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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 later became a Christian. Larry became a Believer at the age of 9, and later committed to seeking full time 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 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 seeking 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. From 2003-2007 he assisted the president of the Seminary in starting Southern Evangelical Church, also located in Charlotte, serving as the Assistant Pastor of Christian Education. He developed numerous ministries of the church including "Educational Hour," "Institute for Biblical Studies" (lay 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. He was the Founder/Director of the Lay Institute for Biblical Studies and taught on various topics including cults, apologetics, theology, OT/NT, and social disciplines. He is one of the 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 (defending the historical Christian faith), 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? 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 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. When he is not directing Apologia Online Academy, lecturing and speaking at conferences conducting Teen Tracks, and guest speaking at other events, Larry enjoys Pickleball (sponsored by ProLite Pickleball Paddles), visiting Disney World, playing the Celtic Whistle (penny whistle), playing with his grown children, and grandchildren Elijah, Aedan, & Reagan Gordon, and dating his wife Jane. He has been doing amateur paleontology for a few years becoming known as "the fossil hunter." He has a large collection of  marine fossils he has dug from the mountain tops around the U.S.A. Larry and Jane, live in Matthews, NC.

TEACHING THE FOLLOWING FULL-YEAR COURSES:

  • All Worldview/Apologetics Training Courses

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 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 Sections 1, 2, & 3 (Recorded Section 2);
  • Biology Section 4 (Recorded Section 4)

Lucee Price, B.S. Limnology

B.S. Limnology

Lucee Price is married to an awesome husband and father and lover of Jesus, Rick. She and Rick have been homeschooling for over 10 years and live in Florida with their good-natured yellow lab and their 2 curious cats. She and Rick have two inspiring daughters, one in high school, the other in middle school.

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 9 years including Director of the K-7th Co-op, Special Events Coordinator, Vice-President and President for 2 separate terms. Currently her passion includes volunteering inside the Jail and Prison ministry in her church to bring worship inside as well as facilitating the “Thinking 4 A Change” Cognitive Behavioral change classes to inmates inside and to Transitional parolees outside the system.

Lucee is amazed at God’s Creation and absolutely loves mentoring students! She has taught homeschool classes for 10 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:

  • Biology Sections 1 & 2 (Recorded Section 1)
  • Marine Biology Section 1 (Recorded Section 1)
  • American Government - Constitutional Literacy Section 1

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 Fowler became a life-long science enthusiast. After earning her Bachelor of Science from Auburn University and working with spinal injury patients, she changed careers to raise and home educate her five children. Four are now grown and one graduates high school in spring of 2016. She and husband Randy call Orlando, FL home, where, when not teaching home schoolers Loisann enjoys training for and competing in triathlons, gardening and traveling.

TEACHING THE FOLLOWING FULL-YEAR COURSES:

  • Biology Sections 3 & 5 (Recorded Section 3))
  • Advanced Biology: The Human Body: Fearfully and Wonderfully Made! (All Live & Recorded Sections)

Dr. Marci Hanks

B.S., M.S. Biochemistry, Ed.D.

Marci loves helping students learn more about God’s wonderful and amazing Creation. Her favorite Bible quote is, “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God,” 1 Corinthians 10:31.

Marci discovered her love of learning and teaching when she was a teaching assistant working on her Master of Science degree at UCLA. After she graduated, she taught middle school Science and English and high school Science and Algebra. Marci earned her Doctorate in Education. She enjoys teaching students study skills that will help them be successful in high school and college.

Marci lives in Florida with her husband and her high-school-aged son whom she homeschools. Marci has been active in her homeschool groups and has held many positions including: President, Field Trip Coordinator, Event Planner, Website Designer, and Writing Workshop Instructor. Marci has published articles in The Old Schoolhouse, a Christian magazine that seeks to help strengthen homeschooling families as they impact their world for Christ.

Marci loves teaching for Apologia where she can help students defend the Christian faith. Marci enjoys reading her Bible, playing tennis, and having tea parties with her family and friends.

TEACHING THE FOLLOWING FULL-YEAR COURSES:

  • General Science (All LIVE and Recorded Sections)

Daniel T. Martin

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

Dan and his wife, Allyson, are alumni of Purdue University and currently reside in Madison, WI. Allyson was homeschooled growing up and utilized Apologia’s science curriculum throughout high school. While Allyson and Dan both studied at Purdue’s College of Agriculture, they met playing a campus wide game of tag called Humans vs Zombies and attended the same church.

Dan received a B.S. in biochemistry and completed his M.S. in entomology working with the Purdue Improved Crop Storage team, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The project tackled the tough issues faced by West African farmers in protecting stored grain, their livelihood, from insect damage.  Publications on this work have been accepted for publication in the Journal of Stored Products. Dan had the opportunity to teach an introductory entomology course for two years as part of a teaching assistantship and loves interacting with inquiring scientific minds. After graduation Dan worked briefly on tomato flavor compounds with a colleague at Purdue University and later in a wine chemistry laboratory in Napa Valley. This year will be Dan’s third year teaching physics and chemistry courses for the Apologia Online Academy.

Dan fell in love with God upon the discovery of all the fingerprints left behind throughout creation. The study of both biochemistry and chemistry have been of particular interest in this regard. He has a passion for using his scientific knowledge to show evidence of the glory of God to others. Today Dan and Allyson attend Door Creek Church of Madison, WI and lead a young adults small group and bible study there.

In his free time Dan enjoys playing board games, video games, dancing, and discovering local good eats.

TEACHING THE FOLLOWING FULL-YEAR COURSES:

  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Advanced Chemistry
  • Advanced Physics (All LIVE and Recorded Sections)

David Webb, Author

David Webb is 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

B.A. History, M.A. Apologetics, Biblical Studies, and Philosphy, 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:

  • Introduction to Logic/Thinking Like A Christian
  • Philosophy and Ethics (All LIVE and Recorded Sections)

Tricia Powell

B.S., Colson Fellow Graduate

Tricia Powell, a bi-lingual native of Puerto Rico, graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Business Administration. Before answering the call to motherhood, she managed large-scale projects and programs for such major corporations as Sprint, Quest Communications, Boeing Aerospace and Lockheed Martin.

Tricia is a graduate of Chuck Colson's Worldview Program, a one-year intensive study on Worldview. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Hosea Initiative, a grassroots organization that teaches worldview and its impact on social issues and policies.

Tricia discovered her love of teaching students when she volunteered and mentored students in the youth group at her local church. Her desire to inspire students continued when she worked for a foreign exchange program where she supervised 40+ students from around the world. She hosted 7 students of her own during her 4yr tenure with this program.

Tricia lives in Virginia with her husband and her two daughters. Tricia has been homeschooling for eight years and is active in her homeschool group teaching History, Government, and Classical Literature.  Tricia loves teaching for Apologia where she can exercise her passion for helping students develop and hold to a Biblical Worldview.  She also enjoys reading, glamping (it’s like camping, sans the dirt) and she’s a self-professed coffee addict.  She looks forward to engaging the hearts and minds of your student for Christ.

TEACHING THE FOLLOWING FULL-YEAR COURSES:

  • Understanding the Times (All LIVE and Recorded Sections)

Dr. Whit Jones

DR. WHIT JONES is a professor of English at Bryan College, where for twenty-five 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 (23), Mary Clare (21), Sam (18), and Cliff (17). Whit and Amy live in Dayton, Tennessee.

TEACHING THE FOLLOWING FULL-YEAR COURSES:

  • American Literature

Sharon Capra

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 home school 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:

  • Physical Science
  • Chemistry