We are currently accepting applications for the upcoming 2015-16 Fellows Program. Please send your applications and recommendations to the information listed below by April 15th, 2015.
C.S. Lewis Institute - Northeast Ohio
The Fellows Program in Northeast Ohio is devoted to developing disciples who can articulate, defend, and live faith in Christ in public and personal life. The Fellows Program in Northeast Ohio is an extension of the C.S. Lewis Institute Fellows Program in Washington D.C. which began in 1976 and stresses discipleship of mind and the heart. The Institute works in partnership with local churches to help believers glorify God by becoming mature disciples of Jesus Christ who impact the spheres of influence to which God has called them. This discipleship occurs through:
Bruce J. Beard, Area Director
Email / ph. 330-727-7883
Bruce Beard is the founding director of the C. S. Lewis Institute for Northeast Ohio. For the past thirty years, he has been active in outreach and ministry particularly to the market place. As an entrepreneur, Bruce is active in the management of several companies in the financial service industry as well as manufacturing. As a recent graduate of the Oxford Center for Christian Apologetics, his passion is for Christians to go deeper and to become all that God intended them to be. His partner in all these ventures is his wife Phyllis, along with his son Evan, daughter-in-law Anya, granddaughter Aurora and daughter Elizabeth.
Daniel E. Osborn, City Director
Email / ph. 330-207-8196
Daniel Osborn joins the Northeast Ohio branch of the C.S. Lewis Institute after serving for fifteen years as a director for student ministries as well as a director of discipleship. Throughout this time, Dan sensed a direction for the local body of intentional discipleship and a true focused response to Christ's call on our lives. It is his passion to challenge followers of Christ to respond to Christ's call to "take up their cross" and in doing so realize the freedom that our Savior offers. One of Dan's favorite authors, Deitrich Bonhoeffer, states it well; "...only through discipline may a man learn to be free." Dan is married to Brandi, and God has blessed them with three beautiful children. Dan graduated in 1999 with his Bachelors in Theology from Cedarville University and just recently completed a Masters in Organizational Leadership from Geneva College.
Bethann Valantine, Fellows Program Coordinator
Email / ph. 330-881-0235
Bethann Valantine joins the team in Northeast Ohio after serving 13 years at Pregnancy Help Center as Development & Events Director, and more recently, as a volunteer staff member in Frontline Development with Mentor Leaders, a non-profit, humanitarian organization. Mentoring and discipleship has always been a passion, with the intention of equipping future generations to aspire to reach the abundant life promised to us. Another passion is her family, as well as the people in a village in West Africa where she served with Mentor Leaders. Beth is married to Walter for 29 years, and has a daughter, Sarah, a son-in-law, Daniel and a son, Jon Michael. Beth also has 3 children in Togo, Mazema, Nawanpo and Damiwoule. Bethann’s desire to intentionally go deeper with God brought her to the C.S. Lewis Institute as a Fellow and a mentor, and now she is overjoyed to accept the position as Fellows Program Coordinator.
Joshua D. Reichard, PhD, EdS., Scholar in Residence
Email / ph. 330-651-0225
Joshua Reichard is the Academic Dean at Youngstown Christian School, a multicultural, urban, K-12 Christian school. Joshua has served as a missionary, educator, and leader in various contexts of Christian service. Having earned three terminal academic degrees (PhD, Human and Social Studies – Religion and Theology, University of the Western Cape; DPhil, Religion and Society Studies, Oxford Graduate School, Dayton, TN; EdS, Educational Leadership, Liberty University), Joshua is also an interdisciplinary scholar with an extensive publishing record in peer-reviewed academic journals, including American Journal of Theology and Philosophy, Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science, Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, Journal of Pentecostal Theology, Journal of Education & Christian Belief, among others. Joshua, his wife Sara, and their two daughters reside in Youngstown, OH where he is a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and a Certified Lay Servant.
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