in the Middle East, and how God provided a righteous pathway for them to navigate through their grief. She is currently writing her second book that will provide God-inspired and biblically based insights in dealing with the unique struggles for today's Christian.

TEACHING THE FOLLOWING FULL-YEAR COURSES:

  • General Science

Teaching the following full-year Math courses:

  • Pre-Algebra
  • Algebra 1
  • Geometry
  • Algebra 2
  • PreCalculus

katie pennington

B.A. Natural Sciences/Mathematics

Mrs. Pennington received her Bachelor of Arts in Natural Sciences/Mathematics from Thomas Edison State University. She has over two years of experience in tutoring high school physics, and advanced mathematics, as well as teaching pre-algebra, algebra 1, algebra 2, and pre-calculus. She was homeschooled, and used apologia science throughout high school, along with Saxon math. She has been married to her husband for 6 years, and they have a little girl named, Layla. She has been saved by the grace of Jesus Christ, and grows more and more in love with Him every day. In her free time, Katie enjoys photography, teaching Sunday school at her church, Bible study, and enjoying nature.

EDUCATION:

  • Thomas Edison State University, Trenton, New Jersey
  • Baccalaureate Natural Sciences/Mathematics, May 2017
    • Classes Completed for General Education: Analyzing and Interpreting Literature, Western Civilizations I, Western Civilizations II, Social Justice from a Biblical Perspective, Comparative Worldviews, Introduction Sociology, Introduction Psychology, Introduction to Educational Psychology, Human Growth and Development, History of Design, Introduction to Computer Graphics, Introduction to World Religion, Ethics in America, College Composition, Environment and Humanity, Principles of Supervision, Principles of Public Speaking, Introduction to Business, Principles of Managment, Introduction to Marketing,
    • Classes Completed for Area of Study: Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Physics 1, College Mathematics, College Algebra, Introduction to Statistics, Pre-calculus, Calculus 1, Linear Algebra, Mathematical Modeling, History of Mathematics, College Geometry, Liberal Arts Capstone, Nutrition, Biology and Behavior of Dogs

    

Cecelia Schmidt

B.A. English

Cecelia Schmidt is a former homeschool student and English graduate of Thomas Edison State University (ABG). Saved at four years old, Cecelia has been walking with the Lord ever since. Her life verse is Galatians 2:20 – “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me, and the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me.”

Cecelia attended a private Christian school until 6th grade and then was homeschooled throughout junior high and high school. In 7th grade, she took her first online Apologia course, General Science. She continued with Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry, Essential Apologetics: Defending Creation, and Essential Apologetics: Defending Christianity.  

When she was fourteen, she wrote her first historical fiction book The War Rages On. Over the next few years, she wrote the other two books in the trilogy: The War Within and The War’s End. She also recently released a booklet titled “The Biblical Model of Friendship.” Since 2016, Cecelia has traveled all over the country with her family, selling her books at homeschool conventions and teaching workshops on various topics. She has also spoken at local public and private schools and book events.

During her last two years of high school, Cecelia earned her associate degree from Charter Oak State College and then went on to pursue her Bachelor of Arts in English through Thomas Edison State University. She is planning on getting her M.A. in Education and is also in the process of becoming a certified biblical counselor.

Cecelia currently resides in New York with her parents and three younger siblings and works at a locally owned coffee shop. She enjoys teaching, reading, writing, singing, playing piano, baking, hanging out with friends, and drinking anything with espresso in it.

  • Teaching English Literature: Exploring Biblical Principles Through Literature


Amaris Warren

B.A. Christian Ministry, M.A. Religion

Amy Warren has an undergraduate degree in Christian Ministry and a Master of Arts degree in Religion with emphasis on Christian Apologetics from Southern Evangelical Seminary. She is also currently studying with the Colson Fellows Program.

Amy is a homeschooling mom and has been using Apologia Curriculum for 13 years in her family’s homeschool. Besides teaching her daughters at home, she has taught Spanish at a local Christian school, and Spanish, Logic, Bible, History, and American Literature at homeschool co-ops. Amy has worked with young people for over 20 years and currently directs a growing youth group at her church teaching theology, church history, apologetics, and how to study the Scriptures. She speaks at youth conferences and camps and collaborates with ministries to organize youth rallies. Amy is passionate about helping young people learn about how God has revealed Himself to humanity and how to become disciples of Jesus Christ. She is currently working on her first book geared toward helping teens understand God’s design for biblical friendship.

Amy and her husband Mark have two daughters in high school. They live in Ahoskie, North Carolina where Mark pastors a small local church.

TEACHING THE FOLLOWING FULL-YEAR COURSE:

  • American History